Thursday, June 9, 2011

Portable Toilets

What if ... that's a great way to start thinking about what you need. So, what if for some reason I can't use my flushing toilet? Let me tell you if you are like me, and I'm sure most people are; I really appreciate my toilet and toilet paper! But, what if?

Most people who go camping probably have a camp toilet, and you already know which ones really work. But, have you ever thought that you may even be in your home when you can't use your toilet. Perhaps the pumping stations are down, or flooding has occurred in your area. It would be a good idea to obtain a portable toilet of some type. I have not posted pictures of every toilet available, just some of the more popular ones available. Many are similar, and you'll be able to find a large variety by just doing an online search. I know this is not a topic most of us want to discuss, but, well we all need one or more.

I do have some thoughts on some not to get, as well as some choicer varieties. I have included pictures, and some descriptions I was able to find. Some I have included my ideas about. But in the end, it is still your choice due to your preferences and your budget.

A portable toilet should be in your supplies and also make it easy to get to. Don't hide it away way up high in the top of the garage. You may need to get to it quickly when the need arises.

The following is probably one of the most popular. I'm sure most of us have a story about these. They are cheap, and don't always work well.

Rothco camping toilet

Camp Toilet about $13

Let me tell you why I would NOT purchase this. Many years ago, my uncle who was just of average height and weight, (He was never overweight) had one of these during a camping trip with our family. He and his wife refused to use a pit toilet. OK, I didn't want to use a pit toilet either, nor do I really want to use one today. But, my uncle and his family ended up having to use the pit toilets after all. He was not feeling well and having extreme potty problems, when the legs collapsed on him. It was not a pleasant experience for him, nor his wife. So, as I'm sure you have a horrible mental picture of his distress at this point. Please use my uncles unhappy moment as your reason for not purchasing one of these toilets.

The following is the description I found on the Internet

Product Description

The Stansport toilet is the no-frills, low-cost folding toilet option. It is lightweight and very easy to carry because of its compact storage and store-able design. It will work for your hiking, camping, mountain climbing, backpacking, or any outdoor fun activity that requires you to pack and go in just a few minutes, but at this price range, quality is compromised. The lightweight feature still allows you to comfortably sit in a plastic molded toilet seat with a removable plastic ring where you can securely place your disposable camping toilet bags. In addition the Stansport portable toilet is ridiculously easy on the pocket. At about $10 bucks, it really is tough to go wrong, even if it only lasts 1 weekend camping trip.

Disposal is not a problem with the Stansport toilet as the seat rings securely hold the toilet bag and is easily removed for bag disposal when needed. The package comes with the plastic bags that you need and has a storage that can fit your backpack.

The Stansport Toilet Bottom Line

If you're not yet ready to commit the additional couple of dollars on a higher-end folding camping toilet option, the Stansport portable toilet may be the right choice for you.

Product Details

  • Durable white plastic molded seat on heavy duty tubular steel legs
  • Bags are held in place by a removable plastic ring
  • Folds compactly
  • Comes with six plastic bags
  • Easy to clean

Rothco camping toilet
Reliance Hassock about $30

About 15 years ago we purchased this at Wal-Mart. The price doesn't seem to have raised. It is a bit lower than your average toilet, but it is sturdy, and is comfortable enough. If you are tall, you will want to put it on a block of wood to make it more at the normal toilet height. But, I have found that to be true of  all portable toilet that I've seen. What I like is you can store all your supplies on the inside. I have purchased lots of small garbage bags to line the little bucket with. The little bags that fit your bathroom waste paper basket are the perfect size to line the bucket with. Do not use plastic grocery sacks like you get at Macey's, Fresh Market, etc. because they aren't always sealed well at the bottom, and they will split and leak. Not a happy experience for anyone changing out the bag. 

Many years ago, we lived in a home on a septic system, and it was raining like crazy for weeks. Thus, the septic system wasn't able to drain well with a saturated bed. We used this portable toilet for about a week. So, I know it works well, and stands up to repeated use.

Mfr: Reliance Products L.P. - 9844-21; Portable chemical toilet puts the comfort back in camping, traveling and boating! Convenient, easy to carry Inner pail makes for easy disposal Toilet tissue holder built-in Measures a compact 14" high, 15" in diameter Off-White 

Gotta Go toilet -  $39.95

This is not something I would purchase. Think about using this over and over. Think about if this gets wet, you get the idea. It's too expensive for just a few uses. There are too many other affordable options. These do collapse, why? It's cardboard! I've seen them at Parley's Hardware in Orem, and I don't care how much they  smiled and tried to talk me into buying one, let me tell you the answer is NOPE, not me. 

