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Lakejumper

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Posted: 01/21/22 07:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Help, we’re boondocking in the Desert. I have a Thetford Style II that is filling up quickly on its own when the water pump is on! Could this be the flushing mechanism in the back of the toilet or something else?

* This post was edited 01/21/22 10:31pm by Lakejumper *


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Posted: 01/21/22 07:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is it filling to overflowing, or just a half gallon or less? If it continues to fill/overflow, I would suspect the mechanism is sticking or broken.

Easy thing to try, operate flush handle/pedal and let it snap closed. Worst case, you may need to plug supply line to toilet, and use other water source for a manual flush.

Is there a handy guy camping near you, that may be willing to check the valve serving the toilet?

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Posted: 01/21/22 08:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The valve on my toilet did something similar. I temporarily fixed it by installing a sharkbite shutoff in the line behind the toilet. Then you can fill the toilet as needed by opening and closing the valve without disrupting the water supply elsewhere.


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Posted: 01/21/22 08:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It could be a worn or damaged valve, OR it could be some schmutz got stuck in the valve causing it to not fully close. Try rapid opening and closing to see if the seal reseals. Try turning off the pressure and drain down the line a bit to see if that dislodges any gunk. You can even shut off the water, disconnect the line and blow some low pressure air into the toilet while working the valve to see if that helps.

A couple years back I had a sticking valve. I shut off the water, removed the line and squirted some liquid dishwashing soap into the inlet while opening and closing the valve. After reconnecting, no more stuck open valve (I did replace it anyways later that year as a precaution).

if those don't do it, you'll need to make a temp fix like MFL or gwalter suggested.


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Posted: 01/21/22 10:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you all for your quick responses and good suggestions! We did try snapping the flush pedal a couple of times. We will look to install a shut off or plug the water line tomorrow as a temporary fix.

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Posted: 01/22/22 05:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lakejumper wrote:

Could this be the flushing mechanism in the back of the toilet or something else?


There are two suspects and yes that is #1
#2 is the linkages that operate the valve sticking and that's easy to eliminate by manually checking the valve to insure it's in the "Closed" position.

NOTE. very easy to replace the valve.


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I had this happen on my last RV. It is the water valve that you activate with the foot control/flush peddle. Look at the side of the toilet. Easy fix You can get one at most camping part stores and if desperate at Camping world.
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I had a similar situation and found that the valve was fine but the foot pedal had begun to break where the "stop" is which let the valve remain slightly open. I managed to improve the pedal with a small block of wood to provide extra support for that area. Has been fine for several years now. You might want to pop the pedal off and take a good look at it.

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Posted: 01/31/22 04:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well. The “fix” was cleaning the blade at the bottom of the toilet. It wasn’t closing all of the way. Now it’s working fine.

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Posted: 01/31/22 07:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That would drain the toilet, not fill it.


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