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Best RV and Camping Toilets in 2021

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(Camp Addict does NOT accept payment from any company to review or endorse their products.)

When it comes to RV toilets, you have a few choices in type and style.

Here, we've reviewed our top choices for that very important piece of equipment that makes life on the road a bit easier.

When it comes to a camper toilet, figure out which style suits your camping style the best.

Then choose one that will fit the available space.

Buy, install, and then get on with your happy camping!

Your Butt's Guide To RV Toilets

If you want to learn more about RV toilets, including the different types that are available, read our Camper Toilet Guide.

You will learn:

  • Gravity flush and composting toilet differences
  • Do you really need to buy RV-specific toilet paper?
  • Pros and cons of each type of RV toilet
  • Help you decide which type of toilet will be best for you

The Best RV Toilet Reviews

We found the best toilets of all types for your consideration.

Below we have reviews for:

  • Best RV Toilet (elongated bowl)
  • Best RV Toilet (standard bowl)
  • Best Composting Toilet system
  • Best Portable Camping Toilet (has an electric flush)
  • Best Portable Camping Toilet Runner-Up (manual pump flush)

Gravity Flush RV Toilet Reviews

First up, we have the traditional gravity flush toilet that most RVers use. 

This style of RV camping toilet generally sits directly above the black tank.

It uses water from the RV's freshwater tank to flush the 'goods' down into the holding tank.

Why Didn't Any Thetford Toilets Make The Cut?

You will notice a lack of Thetford RV toilets in the 'gravity flush' toilet section.

While the Thetford toilet is a major player in RV toilets, there are a couple of reasons why we didn't include them:

  1. They have an awesome selection of RV toilets with plastic bowls, but we don't consider these to be high-quality toilets. They are made of cheap plastic. We only reviewed RV toilets with porcelain bowls.
  2. To replace the flush ball seal in a Thetford toilet, you have to disassemble it. Our top RV toilet picks can have the seal replaced from the top (accessed via the toilet bowl) without disassembly. We consider this a major feature as all flush ball seals will eventually need replacement.

Dometic rules here. Thetford isn't BAD, that's not what we are saying. 

It's just that Dometic is better.

They make a great RV toilet with some features you won't find in Thetford toilets.

What's The Difference Between Our Top Picks?

The Dometic 320 series of RV toilet shares many similarities to the Dometic 310 series.

There are two exceptions. (Previously the 320 offered a residential style wooden toilet seat whereas the 310 had a cheaper, plastic seat, but this is no longer  the case as they both offer a wood seat.)

The Dometic 320 RV toilet's two differences over the Dometic 310 are as follows:

  1. The Dometic 320 has a truly elongated toilet seat, giving you more 'room' inside the bowl for guy parts.
  2. The Dometic 320 has a fully enclosed rim (like a residential style toilet and has less potential for 'spills'), whereas the 310 has no rim and the water jets are completely exposed.

There isn't a huge price difference (and depending on which way the wind is blowing, there may be no price difference).

If you have the room to install the elongated bowl of the Dometic 320, then it really is the most residential of the RV toilet offerings.

Best RV Toilet (elongated bowl)

Dometic 320 RV Toilet

Dometic 320 RV toilet

Pros

  • Elongated porcelain toilet bowl
  • Available hand sprayer
  • Flush ball seal replaced without toilet disassembly
  • Wooden toilet seat (residential style)
  • Low water usage

Cons

  • Needs a little more clearance between the floor flange and the back wall due to elongated shape

The Dometic 320 RV toilet is a pretty darn nice porcelain RV toilet.

What sets it apart from the other RV toilet offerings is its elongated, porcelain bowl (instead of the usual plastic, more round toilet bowl) and residential-style enameled wood toilet seat.

Yes, these things matter. 

Choose Color & Sprayer/Height Options

Continue Reading Dometic 320 RV Toilet Review

Best RV Toilet (standard bowl)

Dometic 310 RV Toilet

Dometic 310 RV toilet

Pros

  • Porcelain toilet bowl
  • Available hand sprayer
  • Flush ball seal replaced without toilet disassembly
  • 360-degree vortex flush
  • Wooden toilet seat (residential style)

Cons

  • Toilet bowl isn't elongated
  • Flush pattern does not rinse entire bowl

The Dometic 310 RV toilet is a giant leap forward from the typical plastic toilet that most RVs come with.

