Where/How do you dump the contents? How Often?
There are a few ways to dump the toilet, depending on your situation. Below I’ve listed my preferred methods, as well as options for those owning their own land.
I live alone in my Tiny House RV, so I dump the solid waste every 3-4 months. When I have company, I have to dump more often. The toilet is rated for 90 uses, so you can do the math. Weather also can make a difference in how often I dump, so I rely on the crank to tell me when it’s time to dump. Is it hard to turn? If the answer is yes, it’s time.
I bag my solid waste in a biodegradable trash bag and throw it in the dumpster. This is perfectly legal. People throw human waste (diapers for example) in the garbage every day. You could also start a compost pile if you have land and the area is legally sanctioned for that purpose. Later, after the decomposition process is complete, you could use the compost in your garden.
After emptying, I fill the solid waste container with coconut coir (about half full). There is no need to clean out the solid waste container. In fact, you want to leave the bacteria, as it will help break down new waste.
For me, the liquid waste container fills up every 3-4 days (more often if I have guests). I simply dump the contents down the drain in my shower, which is connected to the sewer at my RV park. If you had your own property, you could dilute the urine and use it to water your lawn. A little nitrogen is good for grass. You could also plumb the toilet into your grey water system. This would require drilling another hole in your trailer and some basic plumbing knowledge. If your grey water empties into the sewer, like mine does, you would also need a p-trap to prevent sewer smells from coming back into your Tiny House RV.
After emptying, I rinse the liquid container, fill it with 2 cups of white vinegar (to reduce smells), and place it back in my toilet. If the liquid waste becomes smelly during use, I dilute it by pouring a cup of water into the toilet. Sometimes I also add a tablespoon of sugar. When it comes to urine, it’s all about balancing the acidity levels. I’ve learned a lot over the years through trial and error.
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