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ChrisB22/05/2018 20:38:19
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I'm doing some research into getting a portaloo for our club. Renting one is an expensive game long-term, so I've thought about buying one. The problem is that buying something worth having is proving a challenge.

Does anyone know of anywhere, ideally in the midlands, that sells decent quality used chemical toilets? Are any clubs looking to sell theirs that we could buy?

I'm sure i'll get to the bottom of it in the end!


Tom Sharp 222/05/2018 21:01:44
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Probably cheapest to stay traditional, a bucket, a spade, a couple of canes and a PVC sheet

ChrisB22/05/2018 21:19:48
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Posted by Tom Sharp 2 on 22/05/2018 21:01:44:

Probably cheapest to stay traditional, a bucket, a spade, a couple of canes and a PVC sheet

Sadly...or luckily... we can't use the traditional method due to location.

Former Member22/05/2018 21:36:41
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kevin b22/05/2018 21:47:36
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john stones 122/05/2018 21:51:28
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Looks to be a fair few used ones on Ebay, Chris.

Tom Sharp 223/05/2018 01:24:11
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My experience of clubs it's the devils own job getting members to cut the grass, so who will you persuade to do the honours at toilet time. wink

Tim A23/05/2018 02:09:10
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How about a composting toilet? I'm sure you will find plans on the web. Used in a lot of our National Parks here.


Edited By Kiwikanfli on 23/05/2018 02:09:34

gangster23/05/2018 06:52:56
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I sssume you mean the tardis type that you see on building sites or public events. Not expensive to buy but you may need to factor in the emptying cost and the availability of a contractor to do so. We bought one for another club, not model, it was never popular with a couple of the lady committee members , health hazard, chemicals lose their potency after a week , will be sued for causing plague etc etc. I was at a steam rally later in the way year and the contractor was emptying some. Negotiated a price for emptying it then said to him if you empty it you can have it That got rid of that

Cuban823/05/2018 07:57:54
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How I envy those clubs that have managed to get themselves some decent facilities for the comfort and convenience of their members - not just civilised toilet facilities, but a substantial club house and not just a grubby little shack, full of dead flies (Michael Caine,. Battle of Britain laugh). Hardly very family orientated, but I sometimes get the impression that's what a lot of people prefer. Even with the best will in the world, most of us are limited in what we can do because our landlords don't want their property messed about with or there might be planning or other issues.

On the subject of grass cutting and maintenance, a club's patch is the central hub of operations, without which there would be no flying, so if there is reluctance on the part of members to pitch in and do there fair share, then the only alternative is to pay to get it done and have members finance it through their subs. May well be an issue for small clubs with a couple of dozen members, but larger clubs should have no such problem raising the funds by increasing their subs. An old chestnut and much discussed on this forum, but just how much in £s is your flying and having at least the basic amenities worth to you?


Edited By Cuban8 on 23/05/2018 08:14:30

ChrisB23/05/2018 11:15:13
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Hi folks. We’re looking at buying one as itll be cheaper than renting in the long term. Serving is about £30 and would only be needed half a dozen times a year at most.

Some ebay bargains are a bit too well used and most are a long way from us on the Warwickshire area, so collection would be costly.

Ideally an ex-hire unit would be best. We cant use a composting or camping type due to landlord and locational limitations, so a conventional portaloo is the only option.

I wondered where other clubs have sourced such units from?

Geoff Sleath23/05/2018 11:23:11
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I think the main problem would be vandalism. The admittedly crude toilet we had on our flying field was destroyed for no particular reason.


Peter Miller23/05/2018 11:34:48
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We are lucky. Two members live a mile down the road and if that is too far there is a wood a couple of hundred yards away.

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator23/05/2018 12:02:52
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We have some trees, a stream and bushes behind us and a major hospital brimming with facities in front! Between the two we can usually satisfy most members needs!


The Wright Stuff23/05/2018 13:02:21
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What a polite lot we all are!!!

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator23/05/2018 13:32:40
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I would expect nothing less from the fine band of upstanding gentlemen we have on Modelflying!

Upstanding being the operative word here perhaps?


Peter Miller23/05/2018 13:55:17
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I remember reading once a description of the vintage power model, the Banshee.

It was described as rising screaming from the bog.

Oh well, it depends where you fly from!!!

I feel that I may owe apologies to Ben Buckle

flight123/05/2018 17:25:08
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Anyone thought of a biodigester toilet diy syle and if you harnes the gas you can keep the club hut warm in the winter?

you could claim to be 'eviromental' which is so in favour these days no matter the cost

Nigel R23/05/2018 17:29:29
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Our whole field is one big facility as far as the resident sheep are concerned.

Watch where you tread!

Paul Marsh23/05/2018 18:22:44
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The world is your toilet!

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