I’m Roman I have over 15 years of experience in the portable sanitation industry and also co-own Fancy Flush a restroom rental agency in Santa Rosa, CA. In this article we’ll be discussing the differences between a plastic portable toilet and a portable restroom trailer.
A portable toilet or “porta potty” as they’re commonly known is a cheap plastic box with a plastic tank with an open top and a toilet seat. It provides a basic level of privacy and sanitation for the user. These units are quite cheap and easy to produce, they’re very reliable as they’re very simple and designed for public use. They are also known as a “Chemical Toilet”, they use a chemical enzyme tinted blue that treats the odors produced by human waste. It’s not a perfect system as anyone who’s attended a large public even can attest to but it’s certainly much better than nothing.
A portable restroom trailer is a newer more expensive idea which has been getting more and more popular in the USA since the early 2000’s. They’re akin to an RV and use much of the same components. They’re purpose built trailers that do not contain any living space other than bathrooms. They have many components and luxuries that a porta-potty lacks, faucets with running water, flushing toilets, interior lighting, and most have climate control. They’re very similar looking to a bathroom in your home, they use no chemicals to treat the waste, they simply flush it into a holding tank which prevents the user from looking or smelling any waste.
Choosing the right rental toilet for your application is a matter of what standards you and your guests have and your budget. A portable toilet is great for people who are grateful that they have a bathroom at all and for those on a shoestring budget. They’re also very environmentally friendly believe it or not, as they use almost no water at all. These are ideal for public events, small remote events and locations where space is an issue.
If when you or your guests think of porta-potties as dirty smelly blue boxes you might want to consider a more upscale flushing VIP toilet. A VIP restroom is a great for small events where you or your guests standards are a bit higher. These restrooms are a bit pricier than your typical porta potty and some of the airplane style versions have less capacity than a typical porta potty. These restrooms typically don’t include climate control so they may not be ideal for conditions hotter than 90 degrees. These work best at wine tastings, small weddings, supplements to existing bathrooms etc.
If you need a bit more capacity, room, or climate control then your best bet is a portable restroom trailer. These are designed to look and feel like your bathroom at home, and are sometimes decorated with photos, candles, flowers and other decorative items to make it feel more cozy. Best of all these are climate controlled so you don’t have to worry about it getting too hot or cold in there. They’re more expensive to buy and thus are priced higher than your VIP toilet or porta-potty options however they’re perfect for weddings, birthday parties and other upscale events. These are the bathrooms movie stars use in Hollywood and on locations throughout the world.
Roman Schmidt, Co-Owner
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
4/25/2018 07:50:09 am
It's interesting what you said about choosing the right rental toilet for your application and how it is a matter what of standards that your guests have and your budget. I like to throw a huge party on my birthday every year. It's usually huge because I invite a lot of people around the city and they invite their friends and it gets to be a massive event, especially these last few years. I've been getting a ton of suggestions to bring portable bathroom trailers in because usually there aren't enough bathrooms for everyone there so I think that would be a good idea too. Looking into a professional service that can provide restrooms like this would probably be a good idea.
6/5/2018 05:45:12 am
I had no idea that there was a difference between plastic portable toilets and portable restroom trailers. I need something portable and I found this article very valuable. I will have to look more into the quality and the pricing of portable toilets.
12/5/2018 03:55:25 pm
My sister will be hosting a fundraiser for the homeowner's association and he wants to make sure that the guests will be comfortable. It was explained here that she can have purpose-built trailers with just bathrooms. Furthermore, it's recommended to hire professionals for quality portable toilet services.
1/28/2019 05:18:22 pm
My brother will be hosting an event for his company and he wants to make sure that the guests will be comfortable. It was explained here that a portable toilet, is commonly known as a cheap plastic tank to make the customers comfortable. Furthermore, it's recommended to go to trusted plumbers for quality portable toilets.
3/11/2019 01:00:31 pm
Thanks for the advice to get a VIP portable toilet if your standards are a little higher for your event but that they wouldn't be good in weather that is hotter than 90 degrees. This is helpful since my sister will be getting married in the fall and we're looking for restrooms to get since she wants to have her reception and wedding at a park. We'll have to look in our area for companies that rent these VIP ones since it should be cool by then and it'll look nice for wedding guests.
3/11/2019 06:52:06 pm
Thank you for pointing out that you are going to need to consider what standards you want. My husband and I are wanting to rent portable toilets for our next family reunion and need to find the right ones. I'll have to do some research and find the best company to get them from.
4/4/2019 06:49:39 pm
My sister will be hosting an event and she will be needing portable toilets for the guests. It was explained here that she needs to choose the right rental toilet and prepare a budget. Moreover, it's recommended to rent a quality portable restroom trailer for the event.
6/5/2019 02:01:41 pm
I like the idea of being able to have a restroom rented out that looks similar to a bathroom in your home. My sister is planning on having an outdoor wedding, but she doesn't have adequate bathrooms where she wants to go. I am sure that she would like something like this, I'll look around for a good portable restroom company to rent from.
7/16/2019 01:34:37 pm
I like that you said that a portable toilet is great for people who are grateful that they have a bathroom at all. My sister is planning to celebrate her daughter's birthday in her backyard. I will let her know about portable restrooms and she might like the fact that her guests wouldn't have to use the house's bathroom.
8/2/2019 01:19:01 pm
My cousin wants to rent a porta potty trailer for her anniversary next week. I like how you mention portable restroom trailers are similar to a bathroom in your home. Thank you for the information. I'll help her look for a porta-potty rental online.
9/13/2019 08:52:45 am
I like that you said that portable toilets are environmentally friendly because they don't use much water. Someone told me that renting a portable toilet is the best choice when you know you're going to need bathrooms around you. Thank you for pointing out the benefits of renting portable toilets for any event.
11/5/2019 07:08:11 am
It's really cool that portable restrooms have flushable toilets and running faucets to make you feel more at home. Those kinds of luxuries will definitely get more people using them instead of holding it until they get home. I imagine that they also smell a lot better since there isn't just a gaping hole with raw sewage in the middle of it.
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