Urine diverting toilet for Camper Van Conversion

Hi there – I recently converted a Promaster 2500 utility van to a camper van complete with refrigerator-freezer, stove and oven, sink with foot water pump, solar power, and a toilet. (It’s my new home away from home for retirement travel.) From the beginning I planned to have a urine diverting toilet and decided on your We-Pee.

Here are some photos of my finished product. The toilet doubles as one of 2 seats in the van. The seats are covered with upholstered foam that is lifted off easily to use the toilet. I am so pleased with how it all turned out, and wanted to share some photos with you.

My daughter married a man from Wales and lived for several years in Llanelli and Loughor – learning Welsh and teaching primary school in Swansea before they moved to California. Looking at the map, I’m sure I’ve driven very near or right by your place in the past. I miss your part of the world!

Diolch yn fawr, Anita Horner,

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Compost Toilet Odour Solution

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Another Happy customer using our urine diverter in their compost toilet.

Hi guys

Thanks for the product, it makes a big difference to our customers toilet odour 👍
Cheers
Croft76
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Mosaic Compost Toilet Seat

Thanks for sending us photos of your compost toilets. Here is another example of a custom made composting toilet made in France using our urine separator.

We love seeing how each and every compost toilet is so unique.

Have a look at some of our plans for building your own compost toilets here

 

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Compost Toilet for Motor Home

Hello Suzanne,
here in the appendix you will find the photos of the conversion of my motorhome. The first photo show the self-construction with We Pee Urine Separator.
Thanks again for the nice contact and all the best for the year 2019!

Norbert
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Home for three Urine Separators for a small gathering in Co. Clare Ireland

Hi lads,

This is the new home for three of your inserts for a small gathering in Co. Clare Ireland.

Myth Buster – Never use sawdust in your compost loo. Straw or hay is the absolute best for good aerobic digestion.

Thanks,
Rob Mac

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LA HISTORIA DE NUESTRO SEPARADOR DE ORINA

orina para baños secos¿Te has preguntado cómo llegamos a desarrollar nuestro separador de orina para baños secos? Esta es nuestra historia…

Como todas las buenas historias, esta empieza como una historia de amor. Suzanne y yo nos estábamos preparando para casarnos en nuestra casa, una granja perdida en las lejanas montañas del oeste de Gales. Siempre hay mucho que organizar para una boda, pero nuestra principal preocupación era que habiendo invitado a 100 personas solo teníamos un baño de agua corriente que se alimentaba de un pequeño arroyo cercano. Era pleno verano. Necesitábamos más baños y necesitábamos el agua del arroyo para beber (sí, incluso en Gales, con toda su humedad ¡se puede acabar el agua!). Siendo los dos, personas preocupadas por el medio ambiente y trabajando ambos en Centre for Alternative Technology (el centro de ecología más grande de europa), el baño seco era obviamente la solución que necesitábamos.

orina para baños secos¡Así que nos pusimos manos a la obra a planear tartas de boda, vestidos y baños secos! Tuvimos la ayuda de un amigo que tiene experiencia en construir baños secos a partir de cubos de basura para el Climate Protest Camp en el Reino Unido. Juntos construimos un baño a partir de materiales sobrantes que andaban por ahí (soy carpintero de profesión – echa un vistazo a Free Range Designs – ¡por lo que en general siempre tengo a mano montones de madera y serrín!). Para separar la orina compramos un separador de orina de la marca Separette que funcionaba bien pero tendía a atascarse con facilidad.

El gran día llegó y tuvimos una ceremonia preciosa con toda nuestra familia y amigos, quienes hicieron buen uso del nuevo baño seco. A la vuelta de la luna de miel publicamos las fotos de nuestro baño seco en la web de Free Range Designs ofreciendo baños secos como producto a la venta. Poca idea teníamos por aquel entonces de en qué nos estábamos embarcando. Un par de meses más tarde nos pidieron que construyéramos dos baños secos para una zona de acampada en Hay-on-Wye. Diseñamos un modelo más eficiente que se pudiera desmontar antes de su transporte en varias piezas básicas para después montarse en su destino sin excesivas complicaciones en el transcurso de un día.

Todo iba bien hasta que intentamos encargar los separadores de orina. El distribuidor al que encargamos la primera ve había desaparecido. ¡Buscamos por toda la red pero nada! A solo un par de semanas de tener que mandar los baños a su destino, un amigo ingeniero sugirió que moldeáramos al vacío nuestro propio separador. Empezamos a informarnos acerca del proceso y acabamos montando un sistema básico de formación al vacío en casa para producir nuestros separadores de plástico.

