New Toilet Day

Here's a totally unromantic but very practical way to kick off the new Airstreamin Blog. Replacing the original toilet in Luby.

Why replace the existing toilet?

While functional, the original throne supplied with my $85,000 Airstream looked like it would be more at home in a $4,000 Coleman tent trailer. It's surprising that Airstream would pinch pennies and choose that fixture as the standard, especially in my Ocean Breeze limited edition, but there it is. The "bone" color looked like it was 30 years old when brand new and it always looked out of place with the clean off white cabinets that are featured in my Ocean Breeze. It always bugged me but somehow it too me 8 years to get around to replacing it.

Where should I buy it?

Camping World has a great sale on right now that includes the Dometic ReVolution 310 - a much nicer looking, more sanitary and better functioning choice than the original toilet installed at the factory. Beware that unless you ask, they will not match their own online price in the store. Regular price is $215. Its on sale for $169 in the store, but online at the link above it's $148.19 plus shipping. After a quick call to the store they told me to bring in the Internet ad and they'll match it. Why not offer it at checkout? I'll let you decide.

Checking online, Amazon has an even better price (surprise surprise). Only $127.08 and Free Shipping if you have Prime.

Rinse out your Black Water tank

Before removing the toilet, be sure to drain and rinse your black water tank.  You'll not want to come face to face with a full or partially full or dirty black water tank after the seat is removed.  So be sure it is drained, and hookup the tank rinse hose outside and let it run for 10 minutes to give it a good flush.  I ran a hose into the trailer and stuck the hose directly into the tank to give it a really good rinsing, and I'm glad I did (more on that later).

Remove the original Airstream toilet

Airstream Toilet Fastening Bold Nut and Cap

Removing the existing toilet is super simple. There are two bolts/ nuts that hold the toilet down - one on each side of the base. These slide under the toilet floor mount on one end, pass through the base of the toilet, and tighten with the nut on top. Yours mab be covered up by the slick little plastic cap thingies. The caps just pop off to reveal the nuts. Mine were 1/2" - you can use a small 1/2" socket or wrench to loosen them off.

Note that once the nut starts to loosen the bold and nut may turn together (it slips in under the bottom flange so it can turn if not tight).  Just hold the top of the bolt while spinning the nut up and you'll be fine.

Flashlight Time

Having the toilet removed is a great time to check out the black water tank. I had an unpleasant surprise. As soon as I put the light on it I could see a pile of ... wait for it ... baby wipes - accumulated on the bottom of the tank. These things NEVER dissolve. Apparently one of my guests decided it was ok to put these down the toilet. Thanks alot.  After those were out the clean out went smooth - rinsing a few times with Mr. Clean did a nice job.

Installing the Revolution 310

First step is to replace the rubber seal. Mine was REALLY deteriorating after 7 years. Probably should have checked it sooner ;) 

 

Once the new seal is in, slide the anchor bolts under the flange and set the new seat down on top of the anchor bolts.  Don't tighten them quite yet - it's easier to hookup the water line before the seat is anchored in place.

 

For my installation, I needed an adaptor connection to go from the seat to my original plumbing hookup.  I purchased this along with the toilet at Camping World.  It's essentially a foot long flexible steel hose that hooks to the seat on one side and the original plumbing pipe on the other. 

 

Use the nuts provided to hand tighten the bowl in place. Carefully tighten the bolts down alternating sides to keep the pressure even on both sides of the base. The base will be flush with the floor once the bolts are snug. Be careful not to over-tighten the bolts or the base will break!

First step is to replace the rubber seal. Mine was REALLY deteriorating after 7 years. Probably should have checked it sooner ;) 

Once the new seal is in, slide the anchor bolts under the flange and set the new seat down on top of the anchor bolts.  Don't tighten them quite yet - it's easier to hookup the water line before the seat is anchored in place.

For my installation, I needed an adaptor connection to go from the seat to my original plumbing hookup.  I purchased this along with the toilet at Camping World.  It's essentially a foot long flexible steel hose that hooks to the seat on one side and the original plumbing pipe on the other. 

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