Tuesday, November 28, 2023


At a rest area, do you use the public toilet or yours in your RV?

When you stop at a highway rest area and nature calls, do you usually use the toilet in your RV or the public toilet?

We’re going to guess that most of you use the toilet in your RV. But that’s just our guess and we could be dead wrong. So you tell us. This will be interesting…

As always, feel free to leave a comment.

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Michael David Galvin (@guest_195421)
1 year ago

The more often I use public facilities, the less often I have to dump.

Big Bill (@guest_195386)
1 year ago

I use public restrooms during long drives in order to walk and stretch. But if the facility is crowded or nasty I return to the rv. Some rest stops are well maintained and very clean. Others are terrible.

Neal Davis (@guest_195376)
1 year ago

I prefer to use the rest room at the rest area. I get a little exercise and a nice break from driving. However, sometimes our schedule is so tight that I use the bathroom in the RV.

Tina W (@guest_195372)
1 year ago

Since the pandemic started, I’ve done some crazy things to avoid public restrooms. Definitely when we are on a camping trip, I use the RV. This is often right before making a sandwich for lunch to eat on the picnic tables at the rest stops — another benefit to traveling in the RV.

Richard (@guest_195345)
1 year ago

DW always uses ours. I sometimes use the public(#1 only) while stretching my legs.

Tom (@guest_195352)
1 year ago
Reply to  Richard

Same here

KellyR (@guest_195367)
1 year ago
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Sheryl Hendrix (@guest_195344)
1 year ago

We always use our own. For sanitary reasons obviously!! I can’t imagine why anyone with their own bathroom would want to use a public bathroom.

L Beal (@guest_195330)
1 year ago

I always use my own. It gives me an opportunity to see how things are inside the RV. With the road bumps there have been times when doors opened, things have fallen etc, and this way I can fix the issues before they get too bad.

Alex Goldman (@guest_195324)
1 year ago

July 27th tips issue was a repeat of the July 26th issue so I read it on the website instead. Today, following the link to the poll reveals the poll is not present. Did the office coffee pot break?

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex Goldman

Sorry, Alex. We messed up on the link in yesterday’s email alert. But I haven’t heard about any issues with the poll today. In fact, more than 1,500 folks have participated in it already. So, I’m not sure what’s going on there. (BTW, I don’t drink coffee, so can’t blame the issues on a broken coffee pot. 😆 ) Have a great day. 😀 –Diane

Steven N (@guest_195322)
1 year ago

We for the most part always carry a bit of fresh water for flushing purposes because why not use our own clean fresh facilities. About the only time we don’t is if we are heading home and have already flushed out everything so that it’s ready to be put into storage. Sure is nice to have it available when mother nature makes a urgent demanding call. If I have to make arrangements to re-clean the black tank when we get home then so be it. There are worse things to clean up from than re-flushing a black tank and re-cleaning a toilet.

Irv (@guest_195368)
1 year ago
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Don Schneider (@guest_195321)
1 year ago

You should have a poll that asks if you EVER use the toilet in your RV.

Bob p (@guest_195331)
1 year ago
Reply to  Don Schneider

You got that right, 2 couples in the Good Sam Chapter I belonged to had nice motor homes. They never used their bathrooms for anything, they would walk to the campground bath house and restrooms for everything. When asked Why? They didn’t want to mess it up! When I buy an RV I intend to use the bathroom and the design is important to us.

Jeff Craig (@guest_195338)
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob p

Had a former coworker who had the same rule for his family. He saw the horrors of a sewage spill in a couple of RV related movies and refuses to “deal with anymore of his wife and kids $h!t!”

Yeah, he definitely needs to learn that camping is about relaxing.

Snayte (@guest_195332)
1 year ago
Reply to  Don Schneider

Yes that would be interesting as well..

Curtis King (@guest_195319)
1 year ago

There is usually a geocache or two planted at rest stops, so good excuse to walk around!

Snayte (@guest_195333)
1 year ago
Reply to  Curtis King

huh, I never even thought of checking for them there.

Cathi (@guest_195737)
1 year ago
Reply to  Curtis King

I’m with you on geocaching at rest areas. Just about every one has at least one geocache, although some are way back in the tick filled woods, so we skip those.

Tom B (@guest_195317)
1 year ago

Usually use the public ones. But if driving down and seeing a Harley Davidson dealer, we will often stop and use theirs! the DW says their ladies rooms are about the cleanest she’s ever seen!

Tom (@guest_195315)
1 year ago

Florida is the winner in convient rest stops. One about every 50 miles. Stop, stretch, walk and refresh. Works for us.

Stacy B (@guest_195314)
1 year ago

I have an RV for a reason, no public restrooms!

Ed K (@guest_195312)
1 year ago

Depends if they are modern or of the outhouse type.

Wayne (@guest_195311)
1 year ago

Two reasons I stop at rest areas…to walk my pets and use the rest stop facility rest rooms.

Gary Broughton (@guest_195308)
1 year ago

Need to get out and walk and observe around the trailer looking for any problems.

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