Portable toilets...for camping

Can anyone give me some advice on portable dunnies?

I've never really looked into them before but might need one soon (3 girls who get bit fussy!!!)

I've read the info on this site but what about models, sizes, ease of use / cleaning etc

Is there a clear 'best one to get' or is it a mine field?

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Reply By: Member - Bucky - Sunday, Aug 19, 2012 at 23:36

Sunday, Aug 19, 2012 at 23:36
A shovel and a roll works for me and the Mrs, 95% of the time.

Otherwise we use "Jummy's thunderbox", A flip out portable shower tent/dunny screen. Ours is a single job, but some people prefer a double unit.
We dig a deep hole with a 240 post hole shovel. Never use water, but we sprinkle lime over deposits, as this stops the smell.
We also have a Porta Potty, which as far as we are concerned is a total waste of time, but some people like them.
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Follow Up By: Member - DickyBeach - Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 06:47

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 06:47
We, too, use a Jimmy's Thunderbox and a folding shower-tent but instead of lime we firstly burn the paper and, if the hole is to be used again, cover the rest with a thin layer of soil and on departure completely fill in the hole and tamp it down well with the back of a shovel.

That way, even if a dingo should excavate the hole, there's no paper to blow around the country-side and the faeces very quickly dry out and eventually turn to powder.

Cheers,
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 12:05

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 12:05
hi db
be carefull lighting the paper in a pit toilet or dropping a lit cigarett down it while using it or straight ater as the methane gas might explode and blow both butts out of sight
how do you know it quickly drys out and turns to power
have you dug one out to check thats fact or fiction??????
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Follow Up By: River Swaggie - Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 15:21

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 15:21
Yeah i agree with Bucky here,Also i just strap a post hole digger to the roof rack...
Easy digging....Put plastic bin liner (that breaks down) on the four corners of Jimmys Thunderbox making sure the plastics right down in the hole...When its time to pack up,wrap the four corners together,put deep down hole and re-fill and generally put a rock on top or piece of timber...
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Reply By: Member - jay D (VIC) - Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 10:11

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 10:11
tethford is the best brand to buy, they come in various sizes, just choose the one that suits you.
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Follow Up By: rooster350 - Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 11:09

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 11:09
Thetford....and there is another brand...and get the larger size , the small size is very low , and also you would be forever emptying it...a lot of people are now using the cheap brand of napisan to put in them, it works quite well...cheers
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Follow Up By: Caravan & RV World - Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 17:00

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 17:00
Thetford Porta pottis are our best sellers due to their comprehensive range of sizes. There are also plenty of spare parts available.

http://www.caravanandrvworld.com.au/toilets-and-accessories/Toilets

C&RVW
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Reply By: Member - baffle (QLD) - Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 11:33

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 11:33
When I checked out the prices on the double size, the site Deals Direct seems to be cheapest.
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Reply By: Member - Anthony W Adelaide - Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 12:41

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 12:41
Another vote for Jimmy's Thunderbox.

Compact, easy to use and you don't feel like your going to fall off it.

Shower tent as well if privacy is required.

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Reply By: Derek Jones - Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 14:16

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 14:16
Wife and I used to be hole diggers but have moved over to porta loos after travelling through the WA north where hard, rocky ground made digging deep holes difficult.

We subsequently bought a coleman port a loo and sure beats digging deep holes in rocky ground.

A little toilet brush to clean the bowl, some chemical and a shower tent if we camp in popular spots and life is relatively simple.

If you are going down this line make sure your loo is has a suitable space (no point buying a high loo if you are stashing it under a bed somewhere) but has a height that suits your family.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 19:35

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 19:35
Andrew,

The Thetford 165 Porta Potti is a very good device, having good height and a 20 litre waste tank. I also have a 145 model but these are just too small for use by multiple people. They only have an 11 litre waste tank and are lower to the ground.
Good for portability but not so for practical use by two or more people.

However, with three girlies using it, you will find you may need to empty it almost daily. Wee and paper and flushing water will tend to fill the tank fairly quickly, then there is the solid waste which everyone needs to "expire".
Try encouraging the girls to wee into a bucket and place the paper in another container. Then you can simply tip out the urine onto the dirt without any impact to Mother Nature. The paper can be burnt at a convenient time.
We actually use a bucket with a lid inside our camper at night to cater for the "wee hours excursion". We add a drop of two of eucalyptus disinfectant which stops any unpleasant odour, then tip the liquid out in the morning.

The Jimmy's Thunderbox is another option and you can use plastic liners to contain the waste, but, you still need to dispose of it in an environmentally effective way.

We use the Porta Potti and Home brand Napisan, available from Woolworths supermarkets. Much better than the Thetford chemicals, much cheaper too and much kinder to the environment.




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Follow Up By: Andrew(WA) - Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 21:19

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 21:19
Thanks Bill

How much napisan do you use and when do you use it?

Is it at each flush or just put an amount into the tank right at the start???

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Follow Up By: Lex M - Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 23:12

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 23:12
We use generic nappy treatment. Capful in tank when first used and another capful each two/three days if not emptied.

Another tip. We use kleenex cottonelle toilet paper. Breaks down well and cheaper and easier to get than the campshop paper.
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 07:24

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 07:24
Yes about a heaped capful in the waste tank at the start and after each emptying.
As for paper, I have found an unbleached toilet paper (can't remember the brand) is best, both for quicker breakdown and also when disposing. Again no chemicals that may remain in the ground if disposing of in a hole.

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 21:33

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 21:33
Main criticism of the Jimmy's thunderbox is that its not very big and can easily disappear down the hole in a sandy environment like the desert.

When we're in a group, we dig a hole and use a plywood box - bigger than the thunderbox (so it doesn't slip down the hole) and with a real seat. We use large paper bags as a liner which we burn off before the ceremonial burial. Others simply use a newspaper liner.

When its just the 2 of us a Thetford 165 does us nicely and fits perfectly inside the Tvan.

When we do bushies, we take matches and burn the paper. We travel in winter when there's no fire risk.

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Reply By: Member - G.T. - Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 15:49

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 15:49
Porta loos can come in different heights. Choose one that has a good height, lower ones can have the potential for your knees to be around your ears, when seated, if you get my meaning! Regards G.T.
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