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Thou Shalt Not Poop In The Camper - Wait..What?

by Shannon Gillette on February 25, 2022

I have to admit to being shocked to find out that this is a thing... that some people really don't poop in their camper.  For me, having a toilet for personal use was the number one reason for purchasing a camper.  We always tent camped before getting the camper, and my least favorite part of camping was having to trek to the facilities in the middle of the night.  Plus, call me old fashioned if you want, but there is just something very private about taking a poop.  This privacy can't be achieved when using a public bathroom.

But I decided to do the research and see what the fuss was about.  This is what I found.

From the "Thou Shall Not" side of the argument are things like added expenses, maintenance and work.  The expense of the hoses and connectors,  The maintenance includes putting in the additives that desolve solid waste. The work of actually emptying the tank.

From the "Pro Poop" side of the argument are things like convienence and privacy.  The convienence of not having to get dressed including shoes to walk to the bathroom.  The privacy of not having to share the facilities with strangers.

Whichever side of the debate you align with, I would love to hear your opinions.  Not trying to stir up sh*t, just curious :)

There is another related debate that boggles my mind even more...and that is to flush the used toilet paper or throw it in the trash...eeeww. But that is a whole different discussion.

Photo Credit: thedyrt.com article by Lauren Fitzpatrick

1 comment
by Charlie on April 21, 2024

I was brought up in a traveling family, we never had a toilet inside the living wagon, and we never cooked inside either. We had two tents, one was a cooking tent, the second smaller one was for washing and had a toilet. My pappy would turn in his grave if he ever thought to take a dump in his living room or bedroom. I also watched him smash one of mothers best china plates one day because my sister let the dog lick it, he said that filthy animal licks it’s …. Well you can work that one out for yourself.
One final thing, and it’s just an observation. I thought camping for most folks was about taking to the great outdoors,so why is it when they pull up, the first thing to go up is that dam satellite dish… CRAZY humans.