We've been battling black tank odors this season .. it seemed nothing we have done in the past helped. We already have the Cyclone vents on the roof for our black and grey tanks and over the years, they have really helped. Unfortunately this year, odors have become past the point of covering up with air spray.
Our RV is an '05 and has (or had) an Aqua Magic V. I did plenty of research ... the bowl still held water and was tight to the floor. After reading plenty of posts about people that bought replacement seals, etc - and hearing bad stories about having to disassemble the toilet and many times, it not going back together right, I decided to just look at a replacement.
Amazon had a good deal on a Thetford Residential ($103 after $25 rebate), so I ordered a new Residential toilet. It's a little taller than the Aqua Magic V and has a better foot pedal operation.
The new toilet arrived today and so I prepared for the "stinky" removal.
Overall the process was really quick - it only took about 5 minutes to swap the toilets out. I shut off the water pump, disconnected the line from the back, removed the nuts on the floor bolts and pulled out the old toilet.
After a quick floor cleanup, and making sure the flange was tight to the floor, I dropped the new toilet on and tightened up the bolts.
Yeah it was a bit stinky for a few minutes, but once in place and after running the roof fans -and spraying Febreeze a little liberally
- we had a new Thetford Residential Toilet in place.
While the DW was pleased with the new, less stinky toilet - the first words out of her mouth were "why is it white?" Oh Crap ... I ordered a white toilet, yet our tub/shower enclosure is bone colored. I really didn't notice it in the bright daylight, but as day turned to dusk - yeah the bright white toilet does stand out quite a bit.
Ok, so I screwed that one up. I was just so happy at how easily it went it, I really did not notice it.
Now, what did
I notice? Just how uncomfortable - and wide - the toilet seat is. I sat on it - with my clothes on to test the sturdiness of it - and was not happy at all.
I had to run to Home Depot to grab a couple of shark bite fittings to modify the water feed, and grabbed a much more comfortable seat.
So what is Thetford trying to say about us RV'ers ... that we have really wide bottoms?
Make the decision for yourself. This is a photo of the new toilet with the replacement seat on the bottom and the included Thetford seat on the top. Look how much wider the included seat is all the way around. I kinda' felt that I was going to fall through the seat.
So we're heading out at the end of July again for a few weeks - anyone in the market for a new *unused* white Thetford Residential Toilet with a comfortable seat for 1/2 the price of a new one? If so, let me know and I'll order myself a new bone one to fix my bonehead mistake.