RV Toilets

We All Have To Go While On The Road

When shopping for an RV toilet there are many things you may want to be thinking about. I will run down a list to help you make the right choice.

  • Size and dimension: The first and foremost consideration is the size of the toilet. Make sure it fits well in the designated space in your RV. Check the dimensions including length, breadth, and height. The toilet should fit into the bathroom of your RV without obstructing any of the other fixtures.
  • Weight: RVs have weight limits, so it is important to opt for lighter toilets made of plastic rather than traditional ceramic ones. A heavy toilet can burden your motorhome and may affect its overall performance.
  • Water Usage: Ideally, your RV toilet should be water-efficient as water storage is generally limited in an RV. Different models consume different amounts of water. A low-flush toilet can save a lot of water, especially during long trips.
  • Type of Toilet: There are primarily three types of RV toilets available: gravity flush, macerating flush, and portable toilets. The gravity flush is the most popular and simplest design, relying on minimal mechanical parts. A macerating flush uses blades to liquify waste before moving it into the storage tank. The portable option allows you to discard waste at the campsite’s restroom.
  • Installation Process: Look for a model that offers easy installation. While some models come ready-to-install and can be done using basic tools, others might require professional help. But keep in mind that easier the installation, it reduces the possibility of potential leakage and malfunction.
  • Cleaning and Maintenance: Look for a model that is easy to clean and detach for maintenance. Some models come with built-in sprayers that ease the rinse process, and others use a straightforward gravity design that's easy to maintain.
  • Comfort: On an extended trip, comfort matters. Look for a toilet that is comfortable to use, with an elongated and deep bowl and a comfortable seat. You might also prefer a toilet that is at a standard height for additional comfort.
  • Price and Warranty: The price range varies for RV toilets. Choose a toilet that is within your budget but doesn't compromise on its quality and durability. Furthermore, always check the warranty period, it could save you from major expenses if something does go wrong.
  • Material: Most RV toilets are made of either porcelain or plastic. Porcelain is heavier but easier to clean and can feel more like a 'traditional' toilet. Plastic is lighter, which is key for some users, but can stain more easily.
  • Holding Tank Size: The size of the holding tank is another important aspect. A larger tank means it would take longer intervals before needing to be emptied, which can be of convenience especially when on a long journey.

In conclusion, while purchasing an RV toilet, priority should be given to your comfort, quality of the product, ease of installation, and maintenance. Every feature mentioned above contributes to the overall efficiency and convenience of the product.

Most RV toilets require the use of special chemicals. These chemicals are used in the holding tanks in order to assist in breaking down the waste and toilet paper, as well as to control odors.

There are several types of chemicals available on the market including formaldehyde-based, enzyme-based, and bacteria-based chemicals. Each type works differently and you'll want to choose one based on your specific needs.

Formaldehyde-based chemicals are highly effective at controlling odors and breaking down waste, but they are also known to be harmful to the environment.

Enzyme-based chemicals use special enzymes to break down waste and are generally considered to be more environmentally friendly. However, they may not be as effective at odor control, especially in hot weather.S

Bacteria-based chemicals work by introducing good bacteria into the tank that will eat away at the waste. They are also considered to be environmentally friendly.

You can also find tank treatments that are free of harsh chemicals, often using citrus or other natural ingredients to help control odors and break down waste.

Overall, it's crucial to follow the manufacturer's instructions when using these chemicals and to avoid overuse, which might harm the normal functioning of the septic system. Always practice safe disposal of the waste as directed by the campgrounds or RV parks.

Installation difficulty for an RV toilet can vary based on the type of toilet and the specific model, but generally, most RV toilets are designed to be fairly easy to install. They usually come with a base flange and bolts for securing the toilet to the floor, a water supply line that connects to the toilet valve, and instructions from the manufacturer. Basic hand tools like a wrench are typically all that are needed.

In many cases, you should be able to do this process yourself if you're handy and feel comfortable with such a task. However, if you're uncertain or not confident in doing the job yourself, it's best to hire a professional. Improper installation could potentially lead to issues like water leaks which could damage your RV.

Not all RV's have plumbing.  If you need a standard Porta Potti, we can help you there also.


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