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Why vintage caravan builder, Goldy Caravans, chose the Laveo toilet for their caravans...

Updated: Jun 22, 2023



A vintage experience


Picture the scene.


You’ve taken leave off work.


It feels fantastic to be out of the city.


The wind is blowing, and the clouds roll gently over the blue sky.


That vintage caravan you’ve bought (like the one below from Goldy Caravans) is a colourful example of returning to the outdoors in style.


But a distant rumble is felt…


An earthquake!?


No, you’re not near the equator.


A plane going over?


Impossible! You’d see it a mile away.


Then it hits you.


You fling yourself up, hands covering your stomach & backside.


Nature is here, and you’re expected to answer the call.


You rush inside. Swing open the shower door.


And that’s when you discover…


You’ve forgotten to purchase a mobile caravan toilet.


Curse those roadside burritos!

Toilets for Caravans - What do I need to know?


When buying a toilet for your caravan or a urinal in an RV, a lot needs to be considered.


Spaces can be tight, smells can be pungent, and you could end up treading murky waters.


Hardly the experience you were dreaming of on the ride-out.


So to save the “embarrassing photo ops”, we think it’s necessary to consider the essentials.


It’s time to assess the most important topics you should contemplate when buying a toilet for your caravan toileting needs.


What we will cover:

  1. Space - Room to spare?

  2. Portability - Location, location, location.

  3. Water Resistance - Can I shower with it?

  4. Power - You either have it or don’t.

  5. Water - Sieving for gold.

  6. Blackwater - Smell in abundance.

  7. Weight - Heavier than it looks.

  8. Dumpable - Where does it end?

Space - Room to spare?


Confined Spaces.

If you’ve ever spent time in a caravan, you know that space is a luxury.


The average caravan can range from 3 - 6.5metres long (or more), meaning your caravan toilet's size is taking up premium realty just by sitting there looking pretty.


Now add that caravans can come equipped with beds, showers, kitchens, and lounges.


Where’s all the space gone?


I bet you’re wondering why you brought the kids and extended family!



Then comes the smell.

What’s worse than being stuck in a miniature space with the scent of yesterday's lunch “simmering”?


Being stuck in the same confined space with your family's lunch too!


Sorry to paint a less-than-pretty picture. In reality, you’re likely to feel less optimistic about the people you went camping with within a confined space.


With most caravan chemical toilets, the bad smell is a fact of life.


For those who can stomach it, we salute you. For all the others (like me), there are other options.


Three distinct types come to mind (we won’t include the bucket) that can be your saving grace when the pants are down.

We have the following:


  1. Chemical Toilets / Cassette Toilets - “The Portable But Stinky”

  2. Composting Toilets - “The Good For Nature, Sometimes Stinky, Not So Portable”

  3. Laveo Dry Flush Toilets - “The No Smell, No Problem, Portable Prince”


We will go into more detail about them as we run through this article.


Portability - Location, location, location.


Having a portable caravan toilet for your portaloo needs is a big one on many people's lists.


You may have already realised (being a caravan owner) or are currently learning that the toilet usually “lives” in the same space as your shower.


It’s important to consider what toilet will work best for you and if it must be able to move in and out of the shower room easily, as you may have to stand on the toilet with a crooked neck.


Invigorating.


It’s a thought to consider if you’re deciding on a “vented” composting caravan toilet that is “locked” into the shower room as a semi-permanent fixture.


Moveable toilets like the Laveo Dry Flush in the video above can be put pretty much anywhere you have the space (with no worry of smell).


Be it under the kitchen bench, Ute, or that strange spot behind grandma’s knitting supplies.


Added note on Laveo portability.


You may be planning short excursions from the caravan and need a way to relieve yourself without resorting to the bush.


Laveos got you covered with its convenient “take me anywhere” design. Bring a popup tent, and you’re camouflaged and relieved in forest-fit fashion.


Did we mention that there is no smell?


Water Resistance - Can I shower with it?


If you’re using a wetroom/ shower in your caravan, you must ensure that your toilet is water-proof or water-resistant.


Non-electrical toilets like chemical/ cassette toilets are waterproof, so you have to battle the awful smell and remove the black water (gross).


Toilets like the Laveo & Nature’s Head are water-resistant, which means they can take splash damage, but you’ll need to cover them with a plastic sheet when you’re showering as they include electricals.


The Nature’s Head runs on an electrical socket, so you need to keep it dry during your showers as it’s “locked” into one location and needs constant power to work.


The Laveo Dry Flush contains a charged battery which also means keeping the water-resistant toilet dry, however, the Laveo can be moved at a moment's notice with its patented: “Still filled with your waste in mylar bags & keeping the smell away from your nostrils” technology.


Convenient or what?


Power - You either have it or don’t.


The further you get from the city lights and move closer to that clear, beautiful outback air, the more likely electricity becomes a tradable commodity.


Mad Max would be proud.

So off-grid thinkers need to forward plan.


You’re drawing off stored power from your lithium batteries or solar panels.


When the disconnect happens, what are you going to do?


Environmentally friendly Composting caravan toilets constantly have a nibble of your electrical power. It may not seem to be much initially, but it can build up over time.


