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Old 01-21-2016, 04:23 PM   #15
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I went through a lot of toilets when preparing to get a campervan (only to instead get a pickup truck and a Casita).

For a "portable" toilet you can either have one that is easy-to-use, or one that is easy-to-clean. An easy-to-use one would be a Thetford toilet, which is basically a regular toilet, that you have to empty. An easy-to-clean one would be a Luggable Loo, or similar 5 gal bucket with a toilet seat, and poop bag. The Luggable Loo would also require a pee bottle. I used a Thetford, though I had to drink about 4 beers before I would clean it. The Luggable Loo took about 10 seconds to clean.

You could also get a 5gal bucket and put kitty litter in it, as a Poor Man's Luggable Loo. You could also use a 5 gal bucket to make a Poor Man's Composting Toilet, using woodchips or whatever it is they put in there.

If you have $1000, you could get a fancy Composting Toilet, but it would need to be mounted to something stable. I know a guy with one in his RV, and he empties it every few months.

If I ever get a cargo/stealth Van to tow my Casita, I will put a fancy Composting Toilet in it, mounted to the floor. Then my Casita's toilet will just be a urinal.

I spent a lot of money on different toilets, and ending up just keeping the Luggable Loo in my truck ("just in case"). I had to throw away the other toilets, as none of my friends would take them (and they were spotless from Clorox washing). Apparently used toilets don't make good hand-me-downs.
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Old 01-21-2016, 07:57 PM   #16
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Used port-a-potties are very inexpensive on kijiji. You just don't see them very often. I got one for around $20. This after I purchased a brand new Thetford 135 for $100, on sale.
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Old 07-20-2016, 08:15 PM   #17
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What do you think of this Dry Flush toilet

What are your thoughts on the Laveo Dry Flush??

Other than the expense, I like the simplicity of it. Odorless, easy to dump and no cleaning needed!!! It is tall which you can make mods to accommodate.

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Old 07-20-2016, 10:32 PM   #18
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You've received good advice so far. My comments have more to do with the use of the porta-pottie. BTW we just use the one that came with our Scamp, a Dometic. It fits under the bench and is hidden by the little door. I would prefer that ours was a bit taller as we have to stoop lower than a traditional toilet. It's 12 inches high. Our toilet at home is 16" high. I suppose one could put a 4" step under the pottie to raise it's height.

I put a carpet square/sample on the floor of the pottie cabinet and put an area rug on the trailer floor so the pottie slides easily. We store the pottie facing in so that the handles face out. That way, we can easily pull out the pottie. At night, after we've locked the door, we pull out and place the pottie in the doorway "alcove". This makes a little stall that's easy to get to and we can hold onto the bench when getting up and down. For a semblance of privacy we open the closet door and the person in bed cannot see beyond it.

We now use a squirt bottle to pre-rinse and post-rinse the bowl. As for others our pottie is for pee only and we put toilet paper in a trash bag. If we need the pottie for #2 we put a couple pieces of TP in the bowl before so there are few/no streaks.

Almost any cleaner works in these simple potties. I have used laundry detergent, Pine Sol, dish soap. It is NOT OK to dump porta-potties that have added chemicals into outhouses as it destroys their chemical balance needed to work efficiently. Don't ask me the details because I don't know them.

If you'd like to read previous riveting discussions on this topic do a search at the "Search" button at the top of this page, drop down to "Search site/Google" and enter the words "potty or pottie" and read to your heart's content.
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Old 07-20-2016, 10:50 PM   #19
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It is NOT OK to dump porta-potties that have added chemicals into outhouses as it destroys their chemical balance needed to work efficiently. Don't ask me the details because I don't know them.
I don't think you will find a toilet odor solution today that contains bacteria-killing chemicals ( formaldehyde ). Read the label.
These are perfectly OK and safe to dump in outhouses or septic systems.
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Old 07-20-2016, 11:41 PM   #20
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It fits under the bench and is hidden by the little door. I would prefer that ours was a bit taller as we have to stoop lower than a traditional toilet. It's 12 inches high. Our toilet at home is 16" high. I suppose one could put a 4" step under the pottie to raise it's height.
Just a thought Gilda, not sure if you have room for it though. Build a 4" box/drawer that the PP can be stored in but flipped over with the PP on top of it for the extra height.
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Old 07-21-2016, 10:08 AM   #21
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I have both a Thetford 155 SL which I use from time to time and a Dometic 972. Both are good toilets. I prefer the Thetford level gauge, which goes red as the reservoir fills. The Dometic is a hard to read 'window'. On the Dometic I can tell when it's time to empty by opening the trap door.

I prefer the flush on the Dometic, as it is a pump up pressure system with 2 nozzles, which gives a pretty strong swirl to the flush. The Thetford is and accordion type push flush.

There are other brands out there, some of which look like re-branded Thetfords. I recommend that you stay with known brands, as these toilets last a long time and you will likely need replacement parts. You will be able to get them for a known brand. My Thetford 155 SL hasn't been made for years, but I can still get parts for idt.

I would be careful on the Thetford Curve. It looks great and Thetford quality is very good, but that baby is 17 5/8 inches tall and won't fit in many of our trailers.

Just my opinion, but while the bag type toilets might be great for tent camping, but I wouldn't want one in my trailer during the day. Best to have something that seals well and can be tucked out of the way.

I also prefer to stick with the biodegradable formaldehyde based chemicals, as they won't harm biological based treatment facilities and can be dumped in the bathroom in most parks.
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Old 07-21-2016, 11:28 AM   #22
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We have a Dometic we purchase on clearance at Bass Pro for a good price...it holds 2 gallons of water in the upper tank and 5 gallons in the black tank. To flush you open the valve and push an accordian valve to pump the water into the bowl...the original Dometic tank treatment that came with it worked okay but we bought another brand that was not so good so we are ordering Odorlos after reading really good things about it on this site, everyone say it leaves absolutely no odor.
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You also need to be careful of the toilets with 5 gallon reservoirs, which are usually about 15 inches high. Measure your toilet locker carefully.

If you are ordering on line, get the dimensions from the manufacturers site. Some on line sources are actually giving you the dimensions of the box the toilet comes in, which could steer you away from a unit that might fit perfectly.
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Old 07-21-2016, 12:19 PM   #24
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Making sure it fits your storage space is important. In my case I put a table where the original storage space was so it became important that it fit under the bed since we now leave the bed down. I was lucky it fit. It's tighter under the bed in height and width.
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Old 07-21-2016, 01:25 PM   #25
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I believe the HC-1 comes with the Laveo as an option, but I like the idea of the PETT toilet better. Fewer working parts. I'm not sure anyone here has experience with these. Cleanwaste | World's leader in personal human waste management
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Just a thought Gilda, not sure if you have room for it though. Build a 4" box/drawer that the PP can be stored in but flipped over with the PP on top of it for the extra height.
Yes, that's exactly what I was thinking but we don't really have the drive to do it nor do we want to store another thing. We look at it this way, deep knee bends are good for keeping our legs strong!
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I used an 18"x16" piece of 3/8" plywood, two 18" 1x4s and one 15.5" 1x4 board, a few screws, and some glue.

Leaving the 4th side open allows me to put the "box" into the storage spot and then slide the porta-potti through the open side and into the upside-down "box". ☺


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@BernieK -- We have a Laveo DryFlush, and I'm happy with it. I do wish they sold the cartridges in smaller packs (like a set of 5 or ... instead of 15 flushes). For weekend camping, 5 would work for me.
The height is good, the ease of dumping is good. It serves our purpose (and will probably start another discussion here.)
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