If you are looking for a superior RV toilet that offers an easy-to-clean porcelain bowl, full circumference water delivery during flushing, and great build quality, this Dometic RV toilet is for you.

Choose Color & Sprayer/Height Options

UPDATE 7/19: Kelly has been using the 310 for a few months.

She VERY MUCH dislikes the rinse pattern.  

Hers rinses in a 'candy cane' pattern of water rinse so much of the bowl never gets rinsed. We are leaving this as a top pick for the moment while we continue to research the 310.

It DOES come with a spray nozzle, so you can rinse manually. Seems the rinsing is better when connected to a city water supply. (More pressure?) It may just be a thing for dry campers to know. Still researching this.

Continue Reading Dometic 310 RV Toilet Review

Portable Camping Toilet Reviews

Portable camping toilets give tent campers, van dwellers, and other outdoor lovers who don't have a fixed toilet in an RV the ability to do their 'duty' easily. 

The alternative is to grab a shovel, dig a hole, and pop a squat.

Yeah, that makes a camping porta potty sound like a luxury item when we put it that way.

Best Portable Camping Toilet

Thetford Curve Porta Potti

Thetford Curve porta potti front

Pros

  • Electric pump eliminates the need to manually pump to flush toilet
  • Large 5.5-gallon waste tank
  • Oval toilet bowl shape for residential-style toilet comfort
  • Integrated toilet paper holder
  • Comfortable seat height
  • Modern design

Cons

  • Electric pump may fail
  • Requires batteries (better keep spares on hand)

The Thetford toilet Porta Potti Curve (model 550E) is a great portable camping toilet.

Unlike most portable toilets, it uses an electric water pump that eliminates the need to manually pump to flush.

Its modern design brings a little flair to an otherwise mundane task.

Continue Reading Thetford Porta Potti Curve Review

Best Portable Camping Toilet Runner-Up

Thetford Porta Potti 550P

Thetford Porta Potti 550p front

Pros

  • Piston pump for easy flushing
  • Large 5.5-gallon waste tank
  • Oval seat and bowl versus competition's round, uncomfortable seat/bowl
  • Comfortable seat height
  • Exclusive waste tank rotating pour spout

Cons

  • Manually pump to flush

If you want the simplicity of a manual flush pump (no electrical parts to fail) then the Thetford Toilet Porta Potti 550P is the portable commode for you.

With its large holding tank capacity and ease of dumping, the 550P is a great, high quality, portable camp toilet.

Continue Reading Thetford Porta Potti 550P Review

Best RV Composting Toilet

Nature's Head Composting Toilet

Natures Head composting toilet standard handle

Pros

  • No more dumping your black tank!
  • No smell
  • Doesn't use water
  • A composting toilet is better for environment
  • No more black tank clogs

Cons

  • Price
  • Might not work for full-time family/heavy eaters
  • Must dump urine container frequently

If the idea of never having to deal with RV black tanks ever again floats your boat, then Nature's Head composting toilet system should pique your interest.

However, don't be fooled that you will never have to deal with human waste again - you will but in a much different (and arguably better) form.

If you are looking for a way to minimize freshwater consumption and extend your dry camping time, then read on.

Standard Handle

Spider Handle

Continue Reading Nature's Head Composting Toilet Review

Why Didn't We Review Cassette Toilets?

There is a fourth category of RV toilets - the cassette toilet.

This style of camping toilet isn't generally one that you would install in an existing RV, and it isn't suitable for tent camping.

Rather, if you have an RV cassette toilet, it will have been installed in a rig from the factory.

Retrofitting one is a bit of a chore since it requires creating an access panel to the outside of the RV and having the exact right dimensions on the inside of the bathroom.

One scenario where you might install a new cassette toilet is if you are building a tiny house or cabin.

The cassette toilet will look like a permanently mounted commode while not requiring a separate black tank or sewage connection.

Conclusion

There you have it. You should know which RV toilet is best for your situation.

If you want to learn more about the different types of RV toilets, read our Camper Toilet Guide.

We look for ease of use plus quality in toilets and found what we believe to be the best of the best. 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below.

