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10 Toilet Tips and Tricks for Caravanning and Camping

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Lets Talk Toilets!

Before sitting down to read our toilet tips please bring your sense of humour and a strong stomach. You are free to stop reading now.

If you’re sitting on the throne as you read please remember to wipe your hands and your phone when done πŸ˜‰ 

Our Toilet

We find if we use the toilet as normal it can last about 3-4 days before needing to be emptied. This depends on how much fluid and solids we put in there. More importantly how much water we flush with. We can make it last a lot longer with some of the tips below.

Our toilet has a 17.5 litre tank. We have been using SCA portable toilet chemical from Super-cheap Auto, this works well for us.

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Photo: Our Caravan Toilet

10 Toilet Tips and Tricks

1. Instead of flushing every time, we use a spray bottle. Mixing water and Thetford Aqua Rinse. After having a pee you can just spray and walk away. Saving water and saving your toilet getting fuller quicker.

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Photo: Spray & Walk Away

2. If you are a bad shot when taking a No.2 and you don’t get a hole in one, use toilet paper.

Find were your drop zone usually is then put a couple of pieces of paper as an airstrip.

That way when you flush it will be like a bobsleigh. sliding down using less water and less cleaning.

Alternatively you could use a toilet liners such as “happy bowl liners“.

10 toilet tips and tricks for caravan and camping toilet liner
Photo: Happy Bowl Liner In Toilet
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Photo: Happy Bowl Liners

3. Parking up for a while and not moving? your toilet chemical might not be working so well. Jiggle the cassette a bit to break it down a little. This gives you a little bit more room and spreads the chemical around.

4. Nature calling? go outside. Both sexes of course can find a spot away from the camp to have a pee. Needless to say, take your tissue away or dig a hole and burn it so animals do not dig it up. Don’t go to far away from the camp at night.

10 toilet tips and tricks for caravan and camping
Photo: Don’t Stray Far From Camp

5. Don’t want to or can’t squat in the great outdoors? you might want to try a female spout or Sheewee from TENTWORLD. Guy’s you have your own!

You can both also use a unisex urinal. 

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Photo: Unisex Urinal

6. If the spout/funnel is something you might use but don’t have access to one. Or you still don’t want to go outside were there are lions and tigers and bears, oh my. Make your own. A bottle and a funnel and vwa’-la’. Dispose of respectfully.

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Photo: Scared of the wild life?

7. Cleaning the inside of your toilet. To save water I use baby wipes with a couple of drops of tea tree oil. I don’t wipe over the seal and I put them in the bin. β€œDo Not” flush wipes!They block dump point.

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Photo: Clean The Inside Of Your Toilet

8. Emptying your toilet. Make sure you press the round orange release button. This allows air to enter and the contents to flow out much easier. However, don’t press it until you have already started pouring it out. If you do, It will splash you, as it comes out more quickly.

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Photo: Don’t Press It Till You Have Tipped It

9. Cleaning your hands. If you’re saving water, have some wet wipes in a plastic container. The container will help stop them drying out. Add some tea tree oil or other antibacterial oil to help clean hands. You can also apply hand sanitiser.

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Photo: Tip For Cleaning Hands

10. Lubricate your ring. The ring seal on toilet needs to be lubricated. We use rubber grease this helps stop leaking and the flap jamming. 

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Photo: Lubrication Can Help Toilet Flap Sticking

These tips are not for everyone as everyone is different. If you are out bush for a while with lack of water or facilities they may help

Our Dirty Jobs

On an added note, Larry and myself have both had jobs dealing with bodily fluids before. Larry dealing with a sewage treatment plant and I as an assistant nurse. We are both happy to empty the toilet. OK, happy might not be the right word πŸ˜€

Toilet humour

While writing this I have remembered a few different toilets we have sat on. Allow me to share our crappy photos from around the world.

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Photo: Sue – America – Alcatraz
New Zealand toilet caravan Rv camping full time  caravanning 10 toilet tips and tricks for caravan and camping
Photo: Sue – New Zealand – Wanaka Puzzle world

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Photo: Sue – Australia – Dunnydoo Caravan Park- NSW

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15 thoughts on “10 Toilet Tips and Tricks for Caravanning and Camping

  1. The first time i emptied our cassette the flap fell off and of course it landed in the waste pipe of the dump point. So glad the pipe had a right angle bend only 10 cm down so i didnt have to dive for it. I now keep disposable gloves and antiseptic wipes in the box where the cassette lives.

    1. Hi Robyn
      I had to giggle, I can just imagine the look you must have had on your face as the flap fell down the hole. So glad you didn’t have to dive to far and that you got it back.
      Thanks for the tip on disposable gloves and keeping these items in with the cassette, great idea πŸ™‚

  2. You should consider a SOG exhaust fan for your cassette toilet! Then you don’t need chemicals and can safely empty it into pit toilets and septic tanks;

  3. I stayed @ Minilya camp for 2 nights, toilets, bins & camp fires. Telstra phone & data good. Roadhouse across the way for $4 shower, fuel and breakfast.

  4. Very good and well written we’ve tried a few different chemicals since running out of our regular one that was great, will definitely try the one from Super cheap next, most of the other things you mention I already do, though didn’t know about lubricating the ring, thanks for that. Hope to run into you guys real soon, you are heading north we are heading south on the west coast ?

    1. Thanks for that Valarie πŸ™‚
      We have tried a few ourselves. After buying the 1 Ltr to see if we liked it we then got the 5 Ltr for about $40. We just top up the small one when needed. You can buy lubricant specifically for cassette toilets but we chose to use this one.
      We will be between Carnarvon and Coral Bay for a while yet. Let us know when you are down this way. Would love to catch up on your travels πŸ™‚

  5. Toilet…….thanks for advice and good laugh. ??

    Caravan tips…….. noted.

    1. I’m glad it got a good laugh form you tho Jeanette πŸ˜€ ….. I was wondering how it would be taken.

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