Portable Toilets

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 10:39
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Hi Everyone,
Does anyone have any comments on portable toilets. We are in the market for one and had made up our minds on the Thetford 365. When we went to Ray's the guy there showed us the Wild Country brand and the benefits it had eg. ease of emptying, moulded handles, can store it on its side. Now I am a bit confused. Really they all seem very similar so does it just come down to personal choice or are there some brands you should just stay away from.
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Ann
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 10:55

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 10:55
Hey Ann

We have a Thetford and find it great. It's very easy to remove the holding tank and it just clips back on. We have one of the smaller ones though. I have not tried another brand so don't really have anything else to compare against but we are happy with it.

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Reply By: ben_gv3 - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 12:03

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 12:03
Two words:

Bumper Dumper
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 18:14

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 18:14
Bumper dumpers are good but you must face the vehicle downhill and dont wear thongs!!! Remove the keys from the ignition so the vehicle cant be driven whilst you are using it.. Michael
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Follow Up By: D-Jack - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 22:01

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 22:01
Love the last picture on the website of the guy fishing whilst using his bumper dumper! And hows the pictures of the 'unsanitary' toilets! They must have had fun thinking up ways to make toilets look so crappy (pardon the pun!) Somehow, the thought of pooing into a plastic bag doesn't really interest me though!
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Reply By: dazza62 - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 12:41

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 12:41
Since my knowledge of portable toilets does not extend much past a long handled shovel, I can't help you much at all Ann.

I can advise that the Wild Country Brand is one that is exclusive to Ray's and in most instances is actually a major Brand that is co branded to ensure that this item remains exclusive to Ray's. Has anyone tried to but an Ugly Stick Rod or Shimmano reel from Ray's recently, if so you will notice they also have the Wild Country brand on them. There are many other items that are also co branded.

Congratulations to the salesperson for pointing out all the features of the Wild Country item and not canning the competing product, as many would do.

It would perhaps pay to ask who is the manufacturer of the Wild Country toilet as you may just find it is Thetford or another well known brand. You can then start comparing apples with apples.

Good luck with your purchase.
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Reply By: Member - John B (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 12:50

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 12:50
Better than Bumper Dumper try the local
Jimmy's Thunder Box.
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 14:49

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 14:49
We use a porta pottie the Thetford brand and are very happy with it.
I suggest that you look very hard at where you will store it when traveling so that you can purchase the size that will fit the space available.
When purchasing chemicals for it get the eco friendly ones.
You will be pleased with the ease of use and the convenience.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

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Reply By: Brian B (Brisbane) - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 14:55

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 14:55
Hi Ann,

We brought a Thetford 365 a while back and are very happy with it.

It has good capacity in both the flush and waste tank, a waste tank indicator, and something we were told was a good feature is that they have a piston type pump as opposed to a bellows type pump. They are dead easy to fill and empty and the unit breaks into two pieces very easily.

When you empty the waste container it has a button to press to release the pressure and this also eliminates any spray when you empty it out, so this is a clean process. Chemicals are readily available and they also tell you to use a bio degradable toilet paper with them. They make their own brand of paper called Aqua Soft.

All in all we are happy with ours.
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 15:37

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 15:37
We find that using "odour-B-gone" tablets (biodegradable) in the porta poti is far better than the chemicals. That way, if you do have to empty it, and don't have a dump point available, you can just bury the waste. You can't do that with chemicals. There is also the lack of that chemical smell, and no chance of spilliing liquid chems.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 15:39

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 15:39
PS... forgot to say, make sure you use the fast acting ones (not the slow).
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Follow Up By: paulnsw - Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 05:59

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Woolworths and Coles home brand nappy treatment is same stuff but more concentrated. Odour-Be-Gone is about 10% active ingredient at $40 and home brand nappy treatment is 34% at $3.49 for 1kg
if you are parked up for few days give the cassette or porta-potti shake every day to keep mixed up.
In summer after 3rd day put in exta capful and shake cassette or porta-potti
Stuff like Bio Magic is expensive rubbish compared to home brand nappy treatment. Home brand nappy treatment is 100% safe in septic systems and for the environment.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 16:36

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 16:36
What ever you get - choose the one with the biggest holding tank that will fit in your pottie cupboard. There are some models that have a bigger water tank than holding tank, to my mind this is the wrong way round with capacities - it's easier to add water to the water tank than empty the holding tank.

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Reply By: paulnsw - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 17:11

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 17:11
the Rays Wild Country is made by Sealand and is the superior porta-potti on the market. Rotational moulded polyethylene with best seat and pump system as well as emptying. Don't pay more than $99 as they come on special at Aldi as well and Aussie Disposals.

Dont waste your money on toilet chemicals use Home brand nappy soaker treatment from Coles or Woolworths. 1 full lid scoop in bottom with 1L water. In top flush tank put good squirt dish washing liquid and give a quick flush prior to use to lubricate plastic. Detergent mixes in bottom tank and along with nappy soaker there is no smell and bottom tank flushes sparkly clean.
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Follow Up By: Rolly - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 17:19

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 17:19
Yup! re: the nappy soaker!
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Reply By: Member - daz (SA) - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 20:38

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 20:38
20 litre plastic drum with a seat & a lid works well
Put some sawdust in it with lime.
After each use a fresh sprinkle of sawdust & a half a handful of lime does the trick

When you find some soft digging, an opportune time to MT

Daz
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Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 05:54
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