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#21 niemi24s

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 11:06 AM

Would having the lower bunk made up with the pillow end away from the commode be an option?  That way, when the person in the top bunk had to take a whiz, it would be by the feet of the lower bunk occupant.



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Posted 02 December 2017 - 11:36 AM

Would having the lower bunk made up with the pillow end away from the commode be an option?


My recollection is that the pillow end of the lower bunk is away from the toilet. Isn't the bunk wider at the closet end and narrower at the sink end, and isn't the pillow at the wider end?



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Posted 02 December 2017 - 11:40 AM

SOP is for the feet to be at the toilet end not the head.



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Posted 02 December 2017 - 01:41 PM

Might be OK for some but not mixed company in my case. 



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Posted 02 December 2017 - 09:45 PM

God help somebody riding with me if they woke me up to use the toilet!
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Posted 03 December 2017 - 06:26 PM

Would having the lower bunk made up with the pillow end away from the commode be an option?


My recollection is that the pillow end of the lower bunk is away from the toilet. Isn't the bunk wider at the closet end and narrower at the sink end, and isn't the pillow at the wider end?


Yes. And I believe that's the only way the SCA will make up the bed; pillow at the far end away from the commode.
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Posted 03 December 2017 - 06:30 PM

Add that you are taking a child with you, things are now more complicated, especially at night.


I have been traveling for years with my kid. At night, he's fast asleep up in the top bunk which makes it actually less complicated.
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Posted 04 December 2017 - 12:45 AM

Ok, two guys would work for #1, but with girls, privacy is critical, especially pre-teen on.  I have personal experience with 3 teen granddaughters.



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Posted 04 December 2017 - 09:20 AM

It honestly depends on the particular person.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 01:28 PM

It honestly depends on the particular person.

 

Exactly. To build on that, it depends on the traveling party. While I personally will be excited once the new Viewliner sleepers come out without an in-room toilet, my wife and I can share a roomette without any real issue. She actually prefers the Viewliners because of the upper window, and whenever we've gotten a sleeper it's always been a roomette together (we haven't paid for two separate sleeper areas, even with a roomette.)



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 02:07 PM

GML is absolutely correct. The whole toilet thing has generated very strong opinions in both camps. Keep in mind that a roomette is often used by single travelers, as well as for 2 people. That alone creates a huge dividing line......



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 02:34 PM

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 02:47 PM

It honestly depends on the particular person.

I travel alone and am a middle-aged woman.  I love having a toilet in my Viewliner roomette.


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Posted 05 December 2017 - 04:06 PM

Let me see if I have the options.

 

1. Use an in-room toilet that is used only by the occupant(s). Take care of normal bodily functions without embarrassment.

 

2. Use an in-room toilet that is used only by the occupant(s). Take care of normal bodily functions after asking an acquaintance (who is probably a good friend), if any, to go sightseeing on the train.

 

3. Use a toilet in another car that has been sullied by who-knows-how-many total strangers of dubious hygiene.

 

Did I miss any?

 



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 04:56 PM

Hang on until a fuel or crew change stop and use the potty in the station?  



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 06:23 PM

Hang on until a fuel or crew change stop and use the potty in the station?  

Look for an empty room and hope the SCA doesn't catch you?



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 09:07 PM

Is this the thread of the year?






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