Meet Kim: Your Go-To Resource for Special Event Reservations

Meet Kim Brawn, our Special Events Sales Manager

At Don’s Johns we always say, “Our People Make the Difference.”  Kim Brawn, Special Events Sales Manager, makes a difference for our customers and her colleagues. We recently spoke with Kim to get her take on portable restroom reservations and working at Don’s Johns.

 

 

What is your role at Don’s Johns and how long have you worked here?

I have been the Special Events Sales Manager at Don’s Johns for two years, although in total I’ve worked here for six years. I’m responsible for handling our high-end clients such as the Redskins, Preakness and Quicken Loans National. I’m mostly involved with the larger events that need hundreds of restroom units, rather than smaller scale events.

Can you walk us through the reservation process?

First there is initial contact with the customer – either they reach out to us or we reach out to them. The goal is to make their event successful so we try to obtain important information such as length of the event, how many units are required, where units can be set up, etc. right from the beginning.   We try to give some guidance based on our experience when needed and will use that experience to make sure that all of the details are covered. For example, with larger events, the suggestion of a VIP area with high end products may be something the planner would like to offer the customer and that is a detail that may not have occurred to the planner.

Once we have all the event information and finalize the number of restroom units, a contract is prepared and sent to the customer. After the sale has been processed, a project manager (something that is unique to Don’s Johns) will coordinate the event and plan exactly what the customer needs. This includes conducting walk throughs, supervising load ins and being on site to staff the event. Large special events are usually staffed by at least 2 employees, the project manager and myself.

How early before an event should portable restrooms be reserved?

It depends on the size of the event. For large special events, customers should reach out 3-6 months beforehand.  For events requiring less than 25 units, a couple of weeks before the event is okay. However, reservations that take place during our busy season should happen as soon as possible! We are extremely busy from April 1 to October 31, so customers need to take that into consideration when planning their event to ensure that the specialty products they desire are available.

What are some common frequently asked questions?

We get a lot of questions about timing of delivery. For example, some events only have a one-day permit, so the units need to be delivered and picked up on the same day. While we can accommodate these short delivery/pickup windows, we would prefer to have a larger window. I think most people don’t realize there’s a lot of team work between us and the customers, so giving us as all the information about the event is very important!

What’s the deal with getting a permit?

A lot of people also call and ask about permits. We do not handle any type of permitting, so customers need to get the permits from the specific venues, county, etc. The reason we stay out of the permit discussion is because there are a variety of permits required by different counties, so we ask that the customer determine what permits are required by their county. Sometimes the contract between Don’s Johns and the customer is required to get the permit, so in that case we help them by providing that.

Are there questions customers ask too late?

Customers make last minute changes all the time and assume we can accommodate them. We do our best to work with the customer to make sure they are satisfied, but it is better for both parties to be prepared ahead of time.   For example, unit placement at venues is a huge issue that needs to be addressed beforehand because it’s something that isn’t easy to change. Determining unit location beforehand makes the delivery process much smoother and will cause less stress for the event planner who normally has multiple vendors to work with on load in day.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Don’s Johns?

It’s twofold — working with customers is enjoyable and it’s very satisfying to see events, especially brand new events, pulled off from start to finish. Also, the Dons’ Johns’ team is a great team and I appreciate working with them every day. From operations to every aspect of the process, we all have to work together and everyone is willing to do what it takes to get the job done.

Can we give you a call if we have any additional questions?

For more information about special event reservations or to personally ask Kim a question, email her at kbrawn@donsjohns.com.

Looking for a little luxury at your fall outdoor wedding? Find out how to plan for when nature calls.

Fall is one of the most popular times to have an outdoor wedding because of the cooler weather and beautiful colors in nature. But planning an outdoor fall wedding can be tricky – between knowing the right number of restroom facilities needed to keeping your guests warm – things can get complicated. With 50+ years of experience in the industry, we have some insider tips to help ensure all your guests’ needs are met and your wedding day goes off without a hitch.

