I truly thought I'd find a thread on here asking about the best product for going poo on the road without getting outta the truck. As a soon to be lady driver who is very safety minded, I would like to know what will be the best investment for the amount of space I will have in a standard sleeper bunk to do "muh biznezz" in.
I've seen quite a few items in the camping sections at sporting goods stores, but most of them are bulky potty's that I'm not sure there would be room for.
The problem I see with the bucket/bag rig is that the bucket still takes up a lot of space when not in use. An even more compact solution is the folding camp potty. It's basically a camp stool with a toilet seat on top and bag underneath. When folded for storage it would probably fit just about anywhere.
"Build a man a fire and you keep him warm for an evening, but SET a man on fire and you keep him warm for the rest of his life." - Terry Pratchett
The main purpose of the 5 gal. bucket is for trash. In an emergency and it really has to be an emergency I use it for a toliet. It can also serve as a stepping stoole for the vertically challanged. I've used it as such and I'm 6'1".
And now, a little insight from the less glamorous side of trucking...
I have a 5 gallon bucket I use when I'm placarding one of our rental trailers with the adhesive placards. Sometimes I'll have up to 10 placards to put on each side, so the bucket helps to hold the placards and then the backing once I peel them.
Anyway, twice, and only twice since I've been driving (which isn't as long as some of the veterans on here) I've been in some, well, ummm... "intestinal distress" with no facilities available. So I did what I had to do- opened the vents, cranked up the fresh air A/C, lit up a cigarette, and popped a squat on the double-bagged 5-gallon bucket. And then drove with the windows open for a bit.
I also have a case of baby wipes as well- great to get grime off the hands and also for those rest area nights when a shower is not available. They also are great for, well, wiping your butt.
Do your business, tie off the inner bag, tie off the outer bag, and dispose of properly.
It aint glamorous, it aint pretty, but sometimes in the middle of nowhere you gotta do what you gotta do and I lost my affinity for those fresh-air bombs back in my boy-scout days.
Maybe one day if I own my own KW with the 86'" studio sleeper with the accompanying storage space I'll get a proper camper's porta-potty, but fo now the bucket has served me well enough.
I think it would be better to $&!+ in a toilet like a normal, civilized human being, and carry a baseball bat on your way to the loo.
Amen to that! Baseball bat...check. :wink:
I suppose I should have posed my primary question in a 'what do you have in the case of a dire emergency' sort of way. I plan on using any facilities available of course, and hope that I don't find myself in a place where I have to poo in a baggy or bucket in my bunk. I'd probably just hold it anyway until I could get to a proper facility.
But there is always a "what if" factor to consider.
"When I eats a lots of cheese, I can't go do the poops, Gi-Gi." - My 3 year old niece, Madi, told me this over the phone. Now I stay away from cheese. ;o)
Everything I've learned, I've learned the hard way. I prefer it that way, the easy way just isn't any fun!
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I have a 5 gallon bucket strapped to the back, outer wall of my sleeper and I keep a toilete seat in the cab. Someplaces I deliver to arn't human friendly and in the middle, dark night....and ONLY if I can't wait, will I use the dreaded bucket.
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I can't comment on other brands, but Thetford makes a good port-a-potty. They are very easy to dump, aren't messy and will fit in most trucks (not COE or daycabs :wink: ).
Most of the people I know with stock bunks have the Thetford 135 which you can usually find at Camping World or Cabellas for under $100. Flying J has a convenient dump site at most places; I usually just fuel at the pump closest to the door so I can run over and dump at the RV island without wasting time or tying up the pumps. FJ also carries the chemicals and camping tissue for them. Also, some states have dumps in the rest area that are easy to get to.
Thetford toilets come apart and you only have to carry the holding tank out of the truck not the whole toilet. Their tanks are built similar to small suitcases and have handles and pour spouts built into them.
small sturdy bathroom trashcan, walmart bag (outerbag) small white bathroom trash bags (innerbag) watertight use as needed tie store under new bag dispose as needed note you couldnt pay me enough to empty trash at a truckstop or rest area
Small sturdy trashcan, the old fashion approach, and a outer bag works for easy disposal. When we are on the road, we always look for a porta john, on the side of the road, although these usually require a rest stop obviously. A great way to deuce without getting out of the truck is make your own toilet, use a bucket-bag, and toilet seat, or walmart sells them for things like camping, they work great and are comfortable.