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Old 07-26-2016, 06:33 PM   #1
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VAC-U- FLUSH Pump Install

After about 14 months of ownership and wondering when that silly Vac-U-Flush pump would implode our wait is over! So Dometic is overnighting a new pump to me (for an additional $65). My question for those who are fortunate enough to have a VUF toilet and have experienced the thrill of replacing the pump - Do you have any tips for before I dig in??? Thanks in advance.
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Good luck! Prepare for the mess that comes out of the pump and discharge hose. Use lots of rags. Use your jacks to tip the motorhome so the stuff flows where you want it to go. One good thing - the pump assembly can be pulled away from the vacuum tank fairly easily. The connection just pulls apart. Two o-rings do the sealing. (I had to unclog a duckbill valve of a big wad of toilet paper) And now, after reassembly, my unit holds vacuum for at least two weeks!
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TT - thanks for the helpful tips. The worst part I think was the tight working space - the engineers who thought of burying such a marginal piece of equipment there are not on my hit parade. The vacuflush system is my only regret in my Bounder.
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You are welcome! I think later models do have the vacuflush system mounted where they can be more easily accessed.
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You are welcome! I think later models do have the vacuflush system mounted where they can be more easily accessed.
They should! When you have a system guaranteed to fail you should be able to fix it easily. Why don't they dedicate one compartment to the Vacuflush pump and all the pumps for the Aqua Hot systems.
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They should! When you have a system guaranteed to fail you should be able to fix it easily. Why don't they dedicate one compartment to the Vacuflush pump .
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It's easy enough to move the vaccum generator to a cargo hold, like I did on my terra, 8 hours and your done. I installed the larger vg-4 unit which makes the disassembly for maintainance real easy as it has all threaded fittings so removing hoses is a piece of cake. I do have to say that since I moved the vac gen it has needed nothing, but that's ok, when it does,I will be able to reach and repair it any where, anytime. I posted pics of the relocated unit and the reason for moving it , click my avatar and check my post named flush the vacuflush. I do have to say that now I really like the vacuflush system,it works great,is dependable now that it's installed correctly, and is extremely easy to work on when you have to, of coarse no thanks to Fleetwood......
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I would not hesitate to buy a rig with a properly installed vacuflush system.
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Rick - As a FTer, I don't think that I'm wiling to give up my precious cargo space to move the pump, but I see the beauty for sure. Do you or anyone else know if they make a more powerful replacement for the stock pump? I replaced mine w/o much issue and it is quieter then the OEM, but it doesn't preform as well - it really sucks but not in a good way. As a min I will have Dometic send a replacement and hope it's as least as good as the old one.
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I would not hesitate to buy a rig with a properly installed vacuflush system.
Now that my vacu flush doesn't cycle (had a crack in the toilet seal from the factory and needed to be replaced) I am happy with it. I would not be happy if I had 2 black tanks. The 35K has 2 toilets so it would have been necessary.
Make sure you flush properly (holding the lever down for the recommended time and do the maintenance. It will give you years of trouble free flushing.

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