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We’ve had a composting (dry) toilet in our Class B RV, Lance, for over a year now. Folks have been asking us for a review on it since practically day one. Finally. FINALLY… we got serious about it and made this video. Well, we got as serious as we could and tried really hard not to laugh our way through it. We failed miserably at that, but we did cover everything we could think of in this epic video. Have a look:
What’s our real opinion? Well, our experience with the composting toilet has included fewer unicorns and rainbows than almost every other review or video about them that we’ve seen. So just be prepared for that. After more than a year, we’re confident that there are no usage issues (we know how to poop, thanks). We’re also confident that we’ve tried about everything possible to make it work well. And our conclusion after all this time is that it honestly does what we got it for – but it’s far from a perfect solution.
You’ll need to watch the video for the complete explanation of these, but really quickly, the main advantages we were seeking from the composting toilet were:
- Smarter water usage to extend our time afield
- Improved winter camping ability
The good news is that our composting toilet has really delivered on those points. But it’s not without some challenges in use – particularly in a camper van. In no particular order, those are:
- Venting peculiarities
- Insect invasions
- Moisture Management issues
- Cleaning challenges
- Liquid capacity limitations
- Solid capacity limitations
- Dumping awkwardness
Like I said, you’ll need to watch the video for all the details on those. But after a year, that’s our story and we’re sticking to it.
So – go ahead and sound off in the comments below. I’m sure some of you will tell us we’re pooping wrong. I’m sure some of you will tell us we’re eating wrong. And I’m sure some of you will tell us we’re nuts for having tried this in the first place. Maybe you’re all right? Perhaps. But in the final analysis – we’re keeping the toilet.