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January 1, 2013

What Bears Do In The Woods: Porta-Potty Options

Filed under: Camping — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

It looks like we might be boondocking when we visit Quartzsite this year. I’m hoping that we have a spot in a campground with hookups, but if we don’t, I need to be prepared. We had some severe limitations because our tent trailer is so small that there really isn’t room for a port-potty in the trailer, so we have looked at a TON of portable toilets over the last few days.

Thetford 92360 Porta Potti 550E Curve Portable Toilet at Amazon.comThe best flushable toilet we found was the Thetford Curve. It was the only flushable porta-potty that felt like a real toilet. I didn’t have to squat to sit on it, which was a real benefit. Unfortunately, because of that, we weren’t able to purchase this one. It literally did not fit anywhere in our trailer. Since we are looking for a port-potty option for “just in case” we are forced to boondock, I couldn’t imagine carting around this huge thing and letting it take up so much space. Additionally, I couldn’t justify spending $150 for something that I might not even use. If we boondocked often, I would definitely go with this option. You can see a video review of it here:

Luggable Loo Portable 5 Gallon Toilet at Amazon.comWe had the same trouble with the Luggable Loo Portable 5 Gallon Toilet. It felt really good to sit on because it was rather tall and sized well. It may be just as tall as the Thetford Curve, but it was also lightweight. Since it’s basically a 5 gallon bucket with a toilet seat, it didn’t weigh very much at all. Even better, it worked with the Double Doodie Bags, but it was just SO large, that I couldn’t justify how much space it would take up in the trailer. At 19 bucks, it was a great deal, however. It made us want to look at other potty options that used bags. Here is a video review of the Luggable Loo, but take it with a grain of salt because this guy is an Apocalypse Prepper.

Fold-To-Go Collapsible Portable Toilet at Amazon.comI liked the idea of the Fold-To-Go Collapsible Portable Toilet, even though the $38 price tag was almost twice that of the Luggable Loo. A foldable toilet like this would take just a tiny area in the storage of my trailer. I didn’t like how far down I had to squat to use it, but more importantly, it felt REALLY flimsy. I was sure that those plastic legs would collapse right out from under me if I sat on it for any amount of time, so I had to pass on this one as well.

Folding Portable Toilet at Amazon.comWe ended up buying this Foldable Toilet at Sportsmans Warehouse for only $14. It is lightweight, stores absolutely FLAT and takes up hardly any space in the trailer storage bins. I tried sitting on it to see if it would hold my weight and it performed beautifully. It’s a little shorter than the Luggable Loo and the Thetford Curve, but not so short that I have to squat uncomfortably to sit on it. I really liked that I was able to use it with the Double Doodie Bags, so the smell wouldn’t be that bad. I found a video about it on YouTube. You can see it here:

If we regularly camped without hookups, then we would have made a very different decision, but because this porta-potty is to be an emergency toilet, not a regularly used one, the folding toilet made the most sense. If our trailer was big enough to house the Thetford Curve, I probably would have optioned for that one, even though it costs literally TEN times the cost of the foldable toilet because it was such a nice option. In the end, I was limited by our small trailer and liberated by our ability to stay at campgrounds with hookups, so we ended up with a tiny option that takes almost no space in our trailer.

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