Though there are about eight types of RV toilets, let’s look at what a cassette toilet entails. Start your travel potty knowledge now, and learn a few reasons why you might want to pass on the cassette toilet.
A cassette toilet is a built-in, permanent toilet in your RV. It is not removable. These toilets connect to the RVs water pipes, but they do not connect to a black water tank like a traditional toilet. When you flush this toilet, the waste transfers to a portable tank below the bowl. Using this toilet is almost the same as using a traditional bathroom. The changes come when it’s time to clear out the waste.
How long a cassette toilet can go between cleanings depends on your tank size, how often you flush, and what you’re putting into the tank. On average, this toilet lasts about four to five days between cleanings.
If you’re storing your waste aboard your RV, you may smell that waste. A little flap opens and closes to keep the smell of the waste inside the holding tank, but it’s not entirely adequate. You will have some seepage of gasses and unsavory odors coming from a full cassette toilet.
Depending on the size of your cassette toilet, there are a few places you can dump it. Some people use public restrooms or porta-potties, but you can also dispose of waste in an RV dumping spot. To dump the toilet, remove it from its storage spot. Roll it to wherever you plan to dump it. Open the spout and dump. It sounds simple, but there’s ample room for error. There’s also room for accidents and spillage. No one wants a mess on their hands.