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Neat eh? And I bet a lot of you think it would be fun to have at an off-grid home.
Got news for you. I don't care how fancy an outhouse is, it is still an outhouse, which means if you have to go in the middle of the night, in a driving rainstorm, it is outside. Which means you either rig something inside, or go out in the rain. Or blizzard, whatever. But, if you just 'have' to have one, found instructions on making one.
How to Build a Modern Outhouse on a Budget: 15 Steps (with Pictures)

Me, I'd buy, or more likely make, a simple composting toilet, and have it inside. Used properly there is no smell. Shower? Either stand in a large pan, wash, pour water over yourself to rinse, or use one of those 5 gallon solar heated showers (easy to make also), or some variation.

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Living off the grid sounds as inviting as having your toes removed, one at a time. My wife likes camping, so do I, but in a nice hotel, please. Done with roughing it, did it as a scout as a kid, now, not my cuppa.
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Living off the grid sounds as inviting as having your toes removed, one at a time. My wife likes camping, so do I, but in a nice hotel, please. Done with roughing it, did it as a scout as a kid, now, not my cuppa.
I've been looking for a suitable vehicle for some time now, one that I can convert to a self-contained camper. Which means, among other things, an indoor toilet, composting toilet actually. I want something I can drive, then go from the driver's seat, to the rear, without exiting the vehicle, and not have to leave the vehicle, for a week at a time if I don't want to, except to get gas if traveling. The amenities of home, on a smaller scale. I plan on a small, permanent, dinette in the rear, with a bed that lowers, or folds, down to rest on the dinette, when sleeping, or traveling, no converting the dinette in to a bed. No climbing up to sleep over the cab either, been there did that, didn't like t. Over the cab will be storage space. That will be my version of roughing it.

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We had a two holler when I was growing up on the farm in Iowa. Didn't have to go during the
night like I do now.
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My idea of roughing it used to be checking into a nice motel and finding out the bar didn’t open for another hour.
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My wife's idea of roughing it is a motel with no indoor pool.

Used to take her on a week end trip once in a while when I was on the road. Took forever cause of all the stops we "had" to make.

But she never complained about her house when we got back.
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Theo, that's not an outhouse... there's no moon cut in the door!
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Theo, that's not an outhouse... there's no moon cut in the door!
No, that's some city boy's idea of an outhouse. A two hole outhouse was all we had, until we moved just before I got into the 7th grade. No moon in the door either. What we did have was, always a draft up your rear in the winter, whether the wind was blowing or not. In the summer it was wasp nests, spiders, an occasional snake, and the smell. Along with the occasional splinter. And stereotypes be damned, yes, there was either a Sears or Monkey Ward catalog, the thick ones, in there, for use not reading. A new hole needed to be dug, and the whole thing moved every 2-3 years or so, and make very sure the old hole is filled in.

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No, that's some city boy's idea of an outhouse. A two hole outhouse was all we had, until we moved just before I got into the 7th grade. No moon in the door either. What we did have was, always a draft up your rear in the winter, whether the wind was blowing or not. In the summer it was wasp nests, spiders, an occasional snake, and the smell. Along with the occasional splinter. And stereotypes be damned, yes, there was either a Sears or Monkey Ward catalog, the thick ones, in there, for use not reading. A new hole needed to be dug, and the whole thing moved every 2-3 years or so, and make very sure the old hole is filled in.

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Remember it well. just like you said. My mom told my Dad in the middle of the 50's, "No TV til you put the Sheeter in the house".
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