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Old 02-11-2019, 03:56 PM   #11
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Full disclosure: I havenít had a composting toilet, but when I was planning my build I remember reading in various places that people who did DIY often had problems with odor - sometimes not that bad so they wouldnít notice but guests might.

Iím sure that some donít, but fear of that is part of what drove my decision.

I came away with the conclusion that that was the main reason natures head could ask the price they do.

Again, not my experience, but my research assessment from 1.5 years ago

It also depends a lot on how much time boondocking vs campground. If you spend a lot of time in a campground hooked up for your gray water, it just makes sense to empty black through your existing hook up. If boondocking mostly I agree composting would be the way to go.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:08 PM   #12
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Full disclosure: I havenít had a composting toilet, but when I was planning my build I remember reading in various places that people who did DIY often had problems with odor - sometimes not that bad so they wouldnít notice but guests might.

Iím sure that some donít, but fear of that is part of what drove my decision.

I came away with the conclusion that that was the main reason natures head could ask the price they do.

Again, not my experience, but my research assessment from 1.5 years ago

It also depends a lot on how much time boondocking vs campground. If you spend a lot of time in a campground hooked up for your gray water, it just makes sense to empty black through your existing hook up. If boondocking mostly I agree composting would be the way to go.
I bet those who had problems with odors probably didn't vent properly or cover the #2 properly after going. I have 2 cat litter boxes and a 5g Homer bucket. When they go I just scoop it into the bucket, it's half full and doesn't smell unless you stick your head down there. I'm lucky that they will go #2 in the litter box, but will always go outside to pee.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:18 PM   #13
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I bet those who had problems with odors probably didn't vent properly or cover the #2 properly after going.
Exactly! A small pancake fan or computer fan venting to outside takes very little power and eliminates pretty much all smells.
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Old 02-12-2019, 12:50 AM   #14
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Composting toilets work by keeping the #1 & #2 separated. Their mixing is what causes the stench. With a regular toilet you are limited where you can empty it legally. I would say you negative experience with that is not unusual. Some have gone as long as a month without emptying the bucket of #2. When it's time , you just bag the contents and deposit them in an appropriate manner. No water plumbed for flushing, no drain plumbing to black tank. You can make your own very cost effectively. Here is mine, I have about $45 in it, just need to build a cabinet around it. Manufactured compost toilets are in the $1K range.
I know this was from awhile ago, but do you have how you made this toilet posted anywhere?
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Old 02-23-2019, 01:51 AM   #15
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altho it is difficult to ignore motorhomes as the model for conversion, I would suggest just camping in it for awhile. Obviously you don't want things flying thru the air, but many want the house experience with running water, hot water, showers, bedrooms with door and closets and built in drawers, full galley, dining area and of course a living room or just camp out for awhile. I live in the seattle/tacoma area and lived on board for seven yrs then lived in my shuttle bus often with the girlfriend now wife for an additional 7 yrs. I did put an expensive interior in my first shuttle bus, but there is a point of no return in maintance and it became more cost effective to dump that bus with its expensive interior and have had my current short bus for about 7 yrs. I learned. When you are full time, it is nice to switch things around. Fabric is your cheapest decorating material. Your biggest heat loss will be your windows. A little buddy heater uses less propane than your rv heater. Being able to move furniture around makes the small space more fun. Do not compromise on safety. Seats used while driving are made for vehicles and have seatbelts. Use led lighting, instead of building in entertainment use tablets, headphones instead of expensive tv and sound system. Don't have anything that people want to steal, when they do steal just replace it. Live outdoors, cook outdoors every chance you get, stay away from wood stoves which results in dirt, soot, critters, bad air, fire and really poor air quality, just because you think you are healthy, do a search really bad for you and the enviornment. Propane, burns clean, almost 100% and gives off a little moisture. You need air exchanges inside for health, breathing each others air with or without wood smoke is not good, make sure outside air gets inside even in very cold weather, just crank up the heat to compensate. Learn new ways of doing things, if you have access to electricity, cuddle up in your seat with an electric blanket, low electricty draw it heats you alot, but not the space. Blankets are great insulation as are insulated clothing. See it all as an adventure, not something to endure. Now in time when the new has worn off, you will find it nice to build something in, that is the time to make some plans, maybe a little cooking area or an area to use a computer. Make room for art, even small tiny art, you can even make it yourself. I take showers at the ymca or atheletic club, I avoid all the storage tanks for water and waste water and the need for dumping and electrical pumps and pipes that freeze and break or rodents eat. Take your time and repurpose stuff for your use at garage sales, habit for H, thrift stores, good luck
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