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Re: The Poop (deck) on Camping Toilets!
Wow! RTFM folks.
3 step toilet use... Sadly this actual process (less descriptive) is written on the lid of the Thetford toilet in my horse trailer (which has a 29 gallon holding tank directly below)
1.Before USING... pump BOWL full of water, yes, kind of like home!
2.Do your business (yep this stinks)
3.Pull flush tab, liquids and ehm solids go together (yep that stinks until it's closed again). If you exceed the bowl capacity (poor fella), you might want to "go in stages."
Sticky solids less likely to be happening if you use some of the "anti-stink" in the water for flushing as well, because it's slickeryer than just water. It also cuts down on the overall smell during the flush.
Get a porta pottie, make the crew happier. Give the ladies (kids and everyone else) the, "please go potty before we leave the dock speech." This should minimize the use of the portable. If you are out for so much time that it HAS to be used, then you might benefit from a permanent fixed potty with a separate tank (which by the way are no different than these self contained ones, other than the distance to the tank, and perhaps a more pressurized water spraying the bowl, both nice features).
As for mounting the pottie? These things are used in campers too, so someone already thought of that. They all have a built in ledge around them for either A) screwing them into the floorboards, or a B) pocket for a strap to secure them to the floorboards. Even my little Thetford cheapy has a pretty robust flange to screw into.
My boat has a slightly raised platform for a portable head, it's got a 2 inch lip around the area, that keeps the potty in place. It also has the tabs already screwed in place to just turn the tabs to hold the potty in place onto the flange (no need to screw in).
For the record, I don't recommend using any of these devices at 25 degrees of heel, and it ain't because of the potty slipping, um OK?
Once you're under 10 degrees of heel they are usually just fine (just watch for the wave pounding), and you don't get christened by the bowl water then.
I've not even bothered to secure mine in, as the 2 inch lip around the pottie, keeps in place (been to 35 degrees of heel so far). Oh, and I should point out, I have a board that sits JUST above my pottie that while not in use, holds the top down as well. Only while in use does this board lift up (hinged), and the thought process is, someone will hold the potty down when that occurs.
Never thought I'd have to go into this much detail on how a porta-pottie worked.
As for the boy scouts... Yep, summer camp they dug a latrine roughly 3 feet deep (part of a merit badge I believe), moved the houses over it... used it for the week, at the end of the week we were required to fill it back with soil. Ah the good ole days.
Now a days you likely have to have an EPA permit to use a Johnny on the Spot near a boy scout camp.
Currently boatless - Everyone's boat is perfect, except the $10,000 in rigging it requires to get it fully functional again.