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Old 07-07-2013, 03:43 PM   #1
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marine toilet vs portapotty/wag bag

Is anybody willing to share their insights regarding which way to go for the bathroom situation in your trailer?

I'm looking for pros and cons, of both day to day activity/maintenance and maintenance issues a few years down the road.

We currently use a wag bag with the commercial Poo Powder enzyme, and it's been very effective for us. I thought it would be great to upgrade to a porcelain throne and be able to have it all just drain away, but now I'm second guessing myself with the management of a black tank.

Help! I'm having a last minute panic attack since I'll need to finalize any changes to my order really soon (!). Heck, it may already be too late, but I'd stilll love to hear any insights you're willing to share.

Or if there is already a thread on this here at FGRV, feel free to direct me there. I did a quick search but didn't come up with what I was looking for.

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Old 07-07-2013, 03:50 PM   #2
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Bathroom or no bathroom, that is the question.. Katie, Here's a good thread on the pro's and con's. For myself, I use a porta-potti combined with the campground modern toilets (since I don't boondock). I didn't want to have to deal with blackwater tanks, leaks, repairs, etc.. I also didn't want to give up the floor space in my 13footer. But, everyone has a different view and different needs.
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:00 PM   #3
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Hi Pam,
Thanks for the link to the bathroom thread. That's just what I'm looking for!
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Remember, you don't always have to use the toilet just because it is there.
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:25 PM   #5
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For myself, I use a porta-potti combined with the campground modern toilets (since I don't boondock). I didn't want to have to deal with blackwater tanks, leaks, repairs, etc.. I also didn't want to give up the floor space in my 13footer. But, everyone has a different view and different needs.
That's me, too, except that I do boondock the majority of the time.

I find a porta-potty even more conducive to that style of camping, as one doesn't have to break camp and drag the whole shebang to a dump station. There's always a campground/public toilet somewhere nearby where one can empty a porta-potty.

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Old 07-07-2013, 04:28 PM   #6
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Remember, you don't always have to use the toilet just because it is there.
Isn't that the truth! The bathroom in my Scamp is more of a closet than anything. I hung a tension rod close to the ceiling and hang my coats and wet bath towels in there. Great place to let stuff drip if it's rainy outside.

But, having that flush toilet three steps away from the bed on a cold, rainy night... Nirvana!

I've never had to move my trailer just to dump the tank. I have a blue tote and if either tank gets full, I can bleed off some liquid and dump down a campground toilet just like the folks have to do with a portapotty.

I don't know why folks worry about dumping a blackwater tank. I guess I changed lots of dirty diapers when my daughter was a baby and at least I get to wear gloves when dealing with the tanks in my trailer.

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Old 07-07-2013, 04:40 PM   #7
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We love our bathroom. There's not much difference between dumping a gray or black tank except the black tank typically takes less than a minute.

As to black tank maintenance. The only real task is to add water occasionally to the black tank before you start a trip, maybe a bowl full. This loosens everything as you drive, and dump when you get to the campground. I do this evey month when on the road.

We only store bathroom stuff in the bathroom.
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I don't find emptying a blackwater tank any more disgusting than a porta-potty...just less convenient. In addition to having to bring the whole trailer along to do it, I've found that it can be a lot harder to find an RV dumpstation than to find a bathroom/privy.

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Old 07-07-2013, 05:38 PM   #9
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Although we have a PETT toilet which uses the WAG bag system I could count the number of times we have used it on my fingers. We chose it because it is light, easy to carry, easy to use and messy clean-up. But we use the campground facilities unless they are disgusting or the wife needs to go in the middle of the night.

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I'd love to have a bathroom- for the shower. But I'm fine with a Porta-potti otherwise. However, for privacy if there are two people it would be nice to have more than a porta-potti that stores under a seat or in a tiny cupboard.

However, I'm not thrilled with the idea of waiting in line to dump on Sunday as I leave the campground. Or worse, hitching up midweek on a longer stay to go dump.

No perfect solution.
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We have a full bathroom in our Airstream and a porta potti in my little scamp. I don't mind emptying or dealing with either. We boondock and camp in parks too with and without campside sanitation dumps. Also I don't mind just having the porta potti only, but I would like to have a shower. And it seems to me if you're going to have a shower, you've got space for a toliet too. So why not order it if you're one like me that wants the convenience of a shower. Lkie Roy and Donna said: "You don't have to use it".
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I love my indoor potty. It took me a long time to learn not to head for the door. And my husband who is a "squat by the tree guy. I can do it anywhere in the woods. I will walk to the outhouse" took right to the indoor toilet. No reading unless off toilet. No bath and a half in a Scamp. But we do have a Wag-Bag toilet and a pop up shower tent.
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:08 PM   #13
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add toilet later?

Thanks Everybody! Your responses have been really helpful.

Ian-that's the same portable toilet that we have and it's worked pretty well for us. Very sturdy and easy to tuck away.

Does anybody know how challenging/costly it would be to add a flush toilet later? Our new Parkliner will have a shower and hot water, and it would be great to be able to tuck the porta potty out of the way to enjoy the shower space a bit more.

I guess I want it all!

I'm happy with my porta potty set-up and want the comfy roomy shower, but also want the option to have a flush toilet later if I decide I'm tired of the porta potty. Is is a big deal to have that done or is it something a local RV guy can do fairly easily?

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Old 07-07-2013, 08:38 PM   #14
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In other threads, seems everyone thinks it's better to get it in the first place.
Could be more than one bargains for adding it later compared to getting it
while it's in the making.

I have a Thetford Cassette Toilet. I wasn't sure I would like it or be able to
use it as we have never done any camping before. I'm glad I got it in the first
place. You don't have to use it if you have it, BUT YOU WILL. ..........LOL

This is mine with a platform for a mod:



Another view:

http://lilsnoozyclub-com.webs.com/ap...toid=177756368

And here's the cassette part:

http://lilsnoozyclub-com.webs.com/ap...toid=177765504

We have the indoor shower as you can see, but we also opted
for an outdoor shower. We haven't used either one, we've used
the campground showers so far. But we have used the outdoor
unit to rinse our dirty feet before going back inside.

http://lilsnoozyclub-com.webs.com/ap...toid=177750853
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