It comes with a lot of built-in credibility as the couple is speaking from personal experience after installing and using a composting toilet in their camper van over the course of a year.
The video begins on a high note by sharing some truly compelling reasons to choose a composting toilet, especially if you live in a van or a very small RV. It’s also advantageous for cold weather RVers because composting toilets use no water. Likewise, there’s no plumbing to freeze.
After listening to these reasons, I found myself thinking, “Hey, I need one of those composting toilets in my RV!”
By the end of the video after learning about the good, the bad, and the ugly about composting toilets for RVs, I was not nearly as enthused.
The pros and cons of composting toilets from folks who have been there
After the reasons for wanting a composting toilet, Stef and James go over the basics of composting toilets for those not up to speed on the technology. This includes:
- How composting toilets work
- Odor management
- Emptying while on the road
- Cleaning without water
- Capacities and how long you can expect to go before emptying
And much more.
They then cover the problems and issues they encountered over a year of actually using the composting toilet in their camper van.
Some of these issues are things you would never even have thought about, UNLESS you have actually been using a composting toilet for an extended period of time.
More than just problems, the video also offers suggestions and solutions for how to solve the issues.
RV composting toilet surprises
The video also addresses common questions people have about composting toilets in RVs. These include:
- Where to put toilet paper
- Cleaning and disinfecting
- Moisture management
- Avoiding odor issues
- How, how often, and where to dispose of composting toilet waste.
And much more.
Knowing where you may run into issues with a composting toilet can go a long way towards helping you evaluate whether or not this particular piece of expensive RV equipment is right for you and your particular RV lifestyle.
There are definitely trade-offs to consider.
Some things you’ll learn are surprising. Starting with the fact that for practical purposes, composting toilets do not really make usable compost. How disappointing.
You may also be surprised that you will have to relearn how to use the bathroom!
That’s right. The way you pee and poop in a composting toilet is different than in a regular home or RV toilet!
The video shares all, including special considerations for “that time of the month” for ladies, and the inevitable cleaning of poop that happens with all composting toilets.