Palm Springs Outdoor 5 Gallon Portable Toilet

Editor rating

3/5 on May 14, 2018

User's rating

314 reviews

PROS

  • Large tanks mean this is a perfect unit for longer trips.
  • Easy to use, easy to transport.
  • Good height.

CONS

  • No rotating spout to empty waste.
  • No waste tank level indicators.

VERDICT

Our personal view is that non-white toilets never look quite as good as white ones, however if it is more likely to be in rough conditions, the darker colour will probably be best.  A solid, easy to use toilet with no airs and graces, just basic functions that do the job.

Palm Springs Outdoor 5 Gallon Portable Toilet Review

Top 5 features

  • Made of matte polyethylene making it an extremely sturdy and robust portable toilet.
  • Excellent capacity in waste tank of 5 gallons (on average 2-3 days before emptying)
  • A large 3-gallon freshwater tank.
  • Manual bellows flush system.

Other helpful features

  • No nasty corners or areas that can’t be kept clean.
  • The waste tank is separated from the bowl by a  double sealed sliding valve, preventing splashback and spills.  
  • Easy to use, molded handles on both top and bottom tanks.
  • Easy to fill water tank.  The openings on the waste tank are also large and have a strong cap.

For those who love the detail

Dimensions as per manufacturer’s specifications:  12″ length/depth  x 13.5″ width x  16.5 height

Tank capacity: Waste tank is 5 gallons and fresh water tank 3 gallons.

  • A solid portable toilet at a good price with all the key features of a portable toilet suitable for camping, motorhomes, RVs, and general use.
  • Good height at 16.5″ high.
  • The colour makes it look a bit more industrial but obviously, that doesn’t impact its functionality.
  • Matte finish covers any scratches to a large degree.
  • Single flush that swirls around the bowl in one direction.
  • Full-size toilet seat.
  • Reasonably light at 12.6 pounds when empty.
  • Compact and easy to clean.
  • There is no rotating spout on the waste tank.
  • There are no waste tank level indicators.  A visual inspection is required by looking into the bowl with the valve open to check the levels.  Alternatively, you can pick up the unit, or separate and pick up the waste tank to check the weight.  Regular use will give you an understanding of when to empty.
  • 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 cannot be locked down.
  • 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.

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