Designed to hold "up to" a 275 pound person, this portable waterless toilet system is both, tough and durable. At 2 pounds, this portable toilet system can be re-used (If properly taken care of). 

Made of strong, double wall, corrugated paperboard.

Coleman, Large Portable Flush Toilet, 2000001534, 20.1l

Coleman flush toilet about $90

Nice, but you have to have the chemicals.

Toilet Portable Large Flush 2000001534 20.1 liter waste tank One hand flush Leak free seat Contoured - elongated seat Hose connector for cleaning Chemical bottle storage

Luggable Loo Toilet Seat and Bucket 9854-03

Luggable Loo $15

I'm sure we've all used a bucket during camping trips. This doesn't really need much explanation. Just purchase a supply of waste bags, and you are set

Sealable, leak-proof outer carry bag. Inner waste bag contains Bio-Gel waste gelatin. Use with the Flushable Loo or with standard household toilets when plumbing is unavailable. Double Doodie Plus is a larger version. Comes in box containing 6 bags

Excel Composting Toilet

Sun-Mar Dry Toilet $300

Pricey, but very nice. But, it's really a permanent set up in your home.

The Sun-Mar Dry Toilet is designed for use with the water-free Sun-Mar Centrex 2000 AF (Air Flow) Composting System. The Dry Toilet has a seat height of 15'' and a ''regular sized'' toilet seat. Includes a bowl liner that fits beneath the seat and which can be removed for cleaning as required. The toilet connects to the composting unit by means of a 10'' diameter pipe section. Manufactured from durable and sturdy fiberglass.

Thetford 25100 Porta Potti 135

Thetford Porta Potti $64

Nice, but keep in mind you need fresh water to use it. 

The world's leading brand of portable toilet, Porta Potti is easy to take anywhere, use and clean. It is ideal for boating, van conversions, camping and hunting, pottie training, bedside use, emergency situations – and more! It is sanitary, odorless, leak-proof, rugged, durable and contains its own fresh water for flushing. Porta Potti models have: fresh water and waste tanks that easily detach and reattach; a no-spill, vented fresh-water fill cap; an exclusive, rotating pour-out spout for no-splash emptying; a handy built-in deodorant (bottle included) storage for ready availability; and a push-button air relief valve for quick and clean tank evacuation. - Compact to fit almost anywhere - Bellows flush - 2.6-gallon waste tank - Handy built-in deodorant (one bottle included) storage for ready availability

Product Description

You will never have to worry about spillage, leakage and sanitation problems again with a Thetford Porta Potti 135. It is a good choice for your RV, marine or camping trip. You will have a good feeling having it around with its no-splash pour-out spout, no-spill vent cap, and built-in deodorizer. Your worries of not having a place to respond to nature's call will be addressed with this portable potty.

The Thetford Porta Potti 135 measures 17" by 15" by 14" making it fit to any available space in your RV or boat. It comes with two sections that come apart and reattach easily. For maintenance and cleaning, you can rely on the push-button air relief valve that makes it possible for you to quickly clean and empty the holding tank. Also, cleaning the cover and seat is also easy with its removable design. You will also have enough space for a whole day adventure with its 2.6 gallon waste tank and a holding tank with the same capacity with 27 flushes. 

The next great thing about the Thetford 135 is that its modest price tag should fit into most any budget. You will get the comfort for your outdoor need with a durable high-gloss finish portable flush toilet at a very affordable and reasonable price. 

Reliance-Fold-to-Go Collapsible Toilet

Reliance Fold-To-Go about $25

Not one I would buy, it looks a bit tippy with only three legs. I don't want to tip over and then clean up the mess! I would put it in the same category as the "x-frame" portables that collapse. This may not collapse, but it's too tippy on three legs. Anyone who uses it would have to be careful to sit on it just right at all times.

Pros and Cons of This Folding Camping Toilet

The Reliance Fold-To-Go is great because it's so easy to use. It fits easily into any camping toilet tent, which is great when you're at a campground where the port-a-potties are less than clean. The tall height and padded seat also make this one of the most comfortable collapsible toilet options on the market this year.

The Good

  • User friendly
  • Compact design makes it easy to store most anywhere
  • More comfortable than other options
  • Works well with disposable camping toilet waste bags

The "Not-so-Good"

According to some reviewers, the toilet legs can be a little hard to fold up. It takes a bit of practice, but once you get used to it, it's not hard to use at all.

Is the Fold-To-Go The Best Choice For You?

