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Old 07-07-2013, 10:23 PM   #15
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I really like having a flush toilet and holding tank. The convenience is so nice, especially in the middle of the night. Or if the campground facilities leave something to be desired. Or if it's raining. Or if it's really cold. Or if the facilities are clear at the other end of the campground.

If we're going to be camping for an extended amount of time (say 3 to 5 days) in one place and it doesn't have full hook-ups we make sure to arrive with a full fresh water tank and empty holding tanks. We use the campground toilets, whether outhouse or regular, as much as possible as long as they're not disgusting. That extends the amount of time we can go without having to dump. We'll also use the campground shower for the same reason, but there have been some times when having our own shower has saved the day.

Much may depend on how you like to camp. If you're mostly going to be staying in places with full hook-ups the whole perceived hassle of dumping your holding tanks is a moot point, but if you're going to be mostly boondocking then managing a toilet and black water tank may be more problematic. Personally, we've never found dumping our tanks to be that big a deal.

And finally, as much as I love my camping partner, I also love my privacy. Nothing quite like a real bathroom with a real door.

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Old 07-07-2013, 11:38 PM   #16
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It's threads like this that make me realize how "White Trash" I really am. Here's our solution to the "privacy problem":

The scene: My trailer, wherever

The cast: Could be anybody, but usually folks at least casually related by blood, marriage, treaty, or terms of parole


(dialogue) "Hey! Everybody either step outside or close your eyes! Grandma's going to use the porta-potty!"



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Old 07-08-2013, 04:12 AM   #17
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"Hey! Everybody either step outside or close your eyes! Grandma's going to use the porta-potty!"

Always good to give a warning, you don't want the yungin's scarred for life. Raz
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:09 AM   #18
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I got the porta potti for two reasons, to gain more room in the shower and it can be emptied more places ie. any toilet or rest area etc. That being said I could be just as happy with a toilet, as I have had both. If I could have gotten the cassette toilet in my trailer that would have been the best. I have also had one of those in a camper we had, and loved it.
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:06 AM   #19
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Our EggCamper came with it and I wouldn't be without no matter what kind of trailer I might have. I get up 1-3 times every night and sure don't like going outside in the middle of the night. Another important reason to have toilet facilities of some kind in the trailer is that we have had our "bacon saved" countless times while on the road without even a bush to hide behind.
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:11 PM   #20
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I'm smiling and nodding my head in agreement as I read through all your responses!

Yep, if I have it, I'll use it.
Yep, I want more room in the shower.
Yep, I wanna boondock
Yep, I want full hook-ups
Nope, I don't want to scar the grandkids for life. (Francesca-you crack me up!)
Nope, I don't want to tour the campground at 2am in the rain anymore.
Hey, I can handle a hose and black tank draining.
Hey, I can manage a porta-potty clean up.

Bobbie-you hit it on the head. There's no perfect solution so I need to just think about it a bit more and go with my gut reaction.

Thanks everybody for your insightful comments!
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:26 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Francesca Knowles View Post
I don't find emptying a blackwater tank any more disgusting than a porta-potty.
I actually find emptying the a porta potty far more disgusting than emptying a blackwater tank.

Never had a problem finding a sani dump as there are a number of websites that will show you were the closest one is. For example some of the I5 highway rest stops have sani dumps you can use for free & many small towns also have free community ones. I also have never moved my trailer in order to dump the black tank only. If in one spot for a long time with no facilities I drain it to a portable tote but have honestly only had to do that once in 6 years. If you have a grey water tank you are going to need to find a place to dump that as well anyways. I also wouldn't go without a grey water tank either as I dont want to have to man handle a heavy bucket of grey water anymore than I want to lug a porta potty around. I often camp in places that do not allow an outside bucket of grey water (as it attracts wild life) or dumping of grey water on the ground so taking the extra couple of minutes to dump out the black tank is not an issue at all. Actually pretty clean and simple once you learnt how to do it correctly.

Have also never had any leak issues that we hear so much about when this topic comes up. Not that it cant happen just dont think its as frequent a problem as some appear to think. Suspect its like anything else- if you dont maintain/replace things you will eventually have a problem.
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:49 PM   #22
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The flush toilet offered in the park liner uses more water than my pedal operated flush sealand gravity toilet. If you are hooked up to a hose , then that is not an issue. If you need to rely on your fresh tank, water conservation is important even if the toilet is only used occassionaly.
Another issue for me with the park liner is if you choose the flush toilet, everything goes in to the same tank. You ought not to drain that stuff on the ground. I have no problem with draining my gray tank contents on the ground (I have a casita now which has separate black and Grey tanks). I also am interested in a park liner and I will choose the portapotty. I am considering retrofitting it with a Sealand 711-m28 if I can figure out how to drain the thing.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:56 AM   #23
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If I had a 16ft camper, I'd be more likely to have a bathroom. With a 13, I want the space instead. Everyone has their own reason for wanting one or not wanting one - everyone's personal preference RULES!
...just like the choice to use dancing okra or banana
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:42 PM   #24
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Well as its raining cats and dogs here right now. . I'm sure glad to have my sealand toilet and shower. Rain jacket dripping in to the shower pan, and don't need to go out in rain to go use toilet. When I first got my Scamp I didn't use the shower or toilet for first 6 months just for storage.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:42 PM   #25
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I don't have a toilet in my camper at the moment. I am leaning towards a composting toilet as I have a separate shower area.

Does anyone have experience with a composting toilet? The people I know that have them tell me they like them.

I boondock almost exclusively.
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:58 PM   #26
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I think composting toilets impractical for camping. True composting takes much longer than the few days/weeks one's typically out.

I see little point in adding bulking agent to one's "waste" for the purpose of then disposing of it in some garbage can....the only legal way to dispose of it. IF that's legal. One can't put such stuff in toilets, though depending on the wrapper it might be O.K. to put it in a campground privy. I s'pose one could haul it home and put it in a composter, but that seems like an awful lot of trouble.

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Old 07-12-2013, 10:26 PM   #27
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I've been searching for the threads about composting toilets and (right now) come up empty handed. But I remember the discussion concluded to: expensive, large and heavy. All things most all molded towable owners try to avoid.

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Old 07-12-2013, 10:43 PM   #28
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Thanks Donna.

I considered the compost toilet before buying also.
But deemed it not fully suited for our use. So we went with the cassette.

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