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Composting Toilets for RVs - Get rid of your Blackwater Tank!

Are you tired of dealing with your RV's blackwater tank? Say goodbye to messy and unpleasant experiences with composting toilets designed specifically for RVs. With these innovative toilets, you can eliminate the need for a blackwater tank and the hassle of finding (and using) dump stations.

Composting toilets for RVs provide a sustainable and eco-friendly solution for waste management on the go. Using a combination of nature's processes and modern technology, these toilets turn waste into nutrient-rich compost, there are several options that are odorless and safe to handle.

Not only will composting toilets greatly reduce your environmental impact, but they can also save you money in the long run. You won't need to constantly purchase and maintain chemicals for your blackwater tank, and you'll spend less time searching for dump stations.

With various models and features available, you can find the perfect composting toilet to suit your RV lifestyle. Enjoy the freedom of traveling without the burden of blackwater tanks and experience a more sustainable way of waste management. It's time to make a change and upgrade your RV with a composting toilet.

Pros and Cons of Composting Toilets for RVs

Composting RV Toilet Traditional RV Toilet
Water Usage Low (no flushing required) High (requires water for flushing)
Black Tank No Yes (requires emptying at dump stations)
Space Saves space (no black tank) Takes up space for black tank
Maintenance Yes More frequent (potential for clogs and leaks)
Odor Minimal with proper use and ventilation. Odor control systems often outperform traditional RV toilets Potential for strong odors
Waste Disposal Requires maintaining or finding composting facility Requires emptying at dump stations
Campground Acceptance Many campsites don't have a compost pile that would be appropriate for dumping after extended stays.  Widely accepted
Cost More expensive upfront Less expensive upfront
Winterization May require special procedures No special winterization needed

Advantages of Composting Toilets in RVs

Freedom on Wheels: The foremost benefit of installing a composting toilet in your RV is the liberation from blackwater tanks. No more searching for dump stations or dealing with unpleasant odors. It's all about the open road, beautiful destinations, and uninterrupted adventures.

Eco-friendly Explorations: Every flush with a traditional RV toilet sends water and chemicals into the environment. Composting toilets use little to no water, turning waste into harmless compost. By choosing the best composting toilet for your RV, you're not just traveling; you're protecting the planet one trip at a time.

Odor Control: Various models are available which have very effective ventilation or seals to prevent odor exposure. 

Climate Considerations: Many Composting Toilets can be left in the camper or van even past freezing temperatures. The Dry Flush toilet for example has no added liquids at all and often work as a portable toilet holding human waste for ice fishing. 

Only Grey water Plumbing: There's a range of composting toilets are 'urine diverters' and separate urine from solids which many then tie into the grey water system with traditional plumbing. 

RV with a Composting Toilet outside in front of mountains

Challenges and Considerations

Space and Maintenance: While composting toilets are compact, they require a bit of space for the composting process. Plus, there's the maintenance aspect—ensuring the composting process is working correctly and emptying the compost at appropriate times.

Initial Investment: Quality comes with a price. The best composting toilets for RVs are an investment, but when you consider the cost savings on water, chemicals, and dump station fees, it's an investment that pays off.

Emptying the Toilet: When it's time to dump the solids some toilets compostable toilets are easier than others. 

The Look: There's no way around it, they look different. Composting toilet may be perfect for you functionally, but RV toilets are designed differently and will look different from other recreational vehicles. 

A Cartoon RV with Composting Toilets around it

Choosing the Best Composting Toilet for Your RV

Your mobile home deserves the best, and when it comes to choosing a composting toilet, the options can be as varied as RV models themselves. Let's break down what to look for and highlight some top contenders.

Features to Look for in a Composting Toilet

Size Matters: The perfect composting toilet fits snugly into your RV without cramping your style. Measure your space before you shop.

Ease of Use: You want a system that's as easy to maintain as it is to use. Look for toilets with simple composting processes and clear instructions.

Odor Management: A top-notch composting toilet will keep smells in check, thanks to seals, ventilation systems, and even built-in fans.

