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Old 04-26-2014, 09:40 AM   #29
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Here here Vivian. A little creativity is all it takes. And a little cooperation if you are more than one.
We don't use the porta potty at all if we are moving from place to place. (Old Tide detergent bottle comes in handy.)
Don't like the porta potty (too low and a pain to empty) and will be investing in a luggable loo this season. I guess that could be called a luxury upgrade!
I didn't plan to get to the Ont rally this year but it's on my must do list for next year.
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:04 AM   #30
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Vivian, love your description of the rooms in your Boler. Great attitude.
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:19 AM   #31
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Here here Vivian. A little creativity is all it takes. And a little cooperation if you are more than one.
We don't use the porta potty at all if we are moving from place to place. (Old Tide detergent bottle comes in handy.)
Don't like the porta potty (too low and a pain to empty) and will be investing in a luggable loo this season. I guess that could be called a luxury upgrade!
I didn't plan to get to the Ont rally this year but it's on my must do list for next year.
Merci Philip. yes the luggable loo is so much easier. Very simple idea but works well.
You can just keep an eye on our blog for next year and we'd love to have you come. We have 3 or 4 couples each year from Quebec, as we are fairly close to the western border and we try to get to Quebec bolerama in September as often as we can. Hopefully we will make it to this years event near Drummondville.
We don't travel too much in July and August as it's just way too busy for us and too, too hot. But spring and fall we are out of here. We had to cancel our April trip to Algonquin Park however, this year as everything is still frozen over up there. But we are off to the Bay of Quinte in a couple of weeks.
Hope to see you somelwhere down the road, or at EggFest2015 next May.
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Old 04-26-2014, 01:12 PM   #32
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It appears there are at least two kinds of folks on this thread. Those that have a bathroom, and those that make excuses trying to convince themselves and others that they don't need one.
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Old 04-26-2014, 01:14 PM   #33
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It appears there are at least two kinds of folks on this thread. Those that have a bathroom, and those that make excuses trying to convince themselves and others that they don't need one.
Well said.
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Old 04-26-2014, 01:22 PM   #34
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To solve the TOO low port-a potty I took a plastic (store) milk crate.
cut off 6 inches from the bottom.
At night I place the port a potty on it. In day time the port-a-potty goes under the front storage and the base can be used for storage and other things.
It's just the right height and make the venture much easier.

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Old 04-26-2014, 04:00 PM   #35
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Lightbulb

behind the closed doors of that bathroom closet i linked to in my upper post is our version of a "lug-gable loo". . . my wife found a 2 gallon bucket that fits the standard 5 gallon loo-lid (found in many outdoor stores). She likes the lower height as it still allows for our preferred (warning...To Much Info may follow squatting posture.

Bath closet in van open:



and yes, we can even shower in the same area if we choose to if the Parkliner is back at camp and we're all muddied up from playing gold-prospectors

I agree with all the posters who said to-each-his-own/matter-of-choice. The pros/cons are all valid. For us? It was super easy to incorporate something that was convenient and handy.

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Old 04-26-2014, 04:20 PM   #36
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Here is another option to the standerd toilet or port-a potty.
Nature's Head Composting Toilets: Saving Our Water for Tomorrow
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Old 04-26-2014, 04:31 PM   #37
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The nature's head and (competing) air head, separating composting toilets are, IMO, the future of off-grid RV bath design. Though we have a lug-gable loo, it is actually, in use, a separating-toilet as the solids are kept separate from the liquids.

I was pleasantly surprised to see such an excellent van conversion up-fitter as OutsideVan utilizing the concept in their bathroom.
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Old 04-27-2014, 06:55 AM   #38
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It appears there are at least two kinds of folks on this thread. Those that have a bathroom, and those that make excuses trying to convince themselves and others that they don't need one.
Yep there are two kinds, but I prefer to call them Adventurers and Comforters - ha ha.
As someone else said, there are valid points to each preference and no I don't make excuses for my choices and certainly I don't expect anyone else to make excuses for theirs.

If we stayed close to home we would probably go the fancy route, but our tow vehicle is just too small to carry more weight like water, and waste water etc. I also prefer to have the extra room inside, such as it is in a thirteen.

If we could afford a bigger tow, we still hate hauling a bigger or heavier unit through cities especially in places where we are in unfamiliar territory. We are too old for that. Getting through Montreal scares me enough as it is.
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Thanks for bringing this topic to light I had forgotten about it and sure did enjoy reading it again.

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My 2nd little gypsy caravan I built really got me thinking about a cabinet for a porta pottie and the headroom to sit on it. I was so thrilled when I found my ParkLiner, and that it was the "bachelor's special"....(porta pottie) not a flushing toilet into the grey water tank. Makes my life more comfortable
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Old 04-28-2014, 11:48 AM   #41
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Totally a matter of what matters to YOU. In our 13 ft. a porta potti for emergency or comfort when rustic camping is all the space I'm willing to give up for that convenience.

If we decided to purchase a 15-17 ft. model a toilet closet or even shower might well be on our requirements list.

Have camped with and without, don't tend to do the five or ten days in the national forest like we did in the past, having full facilities really made that a nicer experience. Now it's more like three days at a time and as long as my knees don't have to deal with a squat while leaning against a tree I'm good. Can wash up and wash hair well enough to go three days without having a full bathroom and that infrastructure to haul around and maintain.

Full timing, longer rustic, or having more space would push me one way. Weekend and week long with less space and more often with campground facilities I tend the other direction. But hey that is just how we weigh out the choices.

The porta potti type solution and cabana tent or privacy tarp is also useful for tent or canoe camping. Which we don't do as much of as we have in the past but is still a possibility. I swear if I go on any more winter tent camping trips I'm at least going to take a folding seat and a tarp for a wind brake.
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I suspect the lack of potty will be much easier on you than Bonnie.. I have an old van I use a lot for solo camping, my night potty is an empty bottle.. My wife would simply rather stay home than be forced to walk escorted to a public potty at 3am (or borrow my jar). The ONLY camping requirement she has is a sit down potty that is a few steps from where she is sleeping. We have one of those nice little cassette potties that I toss in the van if she goes though she prefers the one in the Casita. We have never used the Casita shower but the potty is a different story.
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