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Old 09-24-2019, 05:38 PM   #1
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Bathroom or not?

My husband & I are looking into getting something the size of a teardrop or slightly larger. We have never pulled anything and are a little uncomfortable with the blackwater thing. I would like the convenience of a bathroom in case of rain or possibly middle of the night. But wed really like to avoid dealing with black water. I have seen options of bags that can be thrown away. Are there a lot of issues in dealing with models with a toilet? I dont love public bathrooms, but Id rather use campground bathrooms than have problems with things leaking in my camper. What are your opinions and experiences of camper bathrooms? Would you recommend having one or avoiding it? Were just really afraid of problems or mess. I like the idea of having my own shower. Thanks

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The black water is not an issue. Leave it closed until you are at least 1/2 full. The day before you plan to dump the black water close the gray water and build up a level. Dump the black water, flush the tank and then dump the gray water. Wear gloves, but all of the stink stuff is supposed to be inside the hose. Disconnect at the trailer and cap the connection, lift the hose to drain to the drain point, cap the hose and put it away in the appropriate the locker.

I paid a lot of $$$ for my bathroom and I do not use public toilets and showers.


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You get over "black water" very quickly. In hundreds of nights in our rig, I've never seen black water....except for the one time that I DID! Hahaha.

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Old 09-24-2019, 06:24 PM   #4
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But wed really like to avoid dealing with black water.
Turn "we" into "he" and problem solved. At least that's how Mrs. B. handled it.

You don't have to use it on every trip. Better to have it and not use it than wish you had it though. It's no big deal after a few trips.

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Old 09-24-2019, 07:51 PM   #5
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Thank you for your responses. I do like the option of having a bathroom. And maybe it is not going to be as gross as I envisioned. And I do like the idea of Mr handling it! Lol. I do think I would rather have the option than not, especially on a dark and stormy night.
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Having to bag it up would be far worse than pulling a lever and draining a camper. There really is nothing to it. A few times and it will be 2nd nature. {or natures #2]
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I don't think I've ever seen a teardrop with a bathroom, so that might answer your question.
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I have a girlfriend who bought a T@B a year ago. Just loves it. It has what's called a wet bath - i.e. toilet & shower is all 1 tiny room. She was a bit unsure of dealing with the waste disposal at first too, but after a couple trips out, it became very easy. Don't let having a restroom scare you. As others have said it's very easy to deal with. And not having to traipse out to the bath/showerhouse at 2AM when it's raining & you have to pee is PRICELESS!

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You might want to consider a portable "Cassette" style toilet. One example of many available:


Some campers like my A-Frame come from the factory with one.

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A number of popups have a cassette toilet built in. I never had one but sure wish I did over the porta-potti. The cassette looks pretty easy to dump versus the porta-potti.
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We have a small camper with a cassette toilet (the shower is an outside shower that we haven't used). We use the toilet at night, especially in bear country and only do #1. It's been convenient and makes my other half happy. Our toilet is tucked in a cabinet so we can hide it during the day. You'll find privacy is the biggest issue in teardrop and small campers.

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After small tents and using the woods, tents and porta potties, I don't think I would even consider a camper without a bathroom. All our RV's have had them since '78.

Black tanks aren't really all that bad, I use disposable rubber gloves while dumping and throw them in the garbage can when finished.

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Old 10-10-2019, 04:52 AM   #14
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You made it and you wiped it.

The black tank is nothing to be feared. Just get a box of disposable gloves and double/triple glove if it makes you more comfortable. After touching the hose, valve, etc...just take off the top of gloves and you've got a fresh uncontaminated set on underneath.

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