At rest areas do you use the public toilet or the one in your RV?


When you stop at a highway rest area and nature calls, do you 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. . .

And, be patient if the poll does not show up immediately. Sometimes the poll is a real slowpoke.

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Larry Basham
8 months ago

We try to use the public rest rooms in our travels in every state except California (southern) where we found the most dirty and unclean rest areas in this Great Country of ours. As an American I was very ashamed of what we had encountered there.

Patti Lounsbury
8 months ago

At a rest area with facilities, just passing through, why add to the holding tank? We use the rest area, first one done walks the pup, last one checks the RV.

Jerilyn Lessley
8 months ago

We boondock, sometimes for 2 weeks (solar). We don’t want to fill the holdingtaks.

8 months ago

Depends – using the public toilet is good because it gives a way to stretch the legs. If we are stopped for the night or a long time will use the RV.

Jim Prideaux
8 months ago

Been reading the #1 vs #2 comments. To each their own but as for me I would just as soon leave my crap elsewhere than tote it around with me.

Rica S
8 months ago
Reply to  Jim Prideaux

Yep…my solid (pun intended) rule is NO SOLID WASTE in RV!!

Mike & Cathi Stark
8 months ago

I usually use mine, but my DH usually uses the public toilet.

Brian Templeton
9 months ago

Only got a 12 gall. (U.S.) tank in my Scamp 16ft., so as to avoid using the flush toilet, I search out fixed washrooms wherever I can.

9 months ago

I use the public toilet for draining my water as my father in law says but for other business it’s the RV

9 months ago

As a motorhome owner we use the one in our RV. I wonder if towable owners use the public ones more depending on the accessibility of the RV restroom with slides in? If your going to be boondocking I would say the public ones just so you don’t unnecessarily fill your black tank.

Gary L Bloomfield
9 months ago

We agree with Dennis. We can stand anywhere but I know who SITS in our RV…

9 months ago

As a guy will use the RV for number 2, but the rest area for number 1.
The wife uses the RV exclusively.

Gene Bjerke
9 months ago

It seems to me that using the rest room provided is part of the whole point. We prefer to use public toilets whenever possible, saves water and weight in the holding tanks.

Jim Prideaux
8 months ago
Reply to  Gene Bjerke

I agree. Never occurred to me someone would stop at a rest area and not use the facilities. If you are going to do your business in the RV you can stop anywhere when the urge hits.

9 months ago

It depends on whether or not I want to stretch my legs. But more than half the time I will use my RV bathroom. It gives me a chance to look around inside to make sure there are no problems developing while bouncing down the highways.

9 months ago

Standing, rest stop …. sitting, RV

9 months ago

Most (west coast) rest areas are usually pretty clean so stopping to use the facility and then walk & drain the dog in the pet area is win, win!

9 months ago

As a male,
if #1 use public toilet to save space/water in RV holding tank.
if # 2 use the RV almost 100%.

When using public facilities of any kind the CEO and I are totally aware that a very large number of people do not sanitize (WASH) their hands (most if they do anything wave their hands under a running tap for 2 seconds which does zero) after using the restroom. I know this after using thousands of public facilities both on the road, in restaurants, shopping centers, sports arenas etc, where after doing my thing, I proceed to wash my hands and the sink is often as dry as a bone!

This means only one thing folks – nobody before me washed their hands !!!

No mention of this will ever change anyone, people are what they are, but it reinforces a life lesson that if I want to increase my chances of living a good quality of life into my 90’s like my parents, I’d better continue being as clean and proper as I have been for the past 7 + decades.
– never touch the handle of the escalator
– never never the handle on the restroom door
– the FREE computer bank at the library (or anywhere else) is a bio-hazard laboratory – believe it.
– etc etc etc

9 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

Went into a buffet restroom and another patron exited after a dump – no washing hands. Immediately he is at the buffet line handling the serving spoons. I know it is not the buffet company’s fault, but I haven’t been back. I see now they have closed.

RV Staff (@rvstaff)
9 months ago
Reply to  Bobby

Ewwwwwww! 😯 —Diane at

9 months ago

Like someone else said, depends if I’m standing (rest area/the walk does me good) or sitting (mine) then I walk..

Don McKelvay
9 months ago

Seems like a problem with not only this survey but for almost a week now the survey never shows up – I have patiently waited 5 min or more and nothing happens. I enjoy the surveys, but…

RV Staff (@rvstaff)
9 months ago
Reply to  Don McKelvay

Sorry you’re having problems with the survey, Don. Since you can get onto the page (which you commented on), maybe your security is set too high or you haven’t allowed pop-ups. Can you set it to allow pop-ups on just that page? I’m not techy at all (I’m worse than computer illiterate — I’m a computer idiot!), and maybe our tech folks would have other suggestions, but that’s all I can think of. If that doesn’t work for you, I’ll see if I can get more information from someone more knowledgeable about stuff like this. —Diane at

9 months ago

Texas has wonderful Reststops. Always clean.

9 months ago

Since I RV exclusively in Alaska, the rest stops are few and far between. The ones they have are non flushing pit privys. You can bet we use our own facility which is guaranteed to smell much nicer and be conveniently located 20 feet behind my truck no matter where I pull over.