How Much Do You Know About Portable Restrooms? – Take the Quiz and Find Out

Calling all masters of trivia (or just people who want to learn more about portable restroom options), how much do you know about portable toilets? Think you’ve got what it takes to get a perfect score? Take the quiz to find out!

1. Do portable restrooms have flushing toilets?
A. What?! No, of course not!
B. Yes, some models do
C. Yes – all of them

Correct answer: B – Elite porta potties and luxury restroom trailers both have foot pedal controlled flushing toilets.

2. Which of the following amenities are available in porta potties?
A. Hand sanitizer or sinks
B. Overhead lighting
C. Changing tables
D. All the above

Correct answer: A – All portable toilet units have either hand sanitizer pumps or sinks with running water.

3. Which of the following amenities are available in restroom trailers?
A. Climate-controlled interiors
B. Wooden cabinetry
C. Spacious countertops and large mirrors
D. Flushing toilets and sinks with running water
E. All the above

Correct answer: E – Restroom trailers are the true picture of luxury, with a wide array of amenities.

4. Which sanitary measures may be included in portable restrooms?
A. Hand sanitizer pumps
B. Sinks with running hot/cold water
C. Feminine hygiene product dispensers
D. A and B only
E. A and C only

Correct answer: D – All portable toilets provide some type of sanitary solution for cleaning hands after use, but they do not offer any additional sanitary amenities like a traditional bathroom might.

5. What is the main difference between a porta potty and a luxury restroom trailer?
A. A porta potty is a standalone unit with one bathroom inside while a restroom trailer is a multi-capacity unit with separate stalls or sections to allow use by multiple people at once
B. A porta potty is a more basic no-frills unit while a restroom trailer is packed with luxury amenities
C. A porta potty only contains a toilet while a restroom trailer also has urinals and showers
D. Porta potties are always rented in pairs or groups while restroom trailers are rented solo
E. A and B only
F. A and C only
G. B and D only

Correct answer: E – Restroom trailers allow simultaneous use just like a regular men’s or women’s bathroom while also providing a full complement of amenities to delight users. Bathroom trailers may have showers, but they don’t all contain these, and they can be rented solo or alongside other rented bathroom units. Porta potties can also be rented in any increments necessary, including as just single units.

6. Bathroom trailers are typically rented for which kinds of events?
A. Weddings and black-tie events
B. Festivals and retreats
C. Corporate functions
D. Community gatherings and sporting events
E. All the above

Correct answer: Restroom trailers can be rented for just about any kind of event that you can imagine!

7. Are portable restrooms handicapped-friendly?
A. Some units are
B. No, they’re too small to fit a wheelchair inside
C. Yes, all of them are

Correct answer: A – ADA compliant options are available in both porta potty and restroom trailer categories to provide handicapped access for users.

8. When can portable bathrooms be used?
A. In the spring/summer
B. In the summer only
C. Year-round if you’re brave enough to use them (or wearing long underwear)
D. Any time of the year because some units can be climate-controlled

Correct answer: D – Restroom trailers are climate-controlled with A/C and heat capability, allowing for cool insides in hot months and warm insides in cold months to keep users comfortable.

So, how did you do? Total up your correct answers and let us know in the comments if you got a perfect score!

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Meet Our Most Popular Portable Toilet Units

One of the most common questions we hear from prospective customers is “What are your most popular units?” So, we’ve decided to spotlight the units that are in highest demand across Michigan year-round. Here are our top portable toilets:

Elite Portable Toilet Unit

The Elite unit is an upgraded version of the standard porta potty that you’re accustomed to seeing at public events, in parks, along trails, and on construction sites. Unlike regular porta johns that just have the basics (a toilet, urinal, and hand sanitizer dispenser), Elite units also boast premium features. A foot pedal flushes the toilet inside while a fresh water sink provides running water for handwashing. Additionally, a coat hook and shelves allow users to stow their belongings securely while doing their business.

 

 

“Shanty” 2-Stall Trailer

This trailer is one of our newest luxury restroom trailers and has been an instant hit for outdoor weddings and barn weddings. Its rustic charm combines old world styling with modern conveniences for the perfect mix of old and new. The 2-stall size makes it a lovely choice for smaller, more intimate weddings and functions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master Bath Trailer

Our Master Bath trailer is a simple, clean version of your home’s master bathroom… multiplied by three. Each of the three private stalls have a toilet, sink, and shower, allowing people the same conveniences of home out in nature. This unit is ideally suited for multi-day outdoor events where guests will need to get clean (music festivals, retreats, camping excursions, etc.). The Master Bath trailer unit can also be used for homeowners that are doing major renovations, which compromise their existing bathrooms.

