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Old 07-11-2012, 01:39 AM   #1
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Air Head Toilet

I have decided to install an AirHead composting toilet in my 66 Tradewind. Has anybody else installed an AirHead in their Airstream?

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Old 07-13-2012, 06:54 AM   #2
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Just bumping this thread to see if anybody has installed an Airhead composting toilet in their Airstream (or any other composting toilet for that matter)?

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Old 07-13-2012, 09:22 AM   #3
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:33 AM   #4
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I have read somewhere here about it but can't find it. But my question is why? let it compost in the ground not your trailer.

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Old 07-13-2012, 09:52 AM   #5
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After reading the specs I am not sure I see any benefit. It would appear that you would have to empty the liquid container every 2 days, assuming 2 people.
With care a conventional holding tank system will generate less than a gallon a day per person including flush water and solids. Our 10 gallon tank lasts 6 days for 2 of us.. In no hookup locations I can dump into a 5 gallon blue tank every 2 days and deposit it in a toilet or porta john if no dump station is available. It would seem you would be doing exactly the same thing with your liquid tank except it would be a few pounds lighter.
Now if there was a system that handled the liquids as well as the solids. didn't use any power, and fit in the trailer , you might have something.

But then you still need to deal with your wash water anyway.
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:48 PM   #6
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Rick & purman

Thanks for the comments.

Here are my reasons for wanting to go to the Airhead:

1. My original toilet is 46 years old and is broken.

2. I only have one tank. With a composting toilet I don't need a black tank and my one tank now becomes a dedicated grey tank.

3. The Airhead has gotten good reviews from sailboat owners.

4. I would not be using this toilet for solids every day and would probably use it for liquids only at night as there are usually toilet facilities where we go boondocking. I don't think dumping the urine bottle every few days is a big deal at all.

5. Supposedly you can have 80 throne sessions before dumping the waste. We can probably go a year or so before dumping.

6. I think the Airhead is small enough to fit my Tradewind. I will have to make some modifications, but I would have to do this with most any toilet anyhow.

7. The toilet needs venting just like any other toilet; no problem here.

8. The toilet needs a fan for adequate venting, but takes very little power. This is a negative but I can handle this, I believe.

In summary, I only have one tank and I can now use it for grey water, I don't have to worry about dumping a 5 gal blue boy every few days, just a one gallon urine bottle.

It is a very different way of dealing with solid waste, but I think that the benefits will far outweigh the disadvantages for me. I know that new solutions have new problems. I am going to find out what those are.

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Old 07-14-2012, 02:16 AM   #7
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I am sold

Hi Dan
I am also convinced a composting toilet is the way to go. I was going to plumb in a new toilet into my 1955 Overlander and after researching Airhead toilets I was sold on the idea of the composting toilet.
If opperated corectly it seems to me that it would be less hassle than dumping a black water tank and keeping it cleaned out. The composting system would be less smelly when dumping and simple for me to get used to. It is only me using my Airstream and if others do then they will have to learn to use the new system which is not hard. I keep my Airstream at the farm and if I can deal with horse and chicken poop which I compost for my gardens then I can deal with something far less messy or smelly after it is all composted and becomes dirt.
To me it seems like a simple system and environmentally better. The soil can go on my flower bed or into the outhouse. Yes we still maintain the original outhouse at the farm. Our grey water from the house goes into the flower beds beside the house and we use biodegradable soaps. The new cabin we are constructing out of one of the older buildings will also get a composting toilet. To put a septic field in would cost more.
My Airstream floor is going in and there will be no hole in it to a black water tank because there will not be one. Just attach composting toilet to the floor and done.
I have no problem with learning to use it and perfecting a good composting system. Emptying a backwater tank and letting someone else deal with my waste I am not to crazy about.
Also the fan for the toilet vent is a simple solar operated fan. The vent cap is the solar power system it can run by itself independent of your 12 volt power.

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Old 07-14-2012, 09:06 AM   #8
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We are planning a Natures Head composting toilet for our Caravanner for the same reason as stated above: single holding tank now can be plumbed for gray water. Two drawbacks I see: not very feasible in a wet bath setup, and you have to allow sufficient room to open it up. Makes for a challenging arrangement in those shorter Airstreams.
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:22 PM   #9
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Check in with Cece and Brenda at about the Nature's Head before you spend the money. We saw their setup a month ago and it was very nice. I'm going to check out this Airhead thing, though. See how it differs from N. Head.
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:34 PM   #10
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I am going with the Airhead toilet because it fits the tight constraints of the Tradewind in terms of locating the toilet. The Natures Head needs another 2" of space behind the toilet for it to tilt back. I don't have this extra 2" of space. The Airshead toilet lifts straight up which works much better for me. Other than the space constraints, the toilets appear to be very similar.

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Old 07-17-2012, 06:50 AM   #12
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Porta pottys have a distinct odor to them that I find nauseating. Porta pottys are not vented where Nature's Head and Airhead our which may eliminate significant odor
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