Fixing Your RV Toilet So You Can Go While On The Go

Owning an RV makes traveling a lot more fun. One of the greatest benefits of having an RV to travel in is having the ability to go while you're on the go. Unfortunately, the toilet in your RV could malfunction, but if you know how to make repairs while you are traveling, you can continue your travels without stopping at every rest area along the way. Below, you will find three common problems that can occur at any given time and learn how to make the repairs without slowing down.

Leaking Water

If you notice water on the floor in the bathroom, the two most common problems are a loose water connection or a problem with the gasket on the base of the toilet.

Start by checking the water connection. Use a wrench to tighten the fit and see if that fixes the leak. If it doesn't, try using a little bit of Teflon plumbing tape on the threads of the fixture to create a tighter seal.

If the gasket is what is causing the leak:

  • Turn the water off and drain the water out of the toilet.
  • Locate and remove the bolts at the base of the toilet that hold the toilet secure.
  • Lift the toilet and set it inside the tub or shower.
  • Remove the worn out gasket and clean the area well.
  • Position a new gasket and position the toilet back in place.
  • Insert and tighten the bolts.

If you don't have any success with either of these repairs, you will likely need the assistance of a RV repair technician to determine where the leaking water is coming from.

Difficulty Pressing the Flushing Handle or Pedal

If the flushing handle or foot pedal has become difficult to move, the lubricant has likely worn away and needs to be replaced. Use a can of spray lubricant with a straw dispenser to spray the area just around where the handle or pedal meets the toilet.

Another area to lubricate is the toilet blade in the base of the bowl. If the lubricant wears off of this part, the handle or pedal will become difficult to move.

Clogged Toilet Blade

The blade inside the toilet bowl releases the water and waste from inside the bowl and sends it into the black water holding tank. This blade can become clogged when the toilet is not flushed using enough water. Use a long-handled screwdriver to free up the waste caught up in the blade and run some water down into the toilet.

Make sure to teach anyone traveling with you to properly flush the toilet using enough water to wash away the toilet paper and waste to prevent future clogs.

Knowing how to handle these three toilet issues will help you keep the toilet in usable condition while on the road.

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