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AMS Global Inc. started offering restroom
trailers like these for a simple reason.
Founder Meg Taaffe didn't like using portable
chemical toilets-and figured she was not
alone. Options include ramps compliant with
the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Photos courtesy of AMS Global Inc.

into a portajohn," says Lang owner
Steve Ghrist. "That's what led us as a
rental company to get into restroom
trailers. I felt like we were losing
the business from people who were
interested in doing a tented wedding,
but the bathroom was a holdup.
Once we got a restroom trailer,
that wasn't an issue any longer."
No matter what name you ascribe to
portable, plastic-sided chemical toilets,
event attendees don't like them, and
the more upscale the event, the less
appropriate they are. Fortunately, as with
many innovations in the event rental
sector, the need for "something better"
spurred the development of luxury
restroom trailers.
"The desire for it was always there,
I think," adds Ghrist. "But the product
wasn't necessarily there until the 2000s.
Even to this day, there are many brides
and grooms who have no idea there is
something like a restroom trailer."

AN ATTRACTIVE ALTERNATIVE
Fortunately, customer awareness is
changing, Ghrist says. "When you get
one of those out at a wedding, 300
people see it. It just becomes more and

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more mainstream. A portajohn is not
acceptable as people learn a restroom
trailer is an option. It's spacious,
clean, climate-controlled and welllit-everything a portajohn isn't."
In addition, manufacturers and
event companies say restroom
trailers are attractive simply because
they offer running water and some
form of ϐlush toilet, eliminating the
classic chemical toilet waste tank
that so many ϐind so unappealing.
"No one wants to look at waste in a
hole," Ghrist says.
Besides issues of sanitation, upscale
restroom trailers enable homeowners
to host tented events on their property
without having to open up their
residence to guests.
"If the wedding is outdoors at your
house, you don't want to be in your
house policing it, checking to see who
is taking an unguided tour," says Kenny
Puff, president of Party Line Rentals
in Elmsford, N.Y., which offers luxury
restroom trailers through a subcontractor.
"You should be able to lock the door, give
the caterer the garage if they need it, but
[allow] no one in the house."
"Right from the starting point, a
lot of homeowners say, 'I don't want
anybody in our house,'" adds David
VanDenburgh, president of Adams
Rental in Hamilton, N.J. "They're okay
with whatever gyrations are necessary
so guests are handled without
having to go into their residence."
In addition, if a home uses a septic
system instead of a sewer, a large number
of guests using the bathrooms can cause
problems. "It's easy to ϐlood your septic
tank if there is overuse," Puff says.
Even tented events at commercial
locations with plenty of public toilets can
beneϐit from restroom trailers, Puff adds,
because they keep guests from having
to walk long distances into a lobby of a
building or hotel.

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