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smarty

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Posted: 01/20/20 10:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are about to install a composting toilet in our toy hauler so we can eliminate our black tank.

Anyone done this?

Plan on rinsing the black tank out REAL well before capping it.

Any suggestions for things we ought to do during this upgrade?

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Posted: 01/20/20 03:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Composting Toilets - What They Don't Tell You





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If you ever plan to sell it, you are really limiting your potential purchasers AND it will take a bunch of $$ off the resale price. Just something to think about.

I can tell you that one of the reasons I purchased an RV was to have a fully funcioning PRIVATE bathroom that I can take with me.


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Posted: 01/20/20 05:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Do these composting toilets depend on lots of power to dry out the waste matter and aid in the composting action? I'm not familiar with them but, operation of the toilet and travel needs consideration. Perhaps you can clue us in on how they work.

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Posted: 01/20/20 06:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I never try to belittle someone else idea BUT I watched most the video. That told me the whole story. It is not for me period.


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Posted: 01/20/20 10:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We had one in our boat and loved it...but in would never consider it in the RV.

In the boat, you generally can't dump overboard and finding pump outs is a hassle (plus they are broken half the time). Marine toilets require substantial maintenance as they pump the waste through 1.5" pipes and tend to clog and require regular rebuilds.

On the RV, it's just not as big of an issue as they use gravity and large diameter pipes. About the only reason you might consider one is if you are in the back-country for long periods of time with no access to a dump station. You still need a place to dispose of the urine every couple days but the solids should be good for around 3-5weeks.

One catch, our experience is with 2 people using it. If you have 4-5 people, it becomes problematic as they can't handle the loading (from people we know who had visitors for a week on their boat with the same unit)


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That guy spent a lot of time on his knees in that video. It's definitely not for this old f*rt.


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It's funny how the definition of composting toilet has changed since RVers started using them [emoticon].

A composting toilet used to be something that did the composting itself. Meaning it would hold several years worth of poop.

But just last week someone told me she had a composting toilet in her van, and it turned out that what she meant was that she had a bucket and a plastic bag :-).

The top comment on that video has a good link about disposing of the non-composted stuff that you get in a plastic bag, from a so-called composting toilet:

https://www.livesmallridefree.com/blog/where-to-responsibly-empty-your-composting-toilet


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There's a whole subculture of converted cargo vans, and those who live in them a LOT or full-time swear by the composting toilets. Try www.faroutride.com for a journal of the build and features and comparison tests the owners (both engineers) did for waste disposal in their Transit build.

I still agree with others: in the whole scheme of things, dealing with a black tank isn't all that difficult (says the lady who has toted around a "Luggable Loo" which uses kitty litter and WAG bags for a decade, even with an RV)

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