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Old 08-02-2014, 11:15 AM   #1
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Best toilet for boondocking?

Other than a really big on-board black water tank or an external caddy are there other better options for long term waste management?
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Old 08-02-2014, 11:43 AM   #2
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Other than a really big on-board black water tank or an external caddy are there other better options for long term waste management?

Depends on what you mean by Boondocking. Campgrounds without electricity and sewer hookups or dispersed camping.
In the first case most if not all will have facilities.

In the second case check with agency responsible for land management. Most have standard methods of human waste disposal. Solid waste is usually handled by digging a cat hole at least 6" deep then covering, burning the toilet paper in the fire pit. All have minimum distances from roads, trails, streams, and lakes. Some are 100' some 200'. Many places also ask for urination on a rock, this prevents animals that wish to dig and get at the salt from digging up the vegetation. The distances are the same as above.

NOTE: these are general National Forest rules and rules in you area might be different.
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I'm going with a composting toilet. No water used, no slinky, and a natural by-product is left. According to everything I've read, the solids unit doesn't have to be emptied very often (~ 6 months), and the liquids unit can be emptied almost anywhere.

Here's a video about it:
Composting Toilet - What it is and Why You Need One - YouTube
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I'm going with a composting toilet. No water used, no slinky, and a natural by-product is left. According to everything I've read, the solids unit doesn't have to be emptied very often (~ 6 months), and the liquids unit can be emptied almost anywhere.

Here's a video about it:
Composting Toilet - What it is and Why You Need One - YouTube
OMG.... Over $900 for a loo. We use Dometic Sea-Land Porta-potties and they work just fine for less than $150.
Heres a link to the unit demo'ed in the video:
Nature's Head Self Contained Composting Toilet with Close Quarters Spider Handle Design - Incinerating Toilet - Amazon.com

Not to mention, every one has to SIT every time...yuk....

I can't see any ecological reason for a composting toilet on such a small scale as in an RV.
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I am looking for advice on an actual device, not "Walmart" or "go in the woods like a bear" stories.
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OK, actual device it is....

The two I recommend, and have installed in a number of FGRV's, as well as use myself are:
The Fiamma BiPot. It is uber simple in design and is available with up to a 20 liter holding tank. Here is a link:
Bi-Pot - Fiamma

And the Dometic Sea/Land Model 975 that also has a 5 gallon holding tank.
In fact, I removed the existing Monarch toilet and holding tank from my Hunter Compact-II and replaced it with a Dometic Sea/Land 975 on a pull out track and gained a ton of extra storage space and it is easier to use than the original tiny bathroom. Here's a link top that item:
Amazon.com: New-DOMETIC 975 PORTABLE TOILET 5.0 GAL TAN W/ BRACKETS - 37726: Automotive
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We are just two and have a Dometic 972 2.5 Gal toilet. I like the pressure flush on this one.

Basically, lacking black water tank, buy the biggest capacity porta potti that will fit in the space you have to carry it.
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I'm a boater as well as a FGRV'er. On the river we use Eco-safe's. I want to keep my mobile crapper ownership to a minimum. The Eco-safe lives in the back of the truck in a 20mm ammo can, most trips it isn't used but, if we're boondocking in one place for a while i'll set it up in a discreet place in the surrounding woods/rocks. Seals up nice and tight (not smelly) and flushes out at any RV dump station. It does require a walk. I've got a grand plan for a welded, swing-away, curtained, bumper mount version but haven't gotten it on line yet.
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Here's a link to the mentioned Eco-Safe Toilet System. At over $200 it might take a bit of thinkin'
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A composting toilet for long term use. I think this is the best one on the market it is designed for use on boats.
Nature's Head Composting Toilets: Saving Our Water for Tomorrow
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I'm a boater as well as a FGRV'er. On the river we use Eco-safe's. The Eco-safe lives in the back of the truck in a 20mm ammo can.
This looks interesting. The Nature's Head is a great unit (and more permanent solution) but also very expensive, the Eco is a couple hundred bucks. I can not tell from my little internet searching but does the Eco-safe have any "valve" or way of sealing off the tank between uses (besides breaking it down and putting caps on)? Also, how stable and strong is it for "larger" folks to use? Thanks!
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I use the Pett toilet, small, compact, light weight, and no water or liquids.
This is a dry toilet system that packs away yet unfolds to a comfortable regular size.
GO anywhere portable toilet®/the PETT® | Cleanwaste Products
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If there is a trash bin available, one could use a pail lined with a bag, and some kitty litter. The 'seat' can be created by slitting a pool noodle lengthwise and fitting it over the pail's rim; the noodle will also hold the bag in place.
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If there is a trash bin available, one could use a pail lined with a bag, and some kitty litter. The 'seat' can be created by slitting a pool noodle lengthwise and fitting it over the pail's rim; the noodle will also hold the bag in place.
Please, lets not go down this road again. The dumping of "Plastic Bags" of human waste into dumpsters and trash cans is just not acceptable to anyone with even minimal background in sanitation. One wouldn't want to be stepping in liquid leaking from someone's human waste collection, nor would any one want children to be doing that either. Not to mention what odors are emitted when said bags are broken open by subsequent trash deposits.

And yes, I know about diapers, but they are designed specifically to be wrapped up, retaped and disposed of. A plastic bag with some kitty litter isn't.

And, if one should ask any campground ranger/host/manager about that practice, you should get the same answer, "No Way Jose" even if your name isn't Jose.....

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