The Dirty Side of RVing

We’re talking sewage, toilets, and all that goes along with them!

In the video, I give a PROs and CONs list of traditional toilets versus composting toilets, and then compare two different types of composting toilets as we try to decide which to install in The Falcon!

RV toilets aren’t an issue one often hears about, so when I decided to make a video on the topic, I knew it may not be the most-viewed. That was alright with me, though, because for those of you out there reading this article, I knew it could be helpful or informative.

When living in an RV, you have to deal with things that mere RV vacationers don’t have to think about often. Some of these are electrical, heating water lines and RV underbellies in winter, and worst of all, the dreaded black tank.

When we first decided to be “homeless” and live on the road in an RV, I knew absolutely nothing: zero, nada, zilch about RVs. Where the waste went didn’t even cross my mind. When I finally had to think about it, dealing with and dumping a black tank became something I absolutely REFUSED to do. Any chance of me smelling sewage – ro worse- getting it on me in any way?! Heck no. No. No. No! For me there was no option other than a composting toilet!

So, I dove right into head first into learning about composting toilets. After living with one that didn’t work the way it was promised to, I knew that this time around had to be different. So, I hitched up my.. well, capris, and started looking for alternatives. That’s when I came upon Nature’s Head and their very highly esteemed composting toilet. The fan, it seems, makes all the difference.

If you’re not familiar with composting toilets, let me give you a quick run-down of how they work:

Firstly, composting toilets are able to compost the solid waste because of the separation of the liquids from the solids. When you combine liquid and solid waste, you get sewage. When you separate them, you get a compost-able material and liquids that are able to safely be absorbed by the earth. So, in the solids bin of a composing toilet you add a material that helps the solid waste turn into compost. This is most often peat moss, coco coir, or wood shavings. (The Nature’s Head toilet can use peat moss or coco coir.) The liquids are diverted into a separate jug.

Diverters can “make or break” a composting toilet because if they don’t work correctly, you end up with sewage. 🤢 On the Nature’s Head toilet, the diverter was much different than using a funnel (like our old composting toilet did).

Top view of the Nature’s Head toilet.

The funnel method unintentionally allows some urine to escape into the solids container, resulting in sewage and extra-moist compost, and that’s no bueno for smells!! Ingeniously, the Nature’s Head toilet uses gravity to guide the liquids into the liquids container and away from the solids trap, which you only open when going number 2.

In all honesty, if not for Nature’s Head diverter method and the fan that dries out the solid compost, plus the enormous amount of positive reviews, we’d probably be looking at going back to the traditional black tank system in our RV. And for us, that isn’t an option we would want to live with.

Nature’s Head wasn’t the only option we considered, however. Another composting toilet with very good reviews has intrigued us and caused us to consider it as an option for our composting toilet! At $1200, the Separett Villa composting toilet is slightly more expensive than the $950 Nature’s Head. The diverter method is slightly different, acting like a funnel, but built-in: 

 

Top view of the Separett Villa

This diverter method presents the potential problem of acting just like the funnel-toilet: if urine doesn’t make it on the right side of the diverter, it will inevitably be directed into the solids bin, resulting in sewage.

Smells can also be brought on by compost that is way too wet. With some composting toilets, moisture and smells are extracted by a fan. This solves many of the issues that people encounter with composting toilets that have given them a bad rep for being smelly.

Because we had such a poor experience with sewage in our composting toilet before, we decided that it wasn’t a risk we wanted to take, especially when buying a $1000+ toilet. We opted for the Nature’s Head!

We’ll be filming an unboxing and 1 month review of the Nature’s Head, so stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

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