We do our best to answer all sane/relevant/answerable questions posed to us.

(We don't answer duplicate questions, so please read all comments before submitting a question.)

We hope we have 'flushed' any questions or worries you may have had.

No-one needs to worry about their 'doo-ties' while they are trying to camp in their RV, lol!

Camp on, Addicts!

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Kelly Beasley

He-llllo. I'm the co-founder of Camp Addict, which my biz partner and I launched in 2017. I frigging love the RVing lifestyle but in December of 2020, I converted to part-time RV life. Heck, I lived in my travel trailer for over 5.5 years, STRICTLY boondocking for pretty much all of it. Boondocking is a GREAT way to live, but it's not easy. Anyway, I'm passionate about animals, can't stand campgrounds, I hardly ever cook, and I love a good dance party. Currently, I can be found plotting and scheming whether or not to start collecting farm animals (or plotting my next RV trip!) at my beautiful new 'ranch' named 'Hotel Kellyfornia', in Southern Arizona.


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Marshall Wendler

Camp Addict co-founder Marshall Wendler brings his technical expertise to help explain RV products in an easy to understand fashion. Full-time RVing from April 2014 - December 2020, Marshall loves sharing his knowledge of the RV lifestyle. Marshall spent the majority of his RVing life boondocking. He is the part of Camp Addict that knows 'all the things'. He's good at sharing his technical knowledge so you can benefit.

  • I currently have a Thetford A.M. Style II, on the 2nd ball seal when the pedal actuator broke. As I completed the rebuild, the final step is snapping the pedal back on (YouTube is my best friend) and THEN the dinky tab holding the return spring broke. It’s now totally useless. A new (low profile) base cannot be found on the internet, all out of stock. I came here looking to replace the toilet. The review for the Dometic 320 sounded great until I went to their site and read 1 star reviews. They all complained about not being able to find replacement seals and the unit is virtually unserviceable. YIKES!

    • Hey Gary,

      I feel your pain with the Thetford ball seal. I’ve replaced mine once and there is something going on with the valve not closing on its own right now. Makes it hard to not waste water when flushing. This is on my rig to-do list…

      I looked at some of the 1-star reviews on the Dometic website and it appears the seals that they are referring to is between the bowl and the stand. Something like that. Definitely not the ball seal that you and I are having issues with on our Thetfords, as the Dometic version of this is readily available (and you don’t have to disassemble the toilet to replace).

      I’d still take a hard look at the Dometic. I’m not aware of any of my friends with Dometic toilets (including Camp Addict co-founder Kelly) having issues with the other seals that these 1-star ratings were referring to. Of course in a world where there are hundreds of thousands of the same toilet, you will always get people that have interesting and unique situations.

  • Hello Kelly and Marshall,
    I’m wondering if you have encountered or heard of others who have encountered the following problem with the Dometic 310, the foot pedal breaking apart inside where the spring sits and ultimately falling off the toilet. Dometic does not make replacement parts, so now I am looking at replacing the toilet after just 2.5 years.
    Thanks so much.

    • Hey Rebecca,

      Whoa, that doesn’t sound like a good thing! Sorry to hear this. No, we’ve never heard of this happening before.

      So when you say Dometic doesn’t make replacement parts, do you mean in toilet part in general, or specifically for that part of the toilet that is broken? I did a quick Google search and found several places that sell Dometic toilet spare parts, including this website.

      Hopefully you can find a replacement part, rather than having to replace the entire toilet. That would not be cool otherwise.

    • Hey Sue,

      Not that I’m aware of. RV walls aren’t built very well so hanging a toilet off of them isn’t gonna happen.

      There just isn’t the structure in walls necessary to be hanging toilets off of, and supporting the weight of people using the toilet.

  • Hey guys, here we go again! There is another toilet not mentioned which is getting some attention recently. The Laveo Dry Flush!

    https://www.shoptinyhouses.com/products/laveo-dry-flush-toilet

    We’re going to use this in our Van, (replacing our current Luggable Loo) but our Bus stays standard Dometic.

    The Laveo Dry Flush is like a diaper genie, good for about 16-17 uses per cartridge, it’s powered by a rechargeable battery which seems to last a long time between charges, hundreds of flushes. The one real bummer is the cost of consumables when buying in a 3 pack it’s about $1.25-$1.50 per flush depending where you source the packs.

