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Old 03-06-2008, 12:22 PM   #1
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I have been thinking about upgrading from the "lugable Loo" to a porta potti. This one is on sale through today from $95 to $62. Any reason I need more than this? Or that this one is not good? How hard are they to deal with? Would love some feedback.


Key Thetford Porta Potti Features:
The Thetford Porta Potti has an Exclusive No-Spill Vent Cap to prevent spills
Durable, high-gloss finish and removable Seat and Cover for easy cleaning
Two sections come apart, reattach easily
Exclusive, self-storing, rotating Pour-Out Spout makes emptying easy and prevents spills
Built-in Deodorant Storage Compartment for convenience (with sample bottle of deodorant included)
Push-button Air Relief Valve allows quick, clean tank evacuation
Economical and Compact!

The Thetford Porta Potti Dimensions:
2.6-gallon (9.8L) fresh water tank
2.6-gallon (9.8L) waste holding tank
Length - 15.0 in.
Width - 13.4 in.
Height - 12.2 in.
Average Flushes - 27
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Old 03-06-2008, 12:47 PM   #2
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Believe that is the model we purchased and have used for a year now.
Been as pleased with it as one can be with a porta-potty. Very easy to detach and dump and have had no odor issues.
Organic chemicals and paper are available at Wally and cost is minimal.
We try and keep it to #1 only if the campground has facilities.
It is very easy to deal with then....

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Old 03-06-2008, 12:48 PM   #3
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That looks like mine, which works very well.
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Old 03-06-2008, 12:48 PM   #4
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We don't have this one, but this would be a lot easier to use than the one we have. Our waste spout has to be attached every time, which is no fun at all, the Thetford ones I have seen look much easier and cleaner to use. I'm looking for a reason to switch, but ours at 12L still works great.

Can't see any reason not to get that model, at 12.2" tall, it will probably fit under your table too, that would be handy.
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Old 03-06-2008, 01:01 PM   #5
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What a topic......

This one does NOT have any "level indicators". Does that mean you have to keep track of how many uses it has had? It says about 27 flushes capacity, would that mean 27 uses or do you need to flush more than once per use? Given this would be used normally just for those middle of the night necessities ( a.k.a. #1), it would seem 3-4 nights x 3 people (one adult, 2 kidders) x once each would be 9-12 deposits at the most. Seems like 27 flushes should do it doesn't it? Or should I be looking at the next size up? That has 2x the capacity and level indicators. Don't want to pay for what I don't need, but don't want to have to "deal" with a full load before I get home either.....YEESCH!
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Old 03-06-2008, 01:49 PM   #6
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I had a thetford 155 and I will be picking another up this weekend. I am going to put it in my bathroom for boondocking.. that way I don't have to worry about dumping the black from such a large tank as on the rig. (Transfering to a tote.. blah blah... I can just use the pp like I used to)

I used the 155 in my 13.. trust me, it was easy to use and clean up was nothing. I am not sure how it would live through 3 people, especially with 2 being kids. I was dumping every 3 days or so.
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This could help you count flushes to determine what capacity is left and prevent any fights about who's next...

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Old 03-06-2008, 02:22 PM   #8
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We used a similar porta potti in our van camper for six years back in the mid-70s with small kids. It worked out very well. It was easy to empty in any commode after the lower secrion was detached from the top section.
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Old 03-06-2008, 02:39 PM   #9
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We have had this one for 4 years now. Got ours from Walmart. Easy to empty.
We use it for #1 at nights usually, because she's a fraidy cat and I'm too lazy to get up and go with her.
Keeps the peace really nice. (I have to admit I use it too.)

I usually just look inside and can tell when it's time to dump it. Chemicals, some kind of blue stuff we picked up from Walmart keeps it smelling nice. I think we bought 3 bottles when we bought the potty and still have at least 1 bottle left. It really doesn't need much for # 1
We usually keep it in front of the closet with the TP in the cabinet under the sink. It's a handy foot rest also.
I have dumped it at a dump station or any handy toilet.
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Old 03-06-2008, 02:58 PM   #11
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Check WalMart for prices. Be sure the model you choose will fit where you will keep it (height limit under bunk on Scamp, for example).

Much easier to deal with if it isn't completely full.
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Old 03-06-2008, 03:31 PM   #12
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I have the Thetford 235 with the lid lock and level indicator. I bought it from a thrift shop who sold it on eBay for $30. It was new, never used... or at least it was that clean. In any event, neither the lid lock nor the level indicator is that big of a deal.

I use mine when I use the trailer/moho while they're winterized. It's great for that, but it's perfectly adequate for regular use in your trailer.

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I will be using two systems. Both waterless. Each will be for different reasons. One will be for extended use and this will basically be a composting toilet.

For other shorter trips or ones that will get me off camber alot (back country exploring) I will use Poo Powder manufactured by Phillips. I also sell it. I sell any of their products actually.

Poo Powder is the main ingredient of their products. What it does is break down the human waste faster, turning it basically to forms of salt. This can then LEGALLY be thrown away in a dumpster. No sewage disposale system needed.

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Old 03-06-2008, 03:46 PM   #14
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We have a Tetford but the one we have has a fluid level on the front of it. We have had it for years now, keep it in the clothes closet in our 13ft.Trillium during the daytime. Also we only use it for 'emergencys' IF we can't make it to the washroom(s) at night!!

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