This is not a Joke!
The whole composting toilet conundrum/topic constantly surfaces. It is just another way of disposing of waste that most people are not comfortable with because they are not educated about the process and aware of the need.
When you do your business in a conventional toilet and flush, you are flushing the responsibility of your "business". It creates a senses of ease and you never have to think about where everything goes. Well everything goes to a massive tank that someone else has to deal with.
It is easy to flush and walk away. But in a RV you are confronted with all that flushing and someone has to be the mover-on of the crap to a "giant tank" that they have to eventually suck out and dispose of in some other facility that can cope with all the RV waste from all the RV sites scattered around the country.
In comes the composting toilet. With a small amount of retraining you could have a composting toilet that doesn't smell and you can carry around for 3 months without having to go through the process of dumping. Having said that there is the "retraining". How do you crap and what happens.
First you will have to dispose of urine on a regular basis unless you decide to pee outside or in a washroom stop. In other words it can be of a benefit to cut down on peeing in the container that separates the solids from liquids. You can just do regular peeing but it fills up the pee container fast and this is the only bad part of composting toilets but it is not as bad as disposing of the mixed urine and crap you have collected on a long trip. Urine containers are easily carried and disposed of.
I don't want to discourage anyone from buying a composting toilet because, when compared to a regular toilet it is better. You just have to retrain yourself from a lazy unconscious way of flushing/disposing of your crap and passing it on to someone else to deal with to a simple way of letting nature deal with your waste. After three months of use just dump in a non veg growing compost pile spray out container and reinstall.
Just keep in mind that there are a whole new set of rules and measures you need to learn. But they can be fulfilling to take on.
Building up three months of waste can be hard to turn with the hand crank supplied on the side of the toilet. If you have kids turning the crank could be difficult. So you have to start small and efficient with your starter fibre (usually coconut fibre). It is easy to turn but as trip progresses it becomes more difficult for some.
I need to mention there are many different composting toilet ideas out there and I am concentrating my concerns on a "Natures Head and Air Head " style toilet. I have an Airhead. It is great and I embrace the challenge to my conventional ideas of disposing of waste. When I am at home I just flush and it is someone else problem (ya bad). But my 1955
airstream is like a fantastic challenge to integrate old and new, vintage looking with newer tech and ideas. In the process of restoring it I took on every wasteful process. I wanted off the grid, clean minimalism. This concept is not for everyone but I do think a composting toilet is. Do it and you never have to carry around the weight of a sloshing black tank and never have to empty it. The deal is you just have to learn a few new conscious toilet ways and then you are free. And hey if you like to dictate new rules of efficiency and eco friendly ways then you get to be King, Queen, Grand Pubba, Chief or Boss of this way of crapin. Kids too, they can learn new ways of helping with environment and understanding exactly where all their waste goes and how it can be a benefit to be aware of it.
Just keep in mind a few new rules:
- Turning the crank can get difficult as trip progresses.
- the process of a number 2 means flipping a leaver to open to solids area.
- lid must be down when done to keep airflow moving across composting waste and out of RV.
- Spray bottle to spray down bowl after use and a spray bacterial liquid to spray inside once in awhile. (this takes no more effort than cleaning a conventional toilet)
- Understanding you are consciously taking an interest in where your wastes goes and how it impacts environment.
If you use fresh water to flush your toilet in an RV then you are going to go through way more drinkable water or water you could be washing with. A composting toilet uses no water. The whole idea of replacing a black water tank with more fresh water creates a few questions. If a composing toilet used no water is there a need for more if you are using less. Why would you want carry around more water weight if you are not flushing your fresh water and it is going to more useful things.
Eliminate water weight, mess, smell and be more efficient. get a composting toilet. I have one and it works just fine.