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So our black tank leaked on our last trip and cut it short. Planning on switching to a composting toilet so we just don't need to deal with the black tank at all any more but my question is do we need to replace the bottom of the camper? It's an Outfitter Juno 10 so the black tank was in the basement and the bottom is marine grade plywood. Everything dried out and doesn't have an odor any more but do we need to get it replaced? I'm assuming I'm not the first one this has happened to. [emoticon]

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I wouldn't replace it.


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If you are familiar with composting toilets, waste disposal and operation and are happy, then I see no reason not to proceed.


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evidently not too much "stink" soaked into the marine grade plywood so I would think that a bunch of coats of KILZ might work. worked for my dining room floor where my cats (5) each claimed their territory.
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Bumpyroad wrote:

evidently not too much "stink" soaked into the marine grade plywood so I would think that a bunch of coats of KILZ might work. worked for my dining room floor where my cats (5) each claimed their territory.
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There's no stink, and no apparent damage so I'm not sure if I even need the kilz, do I? Anyone know how to drop the bottom out of an Outfitter?

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Posted: 04/13/21 05:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If it's not rotted, no big deal. It shouldn't get worse unless you were to get it wet again for quite a while, and it sounds like you are eliminating (pun intended) that situation from happening.


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I am not all that familiar with composting toilets... but if you are changing the method of throne, perhaps consider a cassette toilet?

I really liked that type on my past campers.


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I’d give Outfitter a call. They should be able to give instructions on how to take the floor off. I’m assuming they are still in business.


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No rot no stink...it doesn't need to be replaced...unless you need to cut it out to remove the tank.

Unless you are trying to repurpose the space the tank sits in, you might just leave it if you were able to fully drain it.

We had a composter on our boat. For a full size RV (with functional tanks), I would not recommend it. For a truck camper with a small tank, it's a good option. Easier to deal with than a cassette, which we've used on rental RVs and the solids tank on ours could handle a month with 2 people using it. The big thing is the smell. Other than a slightly earthy garden smell when emptying, no smells. The urine can be disposed of in any toilet. The 2 gallon tank is easier to carry and pour than a cassette.


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No rot no stink...it doesn't need to be replaced...unless you need to cut it out to remove the tank.

Unless you are trying to repurpose the space the tank sits in, you might just leave it if you were able to fully drain it.

We had a composter on our boat. For a full size RV (with functional tanks), I would not recommend it. For a truck camper with a small tank, it's a good option. Easier to deal with than a cassette, which we've used on rental RVs and the solids tank on ours could handle a month with 2 people using it. The big thing is the smell. Other than a slightly earthy garden smell when emptying, no smells. The urine can be disposed of in any toilet. The 2 gallon tank is easier to carry and pour than a cassette.


Thanks. Eventually I'd like to replace the black tank with a second fresh water tank but that can wait. Glad to hear your experience was overall positive. We don't have a dump site that is terribly convenient to our house, we frequently go winter camping and I hate dealing with the black tank during winter so I'm dead set on the composter. It literally cannot be any worse.

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