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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! Most RV owners do! However, there are some maintenance factors that go along with this.
  • You should be using ample amounts of water, filling the toilet bowl before you use it, flushing for ten seconds, and keeping some water in the toilet bowl when not in use.
  • Pooping in an RV toilet presents the risk of clogs and backups; however, if you follow the right preventative measures (like keeping your black tank valve closed!), it's very unlikely that you will have issues. If you do run into problems, you can easily unclog your tank.
  • Never allow anything into your tank besides human waste and RV toilet paper. Failing to do so can lead to clogs and backups.
  • You should use a bacterial treatment product to break down the waste and prevent odors in your bathroom. Our bacteria-based holding tank treatments contain an exclusive, eight-strain blend of highly efficient bacteria that will replace smelly anaerobic bacteria with odor-free aerobic bacteria.
  • The information in this article is based off of The Unique Method, a proven RV maintenance routine that has helped thousands of RV customers!

Pooping In Your RV Toilet

Have you always wondered if you can poop in an RV toilet? Despite the fact that it’s a profound question to ponder in the dead of night, it’s also very helpful to answer for your RV’s sake! In this article, we’ll dive into all the ins and outs of this provocative question!

All jokes aside, the answer is: Yes! You can poop in an RV toilet!

Enough said, right? Not exactly. Especially if you're a newcomer to RVing world, there are a few things you should keep in mind when using your RV’s toilet, particularly when solid waste is involved.

Before we begin, The Unique Method is the basis of much of the information in this article and following its easy step-by-step guidelines will help you ensure that pooping in your RV toilet never leads to any problems, so be sure that you read it as well. Regardless of your experience level, The Unique Method will have something to offer you! More than just helping you navigate #2s 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 is simply unnecessary. 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 you've been sold a bill of... well, doodoo.

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. Everyday.). You should do it, too!

After you’ve made the life-altering decision to poop in your RV toilet, it's important to use the proper amount of water. There are three main points here in terms of water usage:

  1. When you use your camper toilet, you should fill your toilet bowl with water before you use it. Doing so helps waste to smoothly flow down your line when you flush the toilet, and failing to do so can lead to clogs!
  2. When you flush your toilet, use plenty of water. This is above and beyond the water you used in the last step to fill your toilet bowl. 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 (explained more below!).
  3. Finally, always keep a few inches of water in your toilet bowl. This will also help to suppress any holding tank odors that might seep up into your RV.

These guidelines come directly from The Unique Method, so be sure to check it out by touching or clicking here!

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

  1. Read, understand, and use The Unique Method.
  2. Keep your black tank valve closed except when dumping your tanks.
  3. Keep several inches of water in your toilet bowl.
  4. Fill your toilet bowl with water before you go #2.
  5. Hold down your toilet flush-peddle for a minimum of 10 seconds each time you flush. More water = less problems.
  6. Flush only human waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Nothing else.
  7. Do not use too much toilet paper.
  8. Treat your holding tank with a high-quality bacteria-based holding tank treatment, following The Unique Method.

Preventing Clogs and Backups

When you start pooping in your camping toilet, there is always the possibility for clogs and backups. In particular, pyramid clogs (literally a pyramid of poop and RV toilet paper in your black tank!) can become an issue. But don’t worry, there are easy ways to prevent and/or fix this situation!

In order to prevent pyramid plugs, you should always keep your black tank valve closed. Unless you’re dumping your tank, you should never leave your black tank valve open. If you do, all the liquid in your tank will drain out, leaving the solid waste behind. With no liquid to help bacteria digest waste, the solid waste will build up until it is a pyramid of poop reaching all the way up to your toilet!

Okay, let’s say that you already have a pyramid clog in your black tank; how do you remove it? Again, we have an easy solution for you!

Unique Tank Cleaner will unclog your holding tank overnight! Simply follow these steps to unclog a plugged holding tank.

Again, The Unique Method dives into this topic in-depth, helping you prevent common problems waste water problems, so be sure to reference it as well.

In order to prevent clogs and backups, it is also crucial you allow only human waste and RV toilet paper into your black tank. You should avoid putting anything else into your tank (e.g., trash, disposable wipes, etc.), since these items will not break down and almost certainly lead to clogs and backups!

Properly Treating Your Holding Tank and Eliminating Odors

We mentioned before that you should use plenty of water in order to hydrate the bacteria in your tank and prevent odors, but we haven’t yet talked about the bacteria itself!

Your stomach contains a lot of bacteria, and when you use your RV’s toilet, these bacteria inevitably make their way into your holding tank. However, the bacteria in your stomach are anaerobic bacteria, which emit smelly hydrogen sulfide gas when they break down waste.

So, you need bacteria in your tank, but can you have the bacteria without the odors? The answer is yes! What you need to do is get rid of anaerobic bacteria and replace them with aerobic bacteria, which don’t emit smelly gases!

The best way to replace anaerobic bacteria with aerobic bacteria is to use a bacterial holding tank treatment like RV Digest-It, which uses an eight-strain blend of only the best aerobic bacteria. Using RV Digest-It will ensure that the waste inside your tank gets effectively broken down and completely eliminate odors. It’s really the best of both worlds!

For more information about eliminating tank odors, check out our article, Eliminating Holding Tank Odors in your RV.


So there you have it. You can in fact poop in an RV toilet, and by following the right guidelines you'll ensure that your RV keeps functioning properly! We hope this article has been helpful to you! If you have any further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to our customer support team. We’re always available and more than happy to help you!

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