Laveo is a charged-at-home/ on-the-move go-to toilet. Capable of lasting three months on a single full battery (as long as you’re not flushing it every other second).


It will all depend on where you’re going and how much electrical charge you need.


Personally, I like to use electricity to keep the lights on.


Water - Sieving for gold


Just like power, water is a high-value commodity that should be used wisely.


It’s going to be a tough time figuring out if you should save those last drops of water for drinking or pour them into your chemical caravan toilet cassette.


What you carry is what you have, so it’s an essential consideration on those long adventures.


Taking a no-water needed toilet can be the game changer.


The name says it all.


It’s called The Laveo Dry Flush toilet.


It doesn’t use water.


Seriously.


It’s dry.


You can use that extra water for drinking, showering, and throwing at your friends and family!


Blackwater - Smell in abundance.


It’s foul business.


It’s the worst job if you have a chemical caravan portable toilet.


Handled mainly by the person with the strongest stomach and greatest resolve.


Blackwater, for the uninitiated, is in a tank filled with all the nasty stuff you made on your trips to the toilet.


You put the clean water in & then the black water comes out.


And let’s not forget the tank cleaner.


It stinks. No two ways about it. The smell is vile.


If you search online, you’ll see plenty of videos of people gagging as they try to remove their family's black water holding tank from the caravan and over to the chemical sewage holding tank at specified dumping points.


We’ll talk about the public dump points in a moment.


The caravan cassette toilet isn’t much better.


Instead of a blackwater tank connected to your caravan, you have a smaller compartment that houses the black water.


It’s a smaller job, but it still stinks to high heaven.


Caravan composting toilets are a bit different.


They have two separate compartments for your waste.

The fluids go in front (which we recommend you remove regularly) and the back for the solids, which need to be left to compost for around a week minimum).


In contrast, the Laveo is all about convenience.


So you don’t ever have to take out the black sewage water, nor smell it (because there is none).


Instead, you pick out the twisted mylar bags, which come in a convenient trash bag, and put them in any standard dumping location.


Weight


Carrying tanks of clean & dirty water is heavy stuff.


We don’t go on camping trips to work out!


We came to relax!


At caravan shows, people always ask, “what does it weigh?”


You need to know your weight limits when towing a caravan, as anything over means more problems.


Chemical toilets need you to take clean water, which then mixes with the waste to become thick blackwater.


So far, the weight issue hasn’t resolved itself, even if you feel a kilo lighter.


On the other hand, composting toilets are also seen as dry toilets, so you’ll be saving on the water weight (meaning you can drink more).


But composting toilets come with extra considerations like the need to vent & constant electrical charge.


Laveo Dry Flush toilet requires zero water, and that’s that.


The weight of the actual toilet is essential, but when you don’t have to add any extra weighted liquid, it soon becomes an easy use and put-away process.


Please note that as you use the Laveo, it will get heavier with the waste build-up, but then boom, you pull the waste out, and it’s light as a feather again (in comparison).


Dumpable - Where does it end?


NOTE: You can’t dump chemical toilets' blackwater anywhere you want!



They have a specific location for you to remove this “man-made horror”, which means a trip to the BIG tank.


Welcome to the amalgamation of waste of every person near the caravan park that owns a chemical toilet.


You thought you hated your neighbours.


This is how wars are started.


These locations can be found all around the country; some are free, some cost a fee, and others are reserved for members only.


If you plan to own a chemical toilet, it’s worth researching which one will be the closest to your travel arrangements.


Because if you don’t have access to it, you’re stuck with the blackwater, and that's not even considering toilet cleaning.


Composting toilets are a little different, with you having to let it compost within the toilet.


This can take a week or more, and then you have to remove the contents, which, as the name suggests, can be used as compost.


It’s still a stinky job but not as bad as the chemical waste site.


On the sunnier side, if you need to remove the Laveo dry flush toilet waste, you can dump this at any standard trash pickup location as though it's part of your weekly trash haul.


The king of convenience strikes again!


Summary


So there you have it.


Serious considerations to make when planning your excursions into the great outdoors.


Does weight weigh on your mind?


Do you want to dump and be done?


Are you fearful of what looms in the blackwaters?


As with the many choices of portable toilets, being equipped with the knowledge to make the right decision for you is why we at Laveo genuinely love to share our views.


Laveo looked at campers' biggest problem when enjoying their trips and said no!


We don’t want to go to the big scary, smelly tank.


We want to sit and relax whilst we enjoy our trip.


Nothing kills a buzz more than anticipation.


Final thoughts


If you have a caravan on order, most manufacturers will install the Laveo if you ask them. You can even retrofit one to almost any caravan, as its portability and size make it the “convenience king” of the porta-potty world.


If you’re worried about it moving around, you can easily have it fixed with floor mounting brackets which are also available.


The great thing is that if it does tumble whilst you’re on the move, nothing will escape.

I’m not willing to try that with a chemical toilet bowl.


Did we miss any?


If there is essential portaloo knowledge you think we need to know & share, please get in touch at sales@dryflush.com.au




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