Letting Family/Friends Use Bathroom

Discussion in 'Port-A-Potties / Cassette Toilets / Bath Houses' started by rjhammetter, Aug 16, 2019.

  1. rjhammetter

    rjhammetter Husband, Dad, Engineer & Camper

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    To those who have TTs or PUPs with toilets and black tanks: do you let friends, family and guests use your toilet? I wondered this recently when I watched a guy empty his tank(s) into the sewer with latex gloves on. I dumped mine a couple days later and saw what comes out of the black tank through my clear elbow. Yuck. I mean, it's gross enough to dump a week worth of waste generated by you, your spouse and your kids. Do you let people use your toilet? Maybe family, friends or guests who tent camp next to you and won't have a bathroom of their own. Do you let their kids? How would you say no if they ask? Explain that black tank waste space is limited? Explain how black tanks work and why it's preferred if they use the bathhouse? Joke how it's fine as long as they go number one? These guests of ours aren't RVers and probably don't even know the waste is stored (in a limited quantity no less).

    I couldn't find a thread here after a quick search. I'm just wondering whether or not people are cool with this.
     
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    I wouldn't have a problem with it.
    I always take care when dealing with black tanks and just don't think about it.
    Just deal with it and done.
     
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    GreyFox Well-Known Member

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    Of course, it comes with the territory when owing any trailer with waste tanks. Any of us who have had kids have also changed diapers so speaking only for myself I'd sure rather deal with a black water tank than a dirty diaper! [:(O] Welcome to The Darkside! :tongue:
     
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    There guests right? I think they would expect to use the toilet ! If a randon stranger knocked and asked, um no.
     
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    Toedtoes Well-Known Member

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    For me, unless they are staying in my camper, they can use the campground facilities. That's why the campground has them.
     
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    Get rid of the clear elbow and you won't see what comes out. .
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    I only have a cassette toilet and have a #1 rule only except for emergency or well my mom, can't exactly tell an 80 yo sorry you got to go to the bathhouse. The toilet is only used by family. We don't have guests that visit for long and if they need to go they usually ask where the public bathrooms are.
     
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    I dreaded dealing with a black tank when we got our TT, but found it was far less onerous that I feared. We do use a clear connector at the drain end, and Hydroflush at the trailer, which is clear, so yes, I do see what comes out. My biggest issue is really trying to dump solo with small, cranky hands!
    We're usually the only ones using our toilet. A friend went with me on a trip this year, so of course, she used it. (Good thing we had it, since the campground bathroom was a good walk away and she was recovering from foot surgery.) Other friends we camp with have used it on occasion, such as when visiting for the day when we were camped near where they live. Most of the time, we use the campground facilities, but on a long weekend trip, the goal is to have both tanks as near full as possible, because we get a better dump that way. On longer trips, it's all about stretching the capacity.
     
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    Bathroom in our camper is for our use only. The only time someone else gets to use it if the daughter brings a friend with her for the weekend.
     
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    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    The only guests we ever have are grown kids and grandchildren that are camping with us. Even if they were in the next site over, they are welcome to use our bathroom. None of my grown kids will use it. Never have, they say it's weird. ;) Only our grandchildren use it other than me. Even DH won't use it. Everyone would rather walk to the bathhouse.

    Now that I have both my knees replaced, I will likely only use the toilet for night times now, and early mornings before I'm fully dressed. I'm so happy to be able to walk without extreme pain, that I enjoy walking as much as possible. The grandchildren, however, think it's fun to use grandma's toilet, so I'm sure it will still need emptied a couple times.

    It doesn't bother me to empty it. It's not like I run it through my hands or anything. [LOL][LOL]

    For the record, even non family would be more than welcome to use it if they were our guests.
     
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    I'm with @Toedtoes, only people sleeping in my camper use my toilet. Mainly because I'm a clean freak and my family all understands about being neat, washing your hands, black tank capacities, etc. Not had someone ask me yet, not sure how I would answer that honestly. But all of our camping companions so far either have their own facilities or use the shower house.
     
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    I don't care about the emptying of the black tank, etc.

    With the clipper, it's simply a matter of excess use on the camper appliances. At forty-four years old, I have enough things in need of repair in the clipper at any given time. I don't need a bunch of folks adding to the wear and tear.

    With the FnR, the bathroom just has a curtain door and it's right next to the trailer door. Not a lot of privacy. Like Orchid's family, I think most folks would feel "weird" using it.

    During the day, I often use the campground facilities myself. It's not a hardship to use them. And if a person can't handle a pit or vault toilet, then they are unlikely to be out camping with me as most places I camp are fairly rustic.

    If it were an emergency situation, then of course I would let someone use it.
     
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    We use ours only for liquid and usually only at night.

    All of our guests have gone to the camp bathhouse.

    Hubby made the rule about only liquids so if I have to go in the middle of the night, he has to walk me to the bathhouse which he does very kindly.
     
  14. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I cannot help you, I mostly camp solo (except for pebbles and she goes outside :))
    But if I have a guest or the DW goes we use the bathroom inside, if we did have a guest then they will be welcome to use the facilities.
     
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    If there was no other bathroom around, I would hand them a shovel.
     
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    I have a dog, I've changed a fair number of diapers, and have dumped black tanks in the past that are not mine. I wouldn't have a problem with someone family using my toilet, but then again, clean up after themselves. I leave a canister of sanitizing wipes next to the toilet to clean up the seat after use... Do NOT flush those...

    Now having said THAT. When I was single, I would camp with a singles group, mostly divorced folks in their late 20s, early 30s, and I had my own toilet / privy. I would typically share the thing with 1 or 2 other singles and their kids if there weren't too many. I showed folks how to build a nearly free bucket toilet if they were willing to use one and by trip #4 with that group, pop up privies and bucket toilets were the norm... I guess I had an influence.
     
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    This is what I would consider a situational rule. We camp and have guests that typically have their own site but ours more often than not becomes the community gathering spot.

    Older kids, use the campground facility. A potty training 2 year old, use our camper.

    A group of 8 adults, use the campground facility. One girl that is afraid to go to the public restroom alone after dark and asks to use ours, sure go ahead.

    I think being polite based on the situation vs. an absolute is the way to handle this situation.
     
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    Since we use our onboard Thetford cassette toilet which only holds 5 gallons of waste, we do not allow anyone else to use it.
     
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    Only if they empty it first <<GG>>
     
  20. Toedtoes

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    I agree.
     

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