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Len and Jo

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Port a Potty in cold weather
« on: March 31, 2013, 08:51:19 PM »
When I winterize or vans port a potty for winter storage I use the pink RV antifreeze, same stuff I use on the van water system.  Costs ~$4 a gallon.

We will be using the van for some cold weather traveling and it might get below freezing overnight during the trip so I don't want to fill the toilet storage tank with water.  Windshield washer fluid costs $1-$2 a gallon.  Has anyone used that for the flushing fluid in a port a potty?  At this time of year (now April w NE temperatures I wouldn't expect the temp to get much below freezing at night.  Maybe 25ish).

Thoughts

Len & Jo
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Wigpro

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Re: Port a Potty in cold weather
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2013, 09:03:41 PM »
In Alaska I use a 5 gallon bucket with plastic bags that fit over the bucket and a Cabela's snap on toilet seat with lid for the 5 gallon bucket. Do your business and seal up the plastic bag and toss in a dumpster...done no water system to service and it will never matter if it freezes, other than that first moment on the seat!

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captsteve

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Re: Port a Potty in cold weather
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2013, 09:04:58 PM »
Washer fluid may work, But is your porta potty worth more than $4? I know that you could get several seasons out of one gallon in a porta potty. it just needs enough to displace the water in the lines. Or you could just remove it from the van and wash it out and stick it in a warm corner of the garage...
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Karsty

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Re: Port a Potty in cold weather
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2013, 09:10:41 PM »
Hi Len ...

I use my RV all winter for travelling in below freezing weather. My situation may very well be different than yours because I travel alone. I use gallon jugs for #1 and then use disposable bags for #2. These bags are place over/in the toilet bowl for ease of use.

As for your situation ... I don't see why windshield water antifreeze wouldn't work. At least during these temperatures in the late winter/early spring. Now that I am thinking about it ... I have had windshield washer fluid in temperatures well below 0º F and have never had any concern of freezing.

Nice to see you ... haven't seem much from you lately.

Karsty
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Re: Port a Potty in cold weather
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2013, 05:04:55 AM »
Seals may not be happy with washer fluid.

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Len and Jo

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Re: Port a Potty in cold weather
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2013, 06:09:56 AM »
I saw the issues as:

1.  compatibility: Porta Potty plastices vs windshield washer fluid chemicals - no info on internet ....
2. environmental:   dumping windshield washer liquid into a sewer system

What I didn't think about was:
3. safety: vapors, flammability

Reading the label...daaaa......:  Danger poison contains methano, fatal or causes blindness if swallowed [not going to drink it out of the toilet bowl],  vapors harmful [maybe, most part Porta potty is sealed but who knows], flammable [didn't think of that...how flammable ... have to wait for summer testing in driveway...pictures of someone setting on john and throwing cigarette but in toilet...that would stop you from smoking !].

Oh well little or no info obtained when Googled.   Early spring trips will continue to use the RV pink stuff...... safe to drink out of the bowl ;-)
Len & Jo
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Karsty

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Re: Port a Potty in cold weather
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2013, 08:56:10 AM »
Seals may not be happy with washer fluid.

Bill

The washer fluid is stored in a plastic bottle. The vehicle reservoir is probably plastic. The wiper blades are rubber of some kind and there are rubber seals/gaskets around the windshield.  So I don't really see that as a problem for the rubber seals in the port-potti.

Now ... as for some of the other issues that Len mentioned that could be problematic.

Mind you the cigarette package did say the smoking can kill you ... although I don't suppose sitting on a port-potti full of windshield antifreeze was considered when the warnings were printed. :)
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Len and Jo

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Re: Port a Potty in cold weather
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2013, 11:38:44 AM »
Here is what I was looking for:

http://msdssearch.dow.com/PublishedLiteratureDOWCOM/dh_0073/0901b80380073445.pdf?filepath=heattrans/pdfs/noreg/180-01530.pdf&fromPage=GetDoc

Used the RV antifreeze on our trip with 50% water for the toilet.  Got down to about 24f in the van overnight (we were in a hotel).  So in the spring of the year when "lighter" temperatures are expected a cost saving mix of RV antifreeze and water can be used in porta potti.   One part RV antifreeze to 3 parts water for early spring temps in the 15F and above temps for the Porta potti.
Len & Jo
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