Originally Posted by NoResults
Somewhere in this thread a comment was made to add 5 gallons of water after several times of use prior to dumping. Do you take a bucket or what to get all that water into the black tank?
I take a five gallon plastic bucket and dump fresh water down the toilet inside the trailer. Turn the water pump OFF and hold down the 'down the hatch' with your foot while you pour the water.
If five gallons does the job, try three gallons... you will find a volume that works best for you.
Add some chemical everyone sells to 'bio degrade' the solids. They claim it works. I do not know.
'Modern Society' has left few options for those who have never experienced what others, at far away places like camped in isolation within a National Forest in Idaho, do for regular bodily functions. It is not polite discussion on television and everyone remains ignorant on how much of the world goes on with their 'daily business'.
Our restroom is a shovel, TP and a short hike away from the campsite. The TP should be disposed of as trash as it takes forever to break down in the arid climates. But... if I depended on everyone to do the right thing, I would not be picking up plastic and aluminum containers in the forest.
At least the Alaska programs describe moving the Out House when... at capacity. Styrofoam apparently is a popular seat option.
The San Blas Indians in Panama in the late 1950's, as an observant kid, I never did figure out where their restrooms were located. The thatched house was there, no running water of any kind and no restroom to be seen. Never gave it a thought until now. No odors, smells or people wandering around looking for a public restroom.
The northwest part of Flathead Lake near Somers, Montana had Flathead Indians, or at least what was left of the relatives, set teepees along the shores of the lake when my father was a kid. Nobody discussed restroom facilities, but obviously there were no public restrooms then, either. Never bothered to ask, but obviously the Indians were not at any discomfort knowing what to do after generations of migrating in the area.
When those on wells have their electricity go down... no water. The average 'city dweller' would have a steep learning curve when Off the Grid. Ignorance, at times, is not bliss. It is frustration and a call to 911 before the entire family is in distress over things that should have been taught in a history class.
Water is to drink first.
The other options are exactly that. Options. Not priorities. Some day this will become important. Right now... you are on your own and be prepared.