Ideas for Adding a Bathroom to Small Camper

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Ideas for Adding a Bathroom to Small Camper
Adding a bathroom to a camper can be easy or complicated. (rocky mountains image by Melissa Schalke from

Adding a bathroom to a small camper can be as easy or complicated as you want to make it. There are options for adding a camping toilet, a compost toilet or a full bath complete with running water and a shower.

Camping Toilet

You can purchase a camping toilet in the sporting goods sections of many department stores or through online retailers. Basically, these toilets are little more than a bucket with a toilet seat and a lid. Any semi-private area can become your bathroom. Disposal can be a little tricky, as you must find someplace such as an RV dump station to clean out the toilet when the odour becomes more than you can stand.

Ideas for Adding a Bathroom to Small Camper
The original camping toilet (good-ole-days toilet image by Joyce Wilkes from

Compost Toilet

The next option, still relatively simple, is to pick up a compost toilet. These are similar to camping toilets except they tend to hold more waste and come with chemicals which help to break down and compost the waste. Though they're pretty simple, they require some understanding of composting in order to avoid troubles and frightful odours.

Ideas for Adding a Bathroom to Small Camper
Composting can be easy, or not (bêche image by Claudio Calcagno from

Running Water

A complete running water system is the most complicated of all the options, but it will reward you with days or weeks of use between cleanings. The most basic system will consist of a fresh water tank, pump, bathroom fixtures and a "gray water" tank. The grey water tank is the storage area for the waste material, which must be emptied into an RV dump station when it becomes full. The larger the tanks you install for fresh water and grey water, the longer you can go between trips to the RV dump. However, you will also need a sturdier camper and/or larger vehicle to pull the additional weight of full tanks.

Ideas for Adding a Bathroom to Small Camper
Running-water bathroom (View of Hotel Bathroom image by TekinT from

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