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Old 10-03-2007, 12:17 PM   #1
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I have a project for this weekend, removing the toilet and black tank in our '72 20' Argosy. The tank to valve interface has a nasty leak (I think it may be a cracked piece of PVC pipe) that I can't get at from the bottom, so it's time to pull the tank. Looking at the bathroom, it appears that I have to remove the sink, then the vanity, unbolt the toilet and remove the raised floor before I can get the tank out. Does this sound right? The kick panel in front of the tank has seen better days, so I'll be making a new one when everything goes back together.

While I'm at it... My sink is fugly, very discolored and nasty looking - even when cleaned. I was thinking about lightly sanding it down and painting it with an epoxy based paint. As an alternative, I have also thought about taking it to a place that repairs fiberglass boats and have a white gel-coat finish applied. Needless to say, if this works, the shower pan and wall mounted shower console will get the same treatment.

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Old 10-03-2007, 12:21 PM   #2
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You are right on about the removal. You will find that the toilet sits on the black tank with a piece of 1/8" plywood between. I built a platform around the tank with 3/4 X 3/4 oak and topped it with 1/4" alum., which made the toilet stable.

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Old 10-03-2007, 12:30 PM   #3
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You are right on about the removal. You will find that the toilet sits on the black tank with a piece of 1/8" plywood between. I built a platform around the tank with 3/4 X 3/4 oak and topped it with 1/4" alum., which made the toilet stable.

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Thanks Don, I was afraid I was right... At least the tank is clean!
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Old 10-04-2007, 08:50 AM   #4
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That' it!

Take the time to drill out the rivets, and it really will go by fast. I say about 2 hrs and it will be apart. This is a good time to check out the plumbing in the rear for cracks. It seems like they get freeze damage where they go behind the shower.... PEX is an easy repair product for those pipes.
I say get that top cleaned and sprayed (I remember someone used a POR 15 product with excellent results here).
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Old 10-04-2007, 08:51 AM   #5
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Oh yeah. Get a new seal for the bottom of your toilet - or just get a new throne while you're at it.
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Old 10-04-2007, 09:24 AM   #6
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Oh yeah. Get a new seal for the bottom of your toilet - or just get a new throne while you're at it.
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Funny you should mention that... I think that with all the travel we plan with this trailer, we deserve a new john.

Like the King said to the Prince, "Never give up a chance to sit on the throne"
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