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Old 02-10-2016, 02:35 PM   #1
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I haven't yet committed to ordering a 19' trailer at this time but have been getting my questions answered by ETI. They are very easy to work with and answer my questions quickly. The one issue I keep trying to resolve is that of the cassette toilet. I know ETI will not install them but they did advise me that someone out there has. How should I order my bathroom configuration to fit the cassette? How difficult and expensive is it to install? Will probably use one of the Thetford models.
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Old 02-10-2016, 03:16 PM   #2
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Although there are other brands of trailers with cassette toilets, and even one with moulded fiberglass construction (like an Escape), I have not heard of anyone actually putting a cassette toilet in an Escape.

The challenge with installing a cassette toilet is that it is designed to fit against a flat and vertical exterior wall with a door over it, for access to the cassette. Moulded fiberglass trailer bodies typically have few flat areas and no vertical areas; the Lil Snoozy does offer a cassette toilet, but it is against the rear wall, which is vertical in this unusual rear-door layout. In a non-vertical wall, the wall would need to be modifed to have a flat and vertical section, with either an inset door over it or a shaped door (like the trailer's main entry door) and a hinge design which would accommodate the curved body.

I wondered if I had missed a discussion in which someone mentioned installing a cassette in an Escape so I did a quick search, but all I found were these:
Has anyone installed a cassette toilet in their Escape?
Cassette Toilet Option?
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Old 02-10-2016, 04:04 PM   #3
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Thanks, Brian. Those posts were the only ones I've seen. Sarah thought there was someone who might have installed the cassette. I can't stand the thought of black water, dump sites, etc. Yuck! Thanks for the explanation. I've seen the Snoozy and was very impressed. I think the Escape is a much nicer trailer and will handle somewhat colder temps better than Snoozy . So many choices, so little time!
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The Snoozy is all electric too, I believe.

With the raised platform that the Escape toilet sites on, which part of the black tank is inside would make it tough to install even a porta potty, without raising it fairly high, or reworking the walls of the bath to remove that ledge. Without turning the toilet against the outside wall, and doing some fiberglass work to accommodate the cassette access (as it does need to be flat like Brian said), I just can't see it happening, nor worth the trouble.

I do like the concept of a cassette toilet, especially if boondocking a lot, but it certainly would not be a deal breaker. Either way, with a hose or a cassette, you are still dealing with the black water to a similar degree.
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Old 02-10-2016, 04:25 PM   #5
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Good info, Jim. Hmmmm,,,tough decisions ahead.
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I had a Thetford cassette in my T@da, a 2.5 gallon model which was nice in the winter as you could fill it's own separate holding tank with auto windshield solution and it would not freeze. The problem with Snoozy is that you have to use the on board tank, thus this would not work with the solution. Either way, you had to carry and empty the cassette into a toilet which could get messy. The conventional hose in the Escape is simple, put on pair of gloves and you do not
have to be exposed to anything.
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I've never had to deal with a black tank before, but I can see myself out there wearing not only gloves, but also goggles and a surgical mask.


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I had a Thetford cassette in my T@da, a 2.5 gallon model which was nice in the winter as you could fill it's own separate holding tank with auto windshield solution and it would not freeze. The problem with Snoozy is that you have to use the on board tank, thus this would not work with the solution. Either way, you had to carry and empty the cassette into a toilet which could get messy. The conventional hose in the Escape is simple, put on pair of gloves and you do not
have to be exposed to anything.
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I usually have soap and water handy, and if so forego the gloves. Never had anything close to needed goggles and a mask happen. LOL
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In addition we normally limit our use of the bathroom in the camper to liquids only and try to use cg facilities for the other reasons.
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I'm kind of squeamish about "that" stuff, but it's probably not near as bad as I am imagining it.

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I usually have soap and water handy, and if so forego the gloves. Never had anything close to needed goggles and a mask happen. LOL
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