 

ADA Compliant Trailer

People typically assume that the Hydra ADA trailer is only for public events where handicapped accessibility is required. However, this handicapped stall equipped trailer is a great addition to any family-friendly event because it also provides stroller access for families with young children. Its versatility makes it a popular choice for all sorts of events from weddings and black-tie events to sporting events, public festivals, and community gatherings.

 

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

5 Ways Luxury Restroom Trailers Will Surprise You

It may seem cheesy, or downright weird, but we seriously love our luxury restroom trailers, and we know that you will too. Every time we bring them to an event they never cease to amaze people with their unique characteristics and luxurious interiors. So, if you were wondering, these are the top 5 ways that Kerkstra’s luxury restrooms will surprise you too:

1. Features

Any portable toilet supplier can tell you that luxury features like flushing toilets and running hot/cold water aren’t standard features in portable bathrooms. However, in our luxury portable restrooms, you’ll find not only those surprise features but other appealing functionality as well, such as:

      • Climate-controlled interiors
      • Standard garden hose hookup
      • Standard 15-amp or 20-amp outlet power source
      • Low-level exterior lighting
      • Large waste holding tanks
      • Private stalls, urinals, and showers (depending on the unit)

Whether it’s a simple 2-stall trailer all the way up to a mammoth 10-stall trailer, you’ll be genuinely surprised with the handy features that you’ll find in our bathroom trailers.

2. Amenities

The well-appointed interiors of each trailer use a pleasing color palate and have well thought out amenities to please users of all ages. All the trailers in our fleet boast jaw dropping features such as:

      • Wooden cabinetry
      • Large sink vanities
      • Recessed lighting
      • Large glass mirrors
      • Accent rugs, hanging wall art, faux flowers, and other stylish décor

Many people tell us that once they step inside they forget that they’re using a portable restroom. In fact, when we’re at trade shows we have trouble getting people out of our trailers because they’re all taking pictures!

3. Configuration Options

Each bathroom trailer size that we have uses a different stall configuration to accommodate your needs. Right now, we have the following configuration options:

      • 1 Men’s stall (urinal, toilet, sink), 1 Women’s stall (toilet, sink)
      • 1 Men’s stall (urinal, toilet, sink), 2 Women’s stalls (toilet, sink)
      • 1 Men’s stall (toilet, sink), 1 Women’s stall (toilet, sink), 1 ADA compliant handicapped stall (toilet, sink)
      • 3 Unisex stalls (toilet, sink, shower)
      • 1 Men’s section (1 stall, 2 urinals, sink), 1 Women’s section (3 stalls, sink)
      • 1 Men’s section (2 stalls, 3 urinals, 2 sinks), 1 Women’s section (5 stalls, 2 sinks)

These configurations allow you to select the layout that best suits your event from a size and demographics perspective.

4. Compliments

You’ll have to trust us on this one, but when you have a portable luxury restrooms at your event, you’ll get a lot of compliments. People will thank you for having such wonderful accommodations and may even ask you for help planning their next event because they’re so impressed. Really, it happens all the time!

5. Memories

Our restrooms are the kind of thing that people remember and will want to see again, which means that if you have the same seasonal event every year, you’ll probably be expected to keep our trailers coming back year after year. Once a lady told us that she attended an expensive outdoor local food and drink celebration again solely because the year before our luxury portable toilets were there, so she knew she wouldn’t have to rough it!
Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

15 Things You’ll Find in a Luxury Restroom Trailer… and 5 You Won’t

People ask us all the time what they can expect when renting luxury restrooms, and the answer is really two-fold. You’ll see a lot of surprising luxurious upgrades, but you won’t find those annoyances that typically accompany portable toilets. So, without further ado, here are 15 things you will find in luxury restroom trailers, and five things you won’t find:

What’s in a Luxury Portable Restroom?

  1. Climate-Controlled Interiors
  2. Running Hot/Cold Water
  3. Flushing Toilets
  4. Large Mirrors
  5. Spacious Countertops
  6. Wooden Cabinetry
  7. Accent Rugs
  8. Hanging Pictures
  9. Faux Flowers
  10. Recessed Interior Lighting
  11. Low-Level Exterior Lighting
  12. Showers
  13. Private Stalls and Urinals
  14. Standard Water Hook Up or On-board Water Holding Tank
  15. Large Waste Storage Tanks

Keep in mind that not every trailer unit will have all these features. So, if one particular feature is especially important to you, be sure to ask the portable toilet supplier that you’re using whether the trailer you’re renting has the features that you really need.

What Can You Avoid with Luxury Restroom Trailers?

