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Old 11-22-2012, 01:32 PM   #1
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Nature's Head composting toilet

I am a recent purchaser of a 1957 caravanner. It is a blank slate meaning no interior or holding tanks. I am considering a Natures Head composting toilet and was wondering if anyone had one and what their opinion was concerning smell.

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Old 11-22-2012, 02:10 PM   #2
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We put one in our Tradewind over 2 years ago. We have no issues with smell.

We tend to use other facilities when possible, so ours is used mostly for composting damp toilet paper. We use our trailer between 30 and 50 nights a year and have not changed the peat moss in it yet. A couple of times a year I will take a few minutes to add a bit of moisture with a spray bottle and give it some extra cranks so that the peat doesn't clump in the composting chamber. It smells like a damp forest floor, not offensive at all.

The Nature's Head toilet comes with a nearly silent fan that vents the toilet and seems to shunt all odors outside. We have had no regrets about installing ours.
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We also have no gray water tank, since ours is pre-1974 and never had them. When we are on private land, we run a hose out under a bush. When we are in campgrounds, we have a 5 gallon Home Depot bucket that we dump in the rest room. At Burning Man, when we don't have access to gray water disposal, we evaporate it or we pump it into a 55 gallon drum in the back of our pickup. We have no plans to install a gray water tank.
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:21 PM   #4
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Here is a thread by another user FLYNCLD's thread.

Welcome to the forums, Erik. During the summer I'm campground hosting in Port Hadlock, just a ferry ride away and have another '57 Caravanner. What is your serial number?

Love to see yours sometime. It's a great model.

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Old 11-22-2012, 03:21 PM   #5
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We have an Airhead Composting toilet. Have had it for 2 years now. We have a grey water tank but took out our black tank as it is an Argosy and the tank sits above the floor. We have been on BLM land and camped for 3 months last winter. Now we are full timing in the Argosy... Change the compost approx every 9-10 days.. only smell might be an earthy smell when it is getting time for a change. We love it and would not go back to a black tank.
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Old 11-22-2012, 04:29 PM   #6
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Here is a thread by another user FLYNCLD's thread.

Welcome to the forums, Erik. During the summer I'm campground hosting in Port Hadlock, just a ferry ride away and have another '57 Caravanner. What is your serial number?

Love to see yours sometime. It's a great model.

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The serial #is 09014, came from Michigan last month where it lived from day one. I am located in Coupville, small world.Erik
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The serial #is 09014, came from Michigan last month where it lived from day one. I am located in Coupville, small world.Erik
13 panels rule!!! Mine is 9153.

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Old 11-22-2012, 04:35 PM   #8
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I'm not sure if my reply went through. My serial % is 09014. The trailer came from Michigan where it lived from day one. I am located in Coupeville, small world!Erik
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...and ours is #09230. We seriously considered a NH composting toilet. We actually purchased one and used it on our retrieval trip, but are reconsidering the permanent installation. It requires a fair amount of space for maintenance, maybe more than what that Caravanner can spare.
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This is really great information. I am currently learning all I can about the composting, and incinerating, options. It looks to me that the absence of a black water tank makes all the difference as far as long term boondocking is concerned.
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I look forward to hearing out how well this option performs over time...

Thanks for sharing the info!
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:29 AM   #12
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This is FANTASTIC information. My husband wants to install a "grinding" toilet and I don't understand how those work, he too often has the notion that if a particular thing works for a house, then it should work for the Airstream. I hate the whole necessity of dumping stations period (yes I know everyone else loves it &#128527 and this is a much simpler install and plumbing wont be so complicated. What I love the most is Leave No Trace.

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pinkflamingoes, a grinding toilet would not remove the need for a black tank - it just makes it possible for waste to pass through narrower pipes by chopping it up, then using a pump to transport it. If you do have a black tank then there's zero need for one of these.

There is a lot of information on composting toilets available on boating forums. The consensus seems to be that the people who have them, love them.
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Yes it looks like the decision's been made. RV Macerating toilets exist, but no stink? Less or even no maintenance? Less plumbing hassles? Composting? What's not to love?
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