New here. Wife and I are new grandparents. Looking to buy a Sportsmobile for stealth camping
when visiting grandchild in Redwood City, Ca. Any thoughts on the viability of this plan?
Are you basically happy with the quality of the Sprinter Sportsmobiles? How easy are the porta-pottis to deal with?
Porta Pottis (Thetford Electric) are heavy and messy. Dragging it down to the basement and dumping solids mixed with sani blue is hardly fun, and that's before it splashes everywhere while you're trying to dump it. I have plans to add a dump station to my home septic because I can't stand dumping it inside. Luckily mine is broken so I don't have to deal with it currently!
I'm sure for liquids only it's just fine, or if you take it to an RV dump station maybe, but overall I wish whenever I have to dump it that I'd gone with a built in black water system. Never had one, so honestly I can't say it's better, but from the grass is greener perspective it sure looks good.
The Thetford is better than bagging in a bucket style porta-potti for many reasons, and anything is better than nothing.
I replaced my driver seat with it so I only need to stop for fuel.
Seriously, it is much easier to dump/clean than I would have imagined. I did not use mine for nearly 2 years until another member convinced me how easy and practical it is.
As to your other question, I would look at other Sprinters (not just Sportsmobile) to compare. I have seen some really nice ones that are more "deluxe" inside than a Sportsmobile.
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With the spout, effluent goes where intended and no mess!
I carry a gallon of water in the SMB. I've used it to cool the radiator when I was overheating, but mostly I use it to fill the rinse reservoir on the PP. Then I refill it where ever.
Porta-Pottie - don't leave home without it.
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I love my porta pottie. No black H2O to worry about. I have the smallest Thetford Marine 135, good for 27 flushes, holds 2.6 gal waste and has a easy empty spout. I do not fill the fresh H2O flush-just use a squirt bottle-so it is lighter and lasts longer. $81 plus shipping of $6.
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