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Old 07-12-2015, 08:09 AM   #1
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SeaLand toilet bowl does not retail water

Hi all,

I posted a query about this earlier (could not find old post so adding a new one).

The toilet bowl does not hold water it slowly leaks out. I did check the seal and no debris or obstructions found. The troubleshooting part of the user manual also indicated check the clamp that may need to be tightening. I disassembled the base cover and handle this AM. The big clamp is tight and the handle seems not to have any adjustments.

So I re-assembled the few bits and went back to inspecting the ball valve. I discovered that the ball valve is not closing completely to seal the bowl. If I manually push it back a bit, gently as no forcing is needed it does seal fine.

I have not found any info about the return spring or adjustments on the unit.

I assume it is still under warranty (new Oct. 3, 2015 from Scamp).

I sent an email to Dometic/SeaLand to see what they suggest.

Any ideas from you experienced FGT folks in the meantime?

It was working fine for our 3 month trip to California Mid Jan-April so it clearly was not a wintering issue.
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Old 07-12-2015, 09:52 AM   #2
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Leaky toilet

We had the same problem with our toilet, but only after 12 years or so.
the rubber seal that mates to the ball valve had worn at the edges.
I had also noticed some leakage around the outside of the base.
By taking the bowl off the base and inverting the rubber gasket (seal) and reassembling, tightening all hardware, it holds water.
Make sure the seal is centered on the ball valve.

If yours is that new, could you have put any kind of abrasive in there which might have damaged the edges of the seal? I works like a squeegee.
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Old 07-12-2015, 09:58 AM   #3
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If the ball is not closing all the way, it may need to be lubed. Some people give it a shot of Pam cooking spray.
I changed the seal on ours last year but its 16 years old.
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Old 07-12-2015, 10:05 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies,

I decided to check the seal again just in case I missed something...

Seems OK after a more careful close look.



OK the suggestion of using a mirror seems more practical and will be my next thing to do. I do see SeaLand has replacement parts for seals and looks like on Amazon only about $25.

Possibly DW's home made non-toxic cleaning products using baking soda may have been abrasive enough to damage the seal? So in spite of my "Life's to serious to take it shortly" approach above or something like that I will take another look using the mirror approach.

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Old 07-12-2015, 10:31 AM   #5
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Possibly DW's home made non-toxic cleaning products using baking soda may have been abrasive enough to damage the seal?
Nah. Baking Soda is non abrasive.
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Old 07-12-2015, 12:14 PM   #6
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TOILET SEAL

My 2007 bigfoot had the same problem that was cured with thetford toilet seal lubricant and conditioner. I found it at camping world but I believe it is widely available.
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Hmmm I guess my head was really somewhere else and did not note that the auto correct had changed retain to retail LOL,

I will look for the seal lube ASAP.
Great tip.
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Old 07-12-2015, 01:30 PM   #8
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Do NOT replace the seal. It will simply do it again. You mentioned not shutting all the way and that is the biggest problem. I spoke to Dometic about it and she said simply let go of the "paddle" about half way and let it "snap" shut and it will close it completely.

Sometimes, I've still had to get some mild cleaner on a rag and wipe the seal good and clean.

I've concluded, sometimes it leaks, and sometimes it doesnt. If mine is dry, I always pull up on the handle to run some water in the bowl before using it.
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Old 07-12-2015, 04:38 PM   #9
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Wow ran out to our Scamp and tested that. YES!!!
It snaps completely closed!

During our last trip we also pulled up on the handle to add a bit of H2O.
The more obvious issue is when the ball in not completely closed it lets odors in.
Eeek.

But now the snap routine should solve that.

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Glad I could help but one more bit of advice.

For chemical in your black tank? Use this and you'll be thanking me again later. Floyd from here recommended this to me years ago. I tried several "good smell"ing brands but they were virtually worthless. This will eliminate the odors totally:
Odorlos 68 oz. - Valterra PA352LU53/V77003 - Sewer Deodorizers & Treatment - Camping World

I use only the liquid. Of course get any size you want. But I had a $25 coupon from CW when I rejoined for 2 yrs awhile ago. I used it and bought the LARGE version. That's how much I count on it.

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....The more obvious issue is when the ball in not completely closed it lets odors in. Eeek.

But now the snap routine should solve that.

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