Portable restrooms have been in use at work sites, popular events, temporary corporate locations, and weddings for over 50 years. Where there’s a need for additional restroom facilities for employees, temporary workers or guests beyond what’s available on-site, these types of services provide a short-term solution.

How Many Different Situations Warrant a Portable Restroom?

When getting beyond one-person portable toilet solutions, you’re looking at trailer-based portable washroom facilities. Using a trailer on wheels provides the opportunity to equip each facility with a custom style to suit its specific purpose.

Here are a few examples of different use situations:

Weddings – Either a secondary washroom option when the indoor washroom facilities are too busy or for when the venue’s washrooms are out-of-order, but the event is still going ahead.

Building site – These don’t need to be anything fancy. They are normally used by workmen and people visiting the construction site for inspections.

Corporate – Primary and secondary washrooms for new corporate locations still under development. This style is likely to be fancier with extra fittings and expensive fixtures.

Events – Used for older venues when too few washrooms were included in the original plans.

Emergencies – When there’s been an emergency, portable washrooms are often the only facilities available at the time.

How Are They Transported to a Site for Deployment?

With trailer-based solutions, there is a standard tow facility at the front. Therefore, any truck or vehicle with standard towing equipment that supports the weight can transport the trailer.

The flexibility of the vehicle is useful when renting a washroom. A smaller washroom weighs around 4,200 pounds when fully furnished inside. To give an example, the popular Ford F-150 (2018 model) truck has a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds; the Ford F-250 model has the greater capacity at 9,000 pounds. Both models could easily tow a smaller washroom facility, a couple of horse trailers or a jet-ski on a transport without difficulty. Even a less powerful truck is likely to have enough towing capacity.

There are large washroom trailers too. These require a greater towing capacity. Check your truck’s manual to ensure you won’t overload it and cause damage.

How Are Septic Tanks Emptied or Removed?

Septic and restroom trucks are available to support a portable restroom industry. The septic tanks fit on the back of the truck. There are options to use one with a tank that can roll on and roll off the truck, or have it fitted to the truck permanently.

The pump systems on a septic truck remove waste product from the portable washroom. It allows the facility to stay on-site without the need to swap it out for a second portable washroom when it reaches its maximum usage. For longer events and on-site requirements over several weeks or months at a time, it’s convenient to use a septic truck to support portable washroom facilities in this manner. It’s more efficient and less inconvenient for the end client too.

Trucks and transportation are integral to the portable restroom industry. Without them, it wouldn’t be possible for them to operate. Ultimately, their relationship is symbiotic.