The Reliance Fold-To-Go Collapsible Toilet is a great option for those who want a super-simple option at the campground or on the go. It's one of the sturdier options on the market, and it's a good value. If you want a cheaper option than a flushable toilet that's also easy to use, this is definitely it. However, if you're uncomfortable disposing of waste bags or want a toilet that's going to lock out bad smells, this toilet isn't the best option, and you may want to consider a portable flush toilet instead.

Product Details

  • Highly portable, collapsible toilet with integrated handle; comes with one Double Doodie bag
  • Folds down to five inches high for easy transport
  • 300-pound weight capacity with leg locking system
  • Compatible with Reliance's standard Double Doodie bag for easier clean up
  • Five-year warranty against manufacturer's defects

SANIPOTTIE 962 Parchment, No Bracket

Sanipottie about $95

Another one you will need a water supply available. But it is nice!

Product Description

Offering a 2.6 gallon freshwater supply, the Sanipottie 962 is the smaller brother of the Sanipotti 965. A great option for RV's, trailers, vans, or car camping, the 962 also works well for the bedside, at home, the job site, or potty training.

The Sealand Sanipottie 962 is made of high-density polyethylene construction that makes it durable and strong. The manufacturer claims you can drop it or stand on it and see how it can stand your weight or the impact (though we wouldn't recommend testing). Whether used in the campsite, or on the boat, it is a tough toilet that can handle the challenging conditions.

The toilet contains a fresh water tank with a 3.2 gallon capacity for easy in-vessel filling. The 2.8 gallon holding tank, on the other hand, can be used for up to 30 times with a reliable flush system. For your aesthetic requirements, you will have an attractive matte finish and scratch resistant portable flush camping toilet that will last for years.

For a worry-free trip, you can rest on the assurance that you have an adult-size seat and lid with side latches that lock securely. With your SaniPottie portable camping toilet, outdoor adventure will never be the same again. You will always have the peace of mind that you need as you travel without worries of whether you will get to a clean public toilet or not. With the Sanipottie 962 around, you are in control of your sanitation and hygiene standards. This is the best thing about portable toilet systems.

SaniPottie 962 Features

  • Self-contained 2.6 gallon (9.8 L) freshwater supply
  • Top mounted port offers easy in-vessel filling
  • Hold down brackets included
  • Always flushes with clean water
  • Large discharge opening completely empties tank in one pouring motion
  • Heavy corrosion-resistant tank latches
  • Tanks are on-piece construction - no seams to leak
  • Attractive matte finish - scratch resistant finish
  • Easy to keep clean and looking new for years
  • Size 15-1/2"H x 14-1/2"W x 16-1/2"D
  • Comfortable Adult-sized seat
  • Simple to winterize - all parts and seals are user replaceable
  • Color: Platinum or Parchment

South Bend Passport 18 Liter Portable Toilet

Southbend Passport $130

Very nice, but keep in mind ... fresh water is needed.

Product Description

For your outdoor adventures, it would be best not to rely on campground or public toilets to avoid the shocking experience of using an unclean, foul and stinking toilet that is common in so many public campground restrooms. Instead, bring your South Bend Passport 18 Liter Portable Toilet and make it conveniently available in your in your own campsite. It has storage for 3.7 gallon fresh water and 6.3 gallon holding tank complete with indicators for both tanks. The Passport 18 Liter portable flush toilet is easy to clean with the detachable pour spout and a holding tank vent for more convenient and easy disposal of waste. You can also replace its piston flush that has a two direction rinse for better coverage.

South Bend Passport 18 Liter Portable Toilet brings Peace of Mind to the Outdoors

Your next outdoor trip will give you the peace of mind that you need because you will no longer have to depend on those nasty public toilets to respond to nature's call. You have the ability to handle this situation by making the South Bend Passport 18 Liter Portable Toilet available for use by your family or friends. This is your way of not taking risks in exposing yourself to unsanitary and unreliable toilets. This is also your way of taking care of your hygiene and sanitation needs with its smooth injection finish toilet. Get your 18 Liter portable camping toilet today and always have a worry-free outdoor adventure. 

Product Details

  • With fresh water and waste tank level indicators
  • Easy to use, replaceable piston type flush. Two Direction Rinse for better coverage
  • Easy to Read Level Indicator on both fresh water, and waste holding tank
  • Easy to clean detachable pour spout and holding tank vent for easier discharge of waste.
  • Holds 3.7 gallon fresh water and 6.3 gallon holding tank

Reliance Products Flushable Loo Toilet

Reliance Flushable Camping Toilet $63

Fresh Water is needed! Are you getting the idea of what you'll want to purchase?

