Excelvan 5 Gallon Flush Travel Camping Portable Toilet

Editor rating

3.5/5 on May 14, 2018

User's rating

39 reviews

PROS

  • Includes a user manual where many toilets these days do not.
  • Compact, easy to assemble and use.
  • Known to be a great portable toilet for use in apartments and for the elderly.
  • Extremely strong.

CONS

  • At 13.4 pounds it is a heavier unit than portable toilets with similar dimensions.
  • Some people may not like the obvious location of the flushing spout just under the toilet seat.
  • Lack of waste tank indicators is inconvenient.
  • The waste tank does not have a rotating spout.

VERDICT

A budget-worthy portable toilet with all the basic features you would want.  Easy to use, easy to clean, easy to carry and with good tank capacity.  Proven use in both indoor and outdoor environments makes this a very useful piece of equipment to own.  Good value for the asking price.

Excelvan 5 Gallon Portable Toilet Review

Top 5 features

  • Made from very strong materials to carry adults up to 130kg/287 pounds
  • Excellent capacity in waste tank of 5.3 gallons (on average 2-3 days before emptying)
  • 50 flushes on average can be made from the 2-gallon freshwater tank.
  • Compact making use, travel and storage easy.
  • Manual bellows flush system.

Other helpful features

  • Only available in light gray.
  • Its minimalistic design makes it easy to keep clean.
  • The waste tank is separated from the bowl by a sliding valve, preventing splashback and spills.  The valve is also double-layered further reducing any spillage.
  • Includes a user manual
  • The unit has a strong carry handle for use when emptying, refilling and storing away.
  • The portability of this toilet makes it useful for outdoor events and parties, camping, toilet training, for use by the elderly as well as camping and road tripping.

For those who love the detail

Dimensions as per manufacturer’s specifications:  14.56″ length/depth  x 13.97″ width x 16.53″ height

Tank capacity: Waste tank – 5.3 gallons and fresh water tank 2 gallons.  This is approximately 50 full flushes.

  • The Excelvan 5 gallon portable toilet is a budget option without missing out on many of the great features you would expect in a portable camping toilet.
  • At 16.53″ high, it is a good height for adults, without being too high for children.
  • The width of the toilet seat opening is 9.05″.
  • It’s not a glamorous looking unit, but it’s built for functionality and effectiveness.
  • It is still a compact-looking unit.
  • The bowl is of a good size although men sometimes note it is not deep enough at the front.
  • The unit is made from heavy grade polypropylene, ABS plastics and steel meaning that whilst compact, it is slightly heavier than other portable toilets.
  • Easy to assemble, no tools needed.
  • When flushed, the freshwater comes from a spout just under the toilet seat.  It is quite obvious.
  • Unlike other portable toilets, there are no waste tank level indicators on this unit.
  • A pull out lever operates the sliding valve that covers the hole at the bottom of the bowl.  When the toilet is not in use, and when being emptied, the valve should be closed. Before using the toilet, the valve is opened.
  • The toilet seat is not locked down.
  • With a rounded design and lack of sharp corners, the toilet is easy to clean and keep clean.
  • Both the top and bottom parts of the toilet may be separated.  The upper unit contains the freshwater whilst the bottom holds the waste.
  • The upper and lower units can be simply separated by the side latches, meaning it is easy to transport either tank to dumping or refilling areas.

Tips

  • Help to keep the toilet clean by putting some water or a small bit of toilet paper in the bottom before using it for solid waste.
  • Keep the lid of the toilet closed until you have moved the lever to open the access to the waste tank before use.
  • Keep some wet wipes close by to encourage others to clean the toilet after use if necessary.  Don’t flush these down the toilet.
  • Using the appropriate cleaning chemicals not only helps to keep the camping toilet clean but also assists with keeping the parts lubricated correctly.
  • It’s a good idea when handling portable toilet waste tanks to have some disposable gloves with you.

Cleaning and care

Cleaning the water tank will require a hose be placed into the opening to get a good clean.  As the waste tank does not have an additional rotating spout, you will need to take care not to splash yourself when cleaning.

As the warranty does not cover damage you might do to the portable toilet, it is recommended to use recommended portable toilet cleaning products.  Never use rough cleaners, pastes, scourers or acids on any of the toilet or toilet parts, especially the valves and seals.  Using the recommended products also helps to keep all parts properly maintained.

Comparison

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MSRP$168.25$78.58$86.45
Lowest Price$160.63Amazon See it$58.00Amazon See it$86.55Amazon See it
BrandsThetfordCamcoDometic
TypesBattery operatedManualButton Flush
Model9236041541301097202
Weight10 pounds10.8 pounds12 pounds
Product Dimensions18 x 18 x 16 inches14 x 16 x 15.5 inches13.5 x 15.5 x 12.5 inches
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