Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Toilet Repairs

Sorry about the delay in posting on our new toilet install, but I needed a day of rest!  Here is a photo of our old toilet....
 What I like about this one is the china bowl....it has a lip on the inside and it comes up high enough on the back to hide all the hoses.  We don't have it on here, but there is also a plastic piece that wraps around the bottom area and hides all that as well. 
Here is the new toilet....as you can see the china bowl does not come up to hide the plumbing in the back and there is no "skirt" for the bottom.  It has a side flush.
 A closer look....Billy installed a shut off valve where the water line comes in.  That was a little exciting....he somehow manage to put the valve in backwards.  When the water was turned back on it was a regular fountain back there, I went running through the fiver screaming, "shut it off, shut it off!".  He turned off the water, but we had quite the mess to clean up.
 This toilet has no rim at the top.  I'm not sure about that yet...don't know if it will be a problem or not at this point.  
My biggest pet peeve is this....sticking up in plain sight.  
As you can see, the toilet seat that came with it has the molded plastic piece attached to it to hid the tubing.  I don't like anything about it.  The plastic is all very thin and flimsy.  I decided I would rather have the better "seat" so I opted to put our old "seat" onto the new toilet and live with seeing the tubing.
As to function....well so far, I do like the way it flushes.  The foot pedal doesn't take as much force in stepping down to flush.  The toilet also does a little better job of rinsing than the old one and this toilet is also a little taller....Which makes getting up and down from it a bit easier on the old knees....LOL!  I guess function wins out this time.  Our old toilet was a Thetford, the new is a Dometic.  In the four years we had the Thetford, we took it apart and replaced different parts on it at least 3 times.  I'm hoping the Dometic does better....time will tell.


  1. Our toliet is like your old one ~ I kinda agree with you about the new one!!!
    Have fun & Travel safe

  2. I'd be interested in hearing how it works compared to the Thetford. We had a Dometic and had to change the rubber seal at least yearly. I was told that with Thetford you rarely had to change the seal. Good luck with it!

  3. So far after 3 years the old Thetford is still going strong. Is that a Sealand Toilet you installed, heard the same thing about gaskets in it. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  4. One thing I don't miss about retiring from the RV life is having a regular toilet in my house. In fact, I would make that having regular appliances that don't cost a fortune to buy or repair.

    I hope this works out for you - nothing worse than having problems with a toilet!

  5. About that top part you dont like --just paint it green and call it a frog!!


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