New dinkum camping dunny Porta Potti Excellence married to classy looks, function and original design
Innovative Thetford Porta
The Porta Potti Excellence is a dinkum dunny with striking design and clever, useful innovative features. Thetford gave the outdoors the Porta Potti about 40 years ago and now it takes the design to new levels.
The Thetford Porta Potti Excellence supersedes the Porta Potti 465. Created by Thetford as a specific luxurious camping toilet the new Porta Potti Excellence range fits Caravans, campervans, boats, building sites and the home. Thetford, invented the world’s first camping toilet and continues to make a good idea better.
The Excellence differs from any other portable toilet not only in its unique design ; it also distinguishes itself with its homelike toilet shape and superior seating height. In combination with a bigger bowl size this allows the elderly and the disabled to use the toilet more comfortably.
In addition there is a well designed control panel with a pump, water fill unit and water level indicator, integrated in the toilet. Also integrated in the Excellence is a toilet roll holder, so toilet paper is always within arms reach of the user. A level indicator for both the waste holding tank and flush water tank is standard.
Thetford Porta Potti Excellence electric pump
The Excellence with manual piston pump comes in White, Ivory and Ruby red, or top of the range, the unit GoSee is evaluating, the Porta Potti Excellence Granite model Part number: HR-T92320 with an electric pump at RRP $319 including GST with a three year warranty.
Thetford says the main design features of the Excellence are:
Modern design, more homelike toilet shape. Comfortable seating height (440 mm).
Bigger bowl size, mainly in depth and width. User friendly valve handle at the side.
Integrated toilet paper holder. Flush-water level indicator. Waste tank capacity: 21L.
Flush water tank capacity: 15L. Toilet weight: manual version: 5.5 Kg and electric version: 5.8 Kg.
Cover controls (for piston pump, water fill cap, water level indication). Water fill adaptor. Improved carry handle of the water tank. Free 150 ml Aqua Kem Green + 150 ml Aqua Rinse included. Dimensions: 448 x 388 x 450 mm (H x W x D).
As always before using the Excellence it is essential read the manual or some bad things are likely to happen. First get the toilet additives right. They should be included in both the Flush Water Tank and the Waste Holding Tank. Check the correct dose on the additive package. With the Porta Potti Excellence Granite that means 75ml of Aqua Kem Green for every 10 litres of waste holding tank capacity.
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That is easy to get right by using the marked pouring spout measuring cap cup. Getting it wrong will not win popularity. Three litres of water should be added to the Waste Holding Tank as part of the preparation.
The Aqua Kem Blue additive is the same dose. Unlike Aqua Kem Green the Aqua Kem Blue is a non-biological action additive.
The 15 litre Flush Water Tank should be filled to the top after a 100 ml dose of Aqua Rinse has been added first.
Never add chemical additives via the Porta Potti blade as this can damage the lip-seal. Despite long-standing folklore do not spray vegetable oil or use oil based products onto the blade and seal for the same reason. Only fill the Waste Holding Tank via the pour out spout.
The Excellence Granite GoSee is evaluating has an electric pump which requires the six batteries supplied be fitted. The easiest way to get the batteries in place is to fit the centre battery in the two banks of three last.
Always check that the blade is completely closed after use. It is rare, but if the blade will not open pressure may have built up in the Waste Holding Tank.
Unscrew the cap of the pour out spout and pull the blade opening handle sideways.
Thetford's Aqua Soft toilet paper dissolves quickly, prevents clogging and makes it easier to empty the Waste Holding Tank. The Excellence design has a built-in roll holder to ensure toilet paper is always to hand.
The Waste Holding Tank should be emptied when the level indicator turns red. It is better to do this early rather than late. The Waste tank disconnects from the Flush Tank and the Waste Holding Tank can be taken to a Black Water Dump Point.
Waste holding tank (L) Flush water tank (R)
To empty the tank without splashing the white vent button beside the front carry handle must be held down with the thumb.
Aqua Kem Green and Aqua Kem Rinse are Green products (test ISO 11734) which are safe to empty into a septic tank or small biological system typical of caravan parks and camping sites. If the Flush Water Tank is to be emptied because the Porta Potti Excellence will not be used for a long period use an authorised dump point.
For the Porta Potti Excellence Thetford offers an accessory to attach the toilet to the floor of boats, caravans and campervans. One simple action releases the toilet. Thanks to this kit the portable toilet offers a comfortable and relatively cheap alternative to installing a waste-water tank.
Thetford, has been awarded the stringent German Environmental Certificate Blue Angel for its Aqua Kem Green and Aqua Rinse products by the German Federal Environmental Agency.
Blue Angel certification means that effluent water (cleaned water from sewage treatment plants) can safely flow into receiving surface water which can then be used for the preparation of drinking water.
The award recognises environmental consciousness in toilet additives and a committment to avoid adverse effects on sewage treatment plants. None of Thetford's toilet additives Green Blue or Pink Rinse include formaldahyde.
Thetfords toilet additive Aqua Kem Green particularly impresses with its European award winning performance. The biological action of Aqua Kem Green means that micro-organisms biologically break down the toilet waste in the tank. It is particularly suitable when emptying the waste tank into septic on camp sites.
GoSee is convinced of the Porta Potti design quality. GoSee owned and used a Porta Potti which did reliable duty on the GoSee yacht Silver Gull for 27 years until the sloop was sold. GoSee knows that the Thetford eco-conscious toilet additives will out-perform their specifications.
We pushed Thetfords three (Green) to five day (Blue) recommendations out to 10 days with no particularly bad results but emptying the waste holding tank early is better planning.
Thetford Aqua Chem Blue Green with Aqua top tank rinse
The actual use level (carry weight) and ambient temperatures must be considered. Commonsense is the best guide overall.
Thetford says that Aqua Kem Green acts for a maximum of three to four days with average use. Aqua Chem Blue lasts four to five days with average use, Thetford said. Waste containing Aqua Chem Blue, Aqua Chem Green and Aqua Rinse can be safely discard in septic tanks.
Additional tests (ISO 11734) and (OECD 301 C) prove all three products are readily biodegradable under septic tank conditions. Aqua Kem Blue is a non-biological action additive.
For more information
contact: Garth Morrison
Editor Go See Australia and Go See New Zealand Directory
Thetford Porta Potti Excellence (centre) Flush water tank level indicator
Lip seal on waste holding tank blade
Pour out spout (R) Spout Cap and Measuring cup
Toilet roll holder in waste holding tank
Water filler adaptor for flush tank (R)
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