1. Proper Restroom Facilities

Many outdoor wedding venues don’t offer a sufficient amount of restroom facilities for your guests, which forces guests to wait in long lines or walk a long way to the bathrooms. When guests are provided with adequate restroom facilities, they stay longer and have a better time. If you are planning on serving alcohol at your reception, it’s important that you increase the number of restrooms by 20%. If you know there are going to be a higher percentage of women in attendance (beyond 50%), increase the number of units by 25-50%. Additionally, it’s important always include at least one wheelchair accessible unit! For more guidance on choosing the correct number of restroom facilities check out our Event Planning Guide.

2. Upgrading from Standard to Luxurious

Almost as important as providing an adequate number of restroom facilities, is providing your guests with luxurious restroom trailers instead of standard units. Weddings should feel anything but standard and this simple switch is an easy way to wow your guests. The Don’s Johns’ luxury trailers come with amenities such as granite countertops, marble walls, shelving and climate-controlled heat and air. The trailers include a dual audio system that not only plays soothing music for visiting guests, but also ensures those waiting to use the restroom don’t miss any moments from your big day with three flat screen televisions. These trailers always give guests something to talk about!

3. Bathroom Décor

If you really want to get your guests talking, we suggest including a few subtle extras in the trailers such as, a bathroom essentials basket, monogrammed towels, fresh flowers or luxe soaps. Remembering small details like these create the finishing touches on a luxurious fall wedding. Guests will think they have transported from an outdoor venue to a five-star hotel!

Now that you know the industry tips to creating a luxurious outdoor wedding this fall, contact a Don’s Johns representative today for a free luxury restroom trailer quote. Let us help you with your special day!

5 Questions to Ask When Renting a Portable Toilet or Restroom Trailer

Are you hosting an event and just not sure what type of portable restroom option to choose? First, do realize that the main difference between the two is that a portable toilet is a standard restrooms with a toilet and possibly lighted sink area. A restroom trailer is much larger, offering recessed lighting, temperature control, and vanity areas. Let’s review a few questions you should ask yourself before renting.

Are Other Restrooms Nearby?

If there are public restrooms available near your event, you may still consider a portable restroom to ensure your guests don’t travel too far. So your option for portable restrooms will be due to placement. If you have many guests attending, you don’t want them all wandering the park area looking for a restroom. If the grounds have a nice restroom facility already, consider just a few portable toilets in the area. If not, you’ll want to have a toilet trailer for their comfort.

Are There Other Events at the Same Facility?

As stated above, if there are restroom facilities on site, it may just be an issue of how long it will take the guests to get to the restroom. However, another question to ask yourself is if there will be other events going on at the facility as well. If you are expecting many guests, your guests could have a long wait if another event has many patrons as well.

For larger events, a portable toilet trailer is best to have to reduce long lines. This is especially helpful and cost effective if your event revolves around product sales. You want your guests at your events, not waiting to use the restroom.

Will Children be in Attendance?

However, if your event is lengthy and children are in attendance, consider the parent’s needs. They may need to change infants, and that’s possible with a baby changing station in a portable trailer unit. For family events, families need the space and amenities to get their children tidied up. Children get into all sorts of accidents such as muddy shoes and chocolate covered shirts.

What type of Portable Toilet will fit my Event?

The type of event that you will host makes a big difference. Impressions are everything, and portable restroom options are no different. If you’re hosting a sporting event, portable toilets are a perfect option and are cost effective. Adults can use the restroom fairly quickly. If it’s a short event, that may be all they are doing. Nobody is going to linger in a restroom and miss the big pitch!

However, for more formal black tie events, you need to have a more comfortable environment, such as Don’s Johns Luxury Presidential Restroom Trailer. Black tie events such as award ceremonies and art gals, your guests need to groom themselves before walking on stage or freshen up before networking. Give them the amenities they are going to need to do so. These types of events usually request a handsome amount for the tickets. A five-star restroom is well deserved.

How long will the event last?

If you are hosting an event for a long period, portable toilet trailers have the lighting and space you will need. A portable toilet is dimly lit. Your guests want to be able to freshen themselves up. This helps everyone feel comfortable and stay longer.

Contact Don’s Johns friendly representatives today. They are knowledgeable regarding each type portable toilet or restroom trailer and can help you decide on the best for your event.

