Welcome back! Happy Thursday! How’s your week going so far? Mine, it’s pretty good. We’re wrapping up the last week of the semester and gearing up for finals next week. It’s almost Christmas break!!!
I was chatting with my dad earlier this week (Hi dad!) about the toilet situation as we had a camper growing up and I wanted some feedback as to the toilet and if there were any issues with that set up when we would go for trips in it. I’m sure things have changed in the RV industry since the 1990’s but a gravity fed toilet is still a gravity fed toilet, right?
He actually brought up a good point and suggested I just install a traditional residential toilet. Lightbulb above head moment, right?
At first this seems like a good idea as they do make low flush ones (pictured above) that use a little over 1 gallon per flush (actually 1.2 gpf on the low setting). This will for sure not cause any issues with the sewer line backing up or anything…at least one would hope. Upon further investigation, many tiny home owners don’t use this option because the porcelain will crack when the house is in transport. My dad also mentioned that mobile homes use “regular” toilets and they also travel down the road. True!
While this is an option that never really crossed my mind – other than during the design phase – it is another one to add to the list of options. I didn’t ask the plumber if this was an option while she was there giving me a quote but I would assume it would work.
So what’s the issue you may be thinking….first, even though these are water saving it still uses a little over a gallon per flush. Not much but if I want to go off grid in the future – this could become a problem. However, when reading about RV gravity fed toilets installed in tiny homes such as this….
they mention that if you don’t have a holding tank, like me, sometimes you will need to fill the bowl all the way with water to flush everything down so it doesn’t back up the sewer line. I couldn’t find any information with the amount of water that is required to fill the bowl so I am unsure of the gallons per flush in this situation. I should note that is only when it’s #2 and #1 requires little to no water use.
What about the macerating RV toilet I mentioned previously in another post??? Well, after reading up on this and all sorts of reviews.
this guy will require some upkeep/maintenance as people (the folks on RV forums) state that the motor and blade wear out, get caught, etc. Having to fix or clean that sound worse than the composting toilet that I am currently using. I think I’ve nixed this option.
Price wise between the traditional residential style toilet and the RV toilet….they are equal. so that doesn’t even help my decision making process.
What do you all suggest I do???