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Old 04-02-2014, 12:28 PM   #1
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Composting Toilet Use in Solera?

Anyone have experience using a composting in a Solera motorhome?

Seems there are lots of benifits to installing one including weight benifits, Elimination of sewage dumping and that unpleasant process, increased capacity for gray water storage, extended boondocking capabilities and you can use your fresh water for other things other then making liquid sewage.

They have been used onboard sail boats for years

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Old 04-02-2014, 12:43 PM   #2
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Interesting question. We don't have one in our motorhome, but we do have one in our pool house and like it. I think the maintenance would be easier with a regular RV toilet though. On most composting toilet models, it takes some space to regularly clean the screen in the catch basin (we have a Sunmar Excel). And ours is quite big - it would never fit in our RV bathroom.
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Knutter,
What got me thinking about it was the "Gone With the Wynns" blog.

Check out the links I attached. Size doesn't seem to be issue with the model they are using
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Is this the best of what this forum has? Aren't there ANYONE testing this out? The concept of NO black tank ewww (could be used as a second gray tank) and less water consumption would REALLY extend the drycamping capacity. No more poop mountain in an inaccessible space, it would be right there in front of you.

Cmon, somebody must be thinking out of the box here. There is even a cheaper, yet still pretty cool option here.

C-Head portable composting toilets

or here.

Air Head Dry Toilet: Marine Composting Toilets - Environmentally Friendly Marine Composting Toilet System

or the one in the original post.

Nature's Head Composting Toilets: Saving Our Water for Tomorrow

As mentioned, they are getting pretty common in the marine world, and sure would be useful in boondocking and dry camping. Maybe nobody does that here, we just go from power pedestal to power pedestal and sewer dump..

Interesting tho.
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Is this the best of what this forum has? Maybe nobody does that here, we just go from power pedestal to power pedestal and sewer dump..

Interesting tho.
HUH?

I didn't even SEE this thread until just now, and I read/post every day here.

I know NOTHING about a composting toilet so I won't post my initial thoughts, but the "go from power pedestal to power pedestal..." comment seems a tad harsh and condescending/insulting.
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You can look at the Wynns website. They put one in their motorhome and liked it. Good write up and videos.

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(deep breath) now that I'm done watching a video SO disgusting...I won't even post the link here. It's called the "graphic version" of a composting toilet. It's a video that removes all the "feel good, save the planet" stuff and gets you right down to the nitty gritty realities of this ....thing.

Not NO, but HELL NO. WTH! She emptied the urine container into her FIRE PIT! And there's a disgusting feature that involves a paddle/stirrer for the "solid stuff".

I'm SO wishing now I had NOT seen this thread.

I'm out.....
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You can look at the Wynns website. They put one in their motorhome and liked it. Good write up and videos.

Composting Toilet | Gone With The Wynns

Yeah, that's the same model the lady was demonstrating in her "graphic" video.

Doesn't smell? BS! That jug of "number one" would gag a maggot when emptying it I'm thinkin'.

And in both videos they say you have to keep "number one" totally separate from "number two". I'm scratching my head on how that's possible, especially for females.

How the heck are you supposed to teach young kids how to manage this filthy monster.

Yeah, wish I'd kept my word...this time I really *am* OUT....

carry on...while I go puke.

I'd give up RVing before I'd resort to this!
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Weezer and all - our composting toilet that I posted about above (in our pool house) does NOT smell (#1 or #2) and there is no stirring, paddle tools, or jugs to empty. I say hell no to all that too. I have the SunMar Excel and it has a tiny little fan in the exhaust vent - so yes it uses a little power, but that's a small price to pay for it to remain odor free imo. You put a few scoops of a sawdust and microbes material after #2 and every once in a while, you turn a crank to rotate the drum - easy peasy and no smell. Now of course, to cut down even on that much work, you can always try to do your #2 business elsewhere - such as in the public restrooms on the road or in state parks etc. But if you are boondocking it without a "power pedestal" for a long period of time, there would be no issue with using a composting toilet like ours in an RV. Once a season (or one a month maybe with continuous use) you would have to empty the tray - but by that time, everything is composted down and it mostly just looks like mulch and smells musty like mulch. I promise it's not as bad as you saw in whatever video you watched. Seriously, a jug of urine into a fire pit - that's disgusting and probably illegal in most places we camp!
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