To Compost, or Not to Compost

For those of you who are curious about it, boondocking is a great way to stay just about anywhere out there that your RV will go, and most of the time, for free. If you are set up with the proper equipment, it can be as seamless as being plugged in. With the best batteries, solar panels, and generator back-up, you could stay “off grid” for quite a while, maybe even permanently, if you choose to. Our Battleborn lithium batteries hold a steady charge very well. Our 3 solar panels (2 on the roof, and a suitcase one on the ground) are great when we are parked in the sun for a few hours a day. We will elaborate on the types of panels and how they work at a later date. Today, we want to talk about having a composting toilet. There are 2 types of people in the category of composting; those who love it and those who hate it. Some people think of a composting toilet as messy to change, stinky, and just plain hard to do. For us, when boondocking, it would be harder to manage our water for a regular toilet. Our holding tanks can get us through several showers and dish washings without the added flushing of the toilet. Even when we are hooked up, we are still glad we have it. The key is to get the correct compost. We used to use spagnum moss (it was what was recommended), until a humid winter in FL. The moss was a huge breeding ground for gnats. Once we realized where the gnats were coming from, we changed to a brand called Compost Sure, an organic mix made specifically for composting, it cleared up our gnats. So far, that’s the only complaint we have on it. The liquid goes into a container in the front, we’ll call it a “jug”. Once the jug gets full, take it out and pour it in the woods where it can be absorbed safely, We bought an extra jug, so we can switch them out if we are not somewhere that we can empty one readily. The other part with the compost in it, should be emptied as you notice it hard to turn the handle. For us, usually every 4 weeks. Some might wonder if the turning of the handle adds to the “trouble”. No, you spin the handle to mix up the compost, just like you would flush a regular toilet. No extra time. No extra steps. As long as you keep up with it and do what needs to be done to keep it clean, it is no trouble at all. Once you need to change the compost, just dump it in a large black garbage bag and dispose of it accordingly. If you are somewhere there is a place to dump the compost in another way, that’s fine too. It’s really no more time-consuming than anything else. It just becomes a regular part of your everyday boondocking experience once you get used to it. Water conservation is a big plus with this. We’re sure it’s not for everyone, but for those who like to go places without limitations, it helps reach that goal. It actually smells better than a regular toilet in such a small space, because the exhaust fan on it carries any odors outside. The odor dissipates much quicker this way. So, it’s up to you whether you want to compost or not, to each their own experiences, but for us, it was the way to go. We got our Nature’s Head toilet through Amazon and the compost can be ordered there, or picked up at most Home Depot stores. It may seem like a lot to pay for a toilet, but when you weight in that it will never spring a leaky pipe, and the amount of water it will save over time, and compare it to the price of a regular toilet, it’s a good investment that will last through the life of one RV into your next. We are not encouraging or discouraging your choice, but rather just letting you in on one of our boondocking success stories. We hope our information is helpful and please feel free to ask us any questions you may have. 20181025_131946

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We are a couple who live full time in our 2016 Passport Travel Trailer traveling the southeastern US. We blog about our adventures and what it's like living in our RV on a daily basis. We share our "home" with our RV kitty, Samantha "Sam".

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