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:confused1: Hi All.

We are at last on the road and are at Katherine after camping and doing the escarpment walk at Victoria River ( new bridge is open) and are about to head down to Alice and S.A.

We are both very unsure about using the toilet. We have read some great info. regarding types of chemicals.

But, when we read the thetford book it says not to have water in the flush tank when travelling.

Is this the way to go on sealed roads and then have to empty flush tank every time you depart?

Also, a few caravanners have said they avoid doing no.2's in the van toilet as there is always some

remaining odour??

Appreciate some experienced opinions on this very delicate but vip matter.

thanks

Reg and Fran

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Hi there Reg and Fran

The questions you raise are often topics on various forums and around the campfire. It really is your personnal choice and what you are comfortable with.

When travelling with our ATV for two, we travel with the top/ flush tank at the level it happens to be. To top it up each evening and drain it before leaving in the morning is impractical. In 6 and a half years and travelling on great to terrible roads, we have only had one small leak from the top/ flush tank on the Gulf track between Borroloola and Burketown last year.

As far as usage is concerned, we use it whenever and for what whatever. We have a thing about dirty roadside toilets and unclean amenities! The bottom tank holds 20L, so we get about 3 days out of it when using it all the time.

In regard to chemicals, we have tried just about everything on the market, all with various success. For the past year we have been using Coles Smart Buy Napi napicare plus (Woolies have a similar product) and will not go back to anything else. It certainly works for us, and according to the label the chemicals in it "fully comply with Australian Standard AS4351 for biodegradability and it is phosphate free and safe in septic systems".

These are just our thoughts, others may have different suggestions.

Peter & Margaret.

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G`Day Reg & Fran

Yes we would agree with Peter & Margaret ,we travel fulltime and have had no probs.other than removable mechanism happily replaced by Thetford. We are currently using Coles napisan. Is Good.

Cheers from the West

Rick & Lea :thumbsup:

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:thumbsup: Thanks for your response. We now both feel much more confident in the practicalities of

using the throne.

Now, it is simply overcoming our 'shyness'. Big hurdle..

safe travelling

Reg and Fran

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Hello Reg & Fran,

We also travel with water in flush tank.

On the other topic ... a tip given to us was to make sure you place yourself strategically over the 'drop zone' to avoid having to wipe the slippery dip so to speak! :shades:

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Hi Reg and Fran,

Re number 2's, a small fold of toot paper strategically placed prior to lowering one's posterior also works wonders!

Happy travelling,

Steve.

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We also travel with the flush tank full. When we picked the vans (both times) up from the factory, the flush tanks were full, and it assumed Kedron knew the van was being moved! So I am guessing it is not seen as an issue.

Incidentally, I always slightly flush the toilet before using it for those larger jobs so that the slippery slide is more slippery (thanks for that metaphor Jacky Jacky!).

Chris

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Is it just me, or is this thread going down the toilet :laugh:

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A periodical polish with a good silicone auto polish makes the surface of the bowl 'slippery', makes a big difference...... also clean/polish the plastic hand basin (preferably with a different rag) brings it up like new also!

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