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Old 01-31-2019, 08:39 PM   #1
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Composting Toilet

Well, we're both tired of dealing with the black water tank....and we're considering a composting toilet.

I've found conflicting reports....some love them and others complain about the smell (sometimes "stench").

I'm looking at the Nature's Head, but will go with whatever works and doesn't stink.

Any suggestions?

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Old 01-31-2019, 08:57 PM   #2
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Hi - here should be a link to many threads about this subject. I’m not a user myself but I’ve seen tons of discussion here about them. Good luck!

https://www.google.com/search?q=airf...&bih=628&dpr=2
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Old 01-31-2019, 09:22 PM   #3
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Thank you, and yes....there are an overwhelming number of threads and posts....and I haven't been able to find the information I'm looking for...probably due to user error on my part. Sigh...
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My opinion. Why go back years and put an outhouse inside your trailer?
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Old 02-01-2019, 05:55 AM   #5
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The Nature's Head or similar Air Head won't smell at all as long as the fan is working. It certainly helps to maintain it properly. You will smell the toilet if you go put your face right next to the fan exhaust on the outside of your trailer.

When changing a properly maintained solids tank, it smells mildly peat-y. Emptying two day old urine is the smelliest part.
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You will smell the toilet if you go put your face right next to the fan exhaust on the outside of your trailer.

When changing a properly maintained solids tank, it smells mildly peat-y. Emptying two day old urine is the smelliest part.
How would this work if you’re staying at a crowded campground for a few weeks or a month? Might have some unhappy neighbors.

They might ask you to “move along”.

Not an issue if boondocking I guess.
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Old 02-01-2019, 08:04 AM   #7
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Thank you, and yes....there are an overwhelming number of threads and posts....and I haven't been able to find the information I'm looking for...probably due to user error on my part. Sigh...
The search results posted by SteveSueMac contain many threads, as you recognize. Have you clicked on all the threads in at least the first page of results, and read each and every post thoroughly?

What "information I'm looking for" exactly? You have not asked very specific questions here.

Doing the research homework sometimes results in an overwhelming amount of information, it is true, but that is part of owning a trailer IMO. The information will not be spoon-fed to you.

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PS -- More results for "composting toilet urine smell" -- https://www.google.com/search?q=comp...=airforums.com
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Old 02-01-2019, 10:28 AM   #8
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How would this work if you’re staying at a crowded campground for a few weeks or a month? Might have some unhappy neighbors.

They might ask you to “move along”.

Not an issue if boondocking I guess.
Maybe suggest they not put their face so close to the bottom rear of my rig? You have to be pretty darn close to notice it, a distance I would consider to be inside of my "personal space."
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The search results posted by SteveSueMac contain many threads, as you recognize. Have you clicked on all the threads in at least the first page of results, and read each and every post thoroughly?

What "information I'm looking for" exactly? You have not asked very specific questions here.

Doing the research homework sometimes results in an overwhelming amount of information, it is true, but that is part of owning a trailer IMO. The information will not be spoon-fed to you.

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PS -- More results for "composting toilet urine smell" -- https://www.google.com/search?q=comp...=airforums.com
We have friends with a CT on their Sailing Cruiser... it works pretty well, with limits...it's easy to throw the pee overboard when on water. 🤫
On the AS would it go in the grey tank?

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Urine in the grey tank has its own problems, and most CT folks seem to want to avoid that. Lots of details in the many earlier threads.
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Hi Lara_From_NC - to address your specific question(s) about the composting toilet...we, too did not like dealing with the black water tank! Dumping and maintaining the tank did not suit our AS lifestyle. I found the black water tank offensive. I do not find the composting toilet offensive. I tend toward the “crunchy momma” side of life, so that is my POV about the Nature’s Head toilet conversion in our 2019 GT. And no, it does not stink! Like the Greatleys said, it faintly smells like peat. NO sewage odors with the Nature’s Head toilet.

Our Nature’s Head toilet was installed by Airstream in Jackson Center. They completely sealed off the black water tank after thoroughly cleaning the tank. We can now combine our tanks to double our gray water capacity.

Since we have a new Globetrotter, many folks want a “tour” of our rig. They have no idea we have a composting toilet onboard unless we tell them, or they ask about the toilet when they see it. Again, no smells.

As far as emptying the contents of the toilet, my husband empties the urine tank every evening into the sewer hookup at our crowed RV park campsite. We are wintering over in Florida with neighbors all around us. No privacy. We have not been asked to leave, and we have emptied the solids tank three times with all the neighbors outside and around us. NO smells! The Nature’s Head toilet *dumping* can be discreet even in a *asphalt and air conditioning* situation.
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Not sure why some folks feel so threatened by the idea of a composting toilet but it sure seems so. I think there are a lot of ideas of what it must be like based on assumptions that are wrong.

The OP was asking if a CT smelled bad. It does not. In fact I believe our CT has less odor than our original RV toilet. What really makes sewage stink is the mixture of liquids and solids. That is what you have in a regular RV black water tank. Some of that odor comes up when you flush, along with the smell of the chemicals you might put in the tank.

I agree that an outhouse or port-a-john stinks. A composting toilet is nothing like that so please get that idea out of your head. As I said what really makes sewage stink is the mixture of liquids and solids. Our composting toilet separates the liquids from the solids. The holding tank of our toilet is not a container of stinky poo which is what some folks seem to think. The solids are mixed with coconut coir and the smell is like peat. If you don't believe that, find someone that has a CT toilet and check it out. We don't need to add any deodorizers, chemicals, or digesters, just coconut coir and water. There is no offensive odor.

I do believe there is a lot of conflicting information for these toilets on the web regarding how much of what to put in them and how long you can go before you empty them. There is definitely a learning curve to determine how it works best for you depending on your situation.

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We have the NH composting toilet. There is NO "stench" - in fact, if you open the trap door and smell the contents, it has an earthy odour. We had ours installed by Brian in Dorchester ON (he used to be the head tech at CanAm). He also plumbed the urine to go into the former black tank, added a Valterra waste valve to the end of the waste outlet (thereby merging the black & gray tanks). Prior to doing this, I experienced leaking Thetford valves, the pyramid from hell and associated issues with the black tank - now just a memory of past bad experiences.

The fresh water lasts longer, since no flushing, and the total gray is now 65 gallons.
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We have the NH composting toilet. There is NO "stench" - in fact, if you open the trap door and smell the contents, it has an earthy odour. We had ours installed by Brian in Dorchester ON (he used to be the head tech at CanAm). He also plumbed the urine to go into the former black tank, added a Valterra waste valve to the end of the waste outlet (thereby merging the black & gray tanks). Prior to doing this, I experienced leaking Thetford valves, the pyramid from hell and associated issues with the black tank - now just a memory of past bad experiences.

The fresh water lasts longer, since no flushing, and the total gray is now 65 gallons.


Not disagreeing with your review and experience in any way - jus a legitimate question because I honestly don’t know- if urine is going to the gray tank - is that technically still gray?
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