When you’re packing up your camping accessories you might want to take your own camping toilet. While almost every campsite has a communal toilet your own private toilet is far more convenient and private. It’s especially helpful if you have kids and need the bathroom at night.
Camping toilets can be used at home to create a guest bathroom or if you’re having your bathroom renovated. There are even camping toilets that can be fitted straight into your caravan or motorhome.
There are a plethora of portable toilets out there to choose from, with many toilet suppliers, sizes, capacities and designs to choose from. It all comes down to your personal preferences. You can even buy a special toilet tent to house your camping toilet for an extra dose of privacy and comfort.
Most people will know the classic “bucket” toilet look, which usually includes a seat and lid, and there’s also the cassette style toilet where the bottom of the toilet has a waste tank and the top contains fresh water, like your toilet at home.
Before you use a cassette toilet it has to be prepared. Do so by removing the top of the toilet and adding the amount of waste toilet chemical you need to the bottom waste tank. Then fill the top tank with water and add the rinse chemical. Never put the waste chemical for the bottom tank in the top tank or you risk damaging your cassette toilet.
When it comes to choosing chemicals pink chemicals are for the top tank and blue or green chemicals go in the base waste tank. You could also go with a biodegradable green chemical. How much you need depends on how long you’ll be gone so stock up if you need to. You can also buy anti-freeze for cassette toilets for cold weather. The stuff you put in your car is much too harsh for a cassette toilet and will damage it.
After all of this just re-connect everything and you’re good to go (literally). There’s also a valve (blade) between the tanks with a seal around it. There should be a lever at the front of the toilet to open and close the valve to move waste into the bottom tank or you can just leave the valve open. Flushing is done with a button or a bellow system that releases the water from the top tank. There is also a special kind of toilet paper for cassette toilets that breaks down easier and won’t clog up the blades.
You empty the cassette toilet by detaching the top from the bottom and taking the waste part of your toilet to the designated emptying area or emptying it into the drain or toilet at home. There should be a cap or swing arm on the bottom of your toilet that allows you to empty it out. Then just wash it out and prepare it like you did before.
When it comes to storing your cassette toilet just empty out both tanks, press the flush button a few times to empty that out as well, and clean everything out. You should also leave the vale open and not replace the caps fully.
When cleaning your cassette toilet it’s best to avoid using strong household products like bleach or something abrasive. It’s also a good idea to lubricate the blade when storing it using seal lubricant. You can replace a damaged or faulty valve and there are also plenty of toilet spare accessories that you can use to maintain and repair your toilet or just give it more functionality and a different look.