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    Quote Originally Posted by Gardnr View Post
    Honestly, I don't think I would let anyone use a winterized home. There is so much risk for you.
    This!

    I know 2 families who let grown kids use their winterized vacation homes. Both ended up with huge, very costly repairs.
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    I used to see the Sun-Mar composting toilets advertised in Mother Earth News all the time; Cabela's sells them, and there is a really positive review there where you can read the details of installation and how well it worked and how it composts wastes:

    https://www.cabelas.com/product/Sun-...tabsCollection

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gardnr View Post
    If you are winterizing in that cold environment, water you leave behind is going to freeze. Honestly, I don't think I would let anyone use a winterized home. There is so much risk for you.

    If you're going to let them use it, make them responsible for their water and their waste. Don't let a 1 weekend visit become such a major issue or expense for you.
    Yes, I am definitely making them use their own water and take care of their own "business" without using our plumbing. That's not the issue. The issue is which way to go.

    lmerullo, the compost toilet sounds great. Seems that it's expensive, though. At the same time, I'm planning on installing an enclosed outdoor shower next year--I could consider putting a compost toilet in that enclosure. Might be an interesting and cheap way to add a bathroom.

    razz--interesting that you say that. We have a space of about 3 ft wide between two sheds--there is already a wood floor. I did think about simply installing a door between the two sheds and putting the compost/rv toilet there. We could also easily connect the two shed roofs to make a fully enclosed space.

    Tradd, since there is a portapotty 1.6 miles away at the local gas station/market, I''m thinking that's the best way to go--literally.
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    I dont see how a composting toilet could work in freezing weather. I know nothing about those things, but principles of composting, ( I assume it freezes solid in this harsh winter climate) preclude it being successful.

    As far as allowing kids to use the winterized cabin, all it takes is one little hand from a curious grandchild to flush a toilet, and winterizing is undone.

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    I read up on the Incinerator composting toilet amd see that it operates with electricity, cooking the contents. “Composting” is a reach in terminology, but I suppose it is compsting in process, just not naturally.
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    My brother (across the lake from you in Milton) has an incinolet at the camp. Only downside is that it takes like 90 minutes of operation per cycle. When you have a bunch of coffee or beer drinkers using it, the thing is always on.

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    Without investing in buying a port-o-potty you could rent one just for that weekend. My friend who has an RV, had a family reunion in August and with so many people there she opted to rent a port-o-potty just for the time needed. They bring, set it up and pick it up when you are finished. An option for you maybe.
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    [QUOTE=catherine;312970]Yes, I am definitely making them use their own water and take care of their own "business" without using our plumbing. That's not the issue. The issue is which way to go./QUOTE]

    Ah but you're not. You intend to provide what they need. I still think it's a huge risk to let someone use a winterized home. And the cost and disaster will all be yours.

    Better you than me. We do not "loan" our cabin out. We do not want to deal with damages caused by others that we then are pissed off about. Relationships are more important to us than helping someone save a hotel room. They can stay with us when we're present. That's it.

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    G, you don’t have kids. These are her kids. I would buy a small portal potty like we had in the dark ages and have one of the men in charge of dumping it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacher Terry View Post
    G, you don’t have kids. These are her kids. I would buy a small portal potty like we had in the dark ages and have one of the men in charge of dumping it.
    True. I don't have children therefore I don't understand what it is to have a 2nd home to be worried about when empty or in use by others. Our neighbor at the cabin always let his kids use his cabin. He went up the day after they left every time to do repairs because they always wrecked/broke things. He lamented that he ever started letting them use it. He finally gave up and sold it. Enough he said.

    And I will say I get so tired of the bullshit "you don't have kids so you don't get it line". I have heard it incessantly over the decades. The funny thing is, it still raises my hackles and pisses me off. Wonder why I can't get used to being so stupid

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    We have a RV that we let our kids use. We have 5 boys between us. We have never had a problem. Your response is so over the top that maybe you wanted kids and aren’t kid free by choice. Many of us would let our kids use our property. Friends not so much.

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