Best RV Composting Toilets for sale

ThinkTank Composting Toilet

ThinkTank Composting Toilet

Ideal for the eco-conscious traveler, the ThinkTank offers an effective composting system that's both user-friendly and odor-free. The ThinkTank Toilet is a waterless composting toilet and handles solids and liquids very well. 

Laveo Dry Flush

Laveo Dry Flush

This model is all about convenience, with a cartridge-based system that seals waste away without water or chemicals. The Dry Flush toilet system is simple to use and easy to install with a mount that goes right over a standard toilet flange. 

OGO Composting Toilet

OGO Composting Toilet

With its compact design and ease of use, the Ogo is perfect for smaller RVs, offering efficient waste processing with minimal fuss. The Ogo is one of the smallest composting toilets available but also has an optional diverter for the liquids which would make it easier to use for liquid disposal. 

DIY Composting Toilet for RV: Should You Build One?

Crafting your composting solution can be a rewarding project, not just for your wallet but for the sheer satisfaction of DIY. Here’s a simple guide to get you started.

Step-by-Step Guide to Constructing a Composting Toilet

1. Build or Adapt Your Container: Ensure it fits comfortably in your RV's bathroom space.

2. Install the Separation Unit: This is crucial for effective composting and odor control.

3. Set Up Ventilation: A small fan or passive vent can significantly reduce moisture and odors.

4. Add Composting Medium: Sawdust or coconut coir absorbs liquids and kickstarts the composting process.

TIP: Regular maintenance is key. Empty solid waste into a compost bin or approved disposal site and manage liquids according to local guidelines.

DIY Composting Toilet

Cost Analysis: DIY vs. Store-Bought Composting Toilets for RVs

When it comes to managing your RV's needs, the decision between DIY and store-bought composting toilets isn't just about upfront costs; it's about long-term value and convenience.

Initial Investment and Long-term Savings

DIY Route: The allure of building your own composting toilet is strong, especially when considering the initial cost savings. However, factor in the time, tools, and materials required. Can you put a price on satisfaction? Perhaps not, but it's important to weigh these against the convenience of a ready-made solution.

Store-Bought Comfort: Investing in the best composting toilet for your RV means higher upfront costs but also guarantees professional design and reliability. With warranties and customer support, the price tag brings peace of mind.

Price Comparison of Popular Models

Let's crunch some numbers. Comparing the Laveo Dry Flush Toilet, ThinkTank Composting Toilet, and Ogo Composting Toilet against a DIY setup shows a range of prices from $500 to $1500 for store-bought options. A DIY project might only set you back $200 to $400, but remember to consider the value of your time and the quality of the end product.

Self Contained - Internal Composting Toilets

The Self Contained Internal Composting Toilets are a 'one stop shop' and one of the easiest options to install. They look a little different than a standard toilet because they are a little different.

Biolet Composting Toilet in a bathroom
Biolet Composting Toilets

The BioLet Toilet Systems are a beacon of self-sufficiency. They don't just manage waste; they transform it autonomously, marrying convenience with eco-friendliness.

Biolet offers three Models:

  • Biolet 15a - Up to 3 people Full Time with manual mixing.
  • Biolet 55 - Supports 3 people full time with automatic composting.
  • Biolet 65 - Supports 4 people full time or 6 people part time.
Sun-Mar Compact in a tiled Bathroom
Sun-Mar Composting Toilets

The all-in-one units ideal for tiny homes, cabins, or off grid locations. Come in electric and non-electric models.

Sun-Mar Self Contained Toilets:

Central Composting Toilet Systems

These systems are larger and support more people, accommodating up to families of 8 full time or 11 for seasonal/Vacation use. They can be equipped with up to three toilets and offer electric and non-electric options. These are designed to be emptied only once a year and are great options for Cabins or homes with space that can be dedicated for the equipment.

Sun-Mar Centrex 1000 Photo
Centrex 1000

Sun-Mar Centrex 1000 is ideal for light to medium seasonal use or light full time use.

