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Old 12-13-2015, 06:38 PM   #1
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I'm wandering if anyone has successfully used a compost toilet in their bus. Pros. vs. cons...? or just a bad idea?..
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Old 12-13-2015, 09:08 PM   #2
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Quite a bit of discussion on that here. I am going the same route but will wait for qualified responses.
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Old 12-14-2015, 03:07 AM   #3
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I decided on getting one after watching a video by the Wynn family of the "Gone with the Wynns" website. They live full time in their motor home and opted for a composting toilet. If it's good enough for the lovely Mrs. Wynn, then I'm sure I'll be just fine. I've heard that some males refuse to sit down while going #1, so if that's a problem then I'm not sure what the workaround would be. Maybe a funnel. I'll be putting one in my bus, with the bathroom designed around the side emergency door so I can just open the door to grab the toilet to empty the contents instead of walking it through the whole bus.

Price might be an issue too, with the 2 products I know of coming in around $1,000. Personally, a black water tank is something I don't want to allocate space, weight and time for.

Other than that, I know nothing about regular RV toilets.
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i clean my own toliet, been sitting for years. most now build there own unit using a bucket and a seperate hole for urine. b t w you cant just throw it out the side door. if you divert the urine to your gray tank there wont be any odors.
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I was looking into doing a composting toilet too. I've lost the link, but there was even a video of a guy who even likes to stick his face down in the bucket after doing his business to prove how not smelly it is. I was curious about diverting urine to the grey water tank. Is that legal to dump just anywhere? How are you designing these toilets to divert the urine? Any links or photos would help.
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Old 12-14-2015, 09:04 AM   #6
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Composting does seem to be the wave of the future for converters. Especially appealing to anyone who has previously owned/maintained a blackwater system. I have mine ready to install.
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Check first with your licensing/titling authority in your state. Here in Washington a vehicle must have a toilet with a black tank that can be drained outside without removing the tank, in order to be titled as a RV/Motorhome. Only cabover truck campers are excepted from this rule. If you're converting a school bus, you're probably starting out with a commercial vehicle title, which will not only have a different cost to insure than a bus with a motorhome title, but may even be illegal for you to drive without a CDL. Which also reminds me: If your bus has air brakes, you may also need an air brake cert on your license.

If you can use a porta potti or composting toilet legally, then my recommendation is the porta potti. This is the most cost effective solution short of a simple bucket. Porta pottis can be purchased at stores like Wally's for less than $100. They're the easiest to dump because all you need is a standard plumbed toilet to dump into (think fuel station restroom when you refuel), so no dump fees. No ventilation plumbing required. And I believe the porta potti is more environmentally friendly because composting toilet owners (in boats and vehicles) tend to bag the solid waste and throw it in the trash. (Tiny houses on owners property may have the humanure option for the solid waste.)
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Link to composting toilets.
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i m o its 1000 bucks for a bucket and 2 liter bottle, i dont think so.
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I like my porcelain toilet , and black water tank, works great.
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