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Old 07-23-2016, 09:08 PM   #1
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Question Composting or Black Water?

Correct me if someone has already started a thread on this; I haven't seen one.

My wife and I currently live in a bus with a blackwater system. I've never had any qualms about it, blackwater ain't so bad, but we've been considering the idea of a proper composting system. We're converting a bus and one of our plans is for me to work remotely and spend extended stays near large cities when required. I don't want to be desperately looking for a place to dump blackwater when the need arises.

So whats the general feeling bout composting toilets from the experts? Do you guys have any insight that could make this decision a no brainer?
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Old 07-23-2016, 09:21 PM   #2
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I will go with a composting toilet, not because of black water squeamishness. I don't want to take up extra space or time with a blackwater tank. Space is at a premium on a skoolie. I also plan to be boondocking more than half the time.

If you spend the money on a Nature's Head unit, I don't think you'll be sorry. Yes, they're almost a thousand bucks w/shipping. I've never heard anyone complain about the NH toilet. I have a lot of experience with DIY composters. Outside, if replacing an open pit latrine, DIY is fine. At home or in an enclosed area, not so much. The Nature's Head, Sun-Mar and Separett toilets seem to be great. Reviews and thoughts are all over the NET and Youtube. Just make sure you get a unit that separates #1 from #2. Mixing the two is what causes most of the problems.

You can find a lot more discussion in the following threads...

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f10/ba...let-12625.html
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f9/com...buses-305.html
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f13/co...lets-4195.html
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f13/ma...lets-3031.html

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Old 07-23-2016, 10:38 PM   #3
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Thanks. I've seen a fair bit on those three models. I guess I'm just the skeptical sort; I just need a little reassurance from folks like you who agree that the whole principle isn't nutz.
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Thanks. I've seen a fair bit on those three models. I guess I'm just the skeptical sort; I just need a little reassurance from folks like you who agree that the whole principle isn't nutz.
There is a thread bathroom/ toilet with same kinda question I asked. In fact CaptSquid bought I think the natures head and explained a lot about it.
I just asked to see if he is happy or regrets as I haven't heard anything back for his review.

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f10/ba...tml#post156424
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If there were any problems with the NH toilet, these two would be all over it.

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If there were any problems with the NH toilet, these two would be all over it.

I forgot about them.
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Old 07-24-2016, 12:26 AM   #7
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So another question. I know it'll vary by location, but I was under the impression that it's safe and legal to throw away as garbage if need be. Is that generally correct?

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So another question. I know it'll vary by location, but I was under the impression that it's safe and legal to throw away as garbage if need be. Is that generally correct?

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That is correct. Empty the bin into a plastic bag and drop it in the trash. Some campgrounds and rv parks have started large compost bins to empty into. That way the compost can go to landscaping as opposed to the landfill.
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Thank you very much everyone!

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I currently have a Jabsco waterless toilet installed but haven't bought my black tank yet. I have always wondered why I couldn't put in the composting toilet I have down back in the cabin. I used it for two years with no problem except I never connected up the drain tube so a lot of liquid built up.

I didn't persue this as Clint was adamant about "it not going in the bus".

I am now back to wondering. I have a Sun-Mar Centrex 2000 NE that's been set up & not used for the past 9 years. the link Central Composting Toilets by Sun-Mar
I was thinking I may have more than enough room under the bus for the composting unit and was wondering if anyone has anything to offer up on this idea.
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