How do they work?
Most caravans and motorhomes come with in built toilets in their washrooms. These are mostly chemical toilets which have a cassette waste holding tank which you have to empty when it gets full.
The most simple type of chemical toilet is casually known as a ‘bucket and chuck it’ toilet. Not the most attractive nickname is it? I had a friend at school that we used to call the Armpit Gurgler. She hated it! Anyway, back to toilets.
Chemical toilets in caravans do not only store the waste but they also deodorize it, which is pretty important in my opinion. If you are living in your caravan you don’t want to be living amongst your own smells so the chemicals play a vital role in making your holiday better.
Emptying a chemical toilet
Now this is the dreaded bit. Your chemical toilet is full and it needs to be emptied. Well, it is quite simple actually. First of all you must remember that you are only allowed to empty your caravan’s toilet into a specifically designated place. It would be unhygienic to just tip your waste where you please and the chemicals should not be allowed to go into the sewage system.
In a caravan park there should be a disposal unit that should be marked as a Chemical Disposal Point or CDP, however at some sites it may be labelled as an Elsan Point. If you can’t find the right place then you may have to wait until you get home and flush it down your own toilet. Do not be naughty and tip it where you please.
Some handy tips
So, caravan toilets need looking after. They need to be nurtured and cleaned and loved otherwise they may not stay in working order. So here are a few hints that may help you and your toilet out:
Never use household cleaners or detergents as they may contain bleach which could cause your toilet substantial damage.
So, now that you know how they work, how to empty them and you are now armed with some handy hints, you can go on your caravan holiday and enjoy yourself a little bit more. No need to worry about the toilet.