    1. Gross Smells
    2. Dark Interiors
    3. A Mess from Previous Users
    4. Unpleasant Temperatures
    5. Long Lines

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Tips for Having a Luxury Wedding on a Budget

Wedding costs are higher than ever, especially for luxury weddings. So, if you’re looking for the same elegance and prestige of a luxury wedding without the large expense, here are some tips for reducing the cost of your big day:

Choose an Outdoor Venue

Outdoor wedding venues are really popular these days – especially during spring and summer months. Having an outdoor wedding at a non-traditional venue is a great way to make your wedding unique and also save a lot of money. You can create the same luxury feel that you’d have at a professional wedding venue by having upscale catering and renting luxury restrooms to wow your guests while they’re outdoors. Seating guests under an elegant-looking tent will protect them from the elements and provide a cozy feel into the evening, which will make your event fun and memorable.

Mix in DIY Accents

You don’t have to buy all the elements for your wedding. To save some money, you can mix in some items that you’ve made yourself. Whether it’s the invitations, favors, or centerpieces, if you’re willing to get crafty, you can save on these accents without any of your guests being the wiser. You can also recruit relatives and friends to help you make things for the wedding to let them be a part of your special celebration.

Opt for Less Lavish Food

The catering bill can be one of your biggest wedding expenses. But instead of making your wedding feel cheap by forgoing the meal, you can just opt for less expensive menu items. For instance, instead of offering a beef carving station or individual filets, you can offer more affordable cuts of meat with great sauces and a wonderful presentation. You can also lean more heavily towards seasonal vegetables and pastas. When it comes to the iconic wedding cake, you can go with a smaller or less intricate cake to save money. Or, better yet, you can skip the wedding cake altogether in favor of more seasonal individual desserts like strawberry shortcakes. Rustic touches like these are very fashionable right now!

Scale Back the Professional Help

Before you start booking professionals for your wedding, consider which services you really need and which you can do without. You may feel pressured to use a wedding planner, but doing the planning yourself can be more fun and save you tons of money. When it comes to the big day, opting for a DJ or a pianist instead of a full live band can result in substantial savings as well.

Shorten the Reception

Most people leave before the end of the reception anyways, so shortening it by an hour or more probably won’t have much of an effect on your guests. You’ll save money on every professional service you’re using (caterers, the DJ, and photographers) as well as the venue rental by having a shorter reception and most people probably won’t even notice.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Toilets That Do What?! – The Most Surprising Features in Portable Restrooms

Every day our luxury portable toilets surprise people who are expecting the same old porta johns that they’ve seen a million times before. We asked around, and these are the most surprising features that our toilets boast:

  • Elegant Appearance
  • Our luxury restrooms are just that – luxurious! They include stylish décor like wooden cabinetry, accent rugs, faux flowers, and hanging pictures, as well as functional upgrades like large glass mirrors. The insides are so well-appointed that you’ll probably forget that you’re even in a portable bathroom.

  • Climate Controlled Interiors
  • Air conditioning and heat options are available in our luxury portable restrooms to provide comfortable use in all weather. This ensures that they can be used for events year-round day or night.

  • Flushing Toilets
  • The trademark of the standard porta potty is an open toilet filled with blue liquid where waste just sits until it’s pumped out. It’s sanitary, but it’s not always the most pleasant thing to see after other people have used them. Restroom trailers, on the other hand, have flushable toilets to make the whole experience of using them even more enjoyable.

  • Sinks with Running Water
  • Forget the typical hand sanitizer pumps – portable toilet trailers have sinks with running hot and cold water! People can wash their hands as they would in any normal bathroom with a comfortable water temperature and soap. The spacious counters that surround each sink provide plenty of room to rest your belongings while using the facilities and getting cleaned up.

  • Lighting
  • Luxury portable toilets have low level exterior lighting as well as interior lighting to make them functional in the dark. This means that your event doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down! The proper lighting makes them safe, clean, and convenient for people of all ages to use.


    Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

The Most Common Home Bathroom Renovation Mistakes

Bathroom renovations look so easy on TV – you simply imagine your dream bathroom, place some tile or paint an accent wall yourself, go shopping for glamourous finishes, and then you’re all done! Easy breezy, right? Well, not quite! There are a lot of mistakes that can happen along the way (which can end up being costly and potentially dangerous) if you don’t take the time to do everything right. Here are the top bathroom renovation mistakes you might encounter:

  1. Skipping the Planning Stage
  2. Even if you’re not doing a complete bathroom overhaul, you still need to plan everything that you’re doing down to the last detail. Without laying everything out ahead of time and giving careful consideration to the choices that you’re making, you’re bound to end up with a situation where your shower door opens into your toilet, your new vessel sink runs into your existing cabinetry, or something else–. You want to ensure maximum functionality with your bathroom remodel.

