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Old 08-21-2017, 07:38 PM   #1
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compost toilet buyers remorse? T or F?

Purchased a used AS a couple of weeks ago at an AS dealership. During the walk through last week, I mentioned to the tech that I wanted to install a compost toilet (Nature's Head).

She said "Ah, well, we've had quite a few owners who had them installed, then soon after has us reverse it and put the original toilet back in."

When I pressed for more details, it sounded like it was not THAT many, but at least two, one of which was full timing.

Of all the research I've done on compost toilets, this is the first I've heard.

Anyone else? Is this true? Know of any AS'ers who went the compost toilet way then regretted it?

I've been keen on getting one since I found out about full time RVing, and was hoping to get one installed before I picked the AS up. Her comment made me pause.

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Old 08-22-2017, 02:40 AM   #2
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There are quite a few people, more than 2, that have sold their Airstream shortly after buying it, but that hasn't affected your purchase.

There are always people changing their minds, ones who saw that one YouTube video (probably The Wynn's) where they sit outside and drink wine and have dinner with their toilet and thought, hey it must all just disappear. The biggest thing to any choice is eyes wide open, do all the research you can and then dig a little deeper.

If you want to try, before you buy, get a bucket some coir, keep it separate and start stirring. The biggest misinformation, is that the process isn't immediate and if not enough recovery time is allowed, to dry out and breakdown, then you don't actually have compost and should really only dispose of it properly.

Watch the FitRV couple, they do a pretty honest review and still prefer it to others they've tried.
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Old 08-22-2017, 06:58 AM   #3
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After two years of regular RV toilet use, I have bought and installed a composting toilet. Haven't had enough experience with it to pass judgement yet. While the potential advantages are compelling, it does have its own set of issues. To me, the advantages when boondocking made it worth a try. I couldn't Agree more with RandyNH. FitRV gives an excellent balanced report. The wynns give a very glowing review of composting toilets.
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Old 08-22-2017, 06:59 AM   #4
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I'm sure there are plenty of folks who went with a composting toilet and didn't like it. I'm not one of them. I find my composting toilet to be very convenient for my RVing lifestyle. But I'm not shy about the fact that I have to empty my #1 tank in a toilet every other day and my #2 tank in the trash every 3 weeks or so. It's more convenient for me than being tied to a dump station.
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Old 08-22-2017, 08:12 AM   #5
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There are quite a few people, more than 2, that have sold their Airstream shortly after buying it, but that hasn't affected your purchase.

There are always people changing their minds, ones who saw that one YouTube video (probably The Wynn's) where they sit outside and drink wine and have dinner with their toilet and thought, hey it must all just disappear. The biggest thing to any choice is eyes wide open, do all the research you can and then dig a little deeper.
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Watch the FitRV couple, they do a pretty honest review and still prefer it to others they've tried.
People who sold their Airstream - Ha! Yes, RandyNH, great analogy! The tech just seemed so adamantly against it. Well meaning, I'm sure, from her experience.

Yes the Wynns were great spokepersons for the compost toilet - they convinced me. But I did appreciate the FitRV's review. I'll have to watch it again, I just remember their insect situation.
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Old 08-22-2017, 12:06 PM   #6
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We use a Natures Head. One of the best things I've done to my Airstream. 0 regrets! Works like a charm and freed me from Black tank issues.
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Old 08-22-2017, 01:00 PM   #7
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Composting

I've just finished a year-long shell-on rehab on my '70 Sovereign. Went with a Nature's Head mostly because my trailer only had a somewhat small combination grey/black water tank. I used the composter during the rehab process, but not full time until this past week. I got elbow-length vinyl gloves, and every couple of weeks, do basically the same thing I do with my cat's litter box, and with the same kind of scoop. Leaving the medium in the cooker seems to improve the quality of the process over dumping it and cleaning it every so often. Never had a problem with odor or bugs. I keep a gallon milk jug for use as a male urinal, and my wife doesn't have a problem with that part of things. She's still not real comfortable with the overall notion, but she's not the one who maintains it, and I'm pretty sure she will get over it since it's the only option at this point. It probably has something to do with it "just feeling so icky to open that door." She has a childhood fear of snakes. If it doesn't work for her, I will miss her, and send her pictures of the places I go. Unlike a holding tank, it won't overflow at 2 a.m., and I will smile as I see the folk lined up at the dump station, while I can choose my own time and place to PM my BMs.

Other than the exorbitant price, I have no complaints about the product itself.
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Old 08-22-2017, 01:39 PM   #8
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I am currently trying to talk the hubs into a composting toilet so we can convert our black water tank to gray water and maybe be a bit more ready for boondocking. I, too, worried that I might regret that decision, but I have loads of time to choose. We have been using our Sovereign as is and soon it will be time for a full restoration.
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Old 08-22-2017, 01:47 PM   #9
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My wife and I are full-timing in our Airstream. We've been using a Natures Head for 14 months.

As with most things, there are good points and bad points. Would I take it out and put in a regular tolitet, an easy task, no thank you. We're able to stay out for two weeks at a time without funding a dump.

Yes, have to empt they #1 jug ever other day. The #2 is between 2-3 weeks. Do I look forward to emptying the #2 - nope. Does it smell or disgusting- nope. Is there a learning curve - yep.

All in all, it accomplished what we wanted. Our black tank on the AS has only ever been used for gray water. I have a bypass valve that I can use to balance the gray and black tank - thus doubling the size of our gray tank holding.
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Old 08-22-2017, 02:36 PM   #10
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The simple truth is
Stay with what 95 or more percent use in their RV
Not just airstreamers
Why complicate things
Get a life
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Old 08-22-2017, 04:06 PM   #11
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Not having to use a dump station and never touching the poo hose again is simplifing life.
Live and learn.
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Old 08-22-2017, 04:49 PM   #12
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Since I'm the one who wanted the composting toilet, I'm the one who maintains it. And I am the wife. We have a C-Head. I'm still on the learning curve, mostly with regard to the composting medium. I don't mind it. To me it's less gross than dealing with a stinky slinky with liquids & solids mixed together. Note that emptying the grey tank at the dump station is still my husbands' job
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How much space and weight does the necessary teo-four week supply of composting material (e.g. coconut core) take up?
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How much space and weight does the necessary teo-four week supply of composting material (e.g. coconut core) take up?
I find that two 12 oz bricks of coco coir are about enough for a change. Takes up as much space as two masonry bricks.
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