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A porta-potty, johnny-on-the-spot, Crap-house, or other terms generally means the same thing; a mobile container with a black water storage tank. These toilets come in all forms from single-use, family-sized, handicap accessible, and luxury event. Some even have sinks and flushable toilets!
Portable toilets started off as a generic out house. A heavy wooden box with a 55 gallon drum as a tank, this eventually turned to slightly lighter plywood boxes with removeable drums. Eventually wood lead to fiberglass, then multi-use plastic models. Now-a-days these portable toilets come in all shapes, materials, and sizes, including wooden, plastic, and even metal.
Portable potties can generally go anywhere. As long as there is a flat space larger than the base of the toilet (generally 4'x4' for a standard unit). We've seen toilets on boats, behind cabins, on street corners, and in deserts. So what's the catch? I've heard they have to be close to the road? While a portable toilet can offer the comforts-of-home nearly anywhere, there is an important concept to keep in mind. They need something to make them portable. This is generally a "Pumper truck"
A pumper truck comes in all shapes and sizes. Some have 2-wheel drive and others 4, but they all have one thing in common. They are HEAVY. Most pumper trucks will have fresh and waste water tanks, and with (waste)water weighing in at 8 lbs per gallon these get heavy fast. Because of this we highly suggest requesting a toilet location within 10' of a drive-able surface. Past this distance may result in damage to the location and may incur extra removal fees.
Construction: 1 toilet per 10 people a week working one shift. If there are two shifts of 10 people each working a week-long project they will need at least 2 toilets.
This is a loaded question. Every event, or need, is different. Events: Not every guest will use the restroom, and some will use it multiple times. While it is hard to find the "perfect" amount of potties, we use a restroom calculator to help. Often, 1 toilet per 75 guests is enough. Planners should also keep in mind that if guests will use the facilities at roughly the same time, more units may be needed to prevent overuse and long wait times.
Toilet tanks have a capacity of 40 to 50 gallons and are only filled with 5-10 gallons of fresh blue water, but this does not mean 40 more gallons of waste should be added. Once the waste starts rising above water level, the toilet has reached its recommended capacity and a cleaning service should be requested. Trash, wipes, and improperly used toilet paper can all cause this to happen quicker.
4 things go in the toilet tank.
There are few, if any exceptions. The following things cannot be pumped by a pumper truck and will cause delay or damage to our equipment:
Wipes are soft, sturdy, so they do not break apart. They are every pumper's nightmare.
Because they are soft, they bunch up and create clogs in hoses that cannot be "sucked out". They must be removed by hand. Because they are study, they will not dissolve into a pumpable or dump-able substance. Instead, these wipes build up over time in our tanks or in septic tanks and cause massive failure.
BUT! They're called flushable!
Flushable does not mean they can be pumped. It's advertising, not reality.
Restroom trailers are enclosed box trailers with full plumbing. Some trailers even have upgrades such as music, on board power, water, and fully private stalls. Pictures can be viewed on the Luxury Restroom Trailer page.
These are the premier restroom experience for any party or event.
The enclosed section of the trailer is 14'x10'. A full 20'x10' is required to fit the trailer with hitch included. The delivery truck is a heavy-duty vehicle, please keep this in mind when deciding where to place your rental.
3 x 120V / 20A Outlets (Standard Home Outlet) are required to operate at peak performance. Only 1 required.
1 x 120V / 20A Outlet for Lights, Music, AC (Required)
1 x 120V / 20A Outlet for Heat in All Stalls (Optional)
1 x 120V / 30A Outlet for Winter Package (Optional unless Freezing Conditions)
Delivery & Setup
The trailer will be placed by a heavy-duty truck. Full clearance of 12’ height and 10’ width required for driving surface. Trailer will require a parking space of 10’ width by 20’ length.