    It’s also important to budget appropriately for the work that needs to be done. While planning, you should decide what you want to do now and what can wait until later. Figure out which upgrades will be most cost-effective to do all at once time instead of needing to have trades come out more than once. Finally, leave an emergency fund to cover and surprises that you may encounter.

  3. Trying to Do It All Yourself
  4. Doing the work yourself might seem more budget-friendly, but doing the job right the first time will always be less expensive. That’s why it’s so critical to bring in professional plumbers and electricians that know what they’re doing! Instead of tackling the biggest and most difficult things yourself, hire the pros – they’ll do the job safely and likely finish more quickly than you could on your own. Plus, they’re work will be guaranteed in a way that your own sweat equity won’t be.

  5. Ignoring Water Damage
  6. Many older bathrooms have at least some amount of water damage from leaks or overflows that’s gone unresolved for some time. If you find any water damage, stop immediately and bring in a restoration expert or disaster clean up company to assess the damage and clean it up properly. Where there’s water damage there’s likely also mold. If not cleaned up properly, mold can spread quickly and make you and your family sick. More serious water damage can also cause structural damage, leaving your bathroom unsafe to use. You may end up having to dip into your emergency fund to get water damage fixed, but this is one area that you can’t afford to skip.

  7. Overspending on Finishes
  8. Bathroom finishes (cabinets, hardware, sinks, tile, etc.) can vary widely in prices. Just selecting the first thing that catches your eye is a common remodeling mistake that can result in blowing your budget. Instead of just shopping with your heart, shop your brain as well. Look for deals and less expensive alternatives to your dream finishes to save some money and keep your remodel budget on track.

  9. Not Having a Backup Bathroom
  10. A lot of times people will undertake a bathroom renovation and overlook how being short a bathroom will affect their families’ lives during the process. This is especially true when it comes to renovating a master bathroom. Sure, you may have another full bathroom where everyone can get showered and you can bathe the kids, but forcing the whole family to share is a recipe for disaster. Loud messy kids, family members that take forever getting ready in the morning, and normal bathroom smells are bound to be amplified when extra people share. Instead of driving your family crazy, rent a master bathroom trailer to keep everyone happy. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did! Our master bathroom model of luxury restroom trailer comes with separate bathroom stalls that each have sinks, toilets, and showers so that multiple people can get ready at the same time.

    Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Emergency Portable Toilet Rentals

When people think about portable toilet rentals they usually imagine fun outdoor summer events – corporate functions, weddings, block parties, festivals, concerts, and more! That’s why it might surprise you to discover that emergency portable toilet rentals are much more prevalent than you’d think!

Regardless of the season, homeowners and business owners can find themselves in an emergency situation that requires that they bring in portable toilets at a moment’s notice. That’s where we come in! Here are the most common emergencies that we deliver portable toilets and luxury restroom trailers for year-round:

Power Outages

Both winter and summer storms can leave you without a functional bathroom. While many businesses can close if they don’t have a generator to restore power in an outage, some don’t have any choice but to stay open. For these businesses, we can provide enough porta potties and hand sanitizer stations to keep employees and customers satisfied. When it comes to residential applications, we can have a restroom unit delivered to your location so that you don’t have to go elsewhere to use the bathroom.

Burst Pipes

One of the biggest problems that businesses and residential homes face in the winter is frozen pipes that burst. Obviously, when this happens the water needs to be shut off, which renders indoor bathrooms useless. This is where our luxury portable restrooms can be such a big help! Our luxury bathroom trailers are heated to allow for comfortable use even in the coldest months and their flushing toilets and running water will make you forget you’re using a portable restroom.

Flooded Bathrooms

Whether it’s due to a burst pipe, overflowing toilet, sewer back up, or any other cause, a flooded bathroom can feel like a nightmare. Wake up from this bad situation by renting a luxury portable restroom unit that will serve all the same functions as your residential or commercial bathroom! We even have restroom trailers that have showers to mimic the feel of a master bathroom.

Mold Remediation

A leak or flood in your home can lead to mold growth, requiring professional remediation. While mold is being removed and affected areas are being repaired and replaced, your bathroom won’t be usable. You can rent a luxury restroom trailer for a few days, weeks, or even months to suite your needs.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Top Luxury Restroom Trailers Compared

Here at Kerkstra we get lots of interest in our luxury portable toilets. Event organizers and wedding planners call us all the time asking for more information about our bathroom trailers. They typically want advice about which unit will be right for their upcoming event and we often get into a discussion about how one trailer compares to another. So, we decided to put some of our best tips here on the blog to help you figure out which trailer or trailers you should rent as well!

