Camper van toilets are another one of those heavily debated topics in the vanlife community. Many people don’t see the need while others simply can’t live without a dedicated space to unload some timber.
This guide is designed for those who have decided a toilet is a necessary part of their van build. In it we’ll lay out the different types of camper van toilets available and cover other things that need to be considered when adding a toilet.
Where do you go to the bathroom in a camper van?
This is near the top of the list when it comes to questions about camper vans. The easiest answer is, outside. After all, vans are meant for the outdoors and most of the time that’s where they are.
However, situations also occur where outside isn’t an option. A bottle isn’t glamorous but gets the job done for number 1. What happens when a surprise number 2 comes knocking?
Can you have a toilet in a camper van?
Absolutely! Technically you can put a toilet in a car or your living room. A better question is “Do I want a toilet in my camper van?” Start by thinking about how the van will be used.
Here are a few questions that can help make this decision:
- Will the van be lived in or just used for trips?
- Will the van be used in the winter?
If the van will be lived in, used for winter camping or often parked in places where going outside is not an option, then a toilet is probably a good idea.
Do camper van toilets smell?
Quick answer, it depends. Most camper van toilets shouldn’t smell when maintained properly. You may get a whiff of deodorizer every once in a while. After all, vans are a very small space and there’s only so much air in them.
Where do you put a toilet in a camper van?
Determining where a toilet will live in your van build is highly dependent on the space available, planned layout and requirements of the toilet selected. Some toilets need vents or access from the outside and this will dictate locations available.
- Dedicated bathroom - The ideal setup is having the toilet located in a closed space that offers privacy to do the deed. Building a dedicated bathroom has a huge impact on overall layout and only makes sense in the largest vans.
- Toilet box/drawer - This is the most common solution and allows the toilet to be hidden out of the way while still being accessible. It’s always nice not to just have a toilet out all the time in living space.
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