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Old 09-05-2018, 07:18 PM   #1
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Has anyone replaced their black tank and toilet with a cassette toilet?
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Old 09-05-2018, 07:54 PM   #2
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Why would one?
Black tank holds some 20 gallons at 8.5 lbs. per gallon and lasts several days before it needs to be emptied.

To empty, you drive the trailer to the sanidump or you connect a hose to an on-site septic drain and open the valve.
You don't have to look at anything nasty. You don't have to touch anything, wearing nitrile gloves.
To empty a cassette toilet, you get to lug five gallons ( 40+ lbs ) to a toilet and watch the contents slop over the fixture and possible the floor, all the while having your nostrils assaulted by the odor.

Many places will not allow you to dump in their facility ( and that includes outhouses at BC Forestry sites, for instance ).
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Old 09-05-2018, 08:15 PM   #3
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If you search cassette toilet you can find previous discussion about this topic. It can be a convenient option in some circumstances.
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Old 09-05-2018, 08:42 PM   #4
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Why would one?
Black tank holds some 20 gallons at 8.5 lbs. per gallon.
Not on any trailer made by ETI.
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Old 09-05-2018, 08:46 PM   #5
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Correction, I see that larger trailers have black tanks over 20 gals. others much less.
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Old 09-05-2018, 08:47 PM   #6
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The 17 is as follows. So, I am out by one gallon, not much less.
Complete Bathroom (Plan B)

Interior Shower Pkg.
(6 Gal DSI H/W tank, 26 gal grey tank, 19 gal black tank,
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Old 09-06-2018, 06:44 AM   #7
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Has anyone replaced their black tank and toilet with a cassette toilet?
Personally I like the black tank set up in the 5.0 TA almost 30 gals of capacity can last us a good week or so but if there is no dump station or it is getting full and I do not want to move the trailer I have a screw top 5 gal bucket. Fill the bucket from the black or gray valve with an elbow attached to direct the flow then drive or carry it to a toilet, dump station, etc. If I get home with waste in either tank it goes in the bucket and gets dumped in the inlet side of the septic tank. Yes there is stink but I work in the wastewater field so no biggie for me, and yes everyone's does stink the same! Much easier than converting a good system to a cassette. You could also go with one of those blue tanks that Camping World sells if you have the room.
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Old 09-06-2018, 06:57 AM   #8
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What we do if we approach black tank capacity is turn the toilet into a port-a-potty by attaching some port-a-potty bags in the bowl along with the stuff that turns liquid into solid. After use we toss the closed bag into a covered 5 gal. bucket we store in the truck and will dump into a trash can when the opportunity arises. Works well.
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In my opinion, the Cassette Toilet is the best thing since sliced bread for the RV'er. We've owned two RV's now that has had Cassette Toilets. I hate being a slave to dump stations. With the kind of traveling we do, we're never in one place more than 2 or 3 days. So it's never a problem of maxing out the Cassette Tank and if you need to, you can always pull it out and take it to the dump station or pit toilet. Flush toilets are no problem if your careful, especially when you get home to just empty it for the next trip out. This may sound gross to some but I once heard of a guy who walked into a McDonald's with a Cassette Tank under his arm, dumped it in the flush toilet, walked out with none the wiser! I don't see any difference if you were to camp next to a public toilet because you don't have one in your camper or your tent camping than occasionally dumping your Cassette Tank in a public campground flush toilet. Just my opinion and I'm sure some will disagree with me.
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Old 09-06-2018, 09:10 AM   #10
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How exactly are you a "slave" to a dump station? You pull up, remove and connect the hose, dump, rinse and go. Even the most isolated or primitive camping areas like BLM or National Forests almost always have a dump station at a convenient spot as you exit the area. And of course in campgrounds or RV parks with hookups, every site has one. I've never really understood why people think dumping tanks is such a hassle.

We use whatever makes the most sense for the camping situation we are in. So, if the campground has flush toilets close by, we use those. If we are doing primitive camping and they have outhouses or pit toilets, we often use those. If neither applies, use the holding tank.

If you want to haul waste by hand, feel free, but it's not for us. And although you might be the most conscientious cassette owner around, I can assure you that there are others who are not. I've been in a few too many public toilets where the cassette dumper made an absolute mess. It's part of the reason the practice is banned in many places.

And regarding the McDonald's story, just because someone can sneak into the McDonald's restroom to dump a cassette doesn't mean they should. The fellow had to know that McDonald's would either frown upon it or not allow it if they knew about it. Why the trickery?
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