Taking A Look At The Toilet Questions

Anytime you go to a caravanning site, owners group or any one of the many sites out there offering help, how to manage your toilet is one of the questions that pops up regularly.

Back in the days when we had our caravan park we were very careful about your toilets! Our park was one of many that was on septic tanks. There are huge areas of this country without town sewerage. Part of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is one such area and most of the locals are happy with that. Why? Well, it’s far easier and cheaper than having your holding tank pumped out every couple of weeks.

We had septic tanks and evaporation trenches, and everything worked just fine. We only had a problem when someone used a product that they shouldn’t. Our biggest fear was anyone who proudly said they made sure everything they put down the dump point was fine because they used a product that killed 99.99% of household germs.

We sprung into action on that, smiled a smile that was more like a grimace, and
got an emergency pump out of the dump point septic tank. The last thing you want is something to kill the germs. We loved those germs. They beavered away on their job and broke down all your jobs! And don’t forget the cockroaches, they live there too in little cockroach heaven.

The worst part of managing the dump point septic was that the Council insisted that it link to all the other tanks so that it could go into the evaporation trenches. That sounds fine in theory, but let’s go back to the 99.99% product. If that can kill one septic it can make a chain of them sick enough for a certain smell to appear, and no-one wants that.

Peter devised a simple plan, and sometimes the simplest are the best. Yes, we linked it into the chain of tanks, but we gave it a trip switch. At a level before the outflow pipe to the chain of tanks we had a trip switch and when that tripped a light went on and we ordered a pump out. Clever thinking, and it worked a treat.

Another hard thing for us to deal with is some of the added items that were put down the dump point. Let’s face it, since toilets were invented they have been a handy place to get rid of things.

I remember a trip to Norfolk Island where we visited the Museum. They had just dug up a long drop toilet and were sorting out all sorts of treasures. Broken plates, glass wear, all sorts of household items that had passed their use by date.

But please, don’t do that today. Toilets are single use items, not the local dump!

Plus, when it comes to how you manage your toilet in the van, it’s a great idea to treat every dump point as if it is a septic tank dump point. No harsh chemicals, nothing to kill every bug known to mankind, just lovely gently septic tank friendly products.