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DIY Portable Toilets
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I found this website from a prepper type site and there are several models of home made toilets shown.  Some are ideas I've already seen, but a couple I hadn't seen.

https://www.foodstoragemoms.com/2017/10/...easy-make/
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When I was in the big truck I used a 5 gallon bucket and then I took an old toilet ring and attached 4 steel angles to the bottom of it. It fit inside the bucket and held the plastic bag in place. I could take the ring off and use the bucket for other things. A step stool for the top cabinets and a seat for when I needed to air the tires or polish the aluminum wheels. In an RV you could probably get dual use by making a top for a plunger and make a washing machine.
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(10-19-2017, 03:24 AM)Motrukdriver Wrote: When I was in the big truck I used a 5 gallon bucket and then I took an old toilet ring and attached 4 steel angles to the bottom of it.  It fit inside the bucket and held the plastic bag in place.  I could take the ring off and use the bucket for other things.  A step stool for the top cabinets and a seat for when I needed to air the tires or polish the aluminum wheels.  In an RV you could probably get dual use by making a top for a plunger and make a washing machine.

I'd call that more than dual use.  You have more than #2 there.  You have a step stool and a washing machine or a regular bucket for washing stuff.  I think you're right.  Everything has to have more than one purpose to work well for us.
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They make 5 gallon bucket lid toilet seats. Combine that with a more reasonable short bucket (2 or 3 gallon) and you have a simple toilet.
Liner bag, then business bag. After deposit, seal business bag and leave in liner bag. New bags go over the top of the used ones till full.
A little bit of kitty litter or cedar shavings before deposit and some on top of deposit soaks up the moisture and stops smells pretty well.

Hassock toilet is the cheapest/simplest ready to use solution which uses this method. Less than $35 on Amazon and compact.
Alternatively, Walmart carries the folding Reliance toilet which is the same idea minus the bucket. Compact and cheap though.
Plus, if you're willing to spend the dough, you can use the Reliance gelling bags which are spendy but work REALLY well.
You can also make your own gelling bags by buying the stuff and adding it to your own bags. Also expensive though.

Pro Tip: Too much waste and the bags can get suctioned into the bucket. Hard to get out without tearing (which is obviously bad).
Add a length of vacuum line leading from the top of the bucket, down the side, and under the liner bag so air can get in easily.
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(10-22-2017, 12:29 PM)Gideon33w Wrote: They make 5 gallon bucket lid toilet seats. Combine that with a more reasonable short bucket (2 or 3 gallon) and you have a simple toilet.
Liner bag, then business bag. After deposit, seal business bag and leave in liner bag. New bags go over the top of the used ones till full.
A little bit of kitty litter or cedar shavings before deposit and some on top of deposit soaks up the moisture and stops smells pretty well.

Hassock toilet is the cheapest/simplest ready to use solution which uses this method. Less than $35 on Amazon and compact.
Alternatively, Walmart carries the folding Reliance toilet which is the same idea minus the bucket. Compact and cheap though.
Plus, if you're willing to spend the dough, you can use the Reliance gelling bags which are spendy but work REALLY well.
You can also make your own gelling bags by buying the stuff and adding it to your own bags. Also expensive though.

Pro Tip: Too much waste and the bags can get suctioned into the bucket. Hard to get out without tearing (which is obviously bad).
Add a length of vacuum line leading from the top of the bucket, down the side, and under the liner bag so air can get in easily.

Great information here!  I especially like your pro tip!  In this case, a vacuum is not your friend. 

I also never thought of buying the chemical separately to jell the waste.  It makes me want to explore other jelling substances to see if I can find something that's cheaper.  And if the more expensive agent is the only way to go, buying it like that would mean you could use it when you really need it and use kitty litter or other fillers when you could get by with that.  Yes, you have me thinking....
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Personally, I use modified Reliance folding toilets. I like the low space requirement and they are plenty sturdy.
I use doubled up small trash can bags and add cedar shavings which are much lighter than kitty litter and work well.

The cost per deposit on the gel stuff is just too high for me personally. There's a couple different options though.
Biggest advantage in my opinion is that the good gel is biodegradable like your waste. Bio bag and you can bury it all.
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The 5 gallon bucket porta potty was the best choice for us when our septic became unusable a while back. Although we are newbies to traveling in an RV we been living in one for over ten years. We used the two bucket system, one pee, one poop. The pee bucket got emptied daily of course and then sprayed with dilute bleach and pin-sole, the poop bucket was lined with tall kitchen trash bags and layers of kitty liter, ceder or pine shavings worked best and needed to be changed once or twice a week. I also bought a cheap padded toilet seat on Amazon for $18.00 and slightly modified the the little bump stops on the bottom so it would keep it centered on the bucket and would not slip, when the poop bucket was not in use we kept a lid on it with a gallon of kitty liter on top to maintain seal and no smell. It worked great until we were able to get the RV system working again, with only two occasions when our neighbors decided to open the waste bags while in the dumpster to see what was in them, boy where they surprised.
casper.
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(10-22-2017, 04:28 PM)Gideon33w Wrote: Personally, I use modified Reliance folding toilets. I like the low space requirement and they are plenty sturdy.
I use doubled up small trash can bags and add cedar shavings which are much lighter than kitty litter and work well.

The cost per deposit on the gel stuff is just too high for me personally. There's a couple different options though.
Biggest advantage in my opinion is that the good gel is biodegradable like your waste. Bio bag and you can bury it all.

I'm looking into this.  I think you're on to something with the medium being of similar biodegradable structure.  And of course, cost is a huge factor.  Do you bury IN the commercial red bio bags?
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(10-22-2017, 05:41 PM)casper Wrote: The 5 gallon bucket porta potty was the best choice for us when our septic became unusable a while back. Although we are newbies to traveling in an RV we been living in one for over ten years. We used the two bucket system, one pee, one poop. The pee bucket got emptied daily of course and then sprayed with dilute bleach and pin-sole, the poop bucket was lined with tall kitchen trash bags and layers of kitty liter, ceder or pine shavings worked best and needed to be changed once or twice a week. I also bought a cheap padded toilet seat on Amazon for $18.00 and slightly modified the the little bump stops on the bottom so it would keep it centered on the bucket and would not slip, when the poop bucket was not in use we kept a lid on it with a gallon of kitty liter on top to maintain seal and no smell. It worked great until we were able to get the RV system working again, with only two occasions when our neighbors decided to open the waste bags while in the dumpster to see what was in them, boy where they surprised.
casper.


You have a very good working system.   You used a lot of kitty litter on top, so I am betting there was no smell with your system.  Great! 

Oh my, dumpster divers in an RV park or campground?  That's just creepy with people looking through your garbage.   I can't imagine someone opening up a bag that OBVIOUSLY has kitty litter in it too.  Oh man.
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Casper - Venting the bucket if possible is always preferable to using something to keep it all sealed up tight. You want the beneficial bacteria which requires oxygen and not the very smelly bacteria which does not. Aerobic vs anaerobic bacteria. If using multiple buckets for different waste then spend the dough for a waste separator. Liquid and solid waste goes to different containers while using the same toilet.

Wasanah - You can get biodegradable bags and gel stuff. Combined with your waste it just gets turned into dirt. The cost is still prohibitive for most of us in my opinion. The only advantage it has over a composting toilet is that when you aren't out in nature it is still easy to dispose of versus a giant bucket of waste.
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