    It’s probably not the best for fulltime constant #1 and #2 use, as it’s gonna cost ya $$$. In a van, we have easy access to public restrooms, so it will be an emergency use only. If you only use your rig once in a while, it might be a good option.

    The reviews from people who actually own one and pretty decent, with the biggest complaint being consumables cost.

    • Hey Paul!!

      Yes, we have seen this toilet. It can make for a great option for occasional RV or van use. We wish the bags were compostable and a LOT less expensive.

      We would love to hear how it works our for you after you have used it for a good while. I have a friend who used one, but I cannot for the life of me remember who it was.

      Good luck and thanks for the tip!

      • I use one of these in my off-grid guest house. My only problem is that I don’t have guests every weekend so waste can sit in there for awhile until the next guest comes. This causes an eventual odor and I have to replace the cartridges even before I’ve gotten 15 flushes. Super expensive for me and not odorless, as it turns out, given the infrequent use and waste sitting in there for a fews weeks at a time, sometimes.

      • Marshall Wendler, the Natures Head only partially composts then it has to be finished in another place, you can’t take it directly from the toilet and use it as compost, it isn’t completely composted at that point in most cases, and most people just put it in a trash bag and toss into a the dumpster which is not composting, it goes to landfill. The Sun-Mar composting units actually have separate finish chambers and if done properly that finished product can then be taken directly from the finishing drawer and be used as compost.

        • Hi Maggie,

          Correct that most composting toilets don’t complete the composting process in the toilet themselves. They just can’t.

          While I’m no composting expert, I do know that composting takes time. Which means the medium being composted has to be stored during this process. This takes space. Often lots of it. Space isn’t a thing in a small living space such as an RV.

          I checked out the Sun-Mar toilet as much as I could from their very hard to use website. They have several different models of composting toilets, with a single one designed for RV/boat use. They do make models with separate stand-alone finishing containers that are installed away from the actual toilet. Perfect for sticks and bricks use. Not something that can be used with an RV.

          The RV toilet requires a 120-volt power source to power the heater (with the option for a 12-volt option that requires a large power draw). The website says that 120-volt power isn’t an issue while an RV is parked at an RV park with power.

          The main reason most people install a composting toilet in an RV is to be able to extend their boondocking time by eliminating the need for a black tank. While boondocking one doesn’t have a 120-volt power source to plug into, nor is a high 12-volt power draw a smart thing when you have limited battery capacity needing recharging via solar.

          If one’s RV is plugged into a 120-volt power source at an RV park then it most likely also will have a sewer hookup. At this point, why does one need a composting toilet? Just doesn’t make sense for an RV in this situation. The Sun-Mar composting toilet(s) do not appear to be practical for RV use.

          • Marshall Wendler I’m glad you took the time to research a bit more. At least now you understand my original post when I said “some actual compost” because the Sun-Mar does and if an off grid rig was equipped with enough solar and batteries and room for the Sun-Mar rv unit they have then it is more than doable but not worth it to everyone, probably not for me either but I do like exploring all alternatives especially if I can find others who have tried it and can share their experiences. Happy Rving and
            safe travels!

          • Marshall Wendler, I also forgot to comment about your reference to 120 volt – although it does have the 110 volt feature for additional use when 110 volt is available but it normally will run on the 12 volt. In case you missed that part in your research here is where you can read about it. https://sun-mar.com/magento/mobile-composting-toilet.html As I said, I doubt I will invest in this unit but I am looking for those folks who are using these units so that I can see what they think of them. From what I understand these units are popular choice for marine use on boats as well as Rvs.

          • Hi Maggie,

            There is no RV that I’m aware of that has enough extra space to have a separate composting compartment. Especially when the composting compartment has to be below the main toilet unit. This just isn’t a practical design for RV use.

            I did see that page of the Sun Mar website you referenced. That page says the following:

            “The thinking in designing a 110 volt heater into the unit was that a 12 Volt supply is often available while the unit is in motion, while the 110 volt heater can frequently be used while the vehicle is in an RV park, or, in the case of a vessel, hooked up to shore supply.”

