This is a blog about a gray nomad’s travel through life, so we had to talk about the nitty gritty, sometimes—the Cassette toilet.
We are camping on a friend’s block of land; these are the times we love being self sufficient and knowing we will be leaving no trace of having visited, other than pleasant memories of time spent with friends. As we are out of town, we are using our en suit and toilet in the eco-tourer caravan.
No point being delicate about it, when you go bush you need to know, how to ‘go,' hygienically and pleasantly and the cassette toilet in our eco-tourer is fantastic. I have never had any odor from it; I handle the chemicals as recommended and with great care.
A large bucket with pouring spout will hold all the additive containers upright once opened and can be used to fill the flush tank amongst many other uses. Use the caravan cassette toilet outlet cap to measure out cassette additives before dilution.
Caravan and camping guide books usually list ‘dump points’ where you can empty your the toilet cassette, it is an easy and clean procedure. Photo shows an excellent ‘dump point’ outside a public toilet at a tourist information centre.
Each cassette comes with a button you push which allows air to enter the cassette and helps expel the contents quickly. At this dump point, (see photo), there is a hose to wash out the interior of the cassette and add a small amount of water to start the new cycle.
Our cassette toilet allows two adults to camp on site for over a week using our caravan toilet exclusively and proper dump points are not difficult to find.
There are make it yourself, suggestions for toilet chemicals on the web, may I suggest you don't mix chemicals, for example it is common for some people to use disinfectant in the top flush water tank and a disintegration chemical in the black water tank. Unless you know the scientific effect the two different chemicals are going to have when they interact, I would suggest 'not going there'. Your attempt to save a few dollars could be causing a dangerous chemical interaction or one chemical could well render the other chemical useless.making the entire exercise of home made toilet chemical treatment a smell, bacteria brewing mistake. I'll be sticking with chemicals designed to interact together, and use the green option where I can.
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