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Old 03-28-2008, 01:53 PM   #11
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What kind of transfer pump are you going to use? Can you use a normal 12v water pump like the kind that you use in a fresh water system?

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Old 03-28-2008, 02:29 PM   #12
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Even though I'm installing a macerating toilet, I have another macerating pump that will end up being my pump out transfer pump, just to make sure all those little itty bitty turds didn't gang up and decide to gum up the works....
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No significant experience yet, but I'm quite sure that tanks are like money: More is better, with no limit. And running out of water, or waste capacity, would be simply unacceptable.

I bought my tanks by ordering them at a local RV store, but I'm having to install my own fittings. That Plastic Mart deal sounds great.
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:26 PM   #14
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Any 12v pump will do it, I'm using a used SurFlo...it's just moving waste water from one tank to the next, so don't need anything facny...
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Old 04-01-2008, 03:30 AM   #15
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No significant experience yet, but I'm quite sure that tanks are like money: More is better, with no limit. And running out of water, or waste capacity, would be simply unacceptable.
But when does the law of diminishing returns kick in ???
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To calculate capacity of holding tanks, first find the total volume in cubic inches (Length x Width x Height in inches) and divide by 231. There are roughly 231 cubic inches of liquid in a gallon.

Water also weighs about 8 pounds per gallon.
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Old 05-24-2008, 05:49 PM   #17
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SO.... After thinking about it, I figure on carrying about 80 gallons of potable with an even split on the gray and black, (40 gal / 40 gal), and about four cases of beer... OK six cases....
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a composting toilet. its really the only toilet option i will consider and i can always use it elsewhere if i ever have to give up this schoolie, or decide to upgrade. im still debating on where to put it, but i think it could go on a back porch sort of deal.
I don't know much about a composting toilet.... But let me tell you, that my experience with a port-o-let in the rear passenger side corner was disastrous !! The port-o-let spewed every time I hit a bump...

A while back I remember seeing a bus-cam video of some school kid in the last rear seat going airborne when the bus hit what I guess was a pot hole... So just keep that in mind when you're planning where to put your toilet... Oh, and also keep it in mind that your center of gravity will be affected by the amount of water you decide to put up on your roof....
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I am leaning towards using two tanks (no gray tank). I am thinking about 40 gallons of fresh water and a 40-45 gallon black tank. But the actual size of the tanks will be determined by whats on sale at the time of purchase. We usually take along a couple of 5 gallon fresh water jugs and about a dozen 32 ounce bottles of drinking water as well. Adding to the fresh water tank with the 5 gallon jugs could be accomplished easily enough. Our plans are to use our bus 2-5 days at a time parked at the lake (s), often with electrical hook-ups and a fresh water source nearby. I also plan to plumb the gray water to drain through a hose before reaching the holding tank when the option is available.

Here is a post with a bit of good information at
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I don't know much about a composting toilet.... But let me tell you, that my experience with a port-o-let in the rear passenger side corner was disastrous !! The port-o-let spewed every time I hit a bump...
I'd like to hear the story of that one
Nothing much else to say.... It was my first attempt at a conversion, back in oh, I think it was '93 or so.... Some pals and I decided to get a bus and make it our canoe hauling, camping and party bus... Not thinking too hard about where to put what inside the bus, we decided to build a "privy" in the rear passenger corner and installed a port-o-let inside. Looking at it after we finished, we all felt it was a good place for it. We didn't fill it with the prescribed "Blue water of death" until we stopped for an overnight on our first canoe trip north to Ely, MN... That night we decided that we'd use the port-o-let since we were camping near a farmer's barnyard and didn't want to spoil our welcome. The next day we hit the road, everything seemed OK until it got sunny and hot and one of the fellas started to complain about an odor coming from the "privy" and went to investigate.... Blue water of death, and all of the other added components were adorning the inside as well as part of the window... Eeeewwww.... We cleaned it up the best we could, and needless to say, that was the last we EVER used the "privy".... I wouldn't place any kind of toilet, sink or anything that has an open source of liquid past the rear axle.... That's my story and I'm sticking to it....
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