Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE OWNER'S CORNER FORUMS > Alpine Coach Owner's Forum
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-06-2012, 06:56 PM   #1
Senior Member
gator67's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: everywhere
Posts: 526
Treating toilet bowl while not in use

We are having work done on the coach and it will be out of service for a couple of weeks. It will be plugged in, and in a climate controlled environment, but the toilet will not be used. My wife is afraid that the water will become stagnant, discolor the bowl, and have an odor. Is there anything we can put in the toilet that won't ruin the seal, but will protect the bowl and keep it from stinking?
Jerry & Shirley Friedman
2014 Chevy Silverado 3500HD
2015 Mobile Suites 38RSSB3
gator67 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free! RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-06-2012, 07:07 PM   #2
Senior Member
jzick's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,193
When we store our unit when we are in our winter stick and brick, we fill the bowl to near the top, add a capful of liquid laundry detergent, and close the lid. Even when I get lazy and do not check it for six weeks or so it seems to be ok. As water evaporates, DW insists the bowl needs cleaned before first use. I probably would not notice if she were not looking first.
jzick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2012, 08:17 PM   #3
Senior Member
gjstacy's Avatar
Alpine Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Posts: 629
Gator, when we park our rig for a few weeks in the heat of Las Vegas, I fill the bowl about half full and cover the opening with plastic wrap (saranwrap, gladwrap). When we climb in again for our next adventure (which we do nearly every month), the toilet bowl is just fine.
Gail, John & Mindy Stacy
2007 Alpine SE 40FDQS, 2011 Equinox
ACA & Alpine SoCal
gjstacy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2012, 12:04 AM   #4
Senior Member
takepride's Avatar
Alpine Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Long Beach, CA
Posts: 1,563
Ewww! Saran Wrap over the bowl can lead to an accidental disaster. That is an old college prank, waiting to happen.

However, it's a great idea. Maybe a colored wrap would prevent the aforementioned disaster....

If there is enough water in the bowl to not completely evaporate, a little Happy Camper gets rid of the stain or ring. I'd imagine dish soap or laundry soap would be a good preventative, just as jzick mentions.
2003 Alpine 40FDTS (400HP)
Long Beach, CA
takepride is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2012, 12:33 AM   #5
Registered User
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 2,899
One post a while back said something to the effect that a little pledge on the rubber seal (o-ring) keeps it pliable. I also heard one fellow at his home in Yuma puts a little olive oil in his toilet which seals the water from evaporation. The olive oil in the tank would not be a good thing I don’t think, so the clear plastic wrap is the fallback idea.
Renipladlo is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:35 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.