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Old 11-13-2012, 09:07 PM   #1
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SaniCon Rubber Gasket

I know this isn't an exciting issue and one that probably won't come up that often, but I'm bored, so here goes.

On occasion, I've had to remove the 3" sewer hose from the end of the SaniCon unit. SaniCon uses a wide rubber band type seal under the hose because the hose doesn't fit tight enough to prevent leaks.

Today I had to remove the hose because it was dripping. As usual, when I tried to reconnect the hose, it was a PITA to get the hose back over that rubber band and sealed. I thought about replacing it with Gorilla tape as a seal and then it came to me .

Over the years I've bought some of that repair tape at the RV shows that you can wrap around a radiator hose for repair. It stretches and sticks to itself.

I wrapped the end of the SaniCon with the tape, using 3 wraps, equalling the thickness of the rubber band. I was able to get the hose on easily without the tape moving like the rubber band does.

Just something to keep in the back of your mind next time your dealing with the SaniCon hose. I know everyone has bought some of that tape at one time or another.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:36 AM   #2
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I know this isn't an exciting issue and one that probably won't come up that often, but I'm bored, so here goes.

On occasion, I've had to remove the 3" sewer hose from the end of the SaniCon unit. SaniCon uses a wide rubber band type seal under the hose because the hose doesn't fit tight enough to prevent leaks.

Today I had to remove the hose because it was dripping. As usual, when I tried to reconnect the hose, it was a PITA to get the hose back over that rubber band and sealed. I thought about replacing it with Gorilla tape as a seal and then it came to me .

Over the years I've bought some of that repair tape at the RV shows that you can wrap around a radiator hose for repair. It stretches and sticks to itself.

I wrapped the end of the SaniCon with the tape, using 3 wraps, equalling the thickness of the rubber band. I was able to get the hose on easily without the tape moving like the rubber band does.

Just something to keep in the back of your mind next time your dealing with the SaniCon hose. I know everyone has bought some of that tape at one time or another.
Don,

I have already had to do that.When I replaced my dump valves and the stinky original Sanicon hose I could not get the rubber band to work anymore. I used the Rescue tape and it worked great for that.

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Old 11-14-2012, 11:13 AM   #3
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Thanks Bob......I couldn't remember the name of the stuff when I wrote the post. I had already put it away. The fact that it sticks to itself is what held it on tight without making it sticky where it contacts the hose.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:47 AM   #4
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Oh this is a fabulous tip (amazing what can excite us RVers)!

We usually take out and clean the Sanicon once a year. We did it a couple of months ago and the rubber band was almost done for. I spent a whole week going round RV shops and hardware stores trying to find a replacement, but could get nothing! The silly thing has had a small leak ever since and I'm loathe to phone Sanicon because they never seem to sell anything for less than $50. So I am DEFINITELY taking up this tip.

I assume you guys are talking about this?
Rescue Tape - World's #1 Brand of Silicone Tape!

Now that I'm thinking about it is there any reason regular plumbing tape wouldn't do a similar job?

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Old 11-14-2012, 03:49 PM   #5
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Nina.....I think it worked so well is that it only sticks to itself and when wrapped tight, it stays in place. Plumbing tape would come apart.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:41 PM   #6
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In a "sticky situation" the rubber band could be replaced with a piece of bicycle inner tube. I have tried this and it does work. However - I am sure that the "rescue tape" will do a far better job if you can manage to get hold of it.

Bob - what did you use for a replacement hose? Our wet bay doesn't always smell like Chanel no 5, and it is probably down to the original hose.
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Got ya. Think I stopped the leak today by trimming the worn part of the hose and using some good 'ol plumbers grease, but it probably won't last so I still want to buy some of that tape for the future.

Also replaced both tank valves today...phew!!!

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Old 11-14-2012, 06:45 PM   #8
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THANKS DON, Something else I just have to have now along with my Plumbers Goop. Thanks for the link Nina. I won't spend the rest of the night trying to find some. I have wondered how long mine was going to last especially heading to full timing.
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In a "sticky situation" the rubber band could be replaced with a piece of bicycle inner tube. I have tried this and it does work. However - I am sure that the "rescue tape" will do a far better job if you can manage to get hold of it.

Bob - what did you use for a replacement hose? Our wet bay doesn't always smell like Chanel no 5, and it is probably down to the original hose.
Henrik,

I just purchased some of the gray high quality 3 inch sewer hose and cut it to length. It did wonders for the bad smell in the service bay. One of the lavatory sinks is also above the service bay and the smell would creep into the cabinet below the sink. The original 3 inch hose that comes with the SaniCon is porous enough for the sewer gas to migrate through.

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Old 11-14-2012, 10:15 PM   #10
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My situation was the same as Bob's. The bay was right under the bath. New hose, smell eliminated. I just bought the best/heaviest duty hose from Camping World.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:21 PM   #11
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Mine has a clear plastic coupler attached to the bottom of the SaniCon.

I see it has a large 'O' ring to seal it.

Is the the location of your leak?



Also, the smaller (one and a half inch ?) exit hose is leaking
half way down its run.

What are you using to replace it?


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I know this isn't an exciting issue and one that probably won't come up that often, but I'm bored, so here goes.

On occasion, I've had to remove the 3" sewer hose from the end of the SaniCon unit. SaniCon uses a wide rubber band type seal under the hose because the hose doesn't fit tight enough to prevent leaks.

Today I had to remove the hose because it was dripping. As usual, when I tried to reconnect the hose, it was a PITA to get the hose back over that rubber band and sealed. I thought about replacing it with Gorilla tape as a seal and then it came to me .

Over the years I've bought some of that repair tape at the RV shows that you can wrap around a radiator hose for repair. It stretches and sticks to itself.

I wrapped the end of the SaniCon with the tape, using 3 wraps, equalling the thickness of the rubber band. I was able to get the hose on easily without the tape moving like the rubber band does.

Just something to keep in the back of your mind next time your dealing with the SaniCon hose. I know everyone has bought some of that tape at one time or another.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:59 PM   #12
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SaniCon Rubber Gasket

I recently needed to replace the rubber gaskets on my SaniCon. I called Thetford and they wouldn't sell me just the gaskets.....I would have to buy a replacement 3" hose 'kit' @ $35 plus shipping. I said thanks but no thanks.

If your looking for SaniCon replacement parts try these guys;

MaceratorPumps.com

I got a package of 6 Inlet hose gaskets for 99 cents. Also got a 3/4" discharge elbow assembly made of PVC for $11.00. A much better piece than the flimsy plastic OEM which tended to distort out of round and leak under load from the hose clamps.
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