Friday, June 20, 2014

Toilet Conversion Part 2 - 6/20/2014

My C-Head arrived today in a big Home Depot box.  I had been following the tracking with much anticipation.  I tore into it like a kid on Christmas morning. :-)

The ventilation hood adapter for the storage bucket.  

Even came with instructions on how to get it out of the box.

It was packaged quite well.  

I had this old shelf from a computer desk in the basement and hacked it up to make a base.  Unfortunately the toilet flange sticks up from the floor & can't easily be removed as it is attached to the tank. Plus the nut on the plug sticks up a bit too.  This was quite the project, involving a circular saw and a roto-zip which I finally found in a box tonight after looking for it for ages.  I have drifts of chipboard dust in the basement now..  

The toilet slid into place.  It was a tight fit.

With the cover in place

Cover removed, ready to use.  Did I mention it was a close fit?  Um, yeah.  I can't open the cabinet. F&*%!  :-)

Top lifted to access the collection containers.  Apparently this is the only way I will be able to access the bathroom cabinet.  :-(  Ah well. I do need to see if I can disassemble the box behind the toilet or make the hole in it where the water pipe comes out bigger so I can push the water line back inside.  Even that inch will help.  I could also, after the 30 day return policy is up, possibly sand down that edge that sticks out from under the seat.  Or I could just live with lifting the top. I don't keep stuff I access frequently in that cabinet anyway as it was hard to access before, and the water pump & a ton of piping takes up most of it. We'll see how it goes.

Liquid & solids collection containers.

I haven't used it yet.  I need to get the coco coir, or if I can't find that I suspect Feline Pine cat litter might work great too.  It's basically compressed pine sawdust, and any moisture turns it back into sawdust.  And it has a pleasant smell.  My first impression of the toilet  is positive though, it's well built and the design makes sense.  I like the look of it better than the Nature's Head too.  It looks more like a regular toilet while the NH looks like something from the space shuttle.  :-)  I'll update when it's seen some use.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Toilet Conversion, Part One. 6/14/2014

Since I plan to dry camp/boondock a lot, the limited capacity of my holding tanks was a concern. 30 gallons gray and 23 gallons black water capacity requires serious conservation. Not to mention, one small sewer leak was all it took to make me think dragging around 180 pounds of poopy water had a lot of potential for disaster. One that I didn't enjoy dealing with.

 I had bought a Nature's Head for my boat but never installed it. I liked the concept for the boat and thought it would be just as good in the RV. Everyone who has one seems to be happy. Unfortunately the NH would not fit in the RV. No how, no way. So I now have a C-Head, which is smaller and lighter,  on order and it should be here in a week or two. I was going to wait till it got here to yank the toilet, but today was under 80 deg. Days this cool are few and far between in June so I took advantage of it. It just means there will be some doodie bag usage in my future if I camp before the new head gets here. :-)   This was way easier than I thought, which was very nice.

The old toilet, Thetford AquaMagic. There are two nuts under caps on either side and a water connection in the rear.

The toilet lifted off easily. The bolts are crooked as I had already removed them and forgot to take a pic prior. So I stuck them just barely back in. You get the idea. There was also a foam gasket that I tossed.

I have to get caps for both pipes.

Until then, so as not to have sewer odors or, god forbid, splashes, I used an old pint glass as an impromptu plug with a Target bag gasket. :-)

(Update 6/15) I made it to Lowe's today, and thankfully they had the correct plug for the toilet pipe. It's called a test cap. Don't ask me why.

Oatey 3" test plug. 4.99 at Lowes. 

This is the cap I bought for the water pipe. I may have to pick up some Teflon tape, we'll see when I fill up the water again.

The old toiler removed. It weighs about 2 pounds. I had not intended to keep it for when I sell the unit but I might as it's not that big or heavy. I'll think about it.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Leaving Assateague 5/21/2014

I had to check out of the National Park in the morning, as there were no sites available in the Oceanside campground. I thought about going back to the MD campground but decided to just head home. I had to put some air in my tires, which required running the generator. So I stopped in the parking lot by the MD ranger station. I had hoped to stop in the gift shop but it was closed. :-( I was pleasantly surprised to see a bunch of horses in the parking lot.

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Miserable traffic on the Beltway.  At least I finally got a picture of that castle.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Assateague 5/20/2014

I broke camp in the morning and moved to the National Park campground. I like it better as there's more wildlife and fewer partiers. Weird, as in theory there's no alcohol allowed in the MD park.  It's also nicer as I could walk to the bayside for the sunset.  It was another relaxing day, other than one annoying phone call to work to tell them I was taking leave until my retirement date.

We had quite a standoff here....I wanted to hang my panel on the ladder & this mini tarantula sat there and glared at me. I was reduced to flinging handfuls of sand at it which it ignored. Finally had to find a stick (a big stick) to knock it off with.
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My new site O-26 at Assateague National Park
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Monday, May 19, 2014

Assateague 5/19/2014

I woke up in a little better frame of mind. It helped that it was an absolutely gorgeous day.

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I just sat there and enjoyed the waves for a while.
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I did a whole lot of nothing during the day.  Messed around with projects, took a nap, just relaxed.

A visitor
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Seemed perturbed to find nothing in the "bowl"
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Sunset over the marshes
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Not sure what these sand berms were for.
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I was hoping to move to the National Park CG the next morning as it looked like some oceanside sites had opened.  I was keeping my fingers crossed....