Is a port-a-potty worth it?

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  1. Ratherbecamping

    Ratherbecamping Active Member

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    Hi All,

    We are new to PUPs and are getting a Rockwood 1940LTD next week. I’ve been doing lots of research here to help buy the necessities but trying to minimize weight wherever I can. We will always be camping in campgrounds that have toilets (at least in the near future). We have 3 boys 6 and under, 1 in diapers. Too be honest I’m a scaredy-cat so walking to bathroom alone at night is my main motivation. I’m sure it would be super convenient with the kids. Once the kids are older I’m wondering if we could hang a curtain or get a potty tent. I’m known to WAY overpack and love shopping for anything camping related (even a potty, lol). My husband thinks we don’t need it but he’s not an over thinker like me.

    I’m eyeing the Camco 41541 so only a $67 investment.

    Thanks!
     
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    Ill sum it up for you. Yes. Especially with small kids. Worth , might be the wrong word, necessity might be a better one. Buy it , use it, then tell me im wrong.
     
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    It's a must have with small kids.
     
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    The first cold rainy day that you don’t have to drag three toddlers to the wet campground bathroom, you will be happy to have the potty. Getting poked awake at 2AM for a bathroom trip will be much less of a pain as well.
     
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    Dingit Well-Known Member

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    Yes.
     
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    I would but a Thetford the taller one with the electric flush. The low ones are harder for an adult to get up from. The smaller boys will need help to operate it anyway. We had one when we had a tear drop and it was great. Easy to dump. What ever you get get one that has a swing away dump spout. They are easier to avoid splatter when dumping. Dumping the thing is probably the last thing you do when leaving the camp ground and you don't want to get in the TV with brown pants legs, tenny runners, or stripped down to your drawers:)>
     
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    They don't need a tall one--they're young! :p

    (Measure your potty storage cabinet and go from there.)
     
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    You got a point there rascal.
     
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    I will give you a scenario...It is 3:00am in the morning, about 55 degrees and a heavy mist. The kiddo wakes up with, I gotta go, now. So I pull our coats on track down our shoes only for a shoe to be missing. Kiddo is crossing her legs in desperation while I find a flashlight and the missing shoe. Then we practically run to the bathhouse so she can go. We just made it and walk back to camp. However in that time her body woke fully up and now she is wild. I want nothing more than to get back to the warm bed but the kiddo wants to play. Me trying to force the kiddo back to bed while she constantly gets up to run off. Gets up, redirection, got up redirection a constant cycle until about 5am. She Finally gave in and I drag myself to bed. Come 6:30 the kiddo wakes up to the sun in a cranky mood. So YES. That toilet, no matter where in camp you decide to put it will be your saving grace, your sanity.
     
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    My wife is mobility challenged, uses a walker to get around, so the porta-potty is pretty much a necessity for us. If it's just her & myself, we just keep the thing inside the pup, if grandkids are with us, we have a popup shower tent we set up for it.
     
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    IMHO, porta potties are always worth it for that middle of the night need. However, the aim factor comes into play with three young boys. If I had three boys using a porta potty in my pup, I would make sure they are sitting down when they go. :eek:[PP]
     
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    Thank you all! You all make excellent points. We will definitely be buying one. After tent camping several times while pregnant, I can't believe we waited so long to get one!
     
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    Exactly the reason I wanted the shoilet in my pup! If they miss, it's still going into the shower drain.
     
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    We have a “sit down only” rule with the porta potty, including my 13 year old son and me lol. My youngest is now 11 and my days of cleaning up bodily fluids are DONE. I put my time in....
     
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    Yes...As I have said many times on this subject.
    I have a weak stomach and fought it all the way.
    Then Covid hit and bathrooms were closed and campgrounds
    started requiring self contained toilets.
    So I was forced into one and now I love it.
    With campgrounds being over crowded now and gross over used dirty bathrooms.
    I still use mine and it is nice at night when it is cold out or raining and you don't
    have to get out for a trip to the bathroom.
    I have a Thetford 565E with electric flush which has nice big holding tanks and
    is normal household toilet seat height.
    It has nice fluid level gauges and you can get a floor mount that locks it in place.
    The reason I mentioned big tanks is if you have multiple people using it you will
    get more usage between running out of water and having to dump the waste tank as well.
    Remember also...A low seat height means you will really have to squat down when using it
    or pack something extra to set it on when you use it.
    Your kids are gonna keep growing so that is something to think about as well.
    As others have said...I think you will really like one and use it often.
     
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    Do you dump it at the dump station? If it’s only #1 and we just throw TP in garbage can you just dump in a toilet?

    Sorry if TMI. My husband won’t be thrilled about emptying it so curious how easy it is. He might be a little embarrassed carrying around a tank of pee. I guess I could take one for the team and do it myself!
     
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    You guys are troopers.Get the pot. Never look back
     
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    We dump at the dump station unless it is busy..If it is busy we take it home and dump in the toilet.
    You put chemicals in the waste tank that break down the toilet paper and such.
    It does not smell...I use citrus smelling chemical.
    Trust me...If I can handle it...Anyone can!
    The reason I mentioned getting one with bigger tanks is that you have
    multiple people using it.
    Just me and the wife use ours so with a 4 gallon waste tank and a 5 gal
    fresh water tank we can go on a 4 day weekend trip and not have to dump or add
    water.
    I will attach some pics of ours and the chemical we use.
    I bought the 8 pack of bottles and use a half of a bottle each time
    in the waste tank.
    You can also buy stuff for your fresh water if you wish.
    Some use tablets...Some use chemicals...what you use is up to you.
    Ours is a more expensive one but it is handy.
    They are very easy to use so don't be intimidated.
    You tube is full of videos to help you that show how to add chemicals
    and dump them.
    Hope this helps.
     

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    To the OP....Here's a good video to help you.
    I am sure you can find a video for whatever model you buy.
    It will help you with the basics...

     

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