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Old 11-12-2017, 08:11 PM   #11
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Not mine but I'd consider this with a 5 Gallon potti even tho seat height would be goofy for the 5 gallon capacity trade off to only dump once at the end of a weekend for a family.
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Old 11-12-2017, 08:14 PM   #12
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I'd go for the 5 gallon porta myself. Photos Not mine but kwikee 350LB slides are a neat idea
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5 gal. is a lot heavier to carry when it's time to empty.
We rotate ours 90 at night, to face away from the door.
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Old 11-12-2017, 08:22 PM   #13
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But 5 Gal gets you only one dump at the end of the weekend driving out of the campground, parking the camper door at the dump station. One lift out the ole Door you don't have to tell your family..."No solids in the Potti" either. I've got plenty of room with 5 Gal=no problem boondocking.
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Don/Teresa--Do you happen to know the brand and model of that potty? Thanks!
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Old 11-16-2017, 12:53 AM   #15
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Don/Teresa--Do you happen to know the brand and model of that potty? Thanks!
Yes, Barbara;

It is a Thetford "Porta-Potti" 100 Series. We've had it a long time. Looking at the current basic models on Thetford's website, it appears that, now, they are all a little taller, and perhaps a little more capacity than ours.
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But 5 Gal gets you only one dump at the end of the weekend driving out of the campground, parking the camper door at the dump station. One lift out the ole Door you don't have to tell your family..."No solids in the Potti" either. I've got plenty of room with 5 Gal=no problem boondocking.
You make some pretty valid points. Our habit is to use it primarily for nighttime, because we are out and about during the day.
If we had a 5 gal., I think I'd still empty every two days, because 5 gal. of liquids at 8+ lbs. a gallon is too much for my back, now.
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Old 11-16-2017, 09:36 AM   #17
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Thank you! Due to creaky knees, I am toying with designs in my head that would be a wooden lid that fit over the top which would be easily storable (depending on cupboard/door height) that would serve as a base, to raise up the potty and be stable. Maybe a sort of stool (!bad! pun) with a quarter round lip to keep the potty (and me) from falling off. One of those entrance step platforms would also work but would need to be stored/deployed. I do have an extra lightweight one. Bonus: nonstick treads.
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Old 11-18-2017, 09:08 PM   #18
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I refined my search and found a bunch of ideas here and there around the forum...I think i'm set. The best one seems to be a plywood platform with plywood pieces that hold it steady and chris-cross underneath for support.
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Here is a dumb question from somebody not familiar with them, but how to port a potti style toilets like this deal with odor?
I'd institute a no number 2 rule for sure, as the main reason for the bathroom is for middle of the night wee requirements. Can ETI make some sort of vent go on the side wall in the location by the door where people are putting the porta potti?

The 17a is closer to our affordability than the 19 is, and I personally think the bathroom eats up too much space in the 17.
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The 17a is closer to our affordability than the 19 is, and I personally think the bathroom eats up too much space in the 17.
I would suggest then that you get a used 19' with the space and bathroom. None of the 19's is that old, so even with some problems, you should be able to do well. You can also save yourself a bunch of money since prices have gone up.
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