            It doesn’t normally run on 12-volts. It requires 12-volts of power to run the fan only. Not the “Evaporation and Electrical Configuration Evaporation” which aids in composting. This requires a 120-volt power source. The line I quoted in the previous paragraph is a bit confusing as it doesn’t specify what the 12-volt power source is for. But reading the entire (run-on) paragraph will reveal what the 12-volt power source is for.

            So a 120-volt power source is required to facilitate composting. As I mentioned before, this isn’t practical for an RVer that boondocks.

            Kelly and I know a very large number of full-time RVers, none of which have a Sun Mar composting toilet. So I’d disagree with your statement saying it is a popular choice for RVs. Natures Head and Airhead are far more popular.

            Thanks for the comments! Best of luck with your search for an RV composting toilet that fits your needs.

          • Thanks for your reply. You are confused about the separate composting unit, it is all in one piece similar to the Natures Head except it has the third chamber at bottom where the composting takes place. The advantage I see to the Sun-Mar is you don’t need to separate liquid nor exclude paper. You use it just like a regular toilet. Yes the 12 volt is for the fan same as Nature head recommends running with vent. The heater that evaporates the liquid and hastens the composting does run on 110 volt but it’s only 120 watts for heater and thermostat. The extra overflow tank they mention is only for precaution to allow excess liquid to go into a tank underneath such as the black tank but that wouldn’t happen if the 110 volt heater was run long enough to evaporate off the liquid. Many people run lots of other 110 volt appliances in their rv including AC units, microwaves, hair blow dryers, and refrigerators that take far more power. RVers can run them on their solar if they have a large enough solar systems, besides the majority of RVers have a generator and could easily run the heater in the unit long enough to evaporate off any liquids so it doesn’t have to go into the overflow, i.e. black tank. I will continue to try to find some RV/Mariners who do use the RV Sun-Mar but I reckon I need to keep looking for other blogs that do reviews on RV toilets, maybe one of the others have reviewed the RV/Marine Sun-Mar unit. You could ask Sun-Mar if they would send one to you to review, who knows maybe they would.

          • Hi Maggie,

            Thank you for your insight into the Sun Mar toilet.

            What I am a bit confused how a small composting chamber in what Sun Mar calls a portable unit can possibly be large enough to actually facilitate true composting if the toilet is being used on a full-time basis. As I previously pointed out, composting takes time, and thus the composting portion of the toilet must be large enough to hold this waste for the time period required to compost. Yes, the 120-volt heating element (more on this in a bit) expedites this process, but quickly enough to allow for a small holding tank?

            Let’s discuss 120-volt appliance use while boondocking. As an exclusive boondocker, and having many friends that do the same, I have a bit of insight into this subject. It isn’t just about solar panels when it comes to running 120-volt appliances. You also need a large battery bank and a large inverter. In other words, you need a complete electrical system to continuously run anything other than a minor 120-volt electrical load.

            Running an RV air conditioner on solar? Other than extreme fringe cases, that isn’t a reality. You need a massive lithium battery bank, many, many watts of solar on the roof, and a large inverter to do so. Very few RVs have close to this setup. Even running something like a hair dryer is beyond the capability of many RV electrical systems.

            Yes, you can run your AC off a portable generator. But you will need more than the typical 2000 watt gennie to do so. Or you will need two generators running in parallel. And you will have to be willing to listen to the constant drone of running generators. And you will have to have neighbors willing to listen to your generators. Trust me, that’s a lot of ifs.

            I stand by my assertion that installing a composting toilet that requires a constant supply of 120-volt power while boondocking isn’t practical. Energy management is one of the biggest ‘problems’ while boondocking and is something that every boondocker is keenly aware of. Most of us enjoy the quietness that boondocking brings and the last thing we want to do is have to constantly run a generator just to power our toilet. Or have a neighbor doing the same.

            I think we’ve covered this subject thoroughly. Best of luck finding the right composting toilet for you.

  • WELL WHERE DO I BEGIN, MY TRAVEL TRAILER HAD A DOMESTIC 300 TOILET WHICH IS JUNK AND I REPLACED IT WITH A DOMESTIC 320. NIGHT AND DAY DIFFERENCE, THE 300 MADE MY TRAILER SMELL PEE, VERY BADLY.