A Deep Look into Don’s Johns Luxury Restroom Trailers

Are you hosting an event and want it to be as upscale as possible? Well, keep Don’s Johns in mind and our affordable luxury restroom trailers. Having our trailers enables you to throw your extravagant event virtually anywhere. There is no need to continue to change your event date because you can’t book a specific hotel. We can deliver our luxury restroom trailers almost anywhere!

What makes our luxury restroom trailers so unique is that they are classy, spacious, and downright some of the sexiest restrooms your guests will ever step foot into. It may be the talk of the event! As we have many types of luxury portable restrooms and trailers, here are our top five most luxurious.

DJ2000LX Luxury Presidential Restroom Trailer

Our Luxury Presidential Restroom trailer features beautiful granite counters and shelves. Your guests will gaze in awe at its brown marbleized walls; something many fine hotels do not feature. You’ll feel safe and secure walking across the elegant hardwood designed flooring also.

Each trailer is comfortable, providing a climate controlled heat and air conditioned environment, an added plus on extreme temperature days. Don’t be shocked to see your guests hanging out watching the events inside on the large flat screen TV. This luxury restroom trailer features a women’s suite with one flushing toilet, a granite countertop, vanity sink with mirror, and automatic air freshener. The men’s suite hosts the same and includes a black urinal as well.

DJ2000LH Luxury Restroom Trailer w/ADA Room

This Luxury Restroom Trailer is just a step down from the presidential restroom trailer. However, it has loads of the same luxurious benefits such as heat and air conditioning, hot and cold running water, private rooms, wood grain floors, and audio sound system. Instead of granite countertops, it contains beautiful Corian countertops. This trailer also has an ADA suite. Here, those needing the additional space, such as wheelchair or accessibility have an 8’ x 6’ room to use. It can also double as a family room, featuring a baby changing station. There are handrails throughout, making it safe for seniors as well.

DJ2300LX Luxury Presidential Restroom Trailer

This is our larger luxury presidential restroom trailer. Featuring gorgeous stained wood restroom trailer, you’ll have all the same features of the DJ2000LX mentioned above. However, this unit is double the excitement. There is a flat screen TV on each side for men and women to enjoy. These are cable ready as well. Guests have shorter wait times as there are two private stalls for women, complete with all the amenities of hot and cold running water, soap, and plenty of paper towels. The men still have one private stall, but there are three urinals.

DJ2300LF Luxury Restroom Trailer w/Family Room

If you are planning an elegant, family-friendly event, Don’s Johns also offer our luxury restroom trailer with family room. This suite has beautiful Corian counters with matching white wainscoting and trim. The doors are wood panel and hardwood designed flooring. It is also a climate controlled restroom trailer. You’ll have access to two private stalls in the women’s suite and one private stall and three urinals for the men’s suite. In addition, the family suite is a gasping 8’ x 6’, so you can even place a chair or bench in to help organize children or for guests to change. A full-length mirror is provided as well.

DJ5000LX Luxury Presidential Restroom Trailer

We know you may be thinking it can’t get any better. However, we always have something up our sleeve. Check out the virtual tour of our DJ5000LX Luxury Presidential Restroom Trailer; you’re going to love it. This upgraded four stall women’s suite, and two private stall men’s suite speak elegance. The three flat screened televisions may steal your guests for the night.

So after checking out our surprisingly affordable luxury restroom trailers, give our associates a call. We’ll be happy to talk about our optional decoration packages as well.

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Keep Your Customers Happy, Even During Business Remodeling

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Don’s Johns has been servicing the greater Washington, DC area for 50 years. As you may think of us as just a provider of portable restrooms for construction crews, concerts, weddings, and other special events, we also are here for our local businesses, even during remodeling.

If you’re working on a simple or complete remodeling project, you still have a business to run; you can’t just close your doors. Don’s Johns understands your pains of trying to keep happy customers, even during your business remodeling season. Here are three ways partnering with us helps you keep your customers happy during such a hectic and unorganized time.

