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Old 06-27-2014, 12:24 PM   #1
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Macerator Toilet Warning

On another thread I mentioned an issue with my macerator toilet. yesterday we had guests and the DW cautioned the visitor NOT to put anything else in the toilet but the TP. so right after they left we heard the strange sound when flushing. After taking the macerator apart I found the problem. The lady guest forgot what to do and grabbed one of those disinfetant wipes from a cannister nearby. Boy, are those things indestructable! :-) Would never break down on its own.

I'd advise everyone to remove from the toilet area anything that could be substituted by a guest for TP. (I assume no one would put a hand towel in there..)
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I really like the Sanicon system but every now and then a problem can develop due to the macerator. Long time "Amigo" readers may recall that Jetsmania had a problem with his last rig and had to call in an RV specialist to help with the problem as they kept hearing something like rocks in the system. Upon closer inspection and I mean too close the diagnosis was that someone was putting cherry pits into the tank if you know what I mean. So now that is another caveat to add to the list of things not to do!!
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Electric toilet surgery - all in a day's work!

Just for kicks, if you get a chance, click on the link below in the "Ma Snart" thread and tune in to the tale of our handiwork while doing the same surgery to repair our Thetford electric toilet when ours went down from an unexpected misadventure -- it's a certified hoot:

http://www.irv2.com/forums/f103/ma-s...ml#post1722502

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Old 06-27-2014, 08:55 PM   #4
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Slabman, that was good advice. I realize that you were referring to the macerator in the electric toilet. As the Sanicon unit has an impeller at the terminal end I guess the coaches which have both the electric toilet and Sanicon system sort of have a double grind, so to speak. Also one friend told me once, a guest threw a paper towel down the toilet and it plugged up his macerator. I like the idea of keeping everything out of reach which someone not knowledgeable with the unit could obtain and pitch into the toilet.
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My macerator started making an awful racket. I tore it apart and found some small lego blocks. I asked my grandson if he put them down the toilet and he said "no way". I told him 'well you must have eaten them then". Took him about 5 or 10 minutes to figure out what I meant.
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Deek, you really ARE a Hoot! ( Hence the name?.... )

We RVers with these toilets pretty well know the do's and don'ts, but to an outsider, well, it can get a bit confusing. Better to just take away all the things they might injure themselves on, or plug your toilet!

BTW...we regularly buy plain old house brand TP from Walmart or Sam's and find it seems to break down just fine. Never been a fan of paying 5 bucks a roll for that official "camping" stuff.

On another note, after reading the "Deeker" tale of dissecting his toilet it does appear there are some differences between the Dometic and Thetford. His Thetford has an extra two mounting bolts to remove every time someone chucks some no-no into the bowl. Also, the screws holding the impeller housing together require more work and an additional beer just to get 'em out; Dometic's unit is held together with a simple worm clamp. ( I'm still wondering where that extra clamp came from after I put everything back together...) I'm told the Thetford is a tad larger as well. But probably the most significant defining difference is the double flush buttons on the Thetford...something that seems so intuitive I wonder what those folks at Dometic might be smoking.
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