Product Description

Your outdoor companion for reliable portable toilet is answered by Reliance Flushable Camping Toilet. For your car camping, outdoor trip or other adventures, you will be happy to have one available for those inconvenient times when "nature" makes her calling. It has a unique patent-pending design that is meant for easy cleaning and waste disposal. When you use Double Doodie Plus waste bags, you will have no worries about sanitation and disposal. Also, you are assured of a no-leakage toilet because of the secure clamps and sealed gaskets. With a 3.2 gallon reservoir for fresh water and a 4 gallon holding tank, you will have ample storage to most short to medium length trips without the hassles of disposal coming too often.

The best thing about the Reliance Flushable Loo camping toilet is its superior features available at a very reasonable price. As it is easy on the pocket, you will not have a reason not to have one available especially when camping with friends and family. With kids around, the Reliance flushable camping toilet is a great solution to a common problem. Moreover, you do not have to worry about frequent disposal because of the high-capacity tank. Hence, for your next outdoor activity, get one and have a worry-free adventure with Reliance Products Flushable Loo Toilet. Reliance Products have a reputation for functionality & durability in the portable camping toilet market, and their flushable camping toilet is no exception.

Product Details

  • Flushable, portable toilet with patent-pending design for easy waste removal and waste reservoir cleaning
  • 3.2-gallon fresh-water reservoir; 4-gallon bottom holding tank
  • Compatible with Reliance's standard Double Doodie bag for easier clean up
  • Secure side clamps and sealing gaskets; easy push pump for flushing
  • Five-year warranty against manufacturer's defects

Reliance Products Hunter's Loo Portable 5 Gallon Camouflage Toilet

$18 Bucket Toilet

It's a bucket, with a toilet seat. Simple, and easy to use. But, hey, this one is camouflaged nobody will notice you! Hopefully they will come out with an "Urban Print" soon. Warning... this camouflage print currently only works outdoors in the woods.

Product Description

The camouflage camping toilet by Reliance will be a welcome friend when nature calls during those "less than convenient" times while a-field. Nothing special or fancy here – just a solid, rugged, standard bucket toilet with a hinged snap-on plastic toilet seat and lid that holds sanitary camping toilet bags securely in place. It can support a person of up to 350 lbs of weight with its sturdy and durable bucket material. With the economically priced Reliance camouflage bucket toilet you get the convenience of a sanitary toilet with you during your outings, packaged in the best color for doing your business in the woods - camo.

The camouflage camping toilet is not only cool looking, it is crash resistant and has a durable handle and removable seat & lid that allows for ridiculously easy cleaning, particularly when used with today's sanitary camping toilet bags. The bucket can also be a multi-purpose container for your sanitary wipes, tissue paper, chemical deodorant, emergency camping supplies, paper towels, toilet bags, toilet seat covers and other things that you want to store for your next hunting or camping activity – though "snack-storage is not recommended"...

The camouflage design is appropriate for hunting trips which is the reason why this is basically made for hunters although, the Reliance camouflage bucket toilet will obviously function equally as well on any of your other outdoor activities.

Is The Stylish Camouflage Camping toilet Right For You?

Considering the affordability of the camouflage camping toilet by Reliance, it should be considered as a camping toilet option, particularly for the budget-minded outdoor enthusiast.

Product Details

  • Portable five-gallon/20-liter bucket-style toilet in camouflage
  • Traditional snap-on hinged seat and cover (cover is replaceable)
  • Compatible with Reliance's standard Double Doodie bag for easy clean up
  • Dimensions: 13.5 by 13 by 15.38 inches (L x W x H); Weight: 2.65 pounds
  • Five-year warranty against manufacturer's defects

If the pumping station is down, or we are experiencing flooding, let me tell you a portable toilet will be a blessing. If we are having problems with the plumbing in our area the people down the bench will be getting something special coming up their drains from us farther up the bench. But think about it ... are there people above us on the bench? All the waste will come up the drains in the showers, sinks, toilets, etc. You can take a child's rubber, plastic type ball that is just a bit larger than the hole in your toilet. Shove it tight into the hole. Do the same for your sink, tub, and shower drains. This will keep the toxic waste from your neighbors out of your home. Nobody wants to receive a gift like that.

Besides obtaining a portable toilet, go out and purchase play balls for each of your toilets and drains. But, remember to purchase extra. You are going to shove it so tight into the drain you will probably have to pop it to get it out when it is no longer needed.

Remember one is none, two is one, and three is better than none. I'm not telling you to get three portable toilets, but having options available is a great idea.

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