Subsequent to the earlier post about my van’s sink, even more important than a sink is a portable toilet. I knew that if I were going to take MoCa on the road for extended trips, I would need a bathroom. Granted, there are plenty of available restrooms on the road, but if you’re in a remote location in the middle of the night during a thunderstorm, an onboard bathroom is nice to have. Yes, call me spoiled but I’ve been doing this indoor bathroom thing for about 60 years and it’s kind of hard to teach an old dog new tricks.
So Many Portable Toilet Options
Knowing that a portable toilet is a must have, I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out what kind of toilet to get. I’m used to water flushing a toilet but if you’re driving in a 1999 Chevy Conversion Van, having a water in a toilet it’s just not practical. Not only that, the thought of a black water tank kind of skeeves me out.
I then thought about a composting toilet. Again, I’m in a 1999 Chevy Conversion Van. There’s not a whole lot of space. While a composting toilet is, noble, it’s not practical under the current situation. Although, when I graduate to a Class B, I believe a composting toilet is the way to go.
Pulling out the old Portable Toilet
Many years ago, when I wanted to go camping (and my entire family didn’t), I purchased the Clean Waste Go portable toilet. It’s very sturdy and works well. I’ve used it during blackouts when our sewer pump wasn’t operational. We live down a respectable hill. Our sewage must be pumped up the hill into the town’s main sewer drain. When the power is out, that won’t happen. As a result, flushing toilets is not an option during power outages. My porta-a-potty, however, is a comfortable alternative.
I fully intended to use it in the MoCa, but the van has little storage space. Plus, in order to use it each time, I’d have to pull it from the back and assemble it. Granted assembly is simple, but the logistics were just a little too cumbersome for my tastes.
Trying a Different Portable Toilet
Durning my toilet research, I stumbled upon the Reliance Hassock portable toilet that works perfectly. It’s less than half the price of what I paid for the Clean Waste Go toilet. It’s not as sturdy as the Clean Waste Go toilet, but it holds my weight just fine. What I like about it is it’s a dual purpose item. Not only is it a toilet, but when not in use it serves as a hassock or extra seat. It fits perfectly into the van without being awkward.
It has a convenient little receptacle for storing the toilet paper. The seat is comfortable, and it works just like the CleanWAste Go toilet. As a measure of being prepared, I ordered an extra container of Poo Powder. The same Poo Powder that I use for the Clean Waste Go toilet.
As with the other portable toilet, I did try the Reliance Hassock toilet inside the house. I placed it in the bathroom and used it instead of the traditional toilet. It worked just fine. However, I have not used either toilet it in the van as yet. For some reason, I’m a little hesitant to use the toilet in the van unless it’s an emergency and I have no other options. Until then, I’m prepared just in case.
I won’t get into a discussion about alternatives like the PStyle or the portable urine bags. That’s for more hard-core camping and I haven’t evolved to those yet. At least it’s good to know they’re options if I ever need them
Being a Little Toilet Extra
Okay, this next bit is more a reflection of my personality than practical necessity. I tend to think long-term and thus I prepare accordingly.
In addition to all these toilets (all both of them 😉 ), I purchased the Wolfwise Pop-Up Shower Tent. It can serve not only as a shower tent but also as a bathroom stall. It folds down into a nice compact, flat circle that’s easy to store in the back of the van.
This last little tidbit brings me to the third must-have in my vanning/camping adventures. The third must have is a way to shower. I’ll discuss that in the next post.