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Offline 2001coleman

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cassette toilet how does it work
« on: June 06, 2011, 05:56:53 PM »
Purchased a new to us Coleman Pop Up Camper
It has a  C4 cassette toilet i think looking at some pictures how does it work?
I see blue water in the bottom of the bowl, there are two round things on the top one on each side looks like they turn.
I am guessing i need to have the water pump turned on or the hose hooked to the camper.
I have looked at the outside pushed they yellow tab down and tried to pull it out.
What is the correct way to service this unit for and getting it ready to use.
Thanks for your help
Steve

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Re: cassette toilet how does it work
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2011, 06:34:42 PM »
The C4 needs to be filled with water, and you need to dump it when it gets full or at the end of the trip.

Here are the basics:

1. Fill with water by swinging out the fill spout.  It will have a yellow cap on it and the spout will be vertical so that you can use a funnel, pitcher, or hose to fill it with water.  There is a glass sight gauge that shows you when it is full.  I would recommend only starting with half full and do not fill until you get to the campsite.
2.  Purchase some Toss-ins to throw into the tank to keep the smell down.  These little things are like what you put in your dishwasher. I would not use my cassette toilet without them.

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/aqua-kem-toss-ins/27121

3.  There are 2 controls on the top of the toilet, one for rinsing the bowl (flush) and one for opening the valve and emptying into the tank.  I think you can figure this part out!
4.  EMPTY IT WELL BEFORE IT IS FULL.  I cannot say enough about this...you don't want it full..trust me.  I have some rubber gloves I keep in the camper and use then when taking the cassette out to dump.  To take the cassette out, push down on the yello tab holding the tank in and pull it out, carefully.  Make sure the dump cap is on and the sliding valve is also closed (this is on top of the tank).
5. Empty and dump at the RV dump. This part is self explanatory.

I know a few people that have a toilet in their PuP and never use it, but with a 4 year old it is nice to have.
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Re: cassette toilet how does it work
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2011, 06:40:28 PM »
Welcome, nice NTU Pup, you came to the right place. [8D]
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Re: cassette toilet how does it work
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2011, 07:04:39 PM »
Welcome to the portal!
We also have a cassette toilet and we like it a lot!
(3 kids)
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Re: cassette toilet how does it work
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2011, 07:36:01 PM »
We have the cassette toilet in our pup and use it often. It really is a no brainer after you get the hang of things. Some use it only in emergencies and some don't use it for #2, but IMO we use it as needed and never have had any problems. Just make sure you use a quality chemical (aquachem) and never put anything in the fresh water tank as it will cause problems down the road. We only use the recommended toilet paper as it breaks down quicker than the home style. There should be a guage that reads green or red and when you get more red than green, it is time to empty. We simply take it out, go to the dump station, empty and rince out with fresh water and dump again. Place a cap full of the chemical with a small amount of water and you are set to go. I am pretty sure you have a thetford and there is plenty of info on their website. As for us, we would not have another pup without a toilet, we use it and are happy to have it. Good Luck  [A]
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Re: cassette toilet how does it work
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2011, 10:42:47 PM »
My 97 Coleman Westlake has one. We have owned the camper for about 4 years and just used it for the first time this past holiday weekend. Why didn't I set it up to use it years ago? The 3am potty calls and not have to walk in the rain to go potty was great we will be using it from now on. [:)C] [CP]
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Re: cassette toilet how does it work
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2011, 03:06:10 PM »
so the blue water is suppose to be there, and you don't have to have the water pump on  or pup connected to a water source?
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Re: cassette toilet how does it work
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2011, 03:27:56 PM »
The cassette toilet is a completely self-contained system independent of the water supply.  Fill the clean water tank on top, and add chemical and a small amount of water to the black water cartridge and you should be good to go.  The manual for my Thetford C4 says to "add a specified amount of chemical" to the fresh water, so I did that last time I filled.  Not sure if that was a good move or not.  Try to find the instructions for your model and follow them.   Like others above had said, not sure why I waited so long to use this amenity.  It's great, especially for the kids.  Even the forbidden #2's weren't much of a big deal, as long as you follow the advice of emptying the tank and keeping everything maintained often.  It adds a great dimension and convenience to PUP camping.

Good luck!
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Re: cassette toilet how does it work
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2011, 03:29:35 PM »
It has it's own water pump and water supply. One other thing I haven't seen anyone mention is that the flush lever must be in the closed position before you can take the cassette out ( or put back in ). If you try to force it with the flush valve open, bad things will happen.

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Re: cassette toilet how does it work
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2011, 08:27:35 PM »
OK, I'm sure my DH can answer this, but I'm stubborn and won't ask him... 

I'm camping for 4 days with DS & DD, while DH works and I need to know how to empty my cassette toilet at the dump station.  Can someone give me the "pooh dumping for idiots" step by step instructions??   [:(O]

Thanks so much!!
Moparmike & Me
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Re: cassette toilet how does it work
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2011, 08:51:01 PM »
question is a cassette toilet the same as a portable toilet?
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Re: cassette toilet how does it work
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2011, 09:36:47 PM »
you undo  the bottom part and dump it down a toilet or sewer line
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Re: cassette toilet how does it work
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2011, 05:41:10 AM »
i can't figure out how to upload the Thetford manual so send me your email address and i'll attach the PDF in an email. Mine is from a 1995 Coleman Niagara.
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Re: cassette toilet how does it work
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2011, 07:54:09 AM »
Welcome to the Potty....lol.  Glad you found us.
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Re: cassette toilet how does it work
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2011, 08:14:08 AM »
question is a cassette toilet the same as a portable toilet?
Kind of, the portable toilet is that, portable, you can place it any where in the pup.
Cassette toilet is fixed in a place, you just removed the little holding tank and dump it in the sewer hole or a campground toilet. :)
We liked ours very much! [;)]
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