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Old 01-09-2010, 02:30 PM   #1
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Red face Porta Potti for Tradewind?

Just starting the process of renovating our 1960 Tradewind trailer. Some of it will be done professionally and some we will be doing ourselves. If our black tank is nonfunctional- do we go ahead and replace it or have some of you considered using a porta- potti type system? Was just listening to some old VAP episodes and they had horrible black tank stories that completely grossed me out. We will primarily be staying in state parks and using their toilets as much as possible. Our trailer does not have a grey tank but we are hoping to use a blue portable tank and dump that as well. Any thoughts are appreciated. We have always tented before so waste systems are new territory for us!

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Old 01-09-2010, 02:47 PM   #2
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If our black tank is nonfunctional- do we go ahead and replace it or have some of you considered using a porta- potti type system?
I would go ahead and replace/repair the black tank. The idea of dealing "up-close & personal" with a 1-2 gallon porta-potti tank on a daily basis is not for me. Also, the resale value would be affected with the lack of a fully operational water system.


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Old 01-09-2010, 03:16 PM   #3
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Replace it, you will be glad you did. If you have someone do it make sure the work is done correctly. My 68 Trade Wind had been "repaired" because the galvanized box that the black tank rests in was gone. Someone had screwed the black tank to the bottom of the bathroom floor by putting screws in the flange around the tank and no support under the bottom of the tank. Obviously that was a bad idea, do it once and do it right.
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Repairing or replacing the black tank would be the best way to go.
That being said my first vintage trailer, a canned ham, had no waste tanks at all. The Porta-Potty wasn't that big of an issue. It was mostly there for some middle of the night convience. The 2 gallon tank handled easily. I didn't find it any more difficult than the 5 gallon Blue Boy to haul off to the dump station.

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Old 01-09-2010, 04:45 PM   #5
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I agree. Repair or replace the black tank. Not having a grey tank is enough of a challenge but at least its grey water that goes into the blue boy. You'll really appreciate having the black tank down the road.

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Old 01-09-2010, 05:32 PM   #6
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We have a Natures Head Composting Toilet and it works very well! Never have to empty a black tank, and we installed a new gray tank. you can learn more about the composting toilet at:

The Eco-Discovery Tour-Our Composting Toilet

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Old 01-09-2010, 05:51 PM   #7
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Great information everyone! Thank you! It looks like the consensus is towards repairing/replacing the black tank. That composting toilet web site was very cool and intriguing! That may also fit the bill as well!
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Old 01-09-2010, 08:39 PM   #8
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I was just going to get on and agree with you that we use the facilities at the campgrounds we go to and plan on having our emergency back up port-a-potty (I grew up with one in our VW camper and I think we emptied it 3 or 4 times in the years we had it because of the availability of facilities). But that composting toilet looks pretty darn cool...makes me want to put a bathroom back in...

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