Finalmente pudimos montar los dos baños secos sin problema y con nuestro propio separador de orina. Los clientes quedaron contentos con ambos prototipos, actualmente llamados Gypsy Caravan Compost Toilet y Bog Standard Compost Toilet.

SEPARADOR DE ORINA

Como todas las buenas ideas, pensamos que esta merecía ser compartida, así que empezamos a vender separadores de orina a través de nuestra web. Probablemente sea la razón por la cual estás leyendo esto.

¡Gracias por interesarte en nuestra historia!

Paul y Suzanne

Visita más creaciones nuestras en www.freerangedesigns.co.uk

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The Story of our Urine Separator

 

about our toiletsEver wondered how we came to develop the compost toilet urine separator? Here’s our story …

Like all good stories, this one starts as a love story. Suzanne and I were preparing to get married at our home on an off-grid farm in the remote hills of west Wales. There’s always lots to organise for a wedding, but our main concern was that we were inviting 100 people to celebrate with us and we only had one flush toilet, which was supplied by a very small stream. And it was mid summer. We needed more facilities and we needed to conserve the stream water for drinking (yes, even in notoriously wet Wales, the water can run out!). Being eco-minded and both working for the Centre for Alternative Technology (Europe’s largest eco-centre), compost toilets were the obvious solution.

sawdust toiletSo we set about planning wedding cakes, choosing dresses and designing compost toilets! We had help from a friend of ours who had experience building wheelie bin compost toilets for the Climate Protest Camps in the UK. Together we built a toilet from scrap materials that were lying around (I am a furniture maker by trade – see Free Range Designs – so I’m generally surrounded by a lot of wood and sawdust!). The toilet used a wheelie bin located at the back of the building and we bought in a Separette urine separator, which worked well but tended to get blocked quite easily.

The big day arrived and we had a beautiful marriage ceremony with all our family and friends, who made good use of the new compost toilet. Once back from honeymoon we posted pictures of our compost loo on the Free Range Designs website offering compost toilets as a product for sale. Little did we know what we were embarking on. A couple of months later we were asked to build two compost toilets for a campsite in Hay-on-Wye and we started designing a more streamlined model that could be flatpacked for transportation.

Everything was going well until we tried to source the urine separators. The distributer we had bought the first one from had disappeared. We scoured the interweb but nothing was coming up! With only a couple of weeks remaining until the toilets were due for delivery, an engineer friend suggested that we vacuum form our own separator. We started googling vac-forming and went about setting up a basic DIY system at home for producing our own plastic separators.

The toilets were successfully completed with our own urine separators and the clients were happy with their two compost toilet prototypes, aptly named Gypsy Caravan Compost Toilet and Bog Standard Compost Toilet.

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Like all good ideas we thought that this one needed sharing, so we started selling urine separators on our website. That is why you must be here.

Thanks for your interest in our story!
Paul and Suzanne

Check out more of our creations at www.freerangedesigns.co.uk

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Californian Toilet Design

Here are some photos of a great looking DIY composting toilet sent in to us by a we-pee customer from California, USA. Very nicely made, simple and cheap to build. Thanks very much for the photos John!

The photos show how you can make your own dry toilet system from just a plastic bucket for the solids and a glass jar for the urine, and a separator to keep the two apart :-)

Keep sending us your photos, we love to see where our urine separators end up.

Email to: freerangedesigns@gmail.com

Thank you!

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Glamping at Hidden Valley

Here are some photos of the work-in-progress compost toilets made by Hidden Valley Glamping.

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From their website :

We don’t really like the term ‘glamping’ as most glamping sites end up looking like static holiday parks, with ‘glamping units’ set out in a grid, and with little space in between. That’s fine if you’re into that sort of thing, but what we offer here at Hidden Valley couldn’t be further form this. The incredible generously spaced pitches* at Hidden Valley Camping give each tent its own privacy and plenty of level space to sit outside around the campfire and enjoy the stunning views.

Composting toilets

These are a great solution where conventional toilets are not an option and provide a fantastic way of saving water. our composting toilet is comfortable and clean, and by using a design that separates liquids and solids means that they don’t actually smell that bad. Covering your doings with a couple of generous handfuls of sawdust, and opening the window when you leave will help us make some great ‘humanure’.

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Compost Toilet for Airstream Trailer

We’ve just received these photos from a client who built a compost toilet in her Airstream trailer using our urine separator.

Hello,

Bought a separator last year for my bathroom in my Airstream trailer. Using the trailer as my massage studio. Web page coming soon @ 2umobilemassage.com. There was much concern from co- creators about this water free system but I preserved. Next I need to make a bathroom book to educate my clients!

Thanks

Deni

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