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Peacemaker

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Hi,

Me and my husband are totally new to caravanning. We collected our second-hand caravan last weekend and are going away this weekend but we have no idea how you empty the porta potti. We know it comes in two sections but we don't know how you empty the waste. Do you take the bottom part to the elsan waste bit of the site or do you empty it into another recepticle first and take that to the waste disposal? I know your probably all laughing your socks of at this post but we don't know who to ask.

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Thanks

S

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Hello Peacemaker. Yes you take the lower half of the toilet to the disposal point and empty the lot. Rinse out with the hose (which is there) and recharge with your toilet fluid. Some vans have a cassette toilet which is "built-in" in a cupboard on the outside of the van. ..same procedure. Dont worry. ..watch someone else(empty their toilet,that is!!)

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Thanks Laurie, our caravan is quite old (1989) so wasn't sure if anyone else had this kind of toilet. How much of the blue stuff do you put in? Is that what is used to flush with? Sorry about all these probably stupid questions but we really don't have a clue (can you guess :) ?)

 

Thanks again.

S

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Hi. you buy your toilet fluid at the caravan shop. some sites also sell it. It is usually blue or you can get green(supposed to be environ friendly). We use the blue. Read instructions on container. Put your blue straight into lower section of toilet(usually about two eggcups equiv) with some water. Fresh water goes in top part of toilet in flush tank. We use just water but you can get pink flush additive to mix(perfumed).The blue is made by Thetford, Elsan, Racasan, Blue Diamond and Camping Gaz. They vary in price, ingredients and concentration. We now use Blue Diamond(which is available in different strengths). I empty our toilet frequently( ie before it gets full),maybe every other day.

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I empty our toilet frequently( ie before it gets full),maybe every other day.

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Good advice as if you wait too long you can end up with a problem. ...

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Right, so just to make sure I've got this straight. We take apart the two halves. Take the bottom half to the waste disposal area. Empty it and rinse it. Put in about 2 eggcups of blue liquid. Get fresh water and put it in the top of the toilet. Is that correct?

 

Thanks everyone for your help.

S

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Suggest that you rear the instructions on the containers of the fluid you purchase. they all have different perfumes so I suggest that you try to smell them before you buy. The blue ones tend to be stronger. Another name not mentioned before is Fenwicks with them you but some in the bottom tank with some water and half the ammount in the top tank to help the flush. But the best advice read the instruction.

 

Enjoy your camping. Dont fill either tank at the fresh water tap.

 

 

Colin

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Hi there,

 

The cap which you take off the bottom half of (both cassette and portaloo) the loo in order to empty it is usually marked with quantities allowing you to judge how much blue or green fluid to use. You DONT need to take an egg-cup to the empty-ing point with you :)

 

As well as other comments, be aware that the blue fluid will rather drastically stain anything it comes into contact with, including hands and fingers. Next time you fill up at the garage, purloin a goodly handful of the freebie plastic gloves to wear whilst doing this task. :rolleyes: Take care and do not spill any of the fluids onto carpets or upholstery or clothing.

 

Anyway, enjoy your first outings!

 

e-gards

 

mel

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A good thing to check before you start filling a second hand toilet is the black rubber 'rim' seal where the two half's join together. With the top half removed the bottom of the seal should be flat against the blade that closes off the hole, if it's crinkly then it will leak when you carry the tank on it's side. The top lip of the seal which seals the two halfs together should also be straight. You can get a replacement from most dealers and they are not difficult to fit.

In general the problem is caused by the blue stuff coming into contact with the rubber and so any that does should be washed off quickly.

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I hope this all makes sense when we are in the caravan.   I'm starting to get rather nervous by all this :)

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Don't worry it all makes sense when you start to do it. And most caravanners are friendly helpful people so if you're stuck just ask.

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