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Friday, July 18th, 2014 | Posted by
North Bay Portables Elite 16-foot restroom trailer.

North Bay Portables 16-foot, luxury restroom trailer. (photo courtesy North Bay Portables)

Anyone who has been at a large event, festival, fair or outdoor wedding has seen the rented portable toilets lined up somewhere on the periphery. And sometimes that’s when the calculations begin. “Can I wait? I don’t want to use an outhouse.” Fortunately, the rental companies have made it their business to keep them serviced, even if it’s still with an outhouse.

Interior of 12-foot model.

Interior of 12-foot luxury model. (photo courtesy North Bay Portables)

On the other hand, have you seen the trailers at the Kenwood Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival or the Courtyard in Montgomery Village? Some of these luxury bathrooms on wheels not only have hot and cold running water for sinks and flushable toilets, but even have simulated wood flooring, stereo music and heating and air conditioning. Not bad for an outhouse.

Did you know that the first portable toilet was a convenience provided to ship builders in Long Beach in the 1940s? Workers had to trek back to the docks throughout the day, which cut into their work time, so a portable, wooden outhouse was put on the ships they were building. The idea caught on and entrepreneurs manufactured them for other work sites and venues.

North Bay Portables provides everything from a standard portable toilet for construction sites and remodels to luxury trailers with air conditioning for large events. The company also carries some units that are solar powered and completely self-contained for remote locations.

It has also rented restroom trailers to filmmakers who haul them from location to location, according to Sales Manager Kerri Olhiser.  The luxury trailers are up to 28 feet long, accommodate up to 700 people per day and cost $1,200-$3,000 per weekend, she said.

ADA Compliant model (photo courtesy North Bay Portables)

ADA Compliant model (photo courtesy North Bay Portables)

The restrooms also come in handy for remodels, while the onsite facilities are being reconstructed. Olhiser said that wineries, wedding venues and others who need additional restrooms for large events are the most common uses for the trailers.

Occasionally, she said, a outdoor wedding is held at a private residence where the owners want to keep the interior off-limits. The rental company also has American Disabilities Act compliant units to supplement existing bathrooms at venues and keep venues not normally open to the public ADA compliant.

The company’s mid-range, solar units, Olhiser said, have two to four stalls, with interiors that resemble airplane restrooms, but have flushable toilets and running water. Solar panels on the roofs  keep the battery charged. Those units are $600-$1,000 per weekend.


Solar-powered units (photo courtesy North Bay Portables)

Solar-powered units (photo courtesy North Bay Portables)

North Bay Portables was recently contracted by Montgomery Village for its summer concert series. Summer concert guests were going into businesses to use restrooms, because the bathrooms were insufficient for the number of people attending. The trailer is parked near the existing restroom by the courtyard every Saturday afternoon for the summer music events.

In addition to restroom trailers, the portable sanitation company rents shower trailers. Ohliser said a company providing off-site camping for Bottle Rock, a popular music festival in Napa, rented a shower trailer from North Bay Portables.

These luxury portable restrooms conjure an image of a mobile home restroom rather than an outhouse. Much more inviting.

For information about renting portable toilets or restroom trailers, contact North Bay Portables at northbayportables.com






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