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Old 05-27-2014, 02:35 PM   #1
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Leave water in toilet during storage?

First I’m a newbie – We live in the Arizona desert. Having read that it is miserable to replace a dried out toilet seal, I have been leaving water in the bowl to keep it covered (top side anyway) But the water evaporates FAST so now I have a calcium\mineral build up that will need to be scrubbed off the bowl (luckily it is porcelain) so the question is – do you leave the bowl empty and let the seal dry out or do you keep it covered with water? I have been keeping water in the sink and shower P traps – they evaporate clear in about 3 weeks this time of year. Supposed to be 106 today - I went over to the coach this morning and it was already 101 inside…

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Try putting in RV antifreeze. It won't evaporate near as fast as water.

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You can add a little white vinegar to the water to help prevent the ring from forming and then cover the toilet with Saran Wrap to help slow evaporation. You might want to put a note on the toilet to remind you that you have the saran wrap on;-)
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You can also put enough vegetable oil in the water to cover the surface to slow the evaporation. Or you could just put some vegetable oil in to cover the seal.

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We use Olive Oil.
Doesn't evaporate and lubricates the seal.
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Live in Nevada, so I understand the problem. Checking water in toilet, now toilets, with bath and a half model, is on my biweekly check list. Had the trap door on first RV stick shut and took a lot of effort and soaking to get it loose.
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I live in central California and it gets hot here too, although not as bad as you have it.

I never leave my bowls dry out, I fill them with water and a couple drops of Dawn dish soap, with the soap perhaps keeping the rubber lubed.

I don't recommend wrapping the bowl in any type of plastic...You'll get mold.

I have three roof vents and I've put the Maxxair Roof Vent covers on them. I keep those vents and windows open along with a windshield external cover to help with the heat although it will still hit 110+ inside.
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First I’m a newbie – We live in the Arizona desert. Having read that it is miserable to replace a dried out toilet seal, I have been leaving water in the bowl to keep it covered (top side anyway) But the water evaporates FAST so now I have a calcium\mineral build up that will need to be scrubbed off the bowl (luckily it is porcelain) so the question is – do you leave the bowl empty and let the seal dry out or do you keep it covered with water? I have been keeping water in the sink and shower P traps – they evaporate clear in about 3 weeks this time of year. Supposed to be 106 today - I went over to the coach this morning and it was already 101 inside…

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I don't know if this will help you with the calcium build up but you might give it a try.
Toilet Seal Leaking
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