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Old 02-20-2013, 08:12 PM   #11
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Are you a parent or grandparent? Have you ever changed a dirty diaper? Trust me, dealing with a blackwater tank isn't nearly as bad. Besides, you get to wear gloves!
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:05 PM   #12
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I just knew Donna D. would get to the nub of it! Funny! And true!
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:43 AM   #13
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We have a porta potti made by Thetford which has its own storage cupboard under the passenger side front bench seat of our trailer. We have been using it for three years and have never had any trouble with it.

1. Saves a lot of space compared to a bathroom, especially in a small trailer
2. With chemicals added there is very little smell even in warm weather
3. We use the porta potti only during the night and only for #1, use the campsite washrooms for anything else -- most people who use one do the same
4. Paper goes in the garbage, not in the porta potti -- saves a lot of work
5. In full service sites you can dump the porta potti down the sewer connection, in others we dump it into a washroom toilet, usually once a day, usually when the washroom is not crowded -- some people are afraid of the things!
6. The top of the porta potti carries the flush water, the bottom the product, the two are detachable for dumping. There is a convenient carrying handle on the bottom
7. We have NEVER had the experience baglo relates in using a porta potti, although he does tell a great story

I have to agree with those that have larger trailers that a built in bathroom is more civilized, but it does come at a cost.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:10 AM   #14
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I was careful to mention that that was 30 years ago.
The unit was all one piece, with a port for the hose on the top of it, which is why it had to be tipped to empty. You had to tip and lift it. It had no flushing water.

Last I saw of it, it was on the back porch of the cabin we sold (furnished )

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Old 02-21-2013, 10:32 AM   #15
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Being forced to consider smaller trailers has caused us to recognize that a porta-potty is probably more appropriate for the style of camping that we're used to. There's generally a campsite bathroom near by. Whatever toilet we have in the trailer will likely only be used rarely. Room in the trailer is better used for living in than *&$#%ing in.

On the other hand, I also recognize that what we've done in the past doesn't necessarily paint a complete picture of what we'll do in the future. I like the idea of exploring less civilized areas. Retirement isn't too far away, and when we reach that point I expect we'll expand our boundaries quite a lot. So it might be worth our while to pull around a bathroom we don't use for a few years to save restricting ourselves further down the road.

Ah, decisions... Gotta love 'em.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:48 AM   #16
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Another way to look at space is that you have all the great outdoors wherever you are as your "front yard" to sit out in and otherwise enjoy. When we were younger, we were tent campers (and backpackers when even younger), but now that we are both in our 60s that bathroom is something that we really appreciate - especially with those late night/early morning needs. And here in the tic/mosquito infested Midwest, it is really nice to be able to wash off all the insect repellent with a quick shower rather than taking it to bed with us.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:15 AM   #17
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I actually like the late night wanders to the campsite bathroom, as long as it isn't pouring rain. The cold doesn't bother me, and even the quietest sites we usually visit have enough people in them that it's nice to experience the silence after everybody has gone to bed.

But washing off bug spray is something I definitely understand!
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:25 AM   #18
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I don't use bug spray, but my wife does. She just does a sponge bath before bed anyway, even though we do have a bath. This is my preferred method of cleaning too.

I would have no trouble giving up a bathroom if necessary. I have had about 3 showers in 4 years in our 19, and only use the toilet during the night, and only when in a busy campground. Otherwise I use the campground facilities, an outhouse, or a tree.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:34 AM   #19
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Our showers in Blue are pretty much sponge baths with the sprayer just used to get wet and then again to wash off the soap. Otherwise it gets really easy to fill up the grey water tank. And as you both say I was fine with a quick walk to the bathroom at night (actually much more often finding a nearby tree). But my better half was far less fond of her much more frequent outings late at night.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:51 AM   #20
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Besides, I once made the mistake of teasing a friend for peeing in the bushes beside the camp instead of walking the 200m to the campsite washroom in the middle of the night, so now I'm not allowed to use a tree.
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