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Old 08-05-2009, 07:15 PM   #31
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Yes, the size of the designed tank is 100 gals. or a little less, to be built from marine plywood (or other suitable weather resistant wood) and lined inside with fiberglass.
Ooo That sounds GREAT! :P Please DO take LOTS of photos of that process! I'd love to see how the final product comes out.

Something I've always wondered about water tanks... would a cylindrical or elliptical tank keep water from sloshing as much as a square tank? Just observing the dynamics of water in a fish tank versus a round soda bottle, I would suspect the lack of extreme changes in depth would make the water travel better in a curved-bottom container. Anyone noticed a difference?

Thanks for the clarification, Jim. Nice to hear from you!
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Old 08-06-2009, 06:57 AM   #32
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Pee diverter? Us truckers call it a gatorade bottle-

Now, that is funny. And believe me when I say that if I could somehow master the art of peeing in a gatorade bottle (and then making sure our daughter does the same), then we would go for it.
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:14 AM   #33
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Check this link out. Looks like a do-able, low cost solution for a composter.

I've seen a lot of that "trucker's lemonade" along side the highway. Hope some hot and thirsty hitchhiker dos'nt think is a free drink someone dropped.

As for Squatting to pee, well, I'll never admit to it. The are always things outside when you park. Ya, got to mark your territory. Cops kind of frown on it when your parked at Walmart though.

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Old 08-06-2009, 10:21 AM   #34
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I hate seeing trucker bombs- I always hang on to mine, empty in a storm drain. Throw the plastic in the trash, I've seen guys fill one and drop it right outside the window- not 15' from a trash can. Slobs Some people are just pigs *shrug*
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:49 AM   #35
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We haven't bought it yet, but were using an "Airhead" composting yacht toilet and only running a grey water tank. A little pricey on the short end but will eliminate black water tank, plumbing and dumping drama, reduce fresh water consumption and plumbing and the engineering already done.

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Old 08-06-2009, 04:17 PM   #36
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We haven't bought it yet, but were using an "Airhead" composting yacht toilet and only running a grey water tank. A little pricey on the short end but will eliminate black water tank, plumbing and dumping drama, reduce fresh water consumption and plumbing and the engineering already done.

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Hey Den, thanks for the airhead hookup. It is a little pricey, but should last forever and solves a lot of headaches. Sometimes its the time vs. money thing, ya know. Right now a little money and no time.
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:37 PM   #37
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Got a less expensive model for ya

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Old 08-07-2009, 07:26 AM   #38
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Ha ha! Too funny. I'm looking at composting toilets too. The thetford looks really good, and there's another one i'm lookin' at..name's escaped me at the moment (made by a company in Canada). dang..i can't remember. Anyway, the whole point of that is to eliminate the black tank. Someone posted not to actually get rid of my black tank, just connect it to the grey tank for more grey water storage, which i thought was a good idea. Composters I think (i hope) are the way to go...
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Old 08-07-2009, 07:54 AM   #39
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I love that there is so much interest and varying opinions/ideas for the composting toilet. I think I'm going to start a thread just for this topic in the "Conversion Discussion" forum so it will be easily found by others who are interested in doing it. I think it will be great to have one spot where everyone throws out ideas and thoughts on the topic and I hope you'll all join in and continue to brainstorm. Who knows? By the time we get around to actually putting ours in, the plan may be completely different.
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Old 08-07-2009, 08:15 AM   #40
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Ya still gotta dump liquids according to their website (I did EXTENSIVE research before buying my Thetford). Might not have to dump solids as often, but for $969 I STILL gotta dump pee? If you're standing over a house toilet or pit toilet pouring out your own waste, does it really matter if it's less solid???

Papabear, save $850 and buy yourself a Thetford 365 toilet. 5.1 gallon waste tank, 4 gallon fresh water tank. You have to dump it but $850 buys a LOT of beer!

If you wanna dump money (HA!! Couldn't help it! ) why not get one of these?



http://ssl3.adhost.com/incinolet/mer...?step=4&pid=55

Comes in different colors, is specifically made for RV's. A "handy" person could rig something (maybe use the waste air when your air brake system "pops off" to blow the ash away??) to eliminate dumping the ash?

It doesn't require electricity every time you "go". It just needs to be hooked up to power every 40-50 "flushes".

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I'm still shopping myself and cost is why I haven't bought an Airhead yet, that and I'm still researching composters in general, but one reason not to buy it isn't dumping pee, you can route liquids to your grey water tank. The Air head was simply designed to be completely self contained so it could be mounted anywhere or packed up and taken with.

From what I understand of the subject, separating liquids from solids is what makes or breaks the whole compact composter deal. Small composters drown out if the liquids and solids aren't separated. I know this to be true, a friend of mine has been trying to come up with a homemade unit for awhile and actually does have a pretty good working unit, but it's bigger than I want and has to be tended more than I care too. I have been around when his composter wasn't working good and it' not a pretty sight I don't want to turn the morning constitution into an interesting new hobby

One thing I'm pretty settled on is that the Airhead does work as advertised (real testimony of folks that own them), but you got to drop the coin. I'm holding out till the end to drop that coin in case something else comes to my attention, not a big deal anyway since the Airhead simply surface mounts, vents and your done.

If someone knows of other proven compact composters, I'm all ears!

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