Leaves the Impression Your Employees Practice Sanitary Habits

In most establishments, there are employee restrooms and separate customer restrooms. However, sometimes a place of business only has one. Your customers are going to notice the lack of restrooms for your staff, be it a food establishment or general retail store. Good hygiene and sanitary practices are expected nowadays. With germ spreading on the rise, a customer can’t help but notice and wonder if your employees are washing their hands throughout the day.

Help ease your customer’s mind and let them know that you have a clean restroom facility on site for your staff to use. This is also a great way to show the contractor and their crew you are looking out for their best interests as well. Don’s John’s restrooms each have hot and cold running water and ample amounts of soap. You’ll also find having a few hand sanitizers in your restaurant establishment for employees to use once they’ve left the restroom is comforting as well.

Don’t Lose Customers Because of a Lack of Restroom Facility

When your customers come out to shop and browse, they want to do so comfortably. However, having children with them could cut their trip short, if you are renovating the store and restroom area. Your customers may need to change their babies. Toddlers alert parents right then and there they have to use the restroom, not a moment sooner. Once your customer leaves your place of business, this opens the door for them to visit your competitor, with a clean restroom waiting for their use. The possibility of them walking back to pick up that item they were eyeing is drastically reduced.

Get the Portable Option to Meet the Needs of Your Customers

Make sure your customer needs are being met. Don’s Johns has a variety of standard portable restroom solutions as well as luxury restroom trailers that are ADA compliant. Each trailer is stocked with antibacterial soap to use with hot and cold running water, which is perfect to prevent the spread of germs during the cold season. The cool winter air prevents most from wanting to use a standard portable unit outdoors. However, our restroom trailers are a climate-controlled environment, for those side-walk sale shoppers to relieve themselves in comfort.

You can count on Don’s Johns to provide the portable restroom facilities your organization needs. We have plenty on hand and available for you to use for as long as you need.
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How to Choose Between a Restroom Trailer and a Portable Toilet for Your Event

How to Choose Between a Restroom Trailer and a Portable Toilet for Your Event

You may have already read about how many porta potty’s you should have for your event in our Porta Potty Event Planning Guide. However, how do you determine which is best for your event: a restroom trailer versus a portable restroom? Let’s examine the benefits of both and other considerations to factor into your decision.

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Benefits of Restroom Trailers

A restroom trailer is one large unit which contains a few to many individual restroom stalls. You can rent a basic trailer to one of our most presidential functioning trailers. Trailers offer more space for your guests than an individual portable toilet unit does. Restroom trailers are a climate controlled environment.

Each Don’s Johns trailer come with dual audio sound systems and television screens to keep up with the outdoor engagements. You’ll also have large Corian or granite countertops, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, hot and cold running water, and other beautiful amenities included. Restroom trailers are an excellent investment for large, formal events.

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Benefits of Portable Restroom

A portable restroom is a single unit meant for one person to use at a time. They also offer complete privacy, something individuals at certain gathers may appreciate more. If you are having a standard event or are budget conscious, portable toilets are a good way to go. You may also upgrade to Don’s Johns VIP Flushing Toilet with Sink.

How Long Will the Event Be For?

The first thing you want to consider is how long your event will be for. A one or two-day event is perfect for portable toilets. However, if you will be hosting an event for a few days, restroom trailers are an excellent choice. They have large holding tanks that do not need to be frequently changed.

Where is the Event Located and What Type of Guests Will Be Present?

Make sure to arrive at your event location and find out where you can set up your portable restroom or trailer units. That may determine which you can have on-site.

You’ll also want to factor in which your guest will appreciate more. An entire wedding party would not appreciate trying to squeeze into a single portable restroom to help each other dress for an outdoor wedding.

What are the Weather Expectations?

In addition to considering where your event will be, what is the weather expected to be like? If you are hosting an event outdoors, and there is a chance of rain, your guest will appreciate having a restroom trailer to retreat into. Guests can refresh themselves and hang out until the downpour is over if needed. If it’s extremely hot outside, you and your guests will appreciate being able to retreat to a burst of cool air.

What is Your Event’s Budget?

Don’s Johns has a variety of restroom trailers and portable restrooms. We have standard porta potty restrooms and you can upscale to our Luxury Presidential Restroom Trailer. You can be as fancy as you want. There is a unit for everyone though that can accommodate your needs and budget.