    • I don’t know what it is about my Dometic 310 that makes the pee easily hit under the seat but it sure does. Definitely smells and I have to clean it often. Frustrating.

      • Well, we had same problem with domestic 300, changed to Domestic 320, night and day difference. But I won’t know till 9 months later if I made the right decision. According to other people’s stories, I guess I made right decision. We shall see, so far we are very happy!

      • It isn’t made for the RV market .. A Saniflo compact a house toilet that has a built in macerator and is commonly used in homes in europe where it is difficult to install a conventional toilet and waste pipe. I happen to be a plumber as well as a full time RVer (and blogger 🙂 ) in France. Hope that helps. Also thought i funny that you didn’t include Thetford. Thetford are very common in European motorhomes which are generally smaller vehicles than RVs in the states. A ceramic bowl would be too heavy. Love your blog btw, very inspiring. I hope I can make my site, https://travelsinpeggy.com as good one day.

        • Thanks for the information on the Saniflo, Robert!

          Glad you like Camp Addict!

          I personally have a Thetford toilet, but it has a china bowl. Kelly had a plastic Thetford before replacing it with a Dometic china bowl.

          On our to-do list is adding a lighter weight toilet option, as well as taking a look at our top choices again. Stay tuned!

  • Wow. What great information. We are in need of a RV toilet in our Country Coach. Will be going to Camping World. Thank you

    • Glad we could help, Judy! Let us know what toilet you get and how you like it. I am still VERY disappointed with my new Dometic toilet. Grrrrrr.

  • I have been repairing RV’s for 40+ years, I have three family members that own RV repair business in Arizona. I’ll take a Thetford toilet over a Dometic any day. The quality difference is right in front of you. Dometic is the Walmart of RV parts, not saying that is wrong, just saying there are better alternatives. The reason RV’ers buy Dometic is because it either came in the RV or Camping World sold it to them. I want my stuff to be of the best quality, last and to give me what I pay for. Dometic has never done that for me.

    • Hi NoDometic,

      (Please use your real name – it lends more credibility to comments rather than trying to be anonymous. Plus we don’t bite. We actually like people. 😉 )

      Thanks for the input regarding Dometic. Always great to hear from people that have a lot of experience with a manufacturer.

      We agree that there are some flaws in the design of the Dometic toilet, as we note in the above guide. We are reconsidering our choice for top toilet.

      Having said that, I’m about to change the ball seal on my Thetford toilet. This is something I’m not looking forward due to the design and feel that it’s the weak link of the Thetford. We shall see shortly…

      Thanks again for your comment. And please, don’t hesitate to use your actual name in the future.

  • i noticed that the foot pedal replacement part is not availble for the 310 nor 320 series , so if it breaks, u have to throw unit away????

    • Hi Brian,

      Where do you see that foot pedal isn’t available?

      If you do a Google search for Dometic 310 (or 320) parts list you’ll see that the pedal is definitely available. For example, 385311656 is the Dometic part number for the pedal in white.

      You do not need to throw the entire toilet away if a single part fails (though I’ve never heard of a pedal breaking). The parts are definitely replaceable.

  • I’ve been looking for a portable toilet for our travel trailer (which is parked in an RV park full time) to use during the winter months when we don’t have running water in the trailer. But is there any portable toilet that has a decent elongated toilet seat where a male can actually sit down and go #2 and #1? Most toilets…including one that we just received are fine for females….but almost unusable for a male.

    • Hey Jeff,

      Check out the Thetford Curve (reviewed above on this page). The ‘curve’ portion of the name indicates an elongated toilet bowl.

      In the review you will notice a video comparing the Curve to a standard household toilet. This will give you an idea of the elongated toilet seat.

      Thanks for the comment and Camp On!

  • I am looking at using a camper toilet for a cabin that I will be using on weekends in the winter. I want a toilet that I don’t have to de-water or anti-freeze the trap. I am setting up the rest of the traps with waterless traps and will just bleed down the water before turning off heat.

    What type of flange does the RV toilets use, similar to residential and are they 3 inch or other. Thanks in advance.

