Making boom-boom the European way, mit die Defäkation Karton!
We recently sold our original-equipment portable chemical toilet with wooden cabinet. Though the previous owners seldom used it, and we never did, I thought I’d share these photos and a bit of history for the sake of posterity.
Apparently available only to those customers who picked up their new Vanagon Campers in Germany as part of VW’s tourist delivery program, the cabinet boasts classic Westfalia design.
This authentic vintage piece features a sturdy plywood cabinet with the familiar Westfalia laminate finish, and a padded seat top upholstered to match the interior of the early Vanagon Westies.
The enclosed Porta-Potti is a compact two-chamber toilet: open the lid and do yer bidness, pull the front handle to open the bowl valve, and give the unit a couple of flush pumps to rinse the bowl clean; then close the valve. Waste is collected in the sealed lower chamber, preventing odors. When full, simply empty into any campground toilet or sanitary station, rinse, and continue using! Refresh with common RV toilet chemicals available at any RV supplier.
Here’s more info on operating one of Thetford’s similar models: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyhqPO3TfYA
When you don’t need a toilet for your trip, the entire combo can be easily removed for storage, or simply remove the toilet and just use the cabinet as a basic storage compartment with convenient padded seat top!
POSSIBLE REPRODUCTIONS AVAILABLE
Due to the surprising amount of interest in this vintage item, even after it was sold, I may consider offering exact reproductions of the toilet cabinet.
These reproduction cabinets would be the same dimensions as the original (or potentially custom sizes to match your own Porta-Potti), would utilize all the same materials (laminated plywood, trim, hardware, etc.), and could be upholstered in your choice of new period-correct reproduction fabric or your own supplied fabric. Estimated cost would be $399.
If interested, please contact me with any inquiries or questions!