As you can see, there are a number of factors that affect your decision to rent a restroom trailer or a portable restroom. Contact our friendly representatives at 888-331-6323 today so we can find a unit to match your needs.

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ADA Handicap Portable Restroom Rental for your next Event

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Every day we take the little things in life for granted, such as enjoying a good BBQ event with our friends. There are plenty of food, entertainment, and drinks. As a host, you may be friendly and invite many over, however, cautious enough to keep the party outdoors.

As a noteworthy gesture, you should always order portable restroom trailers to keep your guests happy. They can consume as many drinks as they wish and have a perfectly acceptable area to relieve themselves in. Portable restrooms allow guests to stay as long as they wish.

Unfortunately, some things can be overlooked. One of them is ensuring there is at least one ADA handicap portable restroom at your next event. It may not seem like a big deal to you, but for those on crutches, use a cane, or are wheelchair bound, it’s very different from their point of view.

ADA Handicap Portable Restroom Rental – Your Guests Need Secure Features

You don’t think about security when it comes to portable restroom. However, a standard porta potty is different from that of an ADA handicap portable restroom.

For starters, an ADA restroom standard porta potty makes it easy for a wheelchair to roll across the entrance. For a restroom trailer such as the DJ2300LH Luxury Restroom Trailer w/ADA Room, you’ll see your guests that need accommodations can comfortably use the wide steps and handrails to ease up to the door. There is also an ADA compliant entrance ramp. You’ll also find inside there are interior safety bars. The floor is non-slip to help prevent any accidents.

Your Guests Need To Be Comfortable

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At any party, your guests should be comfortable. Having the right luxury restroom trailer is available for all your guests. The DJ2000LH Luxury Restroom Trailer w/ADA Room has beautiful Corian countertops and woodgrain non-skid floors. There is plenty of fresh hot and cold running water for your guests to freshen up. It also has heat and air conditioning available.

Guaranteed that if you ensure your guests have ADA handicap accessibility options, you will be remembered as the host that considers everyone’s needs. It’s so much better to do this than not at all. Then, you could be remembered as the inconsiderate host whose next party they dare not attend.

We would love to help you plan your outdoor event. Give us a call – toll free at 888-331-6323. You can also contact us here for a free quote.

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Portable Potty Rentals in DC, MD and VA

Portable Restroom & Porta Potty Rentals VA, MD & DC

When you need sanitation services, you want to be sure that the portable potty rental company you choose is reliable, affordable and experienced. Don’s Johns has the largest selection of portable potty rentals in the Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area to meet your needs. Whether it is a standard restroom, VIP flushing, or luxury Premier solar powered restroom, we have the products to fit any size need and budget.

We can truly do it all, no matter the event size. We carry all-inclusive portable potty rentals and sanitation solutions to serve your needs! Whether it is a single portable potty for a small construction job or 5,000+ porta potties complete with hand-washing stations and shower trailers for an inauguration or weekend long event, Don’s Johns provides the portable sanitation services that you need, when you need them!

Largest inventory of Portable Potty Rentals

portable-potty-rentalWe have the largest inventory of portable restrooms and restroom trailers in the Mid-Atlantic region including Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. Our complete selection construction porta potties are primarily dark blue in color. We are also the only company in the region with an extensive product line of special event restrooms. Our line of hunter green portable toilets are dedicated solely to special events so you can rest assured that you will not receive a restroom that has been used on construction sites for your event.

Also on our porta potty website, you can view our complete line of portable toilet related products, such as handicap accessible restrooms, restrooms with sinks, Hook Construction Portable Toilets, Rolloway Hi-Rise Construction Toilets, Road Crew Porta Potties with included trailers, VIP flushing restrooms, stand-alone sinks and hand wash stations, basic to luxury restroom trailers, shower trailers, waste holding tanks for homeowners, restaurants, caterers and jobsites, interior restroom systems for office trailers, and luxury solar powered restrooms.

We also provide septic and waste-water pumping services for Home, Business, Restaurant, Municipal, Government and Agricultural needs. Our on-site washing and maintenance facilities provide the cleanest and most well-maintained truck fleet in the septic tank maintenance industry.

