RV Toilets


How to choose an RV toilet?

Toilets are an important aspect to your RV. Although you may find yourself using the campground’s provided bathrooms more often than not, nothing beats the peace of mind of having your own toilet on board.

When choosing which RV toilet you want, there are a few aspects to consider. Cost, maintenance, where your waste tank is located and whether you will have access to dump sites frequently.

Portable toilets are much like the port-a-potties found on construction sites, and are the most basic form of RV toilet. They operate by flushing the contents into the waste tank below by using a small amount of water and chemicals. To empty, you must remove the waste tank from inside the RV and dispose of its contents at the dump site.

These are the most inexpensive type of RV toilet and, being portable, can be put in a cupboard or under a bed while not in use. However, most portable toilets use a foot or hand pump to flush the toilet and sit lower than other types of RV toilets.

Cassette toilets are seen as ‘second generation’ portable toilets. Instead of the waste tank being located directly under the toilet, it is found away from the toilet towards the outside of the RV. This allows access to the waste tank externally. More luxurious models feature electronic flushing systems but are also far more expensive than portable toilets. Cassette toilets are more difficult to install on older caravans not designed for them.

Composting toilets are the most eco-friendly type of RV toilet on the market. They operate similarly to your compost bin at home and don’t require any additional plumbing – just a consistent source of ventilation.

Disposal of the compost can be tricky. Many times you will have to bury your waste, but it can also be used in your compost bin at home (if you own one). They don’t emit any odours but take many months for the waste to break down, making them not ideal for groups larger than four. They are also even more expensive than cassette toilets and are extremely difficult to install in a used RV.

What to use when heading off the grid?

Most RV toilets should last a travelling couple seven to ten days. Anything more than that will require disposal. Composting toilets can last the longest before disposal is required, while portable toilets need the most frequent emptying.

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