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Old 03-26-2016, 07:41 AM   #61
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We had a pop up camper with no toilet so i have never had to deal with the clean out/ removal / dumping. So i have been researching this to see what we wanted to do. So when I was first reading this thread I figured the prices are probably very close in comparison. The prices you guys have shelled out for me tells me a lot. Of the reasons people go with compost I did not see the reply of the "smelly nasty hose" to be high on the list. I figured the price was close enough one could go either way but seams there is a large price diff so the feeling of the "smelly nasty hose" is strong to shell out more $$ for it.

Side note... When you guys talk about having to dump the tank and deal with that I always get the picture of Robin Williams in RV holding two hoses together with a Y....

Thank you for the info this will help.
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Old 03-26-2016, 10:54 AM   #62
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We had a pop up camper with no toilet so i have never had to deal with the clean out/ removal / dumping. So i have been researching this to see what we wanted to do. So when I was first reading this thread I figured the prices are probably very close in comparison. The prices you guys have shelled out for me tells me a lot. Of the reasons people go with compost I did not see the reply of the "smelly nasty hose" to be high on the list. I figured the price was close enough one could go either way but seams there is a large price diff so the feeling of the "smelly nasty hose" is strong to shell out more $$ for it.

Side note... When you guys talk about having to dump the tank and deal with that I always get the picture of Robin Williams in RV holding two hoses together with a Y....

Thank you for the info this will help.
Use a Macerating pump & you can use a garden hose to dump your tank & it's easier to store.
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Old 03-26-2016, 03:53 PM   #63
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a lot of folks wont move there bus very often, and plan to live off the grid, so having holding tanks is not a good option for them, therefore a composting toilet makes sense, others like myself travel, and boondock, or stay at campgrounds with full hoop ups., we boondock as much as possible, then when its time to dump we will stay at a camp ground, dump, fill fresh water, do laundry etc. then head out again.
Dumping is simple, hook your 3'' hose to your valve, dump black tank first, close valve dump grey tank, what ever is in the hose from black tank is gone, then rinse out your hose, tuck it away and off you go, no big deal.
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Old 05-02-2016, 09:53 AM   #64
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So we are still researching a lot of stuff. I went threw the thread again and saw the WA state law that has to have the holding tanks for title transfer to motorhome. I was pulling parts of an old motorhome and the guy told me parks require the black tanks and all that. So my question is... For those that have the composting toilets and you go to park (state or privet) has anyone had any problems with them when they see your not hooked up and when you take a bag of dirt to the trash can? Or do they not care?
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Alabama has no inspection requirements, in fact, I "inspected" my own at the DMV, as the clerk asked me to go write down the VIN(the only inspection required)

I have never had any trouble at a campground, maybe because I have not stayed at many, or because none were uptight. As long as you are disposing of your compost in a responsible manner, I find it hard to believe anyone would have an issue. If they do have an issue, you may be in the wrong place.

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Old 05-02-2016, 10:17 AM   #66
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Cool. Thanks. Our idea is taking the kids to diff state parks and what not. I just wasn't sure if they would be cool with the bag of dirt in the trash can. I like the idea of the composting toilet because of more freedom. Probably sound dumb but in those places you don't have the tanks so were do you dump the pee?
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Old 05-02-2016, 10:55 AM   #67
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A campground always has an outhouse too for those whose pop-ups or tent or whatever don't have a toilet facility. I suppose you could discretely carry a pitcher of lemonade to the loo as needed.
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Old 05-02-2016, 10:58 AM   #68
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I've been researching this as well, and stumbled across these plans for a super affordable, easy to build, urine diverting composting toilet: RandomThoughts on Triloboats, sailboats & Kung Fu: December 2013

After showing my husband, he suggested I build it early on when converting the bus and use it a few times to see if the smell bothers me - that way, there's still time to switch to a traditional RV toilet, and we won't have spent too much money giving it a go. I plan to also add some ventilation and a little fan to help keep the compost a little drier and less smelly.

People with composting toilets generally report that the urine is the smelliest part to dispose of - some suggested keeping a spray bottle of diluted vinegar next to the toilet to spray off the diverter after use. I'm not sure if that's to help counter the odor, or just for general cleanliness. I also read that ashes from a wood burning stove work really well for absorbing odor in a composting toilet - has anyone here tried it? There's an overview of various composting materials here: Bucket Toilets: Our Verdict (and Advice) After a Year of Using Ours

Hope that helps someone! If I try this out, I'll let you know how it goes.
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Old 05-02-2016, 11:27 AM   #69
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I live near a fishing access w/an outhouse. Compost freezes here in winter so I just take the mix there and pour it in the vault. I get odd looks from some fishermen but it works for me
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Nice read!
This was going to be our first "go-to" solution for simplicity and $$$, but due to space constraints to hold the "filler", we had to go with a more compact port-a-potty type of design.

I had read in other threads that cedar sawdust makes for excellent filler
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