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Old 06-06-2008, 02:59 PM   #43
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Nice. My sentiments exactly.

Maybe there's a market for a "s!&t shoveler" who would just standby at the dump station to attach the hose and pull the drain valve for other people's RV's. I'd do it for $20 a pop! That's easy money, right there.

You know, there are people who refuse to use their awnings, too. In my opinion if there is any function of your RV that you are unwilling or afraid to use you are doing yourself a great disservice by not learning about it and getting comfortable with it. But, it's your loss - not mine.

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Old 06-06-2008, 04:04 PM   #44
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Use public facilities - YUK! No matter how nice and clean appearing, public facilities can't be as nice as those in my Airstream. If I wanted to use the public stuff, I'd stay in hotels and walk on whatever the other folks rubbed into the carpet and other places - no thanks!

BTW, treat yourself to some really good holding tank treatment (but be sure to totally rid of the chemical stuff by thoroughly flushing the tank first). No odor, chemical or otherwise, totally biodegradable, and it digests solids rapidly - just follow the directions.

I discovered the product during my boating days. It is called KO and is made by Raritan. It is made of live organisms that thrive on digesting waste. The only requirements are no chemicals and a need for oxygen (which there is by the opening of the toilet valve and the vent). Just keep the black tank closed until ready to depart/dump, and let the organisms do their thing. Works great for me!

Raritan suggests using a product called CP (their stuff of course) to clean the bowl, etc. as it contains nothing that will kill the contents of the KO. Raritan products can be obtained at most any marine stores. AND, being a marine oriented product, it is pricey - but, the stuff does work!

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Old 06-06-2008, 07:29 PM   #45
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Old 06-06-2008, 07:43 PM   #46
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After All The Work And Money Restoring The Bathroom,I Am Going To Use It! It Would Have Been A Lot Easier To Have Made A Big Walk In Closet Back There .
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Old 06-06-2008, 08:44 PM   #47
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I always use the trailer as a restroom, but since I have long hair to shampoo I have resigned myself to using campground showers. In Michigan we're lucky the state parks clean often, and use chlorine.
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Old 06-06-2008, 08:52 PM   #48
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After All The Work And Money Restoring The Bathroom,I Am Going To Use It! It Would Have Been A Lot Easier To Have Made A Big Walk In Closet Back There .
Me, too. I could have saved a bunch of money on toilets tubs and faucets if I eliminated them. Black tank contents don't bother me very much, but I've had to handle things that make anything that comes out of a black tank look appetizing.
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Old 06-06-2008, 08:55 PM   #49
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Me, too. I could have saved a bunch of money on toilets tubs and faucets if I eliminated them. Black tank contents don't bother me very much, but I've had to handle things that make anything that comes out of a black tank look appetizing.
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Old 06-06-2008, 09:51 PM   #50
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I posted above that we enjoy using NEW and WELL-KEPT campground facilities. But some of ya'll surprise me. Self-contained means just that. There are places and things, people, whom one does not want to meet. So the use of the facilities is the exception, never the rule.

I'm 6'2"/200-lbs, with really long legs. So I bought a new toilet that works better, ergonomically. My bathroom is bigger than any of yours, so it never feels cramped. One of the reasons my family went with Streamline and Silver Streak over forty years ago was that the interior accommodations, storage, were that much better in these matters.

And I appreciate the experience of the marine chemicals, I may have to give them a try. May I also recommend a better soap for the shower? We use the brand Dr. Bronner in liquid form and it rinses extremely fast and clean. I made sure to have two sets of xtra-large towels so that one is always dry. Matter solved.

Some chemical in the toilet, some daily practices (I use a Flush King), and the matter is disposed of. I doubt I'll convince anyone otherwise, but I'd like to suggest that self-reliance in all matters leads to solutions that are also an aid to comfort, thus to travel, thus to re-creation.

(The litter box is another matter).
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Old 06-07-2008, 07:33 AM   #51
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Thank you for not posting pictures...
Ah, we have "assisted dumping" at the dump station, and you'd be amazed at what you observe. One company is marketing transparent (i.e., see-through) dump hoses. The truth is immediately visible.

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Old 06-07-2008, 08:36 AM   #52
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Normally we use our own bathroom- thats why we have a self contained travel trailer! However, we are heading west with our partially restored '61 and if the campground facilities are nice I will put on my flip flops and use them. ( I make a point to find small private campgrounds that generally have very nice facilities) but if you head over the the bathhouse and it looks yuk head back to the trailer. With our self contained unit you have the option!
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Old 06-07-2008, 08:57 AM   #53
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Rats and chipmunks are not good company!!!

Much of the camping we do is at fairgrounds or town parks hosting dog shows. Therefore we bought the AS so we would not have to use some of the disgusting facilities we have encountered!!!

The worst was a fairground with rats and chipmunks popping in to say 'hello'. My DH was so good - he cleaned the cobwebs and leaves out of the shower stall so he could enjoy that cold shower with his little buddy Wilbur. Alvin and Simon were my companions!!! After that we strung up an out door hill billy shower using the Colman hot water heater, vinyl shower curtains and a loading platform we salvaged.

Mucking out the horse manure from our camping site was a real blast too!!

It's the AS shower all the way!

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Old 07-23-2008, 11:39 AM   #54
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Warning: Do not read this thread while eating!

After years of using motel bathrooms and wondering if the maids actually cleaned them, I'm glad to use the Airstream bathroom and shower. It's my bacteria (or my wife's, and we have gladly shared our bacteria for 22 years) and so be it. I am sure campground bathrooms vary greatly in cleanliness (I've used them back in the tent camping days) and I don't think you can always see what is clean or not. If you check it out the night before, who knows who was there later and what they did? A wet toilet seat eventually dries and looks ok.

One of the great luxuries is to be driving, have to go, and be able to stop somewhere, get out, unlock the Airstream, and use the toilet before my bladder explodes. A lot of states don't have many rest stops and many of them aren't clean.

Yeh, dumping is not the happiest thing to do. It's got to be done, so I do it. I use the Flush King and I know all the wonderful colors and objects that come out of the black tank, but I also know when the tank is clean. Use the other systems, including the flush system Airstream has on my model, and I doubt the tank will be close to clean and eventually new life forms will evolve, escape through the toilet and attack you when you least expect it.

I wish the shower was bigger and the toilet space larger, but it's mine and I love it.

I loved the story about bringing one quarter to the campground shower. In a remote part of Alaska along the Dalton Hwy on the way to the North Slope, at the Coldfoot truck stop a shower was $10 in '02 (no time limit). The shower area was really small and uncomfortable and marginally clean. Yuk! My wife insisted we shower after camping for a while, so what could I say?

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Old 07-23-2008, 12:04 PM   #55
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Like those of you with the kitty litter in the shower space, we use the shower for storage when we are on the road, so while traveling and spending the night en route, we use the campground showers after checking that they are clean and fresh. My crocs get me to the shower house, through the shower, and back to our Airstream. We have some campgrounds we return to along the way just because they've always reliably been clean with HOT water and strong water pressure, just what we need after hours towing. Once settled in camp, we usually use our own shower, but the pressure there is disappointing. As for the toilet, always our own!
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Old 07-23-2008, 01:11 PM   #56
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