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Old 05-03-2013
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Default Rebuild of a Thetford Aqua Magic Toilet

What turned out to be a 15 minute removal and a 15 minute rebuild on an original Thetford Aqua Magic toilet in an 88FC35 was simple. Now the hard part was the 3 hours it took to reinstall the goofy thing. The process of removal was simple. Turn off the water, remove the round plastic plug under the seat (rear left), remove that ½”nut with a 18” extension from HF and push down on the water & flush peddles and remove that ½” nut there. There are only 2 bolts holding it to the flange. Pull up & pull out about 5 inches so you can disconnect the water line from the rear of the toilet with 3/4" wrench.

The rebuild was simple; turn the toilet upside down and remove 6 screws from the old actuator and install the new actuator and put back in the 6 screws.

After the rebuild of the toilet it was now time to reinstall; I found the copper tubing not so flexible so I took a tube cutter and cut out 5” of copper tubing and used about 10” of 3/8 nylon reinforced polyvinyl tubing and 4 hose clamps. Using the original water connection flange on the new toilet proved fruitful after putting a 3/8 rubber o-ring on the old flaring. Sitting the toilet back in place was the challenge; removal of the toilet paper dispenser is essential to get the nut back on the rear flange bolt & for this, one would need real skinny arms. I tried an 18” pinching claw grabber to install the nut and tape on a 1/2” socket but a little cussing, scrapping of the elbow and knuckles and getting splinters in the elbow was all it took to get the job done. I’m sure I startled a few folk walking behind the house today with all the cussing going on but sometimes it does take just a little to get the job done. In all the results are great we now have a real flushing toilet, with a steady stream of water. If I can do it anyone can

I was going to make a youtube but I didn't think Finn could handle all of the heavy breathing
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Did you put a separate shutoff in for the toilet, or was there one already there? Attaboy, John. Nice job. On the cussing, I mean!
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Way to go flush on
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Did you put a separate shutoff in for the toilet, or was there one already there? Attaboy, John. Nice job. On the cussing, I mean!
Under the vanity there is a shutoff that controls the toilet and the water saver spray hose, but it needs a rebuild so that is next..
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I was going to make a youtube but I didn't think Finn could handle all of the heavy breathing

It is closer to Heavy WHEEEZING
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It is closer to Heavy WHEEEZING
Now am I not only wheezing I'm laughing as I wheez LOL
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Oh cool...I need to do this in my Bird. I think I have the original toilet Do we have any photos on the WOG showing this operation
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Here is a youtube I pulled up and it is not a difficult task, but I would use the part number I posted in the photo on the first posting, $110 shipped for the complete lower housing. Repacing the lower unit is a much cleaner task and you solve other issues as well, you replace the pump valve, peddles, and the flapper plate. The youtube shows the seals only and it is a nasty job, but it does show you how to remove the unit from the RV. Watch the video and read posting #1 for the steps to remove the lower unit, it is pretty simple. Like I said if I can do do it anyone can

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wRBf2_BuMg
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Here is a youtube I pulled up and it is not a difficult task, but I would use the part number I posted in the photo on the first posting, $110 shipped for the complete lower housing. Repacing the lower unit is a much cleaner task and you solve other issues as well, you replace the pump valve, peddles, and the flapper plate. The youtube shows the seals only and it is a nasty job, but it does show you how to remove the unit from the RV. Watch the video and read posting #1 for the steps to remove the lower unit, it is pretty simple. Like I said if I can do do it anyone can

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wRBf2_BuMg
Agreed. I did the same when I had issues with the same toilet on my SOB. Worked fine and was an easy repair. As John said the hardest part was the R&R of the toilet.
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