Road trip life saver

So you know how sometimes you go on long road trips? Say for a shopping trip or maybe to see a NASCAR race or perhaps a cross-country camping trip? Hubby and I have done quite a number of these types of road trips in our 8 years together. Just to name a few, there were 2 trips to Bar Habor, a 7-8 hour drive, and a trip to New Hampshire to see the NASCAR Loudon race, another 7 hour drive. We love road trips. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of the road in front of you and the adventure sure to follow. The sights to see. The fun to experience.

Well…all except for the potential bathroom nightmares.

There’s nothing worse than heading out on a long road trip and being between gas station exits when nature calls in a hurry. I had one such incident when a bagel did not seem to agree with me. Luckily we were able to get to a dingy old gas/pizza parlor in time. As I rushed in, I noted that the bathroom was right next to the pizza counter (ugh…heart dropping but no choice…) and hadn’t seen a “real” cleaning in quite some time. Unfortunately for me, beggars can’t be choosers and I was out of options and time.

And even more unfortunate…for the gas/pizza attendant…the flush decided at this most inopportune time to….break. I pity to the guy who had to come unclog that flush. If he’s reading, I am so sorry! Let me tell you, I came flying out of that little store at MOC 22 screaming START THE CAR!!! Kind of like this…


Embarrassing and humiliating but what else can a gal do when nature calls? Or as in my case, nature SCREAMS!

Or what about those times when you can’t wait for the next exit because you gotta go NOW. I know firsthand the joy of having other drivers watch as I made a mad dash, legs semi crossed careening half crazed into the woods, roll of toilet paper or a few napkins in hand. Not cool!

Well…I worry no more. Thanks to the Bumper Dumper! A trailer hitch mounted portable toilet (y’all know how I love trailer hit mounted stuff).

That’s right, now I can take my flush with me where ever I go. All I have to do is pull into a secluded spot, plug the bumper dumper into my trailer hitch, and let er’ fly. And for those more “open” areas, I can just fire up the privacy screen and let my feet dangle while enjoying the comforts of home on the road.

Best yet, I have the choice between a sealable bucket or bag. Gotta luv options!

For only $69.99 (plus shipping) you to can have this level of creature comfort for your road trips. Just visit the website to order yours. 

Oh…and don’t forget to order the optional toilet paper holder for added convenience and comfort; it’s only $9.99.

What are some of your funniest or most embarrassing road trip stories? Come on…share the wealth!

It’s Twisted Tuesday and that means it’s time to enjoy a smile, giggle or laugh…here’s hoping I’ve provided it in spades…enjoy!

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  1. This was hilarious. Once again, it’s tempting after a 24-hour trek from Houston to Austin to escape a ferocious hurricane on its way (which didn’t even hit our area) a few years ago.

    Now back in high school, our band would take bus trips here and there. When we stopped, the line to the women’s restroom was longer than Charlie Sheen’s crazy. I was always the brave, or stupid, chick who moved myself over to the guys’ line, which maybe had 2-3 waiting, and got to the potty quicker. On the bad side, I’ve seen a lot of men’s restrooms in gas stations — not pretty. But when you gotta go…

    • Longer than Charlie Sheen’s crazy… LOL…

    • OMG hysterical Julie! Seriously!
      Oh yes, I imagine the clean factor wasn’t as great but when you gotta go….you gotta go! LOL!!

      • When I was 19 I got a job in housekeeping at a college… To clear up any misconceptions you may have, the women’s bathrooms were ALWAYS far, far worse than any of the mens rooms on campus. I was totally disappointed to find that so many members of my gender were such pigs. 🙂

        By the way…hilarious, Natalie! Very similar to something that happened to a relative, which I would share if it were my story to tell. However, I value my life so I’ll keep my fingers silent on the subject. But thanks so much for the laugh this morning. 🙂

        • Ohhhh….gross!! Nastiness and a shame you were stuck cleaning!
          Dang, sounds like a good story!! I wish I could hear it. LOL!!

        • Yeah, that’s one job I wasn’t sorry to leave!

          The story…and I’m going to be very vague here…involves a relative who had their gallbladder removed. Apparently it brings relief from pretty severe pain, but leaves the gallbladder-less people with some bathroom issues. As in when they have to go, they HAVE to go…NOW.

          This relative was traveling with spouse and children when the urge hit, so they stopped at the first convenience store they came to. Of course the one bathroom was occupied…and it involved a nun, but I can’t remember if the nun was the one already in the restroom…or the one who got in line after the relative (yes, I’m overusing ‘relative, but it’s hard to remain vague if you use he or she).

          Anyway, after awhile, they finished up, flushed the toilet and…it plugged up. With NO plunger in the room. Now that I’ve gotten to this part, I’m fairly sure the nun was waiting outside the door because I remember some comments that were made in reference to feeling really guilty as the relative practically ran out of the store. Never to return. 🙂

  2. OMG I’ll take the ditch, thanks

  3. OMG, that is hilarious! I’m going to file it under “Why I don’t believe in camping.” It’s a thick file, as you can imagine. I am planning a road trip this summer when I move to Florida, but you better believe we will only be stopping at places with decent restrooms. That is what McDonald’s is for! Sometimes I’m surprised about the lack of decent bathrooms in the US. Isn’t this supposed to be the First World?? In Ecuador there are people who keep the public bathrooms clean. You pay them a small fee for some TP and the knowledge that they don’t allow anyone to make a mess. Really, that’a what they should do here. At least that’s what I think. 🙂

  4. Stop. It.

    You would so totally use this, I can tell! I’ll have to pass, thankyouverymuch. This is why I think camping means staying at a 3 star hotel! By the way, it needs to be pink.

