Even though many RVs and motorhomes started out with the trusty cassette camping toilet, a lot has changed over the years with the growth of the leisure industry as well as the overlapping caravan and motor home markets. In this regard, the choice for home owners is quite sophisticated in the current market.
the very basic cassette toilets will have a separate reservoir tank below the bowl for collecting waste, the flushing fluid is normally contained in a reservoir that’s fitted around the bowl with the flush being activated by either twisting a lever or pushing on a button. On the other end of the spectrum are the plumbed in units that even have ceramic bowls, making them easy to clean and maintain; giving you a very homely feeling in the process.
When choosing a unit, one of the key factors you must take into consideration is where you want the toilets located. You need to decide on whether you need a rear or side entry cassette and also whether you are going to have a unit that’s part of a shower module or one that will be a stand alone. If your toilet is going to be part of an all in one shower and toilet module then you should get a unit that allows you to combine the toilet, shower and vanity into a compact and complete space, providing you adequate comfort whilst helping you save on space. Always keep in mind that the entry side is usually determined from when you are sitting on the toilet.
If you opt for a rear entry or stand alone toilets then there are certain functions you need to take into consideration. Apart from coming with a rear entry cassette, they also come with a swivel chair. They may either come with their own flush tank or hook directly with the water in your motorhome. If you opt for one with an RV connection then one of the major advantages is that you won’t have to fill the flush tank with the main disadvantage being that you cannot add a rinse additive. Having a self contained tank is advantageous in that it allows for use of rinse additives, provides you with overall water capacity and can be refilled even with non-drinking water. It is worth noting though that with a flush tank, the filler will only fit a wall with a certain thickness; usually 46mm.
Rear access units are ideal for motorhomes since an access door can be externally mounted. It is highly recommended that you have the back of the toilet mounted into a corridor or against a side wall. Generally, the standard 19 or 17 litre capacity tank can easily be removed even along very narrow walkways.
For the bowl, it is highly recommended that you get one that can swivel. The best units will have bowls that can swivel around the base by at least a hundred and eighty degrees. When travelling, it is advisable to have at least one or two extra cassettes since two people can fill a 17/19 litre cassette in two or three days. It is also important to note that cassette toilets heavily rely on chemicals to deodorize or breakdown the waste as well as for cleaning purposes and one should therefore dispose of the cassette as fast as possible and also use the most appropriate cleaners. Desist from using household cleaners such as bleach on the unit, especially so if you have plastic seals since they get destroyed pretty fast.
Here are some of the most popular motorhome cassette toilets readily available in the market. They include but are not limited to the following:
Product Details: this is a flush tank, left entry unit that’s easy to install and maintain as well. This is an elegantly designed unit that comes with a touch button, 12V pump for the unit flush. The holding tank is fitted with wheels and a retractable carrying handle: it does also have a large removable mechanism plate that allows for easy access to the inside of the tank.
Product Details: the unit does provide maximum comfort without wasting space. It does have a bowl that revolves 180 degrees on the toilet base. It can be installed as a freestanding unit against an outer wall of the motorhome. The waste tank does have a capacity of 17 liters, is a manual flush unit and the fresh water tank does connect to the central water tank of the motorhome.
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