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Old 12-12-2014, 02:32 AM   #1
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Toilet broke

Well very inconveniently toilet flush step broke last night on my wife. So I had to get up, go out side in 30 degrees turn the water off till I could figure out what had happened. It appears that the peddle rocks on a plastic shaft that fits into a groove. And it has worn the groove out and the peddle slipped out and fell off. I tryed to slip it back in but takes only two pumps and it off again. Dose anyone know of the repair?
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:08 AM   #2
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Hi happened to me too. Got ahold of Thetford they said they have heard of this before. They made me get the mod.-serial # off the back of toilet, you cant see it they told me to take a picture with my phone ( Not there first rodeo) .......Than they wanted a copy of my purchase agreement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You know how big the e-bay market is on Thetford ill gotten Aqua Magic style II toilets handles is ......... that's how I made all my money. That aside if you go to the manufacturer of the toilet you will get it faster than going to redwood. Unless you have a dealer nearby that has the part you might be able to expedite your request. If you be carful and use the ball of your foot to hold the pivoting point with your foot and flush with your heel it can be done........remember our ancestors and how they had to go to the outhouse fighting coyote's and bears both ways (that's what my Grandpa said). How did we ever get a man to the moon?
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:58 AM   #3
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Ok thanks ill see what i can do tomorow.
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Old 12-12-2014, 04:26 AM   #4
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Im thinking of just removing this one and replacing it with the Dometic 510 like I had in my last 5wheel. It lasted 5 years with only a seal change.
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Old 12-12-2014, 04:34 AM   #5
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Old 12-12-2014, 05:23 AM   #6
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Same thing happened to us.
First, the flush valve inside the toilet stopped returning to the closed position on it's own. So we started to gently raise the pedal with our foot to close the valve and stop the water from running. Then one day the pedal fell off, the water wouldn't stop running and the bathroom flooded.
Thetford just sent us new parts, but now we have to find someone to install them. The CS person at Thetford told me that the part will wear quickly unless when flushing your foot presses straight down. I really didn't think that it operated any other way. It seemed very odd to me that a water appliance, that is extremely essential, would be so delicate. I'm almost afraid to leave the RV without turning the water off.
Anyone have a different toilet that is not so fragile?
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Old 12-12-2014, 10:16 AM   #7
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Same thing happened to us.
First, the flush valve inside the toilet stopped returning to the closed position on it's own. So we started to gently raise the pedal with our foot to close the valve and stop the water from running. Then one day the pedal fell off, the water wouldn't stop running and the bathroom flooded.
Thetford just sent us new parts, but now we have to find someone to install them. The CS person at Thetford told me that the part will wear quickly unless when flushing your foot presses straight down. I really didn't think that it operated any other way. It seemed very odd to me that a water appliance, that is extremely essential, would be so delicate. I'm almost afraid to leave the RV without turning the water off.
Anyone have a different toilet that is not so fragile?
I'm thinking of adding a 1/4 turn shut off valve in the pex line, behind the toilet.
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:39 AM   #8
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I'm thinking of adding a 1/4 turn shut off valve in the pex line, behind the toilet.
Our last 5th Wheel had a shutoff valve in the water line behind the toilet.
Sure wish Redwood did the same, it was nice to be able to shut off the toilet water right at the toilet.
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Old 12-12-2014, 02:37 PM   #9
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We had the pedal on our toilet come off last winter after about 1 year in service, same problem as posted above. We were able to turn the water valve and flapper valve manually for a few days before we got to Yuma where we got a replacement toilet at Al's RV.

After looking at the design (which is heroic and overly complicated in moving the water and flapper valves), I suspected that any replacement parts would fail again. I chucked the toilet and replaced it with a Dometic, the install was trouble free, no re-piping required although the Dometic is slightly longer in size than the original. There is some slack in the plastic water line coming from the basement, I was able to use the original 90 degree fitting that connects the toilet to the water line

Looking at the way that pedal works I believe that folks having flooding is the first clue that the pedal is starting to fail.

The Dometic has a replaceable water valve assembly, you don't have to replace the entire toilet if it fails, another bonus. If anyone wants the model number of the Dometic toilet I can dig it out.
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:11 PM   #10
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I have had a toilet fail in a prior fifth wheel resulting in a flooded bedroom in the middle of the night. From that point on I place water alarms next to the toilet, under each of the sinks and in the basement. I also turn off the water to the RV every time I leave. Once you get used to shutting the water off it becomes habit just like locking your door when you leave.
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