‘White Castle’ Restroom Trailer Joins Military Vehicle Caravan

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association took a two-unit trailer on their cross-country trek

‘White Castle’ Restroom Trailer Joins Military Vehicle Caravan

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When you’re in charge of organizing a month-long, 125-person caravan across the country in large military vehicles, you have to make sure you plan for, ahem, rest stops. And often, there are not facilities available. 

So when the Military Vehicle Preservation Association planned its 2017 Route 66 Convoy this past fall, they needed to plan ahead. “When I took leadership on this convoy, I knew we had to have a solution for bathrooms on the road,” says Dan McCluskey, of Simi Valley, California, commander of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association Convoy. 

He turned to his friend, and fellow Civil War re-enactor, Terry Thompson, who is the corporate officer of Potter’s Porta Potties in Farmersville. 

“We started a conversation over a year ago on how they might take a portable restroom along with them. They stop every couple of hours, and facilities were not always available,” says Thompson, whose father owns the portable sanitation company. 

At first, she suggested the Military Vehicle Preservation Association rent a portable unit in Los Angeles, and she would see if she could find Portable Sanitation Association International members along the way to service the unit. But since Potter’s Porta Potties was in the market for a trailer unit anyway, they ended up purchasing a 10-foot Satellite Suites Spa Edition two-unit trailer. 

Since the unit, which has 105-gallon fresh and 275-gallon waste tanks, was to be picked up in Bristol, Indiana, McCluskey and his rolling military museum offered to pick up the trailer on their first leg of the trip, which began in Chicago and ended in Santa Monica, California. 

The convoy serviced the unit themselves since most nights were spent at RV parks where they could empty the tank. After the convoy finished in October, the group delivered the unit to Thompson’s company. 

McCluskey and his cohorts dubbed the trailer the “White Castle.” His 1954 Dodge M37 3/4-ton cargo truck pulled it in the middle of the convoy, which retraced the original 1926 route when the Bureau of Public Roads launched the nation’s first federal highway system. 

“One of our missions is to go out and present history — we call it history in motion — to the public,” McCluskey says. 

The luxurious accommodations were both convenient and appreciated by Military Vehicle Preservation Association members on the convoy, McCluskey says. And the purchase was a win for Thompson’s company as well. 

While no one from Potter’s Porta Potties was on the convoy, Thompson says, “I would have loved to have gone along. I did follow it on Facebook and YouTube videos.” 

McCluskey, who has done three previous convoys, says this solution was ideal, noting that he would likely not do another convoy with similar accommodations.


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