    • Hey Kevin,

      Yes, the Dometic RV toilets reviewed on this page use a 3″ floor flange similar to what a residential toilet uses. Best of luck setting up your cabin so you have a nice throne to sit on while you take care of business! 🙂

  • Can these toilets be used in a residential bathroom setting, such as a home? I live in CA and our bathroom remodel requires a very compact toilet – the dimensions of the Thetford Aqua Magic would work for my application. I realize this may look “cheap” but would this solution work from a plumbing code standpoint?

    • You would have to check with your local authority to see if an RV toilet meets residential housing code. Also I’m not sure if an RV toilet would work in a sticks-and-bricks house plumbing system. It’s probably not the best solution for your application. Are there not compact toilets available made for this type of application?

  • My two cents… I don’t know why people default to composting toilets when you still have to worry about carrying/acquiring peat moss or other stuff with you to make it work. And then you have to be careful about where you dump it because it’s a substantial mass of solids. Why not just use a porta potty with Tanktechs RV, or Unique RV Digest-It Holding Tank treatment? Both of those tank treatments are like MAGIC for (Thoroughly!) getting rid of smells almost instantly and digesting toilet paper as well. Just a tiny bit per porta potty tank is all it takes. Then you can use any vault toilet at any campsite to dump. You don’t have to carry peat moss, Etc. And you don’t have to keep your pee and poo separated (5 gal means you don’t have to empty the pee container real often) or remember to turn a crank or make sure you’re kids do when they use the toilet. Oh yeah and you don’t have to worry about installing the little fan vent tube that some of them have. There’s several things about composting toilets that just add to your list of worries or concerns while trying your best to have a carefree RV lifestyle. No thanks.

  • I used a Nature’s Head for a year, and had major issues with it in winter, and it was super heavy to empty and dragging out the entire base to do it was a pain. I bought a C-Head, from Boon Jon and it was far superior, and cost about half as much. It uses regular gallon jugs for urine, and you can easily empty those, and have plenty of empties on hand in case of rain for a week. The composting section is like a large bucket that lifts out and is so easy to empty by comparison.

  • Kelly,
    Have you heard about the “Dry Flush” toilets? They do not use water, and they are not composting toilets either.
    Concerning today’s latest craze for small trailers, the “Happier Camper” uses them. Yes, they are not convenient as 12 useages means it’s time to change the collection bag, however (!!) that is also their best attribute. (Replacing the collection bags is efficient, easy, and clean.)
    Anyway, we are curious to hear your opinion and comments about them. Thanks!
    Poppy

    • Hey Poppy,

      I hope you don’t mind that I answer this instead of Kelly. ?

      We have seen these toilets. They are the right solution for some applications. Yes, you don’t have to dump a black tank. Yes, you are separated from having to ever get ‘down and dirty’ with the waste. But…

      You end up with your waste being bagged, so you get to deal with the bags. Plus, the bags are not biodegradable so you are contributing a lot of not necessarily good stuff to landfills. Imagine how many refills you will use if you go pee in the toilet, with only 17 ‘flushes’ per refill. And you end up with a lot of these bags that you have to dispose of.

      While this is probably a great solution for some applications, it isn’t practical for many of us. But it just goes to show you that there are many different ways to get things done. And choice is generally a good thing, right? ?

  • I don’t agree that plastic toilets are cheap. They save weight and function exactly as their porcelain counterparts. Our Thetford Aqua Magic V is the only toilet we’ve ever had in our ’08 Winnebago. The whole unit only consists of 3 major parts. The only thing I’ve replaced on it was the water valve in all those years. As long as you don’t use gritty cleaners- the surface will last as long as anything else out there.

    • Plastic toilets definitely have their benefits – the main one being weight savings. So they are a great option for RVs that need to save every single ounce possible.

      However, porcelain toilets are a lot more durable and give the residential feel that most people are used to.

      Everything in RVing is a trade0ff. Toilets are no exception.

      Thanks for the comment, Drew, and Camp On!

  • These guys are pansies. Remove the porta potty tank, carry to toilet or dump site, remove cap, swing arm, press vent and pour human waste out. I guess these “men” have never changed diapers either.

    • LOL! Yeah, we included that video mostly for ‘entertainment’ value. I don’t care if it’s a cassette toilet or a diaper (which, by the way, I have NEVER changed one!), they aren’t things I would be excited to dump/change, either. ?? Hope you’ve already been able to enjoy your Aliner, Donald and Camp On!

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