If you see a product you desire that is not currently on our site, please call us at 888-331-6323. We guarantee that if we don’t have the portable restroom, trailer or sanitation supplies that you are looking for, we will get it for you!

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Facts about Portable Toilets

 

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They have many names, port-a-potty, porta potty, portable john, portable potties, portable sanitation units, restroom trailers, and the water closet. Either way you label them; portable toilets have been around for quite some time as a convenience for personal and business events. If you have any questions about portable toilets, here are a few answers.

When was the first portable toilet invented?

In the 1940’s, shipyard crewmembers needed a convenient method of using the restroom. It was a huge cost, as the laborers had to go back and forth from the ship to the dock to use the restroom. So, one of the managers had designed a wood cabana and holding tank placed on the dock, and the portable toilet began. George Harding did not patent it until 1962. PolyJohn Corporation and the age of portable toilets began thanks to cofounders George Harding, George Hiskes, and Ed Cooper.

How do you keep the smell down in a portable toilet?

Portable toilet systems are more than meets the eye. Depending on the length of use, you can have an entire Interior Restroom System consisting of a 100-gallon fresh water-holding tank and a 250 gallon secured waste container. This is an Odorless external system. The waste tank fits under the trailer.

A standard porta-potty has a 62-gallon wastewater-holding tank and plenty of ventilation. Many times, the company will use a combination of fragrance and a dark blue dye to mask the odor between cycling out the waste tanks.

How sanitary are portable toilets?

Portable toilets are now just as sanitary as a restaurant or hotel’s restroom. Some restroom trailers provide baby-changing stations. They have no toilets inside the room and are made of FDA-approved polyethylene, which resists bacterial growth. You will find a variety of toilets such as ADA complaint Wheelchair Accessible Restrooms and Luxury Restroom Trailers.

You’ll also find at events that valet services are available to ensure the restrooms are clean and well stocked with supplies. There are also plenty of other accessories to keep you clean such as hand sanitizers, Hand Wipes & Foam, Quad Wash Station, and Portable Sink with running hot and cold water.

Why would I rent a portable toilet rather than use the one at my business or at the park?

Portable toilets offer the convenience of no maintenance. You don’t worry about your sewer clogging. You have a dependable restroom system to use for any event. It’s a perfect way to ensure you have enough stalls for guests. Finally, some are transferable for mobile sites.

Contact Don’s Johns friendly customer service agents today if you have further questions about portable toilets 888-331-6323.

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How to Choose The Right Porta Potty Rental

A porta potty rental is extremely important to have at any outdoor project or event.  A porta potty can be used at an outdoor concert, outdoor festival or for construction workers working outdoors or at your house for renovations. Don’s Johns has porta potties for each and every occasion. In fact, let us help you choose a porta potty for your upcoming event with these helpful porta potty rental tips.

Evaluate where your event is taking place

If you are having an event like a food festival or an outdoor health care fair you want a porta potty rental that does not just have a toilet, it also needs a sink. Portable bathrooms such as the VIP Flushing toilet With Sink is great for allowing people to use the bathroom comfortably and clean their hands appropriately.

Festivals also draw many different crowds of people; having a toilet that caters to all different types of people is very important. The Wheelchair Access Portable Toilet has plenty of space and is great to rent with another porta potty rental so that everyone can use the bathroom comfortably.

luxury-porta-potty-rentalEvaluate who is coming to your event

You can choose what portable bathroom to rent by evaluating who exactly will be attending your event. If you are looking for a porta potty rental for a special event such as a celebrity gathering or government inauguration, you are going to want to rent our Luxury Presidental Restroom Trailer. This station has luxurious sinks, toilets and fixtures that will impress those of importance.

Does your event evolve around children or babies? Then you should choose to rent our Baby Changing Stations. These stations are great for mothers to be able to change their toddlers and babies. There is no toilet in the room so you have plenty of space to change your child quickly and comfortably.

Please visit Don’s Johns today and pick the porta potty that’s perfect for your needs. Contact us today for a free quote.porta-potty-rental