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...Thanks Ron... In more than 45 years of RVing my favorite toilet is the Sealand china bowl. Easy and cheap to repair and uses very little water...
Just posted details of a Dometic/Sealand straight drop toilet repair. Once I gathered all the parts it was a simple job & should be good for another 15 years . If you Micro guys don’t want to be too depressed see the link HERE. One Gallon!!? Wow, now I know why the big boys are always heading over to the dump station mid-rally at Q .
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Wow, now I know why the big boys are always heading over to the dump station mid-rally at Q .
Then there is Jim, he says use all the water you want. It is simple to just pull up jacks and go the the dump station mid afternoon when NOT crowded!
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Default Ready to replace the old Microphor

It's time.

After almost 9 months of living with a Jimmy-rigged 12v toilet, it's time to replace it with a more traditional gravity-style commode.

(Read here if you want the full backstory. Short version is I rigged a 12v switch to drive the flapper manually. This was after a faulty Timer Assembly quit turning the cam any more than 1/2 way 'round per flush.)

A new Dometic 320 arrived this week. I know this one came recommended by a few of you, but I'm a little concerned about the much smaller footprint versus the old LF220 Microphor.

The new one's a two-bolt style versus the much wider base on the old one -- held by four bolts.

Any tips & tricks from those who have made this swap?

I should mention -- someone put a 2" wooden riser under the Microphor (think it was the PO, Ned Hoopes), which seems purposely fitted to its base. (May be ill-suited to the new Dometic.)
Hesitant to pull that up & expose wood flooring of unknown finish/condition...

BUT... I want to be done with this space-toilet.
So how involved is this swap going to be?
Should I hire this job out to someone?
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I made the swap about a year ago. I was looking at the Dometic 320 as well but decided on the Thetford Aqua Magic instead. It was an easy swap - the flange had to be rotated about 45 degrees for the bolts to line up for the toilet.
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I made the swap about a year ago. I was looking at the Dometic 320 as well but decided on the Thetford Aqua Magic instead. It was an easy swap - the flange had to be rotated about 45 degrees for the bolts to line up for the toilet.
Thanks for the input, and I appreciate the pictures!

I almost got a Thetford Aqua Magic from someone locally, but they quit returning my calls... so I ordered the Dometic. Crossing my fingers for an similarly easy swap.

Was this flange a part of the toilet, or plumbing into the floor?
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The flange is attached to the floor, part of the plumbing. You will have to remove the wax and then the screws if it needs to be rotated in order for the closet bolts to line up for your toilet. The microphor didn’t use closet bolts for mounting, just the 4 screws pictured in my previous post..
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Heres a tip i got from Peter Haggins.
Don't use the bolts that come with the toilet,the ones that fit into those slots.
Just get some long stainless wood screws and drill them down through the flange and into the wood floor,the toilet will not move after that.
So thats the way i do them now,much better.
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Thanks for the input, and I appreciate the pictures!

I almost got a Thetford Aqua Magic from someone locally, but they quit returning my calls... so I ordered the Dometic. Crossing my fingers for an similarly easy swap.

Was this flange a part of the toilet, or plumbing into the floor?
I doubt you will have any luck in moving that old closet flange if it is glued to the pipe as good as it should be. Go to the local Ace, HD, Lowes or wherever and get a "repair flange" that goes over the old one. It has the slot for the closet bolts you will have for your new Dometic. That is what I did and it works just fine. You will also need to get a new wax or the newer rubber flange seal. That is your choice. I think they both work well and have used both in several plumbing jobs I have done. Just be careful not to over tighten the closet bolt nuts, when installing. That can and will crack the porcelain base.
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