Privacy

If privacy is important to you, the Embassy 2 Stall, Elite 3 Stall, Hydra ADA +2 Stall, and Master Bath 3 Stall all have individual private stalls. This is typically most important at events where people may need to get changed or get ready for an event in the bathroom. These completely private stalls have their own door to the outside, allowing for easy access for guests. Our other trailers have individual stalls within the dedicated men’s and women’s sections of the trailer. For more detailed information on layouts, please visit the event trailers section of our website.

Urinals

Urinals are a handy option for events where there will be a large number of male attendees because they move men through the process of using the restroom faster than if they had to wait for a regular stall. Many men also prefer using urinals, which causes our luxury portable restrooms that have them to be even more popular than their non-urinal counterparts. Luckily, most our luxury restrooms come equipped with urinals! The Embassy 2 Stall and Elite 3 Stall have urinals in the dedicated private stalls, and the Chalet 6 Stall and Fortress 10 Stall include banks of 2-3 urinals on the wall outside of the private stalls.

Looks

While all our luxury portable restrooms look high-end, we find that our clients typically prefer the dark wood finishes of the Embassy 2 Stall and Fortress 10 Stall trailers. Like the other trailers in our lineup, they have pleasant lighting, large mirrors, and decorative accents; however, they also feature a signature mahogany colored wood to make them even more distinct.

Best Value

Looking for a great deal? The Elite 3 Stall has a 400-gallon waste holding tank, which means that it can service a maximum of 350 attendees for an 8-10 hour event. This capacity makes it the best value for its size.

Size

For large events, you’ll need a large trailer to keep up with demand. Having a trailer that’s too small is the worst thing you can do because it will result in long lines and dissatisfied attendees. The Chalet 6 Stall and Fortress 10 Stall are our workhorses – servicing 500-1000 attendees for a typical 8-10 hour event. Keep in mind, you can also rent multiple trailers for especially large events and then have them stationed at various locations to make it convenient for attendees to find a restroom near their location no matter where they are!

Showers

If you need a portable shower trailer, our Master Bath 3 Stall will fit the bill. It has three dedicated private stalls that each include a toilet, shower, and sink. Think of it as your home master bathroom times three! The stylish look and functional layout makes it a great choice for camping trips, home renovations, and sporting events.

Accessibility

Our Hydra ADA +2 Stall trailer has a dedicated private men’s stall, women’s stall, and unisex handicapped accessible stall. A wheelchair ramp makes it easy for wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers to maneuver to and from the handicapped stall. This unit is perfect for any event where you need accessibility and/or family-friendly options.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Does Your Event Need a Luxury Restroom Trailer?

Every day we get people asking us about our luxury restrooms. They have lots of questions, but the most common one we get is “Do I need a restroom trailer for my event, or will a porta potty be just fine?” If you’re wondering the same thing, then you’ve come to the right place!

Style

Sure, any portable toilet (whether a standalone unit or a trailer) will allow people to do their business, but luxury portable restrooms have an aesthetically appealing element to them as well. From the outside the trailers are more appealing than your typical porta john and on the inside the differences are night and day. While both units will arrive clean and fully stocked, restroom trailers have the appearance of a nice hotel or restaurant bathroom inside. They come with decorative accents like rugs, faux plants, and hanging wall art to accent their large mirrors and wooden cabinetry to amaze guests. If your event needs a touch of style, a luxury restroom trailer is a perfect fit! This is why they’re the top choice for weddings and black tie events.

Functionality

An outdoor event is inherently subject to changes in the weather, which means that in hot or cold temperatures regular portable toilets can become uncomfortable to use. This is one reason why people choose to rent luxury restroom trailers instead of porta potties.


Additionally, luxury restrooms are equipped in a way that allows people to do more than just go to the bathroom. Their spacious interiors, wide counter tops, and large mirrors make it easy for guests to apply their make-up, fix their hair, and even get changed if needed. This is a real plus for weddings or other events where people want to look nice. Some units even come equipped with showers, which is a great benefit for athletes at competitions, campers at festivals, etc.

Capacity

Luxury portable restrooms come in all different sizes, which means that you can select the right number of stalls for your event size. This doesn’t set them apart from regular porta potties, because you can rent as many units of those as you need as well, but their various configurations make it easier for parents to take their children to the bathroom. This difference in capacity is something to consider if your event is going to be family-friendly and attract guests of all different ages.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!