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Can You Poop In An RV Toilet?

November 26, 2019

Can You Poop In An RV Toilet Unique Camping + Marine Guides

Key Points:

  • Yes! You can in fact poop in an RV toilet! 
  • There are some simple maintenance factors that go along pooping in an RV Toilet to prevent backups and clogs

Pooping In Your RV Toilet

Though it may seem trivial, the question about pooping in an RV toilet is actually one that has many RVers (especially those new to RVing) confused and divided. Thankfully, there are definitive answers to this question and in this guide we will tackle all of your questions surrounding the ability to poop in an RV toilet. 

Can I Poop In My RV Toilet?

The simple answer is: Yes! You can poop in an RV toilet!

Enough said, right? Not exactly. Believe it or not there are a few things you need to know about pooping in an RV toilet, especially if you're a newcomer to RVing world.

But before we begin exploring the topic of poop and RV toilets, it is good to remember that we are drawing upon a lot of the tips and techniques used in The Unique Method. More than just helping you navigate going “Number 2” in your camper, The Unique Method provides a comprehensive guide to RV wastewater management.

To Poop Or Not To Poop

RVs are designed to help you camp in comfort, and denying yourself the basic comforts of using your bathroom feels like cruel and unusual punishment. You may have been told that you shouldn't poop in your RV toilet because it will almost certainly lead to problems. Well, we're here to tell you that’s simply not true.

Thousands of people poop in their RV toilets everyday (We don't have stats that prove that number, but just trust us, it happens. A lot.). And you can do it, too! Just keep the following information in mind when you do decide to take that leap yourself.

Water, Water, Water

After you’ve made the decision to finally poop in your RV toilet, it's important to use the proper amount of water. Here are 3 pieces of advice for using water when pooping in your RV toilet:

  1. Fill the bowl with water. When you use your camper toilet, you should fill your toilet bowl with a couple of inches of water before you use it. Doing so helps the waste smoothly flow down your line when you flush the toilet. Failing to do so can lead to clogs.
  2. When you flush your toilet, use plenty of water. You should hold down your flush pedal for a minimum of ten seconds when you flush. In addition to ensuring that the waste flows smoothly down the line, using plenty of water will also hydrate the bacteria in your tank and cover the waste with water, suppressing odors.
  3. Always keep a few inches of water in your toilet bowl. This will help create an additional “odor barrier” that suppresses any holding tank odors that might seep up into your RV.

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Step-By-Step Guide To Avoid Problems When Pooping In Your RV Toilet

Using plenty of water is only the first step when it comes to pooping in an RV toilet. You also want to take these necessary steps to prevent any backups or clogs that can occur when pooping in an RV toilet: 

  1. Read, understand, and use The Unique Method. As we said earlier, The Unique Method is a whole-tank treatment approach that will stop holding tank issues before they start. 
  2. Keep your black tank valve closed except when dumping your tanks. Keeping your black tank closed traps the liquids inside your holding tank, preventing any waste from solidifying or building up into a pyramid plug
  3. Flush only human waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Your black water holding tank is designed to only hold human waste and toilet paper. Flushing anything else will quickly lead to costly and/or annoying problems.  
  4. Do not use too much toilet paper. Using too much toilet paper can cause backups and clogs, so be sure to use only the amount you need. 
  5. Treat your holding tank with a high-quality bacteria-based holding tank treatment. Using a high-quality bacteria-based holding treatment will ensure that your tanks flow freely and effortlessly, allowing you to spend more time enjoying your trip and less time worrying about holding tank backups and clogs


There you have it! You can in fact poop in an RV toilet, and by following the guidelines outlined in this guide you'll ensure that your RV continues to function properly ! We hope this article has been helpful. If you have any further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We’re always available and more than happy to help. Happy camping!

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