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So sorry if it interfered with you supper , we are a few hours later here in the east . Now I get it [emoticon] . Thanks for the clear explanation .


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Question for the cassette users , can it be over filled or is there a safety device to prevent it , not just a gauge ?


Don't know about all brands but the cassette toilet in my previous Northstar 8.5 Arrow did have a float type mechanism in the tank which I assume was overfill prevention (never let it get to that point).

We were camped at Crater Lake NP when it (me) screwed up and wouldn't allow the slider valve on the tank to close. Although only liquids in the tank it was no fun fixing it. Had to remove the float mechanism never did reinstall it.

One thing to be aware of with cassettes is that the tank seals air tight when closed. If you go from a low altitude to higher altitude the tank internal pressure pushes against the inside of the slider valve potentially making it impossible to open the valve. This is what happened to me at Crater Lake and I foolishly brute forced the inside lever. After that I carried a short stick in the toilet to depress the valve (obviously prior to using [emoticon]) when needed,

I would prefer a cassette over a toilet with small holding tanks. One reason I like my AF 990 is that it has big tanks for a TC.


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jmckelvy - My DH and DS would have preferred the slider valve to stick when going from low altitude to high altitude [emoticon]

We have a 5 gallon porta potty, and despite my REPEATED warnings to "burp" (before you use it you crack the valve open to release the pressure in tank) the toilet after we got past Denver, BOTH DH and DS had a, how shall we say it, unpleasant surprise shower when they went to flush the toilet after use. I even posted a reminder note on the lid!

I admit I laughed myself sore when DH did it. Good thing we have a wet bath, and on that trip we had no set time schedule. I think the stoppage for the cleanup was around 30 min. LOL.

When he kept calling out, "Hey, are you gonna help me out here!!?", I replied, "Nope. I already made a note the size of the seat, and clearly explained WHY you need to crack the slider valve and release a little pressure before you use the potty. I am most certainly NOT going to squeeze inside the TC in 100 degree heat in New Mexico, in July, and assist you in mopping up a mess of your own making".

Moral of the story is that sometimes no amount of education and nagging will replace having the porta potty explode in your face as a reminder LOL [emoticon] Another moral is that my DH can play dirty.... a few hours later we stopped for the night. I went looking for my beach towel so I could take DS to the pool. I looked all around the TC and couldn't find it. Asked DH if he had seen it and was told that once he ran out of paper towels, and used the 2 spare rolls, he used my beach towel for the final wipe-up and then pitched all of it in the garbage at the rest area 300 miles back.... he did offer to buy me a new one LOL.

Despite all this, we still love the porta potty and would get another one or a cassette in the next TC.

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We used a porta potty in a 18 wheeler for 8 years 1.5 million miles and never had a problem of having to burp it. I plan on getting one for the TC shower so in cold weather don't have to use water just like TW and I did for 8 years in the big rig. I'll tell you what the caribou 11m has so much more room than our big truck did. And we are still the best of friends. We used to tell single drivers meaning wife at home the best way to find out if you can get along in a big rig on the road is to spend the weekend in the bath room at home and if your still getting along after that go out truck driving together. Anyway I like the option of having both black tank and porta potty. Just my 2 cents


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We simply carry some PET bags. If the black tank gets too full, turn off the pump and put the bag in the toilet. Trash receptacles are easier to find than outhouses, bathrooms, or dump stations.


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I have a cassette in my TC. I think it is the berries, no sewer slinky to deal with and it has its own flush water. I'll never have a black water tank again.


So would a setup like this not have any grey tank? And if it does, how is it drained?

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This is an old thread. If anyone is still interested, I will give a quick summary of cassette toilets.

Many of us are very happy to have a cassette toilet and would never want to exchange it for a black tank. There are advantages/disadvantages either way. If you regularly camp in developed campgrounds and RV parks, a black tank will be more convenient. If you regularly camp in remote locations or even National Park or Forest campgrounds without dumps, then a cassette can be more convenient. The cassette can be dumped in a regular toilet or outhouse. Once in 10 years and thousands of nights of camping, I had to dig a hole of proper depth and in a remote location away from camping and any streams/lakes. Again that was only once and a semi-emergency. Another positive is the low use of water. Mine "flushes" completely with the push of a button and just a cup or less of water from a dedicated 6 gallon tank. On the downside the cassette must be emptied every few days. I have never had any issues with the cassette when going up or down in elevation.

I do have a separate 15 gallon gray tank. When camping in remote locations with out a water supply, I conserve water and the gray tank lasts for a week or two. Even so I try to keep the tank mostly empty and dump a few gallons every few days when I find an appropriate location. Many NP campgrounds do not have dump stations but do have a receptacle specifically for dumping cassette toilets or kitchen waste water from tent campers.

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JimK-NY wrote:

This is an old thread. If anyone is still interested, I will give a quick summary of cassette toilets.

Many of us are very happy to have a cassette toilet and would never want to exchange it for a black tank. There are advantages/disadvantages either way. If you regularly camp in developed campgrounds and RV parks, a black tank will be more convenient. If you regularly camp in remote locations or even National Park or Forest campgrounds without dumps, then a cassette can be more convenient. The cassette can be dumped in a regular toilet or outhouse. Once in 10 years and thousands of nights of camping, I had to dig a hole of proper depth and in a remote location away from camping and any streams/lakes. Again that was only once and a semi-emergency. Another positive is the low use of water. Mine "flushes" completely with the push of a button and just a cup or less of water from a dedicated 6 gallon tank. On the downside the cassette must be emptied every few days. I have never had any issues with the cassette when going up or down in elevation.

I do have a separate 15 gallon gray tank. When camping in remote locations with out a water supply, I conserve water and the gray tank lasts for a week or two. Even so I try to keep the tank mostly empty and dump a few gallons every few days when I find an appropriate location. Many NP campgrounds do not have dump stations but do have a receptacle specifically for dumping cassette toilets or kitchen waste water from tent campers.

When we had our 2006 Northstar TC with a cassette toilet and 15 gallon grey water tank, I carried a 5 gallon collapsible bucket and would draw off 4 gallons of grey water at a time, and dump it at the outdoor sink where tent campers washed their dishes.

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I have a cassette in my TC. I think it is the berries, no sewer slinky to deal with and it has its own flush water. I'll never have a black water tank again.


So would a setup like this not have any grey tank? And if it does, how is it drained?


Set ups like this are common in pop ups, so no grey water holding tank. You take a waste tote with you and fill that. You learn to conserve water and use the confert stations if you have no hook ups. The cassett is like a bigger portable toilet with its own tank. There really good as people stated. Of you have hook ups, you run an adapter hose to the sewer line and make sure you put a bend in it for a trap. If you have a shower, they are usally on opposite sides and each has a seprate hook up. So you join them, or move the original line. Most dont use the showers.


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