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TIPS FOR REPLACING AN RV TOILET

Last year we upgraded our toilet and you guys, I think it’s my favorite update so far! It’s so wild what a difference it has made. Our old potty sat much lower to the ground (think squatty) and the bowl was super shallow (think yuck!) So needless to say, when one of the flush pedals broke off and water started leaking from somewhere, I was not crying about needing a replacement.

(Notice the range of flooring in this post; yucky vinyl, shiny new sexy hexy and some real life, “why-did-I-use-white-grout-in-a-camper” above 😅😂)

I spent an insane amount of time pouring over Amazon reviews and asking “how deep is the bowl??” on different toilets before we finally settled on this guy. I really wanted a toilet that was equipped with a sprayer (bc of that baby fever!) and I’m SO glad that we were able to find one. It’s perfect for watering plants and makes cleaning super easy, I love it!  Another cool thing about this particular toilet is that the bowl is porcelain! Which does add a bit of weight, but also does so much in terms of making it feel like a regular toilet and not a tiny plastic camper potty. 😉

If you’ve ever thought about replacing your potty I am here to show ya that it’s super simple and you are totally capable of doing it yourself. There are loads of videos on the internet that show you exactly how to do that so this post isn’t going to be wildly detailed, I just want to share some of the things we learned along the way. But before we begin, there are a few things we need to talk about;

  • EMPTY YOUR BLACK TANK BEFORE STARTING
  • TURN OFF YOUR WATER TOO
  • this is a rather stinky job, you’ll want to crank open your windows and turn on your vents to keep air circulating, and you’ll probably want a breathing mask as well!

Removing the old toilet was probably the easiest part of the whole process, there are two little bolts on either side of the base and you just need to remove the nuts on those bolts. Once you remove the bowls you can literally just lift it up and throw it out the window, you just removed a toilet! Our toilet came with a new rubber seal but even if yours doesn’t you should probably replace it to make sure you get a super tight seal! Now it’s time to don your face make and make a joke about leaving it as is, you’ve got a hole in your floor straight to the black tank! 😷

If you haven’t succumbed to the overwhelming smell of death, now is a really great time to clean out your black tank. (if you have an external tank flush I hate you and I hope you know just how lucky you are) We fed a water hose through the window and attached it to one of these wands to really get down in there. (gag) Our potty also came with a bottle of tank chemicals that we very willingly dumped down in after we’d rinsed for a good 15 minutes.

Next is the fun part, putting on the new toilet! If you bought a toilet that was a different brand than your existing toilet (or if you just aren’t lazy) you may have to replace the floor flange with one that coordinates with your new potty. Our toilet came with a new one but at this point we were so pumped to get that stinky hole covered up that reusing the old one sounded like a good plan. If your flange is is removable I would definitely recommend replacing it as ours ended up cracking a few months down the line and was a big ole pain to fix. You do you!

The new toilet goes on very similarly to the way the old one came off, except you’ll press the new rubber seal into the bottom of the new potty first. Then just line up the floor bolts with the holes on the base of the toilet and set your potty into place! I used my body weight to really push it down in there before screwing the nuts into place. The instructions say not to over tighten the nuts, but who even knows what that means?? Just use your brain I guess. After you have your toilet bolted down it’s time to hook up the water! At this point I actually thought to myself “this is so easy, we are killing it!” and then we noticed (like most people who install new toilets) that our existing water connection so did not match up with our new one.

Awesome! You can see in the photo that the pipe coming up from the ground is wayyyy too tall and also not bent like we needed it to be. Off to Home Depot we went! We found a plumbing guy who sold us a Shark Bite connector and a toilet hose which ended up NOT fitting the water intake on the toilet. COOL! I used my pipe cutter to cut the source pipe down low enough to reach the intake and also so that I could take the connection back to Home Depot with me.

We ended up with a faucet hose that already had a Shark Bite connection on one end and the grey connection matched up with the original that we brought with us. It’s important to get  a hose with a Shark Bite connection because they BITE (maybe) into the PEX pipe and create a watertight seal without the need for tape or any other confusing connections. If you run into this issue I would definitely advise that you cut your pipe with the connection and bring it with you the FIRST time you got to Home Depot. Or maybe just bring the entire toilet before you install it, then you wouldn’t have to leave at all??

To install the Shark Bite you’ve got to mark one inch on the pipe and then use all the muscles in your body to push the connector to that mark you just made. Then you can connect it to your toilet and you’re ALMOST DONE!

Now you can turn on your water and search like a mad woman for leaks. Hopefully you don’t find any and you can move right on to arguing with your husband over who gets to use the new toilet first. Gross?

I hope you found this somewhat helpful and that you think of me every time you use your new toilet!!

JK, pls don’t do that! But if you’ve installed a toilet or have any tips, tricks or horror stories, please tell me all about them in the comments!!

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