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Posted: 12/29/21 04:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It’s possible the blade didn’t close all the way and is letting the antifreeze leak out.


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Posted: 12/29/21 05:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So, the toilet is not leaking onto the floor, just not holding water?

The toilet in our camper has never really held water, but it has worked fine otherwise from the beginning. If you fill the toilet, over time the water will vanish - I assume leaking into the black tank.


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Tvov wrote:

So, the toilet is not leaking onto the floor, just not holding water?

The toilet in our camper has never really held water, but it has worked fine otherwise from the beginning. If you fill the toilet, over time the water will vanish - I assume leaking into the black tank.


In a toilet, the water in the bowl works just like the water in a trap under the sink; prevents gasses from entering the living area. If the seal will not hold water up, how does it hold stink down?

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lenr wrote:

Put on plastic gloves and wipe Vasoline all over the seal. This is approved and recommended by Dometic. Dometic is also an easy seal change.


If that is an approved solution by Dometic it must be new. I have always been told to not use any petroleum product on the seal. Plumbers silicone was the correct answer from everything I've ever been told. Please post where Dometic states this as I can't find it.


Plumber's Silicone is what we've used, not Plumber's Putty and it revived it. Works great. Antifreeze is still sitting in the bowl and we winterized early October.


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In a toilet, the water in the bowl works just like the water in a trap under the sink; prevents gasses from entering the living area. If the seal will not hold water up, how does it hold stink down?

While the toilet in my current RV holds water, my last 2 (both class C, bought used), didn't hold water in the bowl for more than 5 minutes, max. But we never had an issue with stink in the 22 years (combined) that we used them. Maybe because the black tank vent was much larger than the tiny leak through the toilet blade?


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I don't recall where I read that Vasoline was suggested by Dometic--it was on a prior trailer. It could have been in the installation instructions for the replacement seal. It's just an easy thing to try, and readily available.

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Texas Nomad wrote:

I winterized my used but newly purchased Coachmen Freedom Express 192RBS about two weeks ago. Today, I went to the storage facility to perform a minor repair. I looked into the commode bowl and discovered that all of the anti-freeze (about a quart) I poured in during winterization was gone. It was bone dry! I realize that the seal is leaking. This never happened in my prior Coachmen TT. Is there a DIY fix for this? Am I looking at a trip to the RV repair shop? Thanks


antifreeze evaporates, have had this hsppeneing for 30 years and never had to replace a seal. it may have a slow weep from a pice of tioilet paper , you can upen it up and clean out the grove, but this happens to me every winter and every spring the toilet works fine.

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Mustn’t be too concerned since you haven’t responded back, but what exactly are you worried about OP? This does not affect the winterization. You do understand that?


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I've had to put on a glove and rub around the seal in my toilet. I never felt any debris, but the seal held after. If you have a really slow leak like it holds water until the next flush you can also just ignore it as when in storage there really is no need for water in the bowl. But before working on the valve I would put a tiny bit of water in the bowl and let it sit for a while to seep down and wet the dry seal before you open the valve.


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Thanks for all the suggestions. The toilet is a Thetford Aqua Magic II. I watched a couple of YouTube videos and ordered the replacement seal. Looks like it will be an easy fix.

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