This may not be one of the most glamorous segments of the caravanning lifestyle, but it is
impossible to avoid. I mean everyone uses the toilet, I use the toilet, you use the toilet, and even the
most glamorous celebrities use the toilet. But how does a caravan toilet work? Well I am here to tell
Most caravans and motorhomes come with in built toilets in their washrooms.
These are mostly chemical toilets which have a cassette waste holding tank which you have to
empty when it gets full.
The most simple type of chemical toilet is casually known as a ‘bucket and chuck it’ toilet. Not the
most attractive nickname is it? I had a friend at school that we used to call the Armpit Gurgler. She
hated it! Anyway, back to toilets.
Chemical toilets in caravans do not only store the waste but they also deodorize it, which is pretty
important in my opinion. If you are living in your caravan you don’t want to be living amongst your
own smells so the chemicals play a vital role in making your holiday better.
Now this is the dreaded bit. Your chemical toilet is full and it needs to
be emptied. Well, it is quite simple actually. First of all you must remember that you are only
allowed to empty your caravan’s toilet into a specifically designated place. It would be unhygienic
to just tip your waste where you please and the chemicals should not be allowed to go into the
In a caravan park there should be a disposal unit that should be marked as a Chemical Disposal
Point or CDP, however at some sites it may be labelled as an Elsan Point. If you can’t find the right
place then you may have to wait until you get home and flush it down your own toilet. Do not be
naughty and tip it where you please.
So, caravan toilets need looking after. They need to be nurtured and cleaned and
loved otherwise they may not stay in working order. So here are a few hints that may help you and
your toilet out:
So, now that you know how they work, how to empty them and you are now armed with some
handy hints, you can go on your caravan holiday and enjoy yourself a little bit more. No need to
worry about the toilet.