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Old 09-23-2015, 09:47 PM   #1
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Question compost toilet mod

Looking into the 17b.
I saw an earlier thread on this topic, but no one there seems to have actually done it. So, has anyone replaced the standard toilet with a compost toilet? Looking at nature's head toilet [ Nature's Head Composting Toilets: Saving Our Water for Tomorrow ].

related question:
Has anyone had/done a modification to change the shower/toilet room into a closet space?

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Old 09-24-2015, 02:15 PM   #2
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I have a 5.0TA on order and would love to install a Nature's Head toilet to eliminate messing with the black tank and extend our boondocking capability. However, my understanding is that it won't fit into the existing wet bath. This may be the same for your 17B.
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Old 09-24-2015, 02:19 PM   #3
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Do some research on other trailer forums too. Generally, the consensus is that for use in an RV, they are not very practical. I believe it has been done though.
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Old 09-24-2015, 03:43 PM   #4
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You might think about getting a 17A and asking Reace if he can modify a front dinette seat to hide the toilet underneath the seat. I think the 17B wet bath has a molded fiberglass section that hides the black tank and the marine toilet sits on top of that .This would put the Nature's Head quite high off the floor, if you just substituted the composting toilet for the standard ETI toilet.

The trade off of a 17A is needing to use Campground facilities for showering, or use an outside shower on the Escape. The 17A has more storage space vs the 17B though.

I really like the idea of getting rid of the black tank so you are not looking for dump facilities out in the boonies during an extended stay.
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From pictures I have seen, compared with the dimensions they give, it seems the composter would fit, but might require a step or platform over the shower drain.
I have a question pending with the Escape folks about a 17b, but putting in a dinettte instead of the bed, and then make the "closet" bigger.
I would love to have the 17b without the black tank, then use that black tank space for storage.
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composting toilet Archives - Gone With The Wynns

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Old 09-24-2015, 07:49 PM   #7
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.... extend our boondocking capability...
You dig a hole and bury it. Depending on rules, you may even be able to dig the hole first, run the sewer hose to the hole and empty as needed. But, I think in all cases the hole has to be covered with something (plywood?) and you're only allowed to do this when you are so-many-feet away from waterways. Check the local regulations where you want to camp.
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I have a 5.0TA on order and would love to install a Nature's Head toilet to eliminate messing with the black tank and extend our boondocking capability. However, my understanding is that it won't fit into the existing wet bath. This may be the same for your 17B.
I have never understood the concept of MESSING with the black tank.
How is getting rid of composted human waste any easier than draining the black tank ? .
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And, I assume, like the rest of us, you wipe your bum. Emptying a black tank is no more difficult than flushing a toilet.
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You dig a hole and bury it. Depending on rules, you may even be able to dig the hole first, run the sewer hose to the hole and empty as needed. But, I think in all cases the hole has to be covered with something (plywood?) and you're only allowed to do this when you are so-many-feet away from waterways. Check the local regulations where you want to camp.
We've done this on BLM land. Asked the folks at the BLM office if it was OK, and you're right Donna - it depends on whether or not you're near a watershed/land that drains into a river or creek. In our case, it was fine.
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