Port-a-potty stand

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  1. Indianrock

    Indianrock Member

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    We keep a porta potty in the trailer at night to avoid hikes to the campground bathroom, but it's too low to the ground. My wife has already ruled out those "chair/walker" looking things so I'm just thinking of a lightweight block of plastic or styrofoam to get the potty at least 10 inches higher off the floor.
    Ideas?
     
  2. tfischer

    tfischer A bad day camping beats a good day at the office

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    Glue several layers of pink construction foam together. Very light, cheap, and should hold the weight just fine.
     
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    Cabela's has a chair that looks like a camp chair but it has a commode lid in place of a seat. When folded it looks like a camp chair.
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I took a metal milk crate turned it upside down , added some plywood with carpet stapled onto it to the bottom, raised the potty about 12-14 inches, DW is satisfied with it.
     
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    tfischer A bad day camping beats a good day at the office

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    I guess some pottis must be a lot lower than others? Our Thetford Curve is the same height as a standard home toilet. If I put it up on a milk crate you'd have to have a ladder to use it, and it would literally be a "throne" lol.

    That's why I figured a few inches of foam would convert it to "handicapped" toilet height.
     
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    Generally speaking, the seat on a "small" porta potti will sit ~ 12" above the floor and have a 2.5 gal waste tank while the seat on a "large" porta potti will sit ~ 17" above the floor (similar to a home toilet) and have a 5 gal waste tank. I've always preferred the larger size as it sits at a normal toilet height and a larger waste tank means we could get through a long 3 day weekend of camping without having to empty the waste tank.
     
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    I had to Google Thetford Curve. I've never seen a tall porta-potty. I was thinking about the milk crate also if I could make it work by setting it on the side of the crate instead of the bottom. Then you'd have open storage for toilet paper. I will have to measure. I have a bath and a half at home. One with the tall commode and the other with a standard height.
     
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    tfischer A bad day camping beats a good day at the office

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    They no longer make the Curve, but they have another model which is essentially identical that replaced it (can't remember the model # offhand). It's the same height as a standard residential toilet.
     
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    Thetford 565E

    https://www.thetford.com/product/porta-potti-565e/

    20 yrs ago (geesh, where did the time go?! [:O] ) we had a Thetford 585 electric flush porta potti which was excellent. [A] If buying a porta potti today I'd be looking for electric flush, a 5 gal waste tank, and standard toilet height of about 17".
     
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    No way am i messing with those stinky things...LOL
    I don't mind at all hitting the restroom or outhouse.
    A nice peaceful stroll when all is quiet is quite nice.
     
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    Yeah, gotta love those campground bathroom / outhouse facilities! [:(O] Why would anyone want to use their own pristine clean porta potti? [LOL]

    [​IMG]
     
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    You need to find better campgrounds....Even though you dug that pic up on the web.
    Yuck...Once i am done i prefer to walk away....No offense to anyone who enjoys pooping in a bucket.
    Not this guy....Their is nothing pristine about any bucket of human waste...Including your own!!
     
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    We got a porta potti a couple of seasons ago and so far have only used it for #1. It's been great to not have to worry about waking up at 3AM and fighting the need to walk across the campground in 40 degree weather in the dark.

    That said I am reluctant to try #2 unless absolutely necessary. At the very high risk of oversharing, I often overtax a standard toilet lol.
     
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    TMI...But funny none the less...A pop up is a pretty small area....I can hear the wife now.
    She thinks i am gross at home but in a small space....Ohhhhh Boy!!![:D]

    Anyone physically challenged i totally understand the need!
     
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    I laugh when I read about people that are squeamish about dumping and cleaning a porta potty. IMHO, it is all in your state of mind. It's no worse than cleaning your toilet at home. (You DO clean your toilet at home, don't you?)

    If you can handle cleaning your toilet at home, cleaning a porta potty isn't a big deal what so ever.
     
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    Nope My wife does...And yes i am very squeamish....I am the guy who would puts vicks under my nose and
    a bandana on....2 seconds around that stuff and i will make another mess to be cleaned.
     
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    A predictable response [;{}] ... but doesn't change the fact that in a public bath house you're sittin' your butt down on a toilet seat used by hundreds of others before you, no matter how attentive campground cleaning staff may be. [XX(] Use your own porta potti and you know who's been using it - no comparison between the two. [LOL]
     
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    Good ...You can clean mine for me....Trust me it will be pristine!
    That fake pic was really predictable and exaggerated beyond belief.
    I know people who like them and people that feel the way i do.
    There is a reason we have indoor plumbing at home as well as at most
    campgrounds...Some people still prefer option A if it is there and they are able to use it.
    With that i am done with the banter on human waste.
    Have a good one:grin:
     
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