  5. I’m so glad this hilarious post greeted me today. LOL I agree with Tameri—razzle, dazzle and pink-ness would really up the ante. 😉

  6. LOL. I always make sure to know where the gas stations are because I drink water constantly during road trips, and then I have to pee. I can totally see you using this, and it would be good on our fishing trip to Minnesota in June. Nothing worse than being out on the lake after having a couple of margaritas and having to go in the woods.

  7. Too funny. And like Emma said, just add this to the bazillion reasons why camping is not for me. 🙂

    Thanks for the link!

  8. I love it. I HATE stopping when I am driving somewhere far. This would be very helpful in my “go go go” road trip attitude.

    Embarassing road trip story…hmmm…well, when I decided to make the move from Florida to Seattle, my Florida roommate joined me. We were somewhere in the middle of the country and both had to pee very badly. So (no yelling at me for this) while the gas pump was doing it’s thing, I ran inside to use the bathroom and grab a snack. My roommate had the same idea, which meant leaving the car, unattended, with the gas still pumping away. You know that little piece that you can move in so you don’t have to hold the handle? You know the one that kicks back out once the tank is full?

    While inside the station (fortunately, post-bladder relief) I overhear someone say, “Whoa, look at that car!”

    I look out the window and see a FOUNTAIN of gas spewing from my little red hatchback.

    I run out, at the same time that my roommate realized what was going on and dive in to release the pump. I think we both said a little prayer as I started the car that we weren’t going to catch fire when we took off (very quickly).

    • OMG seriously?!?! That is THE most insane thing I’ve ever heard Amber. I’d have been terrified to even breath for fear of lighting the car up. LOL!! That’s crazy!!! LOL!! So glad you guys made out ok….LOL!!

  9. Gah! I can’t imagine hitching up my potty this way. Now if it came with a shower curtain surround of privacy, I’d consider it. But hanging my butt cheeks off the side of a bucket on the highway?? Not so much…

  10. I think I’m extremely glad I apparently have a cast iron bladder, LOL. I can’t recall any such emergencies on the road. I remember things like getting stuck on a bridge in the middle of a blizzard hours…I can’t LOOK at fudge to this day. Or driving cross-country with my cousin and us switching drivers at about 70/mph because he couldn’t afford another speeding ticket…he wanted to get to Ft. Lauderdale in time for spring break 😉

    Or the one my sister and I STILL haven’t lived down…we were driving my new car and had somehow got separated from the parental units. We weren’t worried. We’d traveled this route every year for the past five or so with the parents, we knew where we were going, how hard could it be? We crossed the border into Canada smooth as silk and were on the way. And everything would have been fine if we’d remembered we needed to go WEST on one street to connect with the freeway going EAST. One little goof :sigh:

    Numerous bad directions, and we somehow managed to go through the border…a second time.

    We were laughing so hard. The poor guy probably thought we were nuts. Once he could understand us, he gave us the correct info to get back on the road in the right direction. It was smooth sailing from there.

    • Switching drivers at 70/mph and you won’t use a bumper dumper? LOL!! Wow girl – you’ve had some kind of adventures!! LOL!! So glad you guys ended up finding your way…squeeee…and gave the border guy a definite laugh, I am sure.

      • Yeah, miss-spent youth or something, LOL. And I MIGHT consider the bumper dumper if there were a curtain or something. Oh Natalie, the border crossing tales I could tale 😀

        • A privacy curtain is a must have – for sure! I’m surprised it wasn’t available as an accessory! 🙂
          Ohhhh…I wonder Raelyn, perhaps a blog post seriest??? LOL!! Do tell…your secrets are safe here…LOL!!

  11. LMAO. I think I’m with Jenny on this one. But that is super funny. Love the post. Not crazy about runny off into the bush when nature calls and there’s nothing around for miles. 😀 But still…

  12. Running not runny. Doh!

  13. OMG! I’m with Emma about the camping thing, but it sure looks handy on long road trips, LOL. The trick is finding a “secluded” place on I-95…

    • Mine and hubby’s motto – always better to say “here it is” rather than “where is it”! Not saying this would be my potty of choice but…dire circumstances sometimes call for dire solutions. LMAO!!!!

  14. Oh my. Not for me but my husband would love it, if it fit in our boat, he’d buy one now. Can’t wait to show him. Ha!

  15. Natalie's Hubby says:

    I cannot wait until next week’s feature – the trailer hitch adult swing – The Bumper Thumper! LOL!!!!!

  16. Nancy J Nicholson says:

    I can’t tell you how often this would have come in handy. My husband thinks nothing of a 12 hour car ride and not stopping, until the dog came along, then we stopped all the time. Go figure. Now we take our home with us, so it’s not a problem. 😉

  17. Elena Aitken says:

    I have no words for how gross that is. But funny…ewww

  18. I can’t get rid of the visual of the car driving off with someone on the potty … I can’t quite tell if it is you or not … I think I need to go to bed. Thanks Natalie. How did we manage before we had you to keep us informed about all of these absolute necessities in life? Muwaaah!

  19. Ha! The bumper Dumper! Only problem is… it needs a curtain. I think it’s illegal to drop your drawers while pulled over ont he highway. Here you are in the middle of your business… “Oh, hello, officer!” (Gulp)

    • I couldn’t agree more Jennifer – a curtain is a must need. I was surprised when doing research that I didn’t find one as an accessory that sort of attached but I am sure hubby could build me something…cause you are so right, likely somewhat illegal and hell, I’d hate to be interrupted doing my thing! LOL!!!


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