Of course you can flush the toilet when boondocking.
Do RVers Flush the Toilet When Boondocking?
While it’s true that many boondockers don’t flush after peeing, and only flush after pooping, the fact is that every boondocker is different. Many still flush after each pee. It just depends on what you’re willing to tolerate, how long you want to camp in the same place, and how big your water tank and black tank is.
If It’s Yellow Let it Mellow, If It’s Brown Flush It Down
The reason why many boondockers don’t flush after peeing is because flushing a toilet draws a little bit from the fresh water tank to help wash things down. Adding fresh water into the black tank is seen as highly wasteful, causing the black tank to fill up a little more quickly, and thereby shortening the amount of time one can boondock in the same place.
How Often Should I Flush?
You should flush the toilet when boondocking at least once a day. But, you get to decide how often to flush.
If you let a pool of pee sit for several days it will develop an ammonia smell. Also, urine is full of minerals. Those minerals will slowly build up around the drain of your toilet, making it very difficult to clean. We recommend you use mineral deposit remover, such as CLR, and scrub it just before dumping your black tank.
Native American tribes have been peeing outside for tens of thousands of years without problem. Americans pioneers and settlers have been doing it since the 1600s. It’s interesting how so many Americans are so opposed to peeing outside.
None of the jurisdictions that oversee federal lands have rules against urinating outside, as long as it’s on open lands. Obviously, you cannot urinate on parking lots, or on structures. You cannot urinate in front of other campers. But as long as you have a lot of distance from other campers, and you’re on open lands, feel free to stand or squat.
Peeing outside extends your black tank use. Many boondockers today actually do pee outside, including women. Remember, boondocking has a lot to do with enjoying privacy. There’s something a little bit liberating about letting it fly.