Archive for August, 2014

Airstream Potty

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Airstream Toilet

Don’t tell Brian, but now I’m considering replacing all of the toilets in our house. Doing this research assignment has been quite enlightening.  Who knew that toilets had become part of the high tech industry? How did I miss all this advancement in toilet technology?

I just read an article in a computer magazine which subtitle reads, “Pimp your potty… Your bottom will thank you.”   Apparently, toilets aren’t just for deposits anymore.  They will clean your bottom,  heat your bottom, and also deodorize your bottom. Some automatically lift the lid for you, illuminate at night for you, and even play “toilet tunes” for you.  High tech toilets do much more than just dispose of undesirables.

Some toilets now even have integrated speakers which emit fake flushing sounds to mask embarrassing bodily noises. They also come with various sensors which can monitor blood pressure, body temperature, and blood sugar levels. They alert the user when these vital signs are outside of the normal range. Nurse in a Potty anyone?

“Antimicrobial” is the current buzz word in the toilet world.  Built-in antimicrobial agents protect the toilet seat from odor- and stain-causing bacteria, mold and mildew. They say it prevents the growth of micro-organisms.  One manufactures states that the toilet “essentially cleans itself”.  Now that I find that hard to believe. My self-cleaning oven leaves things behind that I don’t want to see. They do admit that the antimicrobial agent does not protect the user from disease-causing bacteria… another thought I could have lived without.

There are many accessories that I can add to my toilet.  A night light that signals red for seat “up” and green for seat “down”—that seems handy, Brian. There’s a seat fan that captures odors through a carbon filter, and a wireless sensor that cuts off the water supply and sounds an alarm during a leak or overflow.  Of course, there are a variety of remote controls to regulate all the features including the integrated stereo speakers.  I’m not quite sure why you need a remote when you are sitting right there.

But the technology isn’t even as interesting to me as the aesthetics of the modern day toilet. Since a picture says a thousand words…. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Aside from many interesting photos, I also found several names used in the potty world:   The Commode, The Crapper, The John, The Water Closet, The Head, The Loo, The Biffy, The Oval Office, The Porcelain Throne, The Powder Room, The Can, The Thunder Box, The Lavatory and The Latrine.

In our little Caravel, “Water Closet” may be the most appropriate…. Unless of course our English friends are visiting and then it’s definitely, The Loo.

So after all this research, our new Airstream toilet will have an enameled wood seat and elongated, deep ceramic bowl “for sparkling scratch-free, long-lasting performance.” It will have 360° RIM WASH action for a complete rinse; Extremely low flush technology which uses as little as 1 pint per flush with a simple push of the ergonomic flush pedal. It will have easy serviceability with modular parts and a 2 year warranty.

It won’t sing me songs or take my blood pressure, but I think we made a good choice.

Airstream TimeClock

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

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Time management has never been an issue in our professional lives, however, finding time in our personal lives for Airstreaming has become a serious challenge. There never is any.

A year has passed since we gutted the poor Caravel and left all her parts strewn about. This is what I always feared.  I remember seeing all the advertisements on Craig’s List for gutted Airstreams.  Someone got started on an exciting project, sailed through the demolition, and then quit.  We have committed the same horrid crime.

To Brian’s defense, before he quit, he managed to get the frame beefed up, the axle replaced, the window frames repaired, windows replaced, and the outside skin polished. From the outside she looks as good as new.  On the inside… well let’s just says she’s one step above camping in the back of our pick-up truck.

It’s been a long, long painful year. Brian had 2 total knee replacements and then he had major back surgery. I’ve had my mother.

It’s August now and Brian has been through most of his rehab and he’s close to being cleared for bending and light lifting.  I have been totally patient on the outside, but my insides are screaming, “Please, please don’t let me go through the entire summer of 115 degree weekends! PLEASE don’t let me whine about living in the desert!”

I love Arizona.  I just hate weekends in the valley in the summer—I need to get out of town where a Saturday and Sunday can be spent outdoors in two digit temperatures.  I need an occasional reprieve from scorpion paranoia. I need a trip to the mountains to camp in the woods.  AND I want to go camping with my own toilet…..

So today, after whining about future whining, Brian just gave me an assignment!

Research RV toilets.

I have never been so excited about researching toilets in my life.  I am so happy.  This means it’s time to get back to work on the Airstream!

The clock is ticking again—Hopefully it’s the final countdown.

About the Author

After searching for the perfect travel trailer to make camping experiences more enjoyable, I discovered the world of Airstreams. I’m not only learning a lot about Airstreams, but I’m learning a lot about myself, my relationships, and how an aluminum trailer added into the mix can change your life.