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    I've reached a phase of long term traveling where acquiring one of these has become essential. What are your experiences with these things? Any tips? how much do they cost to maintain if one person uses them daily? Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by corlius View Post
    I've reached a phase of long term traveling where acquiring one of these has become essential. What are your experiences with these things? Any tips? how much do they cost to maintain if one person uses them daily? Thanks!
    Got a thetford many moons back. My wife and the girls love it. Itís a bit low on the ground for me . But it works like a charm. Never a smell except a fresh pine scented one. Cleaning is also a breeze.

    Negative side, it takes up a lot of space and can become very heavy. But if you have the space then itís all good

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    My wife wouldnt leave home without one ..It fits nicely under the bed of the Skipper..Makes our stay at Rooiputs every year bearable for her. I just use a Plastic Bottle from Mumbo Jumbo or Crazy Store when we are going to Rooiputs/Polentswa

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    One word of advice, do not buy the 10litre version as it's so low you have to roll off it to get up. We have a Thetford165 and have used it for years, yes they are bulky but the wife is happy not having to use public ablutions. Chemicals are not expensive and last a long time. I mix the chemicals in a 2lt bottle before leaving home for ease and empty the pot before coming home.

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    Buy highest that fits under bed or in cupboard and not a no-name brand.
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    Definately Thetford 165, correct height, good quality. DO NOT buy the R850 Chinese ones, been there done that!

    But... the most important thing is chemicals... DO NOT use the green and blue ones from Tentco (just my experience)

    Thetford chems expensive, but just like Mitchum... "you get what you pay for"

    However, I found an amazing alternative at half the price for the holding tank chemical. I still use the Pink Thetford one for the top tank,
    but found a waste tank chemical that was custom made for Eden Caravans in George. Half the price, but works amazing, NO smell when cleaning. Contact them.

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    I have 2 x Bi-Pot's from Fiamma - high quality product but more expensive than some others

    One is a 13 litre and the other 20 litre holding capacity.

    I prefer using the Fiamma Super Kem or equivilant saches in stead of the horrible, diluted and ineffective liquids on the market.
    (The green sachets are septic tank friendly)

    I made a special space in the trailer for the 20 litre and only set it up when setting up the trailer for more than 1 night.

    Normally I leave the 13 L at home

    If we expect to do a number of 1 night stops, I load the 13 L in the Patrol as well - and also when travelling long day trips with or without the trailer.
    It is not necessary to fill the top tank (15 litre !) more than 25% for this on the road purpose.
    (A 11 litre model could also serve this purpose, space saving - probably a better option)

    I have not experienced any leakage or spills

    SWAMBO will love you to bits if she has to take a break in the middle of nowhere and she can do it in style...you obviously doing the take out / put back in car... .

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    Bi Pot 34 : 15 L; 13 L; 4.7 kg; 43.5 x 36 x 34h cm
    Bi Pot 39 : 15 L: 20 L; 4.8 kg; 43.5 x 36 x 39h cm
    Note that you could buy only one 15L top tank and both 13L and 20L bottom tanks for versatility.

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    Porat Potti was one of my better camping purchases. Wife loves it and I even use it from time to time. Won't be without it again, ever!
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    I have Thetford 10litre, yes it's a bit small, but nice for the night time no1's and you don't have to leave the Trailvan. Now the uncomfortable question does anyone use theirs for a number 2? I've never had the courage to do that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kortgat View Post
    ....anyone use theirs for a number 2? I've never had the courage to do that...
    Urgency dictates that - yes we do if we have to.

    Keep a spray bottle that can spray a strong concentrated squirt filled with slightly soapy water handy - for those skid marks
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    Fit a plastic bag inside under the toilet seat, ### in the bag and tie a knot.

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    I thought this was going to be one of these threads:

    "There I was, in the middle on nowhere, my PortaPotti had sprung a leak and the hyena had absconded with the bogroll.........."
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    A word of advice (from experience) place it on a level surface to avoid rolling off and landing with your feet in the air. The higher the better. It can be difficult getting up off a very low one. Sit on it at the shop and try standing up. Something I only found out after a while is to use it with the slide open to the bottom. You asked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hylton View Post
    A word of advice (from experience) place it on a level surface to avoid rolling off and landing with your feet in the air.
    that's more like it
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    Thanks a lot to everyone. I made notes and enquired about the chemicals.

    The one I'm about to buy used is small because I have a Land Rover and no caravan. Seems like I 'll have to do some rock climbing moves to use it ...
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    This is n interessting read

    I was always a - "if you cant do it in the veld with a spade and a small chair then don't bother coming with"
    Obviously Swambo is easy going and that definitely helps, and having 2 boys even more so - however, always good to make Swambo a tad more comfortable when needed

    Im actually now pondering this - With CKGR and Gonarezhou on the horizon the next 12months
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hylton View Post
    A word of advice (from experience) place it on a level surface to avoid rolling off and landing with your feet in the air. The higher the better. It can be difficult getting up off a very low one. Sit on it at the shop and try standing up. Something I only found out after a while is to use it with the slide open to the bottom. You asked.
    I used to do that. Stood up and my pants broke the slide bar (toilet was full). Could not get a replacement, had to buy the entire base. Was almost cheaper to buy a new one so gave the unit away and bought a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilux01 View Post
    This is n interessting read

    I was always a - "if you cant do it in the veld with a spade and a small chair then don't bother coming with"
    Obviously Swambo is easy going and that definitely helps, and having 2 boys even more so - however, always good to make Swambo a tad more comfortable when needed

    Im actually now pondering this - With CKGR and Gonarezhou on the horizon the next 12months
    Older bones like a bit more comfort (read dignity)......especially the females
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kortgat View Post
    Now the uncomfortable question does anyone use theirs for a number 2? I've never had the courage to do that...
    The chemicals do an amazing job of dissolving even toilet paper and leaving an (almost) odourless liquid.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hylton View Post
    A word of advice (from experience) place it on a level surface to avoid rolling off and landing with your feet in the air. The higher the better. It can be difficult getting up off a very low one. Sit on it at the shop and try standing up. Something I only found out after a while is to use it with the slide open to the bottom. You asked.
    This had me smiling out loud. Can just imagine the sight, sounds and smells!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilux01 View Post
    I was always a - "if you cant do it in the veld with a spade and a small chair then don't bother coming with"
    Ah yes, spoken like somebody with 30 year old knees and thigh muscles..........
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