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Old 08-08-2016, 01:57 PM   #1
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Toilet in my 5th Wheel

Does anyone have any suggestions on to fix the toilet in my rv?? I doesnt hold water in the tank, so it is always dry. It works just fine, just looking to see how to go about fixing possibly the seal.

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Do you mean the bowl? If it is the bowl it might be the blade seal is dirty or bad outright. It's the rubber seal in the bottom of the bowl that the blade or in some ball slides under. You can clean around the lip of the seal with a scribe or something like one. I use one of those Gum Stimulators tools works great and can also be used to replace the seal. Just make sure it never gets mixed up with your dental tools
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Sealand use to sell a cleaning tool. I use my wife's worn out fingernail file sticks to clean the edge of the seal. I follow up with some plumbers grease on the seal. It's worked on 3 different units so far.


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Does anyone have any suggestions on to fix the toilet in my rv?? I doesnt hold water in the tank, so it is always dry. It works just fine, just looking to see how to go about fixing possibly the seal.

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We have a regular toilet cleaning brush that fit the outlet hole perfectly. I cleans the seal edge well. Now if you may need to clean your ball. A Scotchbrite pad works well there. You may need to replace the seal if it is worn out.

Not sure what brand toilet you have, but the old SeaLand splits in half, with a band clamp holding the halves together. Easy to remove the seal and clean or replace. The new SeaLand toilets have a seal you can remove from the top without any toilet disassembly.
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In the past, we've had good luck using Vaseline on the rubber seal. Turn off the water and open the valve about 3/4 and swab the seal. Close, open and repeat. Should be good for about 6 months based on our experience.
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X5^^ Could be anything from tissue residue to calcium carbonate build up. Hard water can also cause the seal to leak. Try a shot of lime remover, white vinegar, borax, (pick one) prior to the above cleaning. let it work for a time.
Same is true of the after flush holes around the rim, they can become crusted.
Bet it will start sealing again.


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There is a special grease used for plumbing situations like yours. Longer lasting and better than Vaseline.
I would just pull the toilet and replace the seal. Shouldn't take more than an hour total.
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There is a special grease used for plumbing situations like yours. Longer lasting and better than Vaseline.
I would just pull the toilet and replace the seal. Shouldn't take more than an hour total.

That grease is 100% silicone plumbers grease available at any hardware store. I use it here and also around the o-rings on my water filters so they don't wad up or leak.


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