Toilet Cassette

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  1. Nigel L

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    Ok, sorry to lower the tone, but have a few very basic questions.
    We pick our first MH up in a couple of weeks, which has a Therford cassette/ toilet in it. We have never camped before or ever used this type of facility. So, here goes with a few questions which we would be very grateful for some guidance:-
    1. Is it a case of keep taking it out to see if it's full? Or generally are there a rough number of flushes that can be made before it's nearing capacity.
    2.what do you put in the cassette in terms of chemical/tablets etc, and what do people recommend?
    3. As we intend to do some wild camping, is it advisable to carry a spare cassette, that we can swap over if the first one gets full, and then carry the full one in the garage until we reach the next disposal point?
    4. Is it correct that you don't empty down an ordinary toilet? But what about emptying down our own toilet once we get home?
    5 any other advise/tips gratefully accepted.
    Many thanks.
     
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    1. Depends on your system, some have a 1/2 full, 3/4 full and full indicator on the flush panel. Mine is only Full, but you still have a few "goes" before it is full
    2. I only use proprietary fluid from thetford - I am a salesman’s dream though. Many use bio washing fluid and some nothing at all relying on bacteria to break down solids.
    3. Many do, depends on far you are away from any disposal facility. #Use flush sparingly and use "Pink" in a spray bottle after a No 1
    4. Dispose down your own loo at home is fine, but be careful. Campsites have a Chemical Disposal point, so use that or carefully in Public loos
    5. If a public toilet or campsite toilet available, use it, especially for No 2
     
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    A couple of thoughts, don't wait until the toilet is full, empty it each day if possible
    If you have to use it for other than a wee open the blade wide put a cross cross of toilet paper then when finished give a good flush, can save a lot of mess.
    A lot of people use bio Washing Liquid, (clothes washing) instead of chemicals Aldi or Llidl will do.
     
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    Wahoo, another toilet thread, where would we be without them.
    PS you'll be hard pressed to lower the tone on this forum !
     
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    Once the cassette level starts 'getting up' you can easily see the level when you open the flap on the bottom of the loo bowl - which you have to open to let the contents of the pan into the cassette anyway, and I can't reach the lever on the side of the pan whilst standing with my back towards the loo anyway - so it's kind of unavoidable, the looking LOL. We usually open the flap before doing the deed in any event - and no - we don't get 'splash back' LOL
     
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    Pretty much what @Zigisla said

    1. We just have a light that comes on when full. If it comes on in the late evening it's still OK to use until the morning.
    2. We just use Thetford or Elsan liquid. Never tried any of the other things people recommend.
    3. We don't bother, just empty it at every opportunity whether it's full or not.
    4. The reason sites especially don't like you doing that is because a lot of the time they have septic tanks instead of mains sewage. It's the chemical, Thetford or otherwise, that's the problem; it destroys the essential bacteria in the septic tank. Down your own toilet, or any other one that you know is on mains sewage, is fine.
     
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    Answers 1,4 and 5 as @Zigisla

    I use bio liquid as the propriety fluid makes me :sicker::sicker: with the smell. The bio liquid does at least smell nice. I have found that solids have broken down when I empty the cassette and it's not an unpleasant job.

    Use minimum amounts of toilet paper :) some people bin it rather than flush it. Don't put the wet wipes down into the cassette.

    I use Zoflora in a spray bottle (diluted) to wash down the loo after use. Use less water and again smells nice.

    Empty the cassette in the appropriate place (CDP) when you have chance even if it isn't full. :) If you do have to use a public loo to empty it then make sure the facilities are at least as clean when you leave as when you went in. I take gloves and my Zoflora spray plus tissue and paper towels. Paper towels (Kitchen roll) in the bin not down the loo :)
     
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    Oh and we are on septic tank at home so if it would normally go down the loo at home it will be okay in the cassette!


    Edit: Ages since we have had a good mucky thread on here :)
     
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    you must watch ...

    Emptying your Thetford cassette toilet... The Movie !! :D

     
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    We do the same, except for the cross of paper. We tried that but found it tended to make a parcel which took longer to break down :)
    We don't like the smell of the proprietary chemicals either and find that the bio washing liquid does the job just as well.
    We use own brand (normally Lidl) paper rather than the expensive Thetford stuff.
    Always empty at the designated place on the camp site.
    Some more notes Here.
     
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    When travelling the MH is used for number ones only! Except in extreme emergencies ! And as @Carol says make a cross with loo roll ( we make a petal ) as this saves a lot of mess!
    Also we use French loo roll which is small and thin and doesn't clog up the cassette if used sparingly.
    We use thetfords capsules rather than fluid as it can stain so never fill it from the bowl. Aldi bio tabs do the trick and leave it lovely and clean and are cheap!!

    I feel much better ,all that talk of toilets need to go!!:LOL:
    Oh yes it used to be Robs job but somehow I've ended up doing it as I bought strong rubber gloves that don't fit him!! ( it seems to be a man thing as they chinwag round the CTD!!
    Good luck it does get easier! Watch others but NEVER use the drinking tap to rinse it !!!! Ugh!:mad:
     
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    Hear hear to the Lidl Bio washing detergent (which we use) and to the toilet paper - mega super duper (and expensive!) 26-ply down soft quilted paper may well be a tad softer round ones nether regions, but takes one helluva long time to disintegrate in the cassette and presumably thereafter, also in the septic tank you empty it into.

    Our cassette has wheels and a 'pull up' handle to trundle it along behind you from van to disposal point - nothing recognisable is ever left in the thing by the time you arrive there and start emptying - a definite 'bonus' to my mind! Just evil looking (even when not ditto smelling) sludge, TMI.
     
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    Thanks all for the replies. scotjimlad's short video was very helpful.

    Note to self, must buy a pair of rubber gloves that are to small for myself!!
     
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    We also when wilding use a spay bottle filled with H20 instead of flushing also make the fresh water tank last longer, also stock up on French loo rolls.
    We have a SOG (toilet venting system) and don't use any chemicals and empty at every opportunity & carry a spare cassette.
     
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    Easier to wash your hands afterwards than mess about with gloves, bet you don't use them every time you wipe your bum, it's only your poo in the loo.:D

    Edit: just noticed the joke.:)
     
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    Let's up the pace.

    Don't use chemicals, get a SOG.
     
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    Go on, what is a SOG?
     
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    Seriously..... I see them with gloves and sometimes rubber apron and I think to myself, "OK where do you store that lot and do you decontaminate them before storage or contaminate the inside of your MH with them".
     
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