Centrex 1000 Non Electric - Full Time 2 Adult / Part Time Family of 6

Centrex 1000 Electric - Full Time 3 Adult / Part Time Family of 7

Sun-Mar Centrex 2000
Centrex 2000

Centrex 2000 is a little bigger and designed for medium to heavy seasonal use of light full time use.

Centrex 2000 Non Electric - Full Time 5 Adults / Part Time Family of 8

Centrex 2000 Electric - Full Time 4 Adults / Part Time Family of 9

SunMar Centrex 3000
Centrex 3000

The Centrex 3000 is designed for very heavy cottage use or medium Full Time use.

Centrex 3000 Non Electric - Full time 5 Adults / Family of 10

Centrex 3000 - Full Time 6 Adults / Part time Family of 11

Composting Toilets for Tiny Homes, Campervans, and RVs

With small spaces come the smaller options. Below are some of our favorite options for small spaces: 

Laveo Dry Flush Toilet

Laveo Dry Flush

This is the most sanitary and easy to use options available.

L 20" x W 16" x H 18"

*New Blackwater Conversion Kit is perfect for RV owners

Ogo Composting Toilet

OGO Composting Toilet

Innovative design with a liquid level detector and very small footprint.

L 15" x W 16" x H 18.4"

Cuddy Composting Toilet with Measurements

Cuddy Composting Toilet

One of the newest Composting Toilets on the Market. The Cuddy Composting Toilet is small and easy to use.

L 16.8" x 15.1" x H 16.3"

Incinerating Toilets

Incinerating toilets are a revolutionary toilet solution that are great for waste management in tiny homes, rvs, cabins, and other off-grid living situations. Incineration toilets like the EcoJohn'sTinyJohn are low maintenance, easy to install, and highly effective at managing waste. They work by burning solid waste at high temperatures, reducing it to ash and eliminating the need for a septic tank or black water system. If you're looking for the best off grid toilet or grid toilet option, an incinerating toilet may be the perfect choice for your needs.

TinyJohn Gas Incinerator Toilet

TinyJohn Gas Incinerator Toilet

Simple and easy to use, TinyJohn is a great choice for those looking to reduce their waste to ash with minimal cleanup.

L 14.25" x W 20.75" x H 22"

TinyJohn Electric Incinerator Toilet

TinyJohn Electric Incinerator Toilet

Available for 120V or 240V, TinyJohn's Electric Incinerator burns away any of the waste.

L 14.25" x W 20.75" x H 22"

TinyJohn XL Incinerating Toilet

TinyJohn XL Incinerator Toilet (Gas or Electric)

Sometimes space isn't the only consideration or you prefer something a bit bigger. The XL is made just for you.

L 17" x W 23" x H 25"

Dry Flush Toilets

Laveo's dry flush toilets are a new entrant in the market and stand out as extremely hygienic. They're noted for being user-friendly, odor-free, and delivering a satisfying 'flush' experience. Especially noteworthy for Tiny Homeowners or RVers, Laveo now offers a conversion kit for an easy transition from Blackwater systems, making these toilets a compelling choice for modern, mobile living.

Though mentioned above in the Composting Toilet section, the Laveo is called a "Dry Flush" toilet and works by bagging the waste. With that come the ease of just throwing away the waste in a normal waste bin just like the 'diaper genie' bags.

See Laveo Dry Flush Toilets
Black Laveo Dry Flush Toilet

All Off Grid Toilets

Still want to see more? Below are all our Off Grid Toilet Options for you to explore:

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    OGO Composting Toilet

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  • BioLet Composting Toilet Open top
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    BioLet Composting Toilet 65

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  • NEW Separett Tiny® with Urine Tube Open View
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    Separett Tiny with Urine Tube

    Original Price $1,299.00
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    Revolutionize Compact Living with the Separett Tiny® Composting Toilet - 2023 Model! Discover the innovation of the Separett Tiny® with Urine Tube,...

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    Separett Tiny® with Urine Container

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    Experience Enhanced Tiny Living with the Separett Tiny® Composting Toilet - 2023 Model! Elevate your compact living experience with the innovative ...

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    BioLet Composting Toilet 55

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