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Old 10-03-2016, 02:05 PM   #1
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Toilet Empty When Towing

Not much of a topic line ... I was wandering how many folks turn off the toilet water valve and empty the basin prior to towing? Avoiding the inevitable splash splash that comes with not doing so.
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Old 10-03-2016, 02:08 PM   #2
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The toilet seal need liquid on it at all times, otherwise it drys out. The little amount thats left in the bowl never splashes in mine. And it's another step once I stop.

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Old 10-03-2016, 02:18 PM   #3
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I always leave a little water in the bowl, I do however turn the pump off and release the pressure buy turning on a tap.
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My water pump is usualy turned off when not using, definitely powered off on the road. I always try to keep a little water in all the drain traps and some in the commode. Seems to help keep unwanted odors down.
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Turning the valve off is not something I would do. We stop,often to use the toilet and having to turn the valve on each time would be impractical. We do turn the water pump off. Close the lid on the toilet.
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The toilet seal need liquid on it at all times, otherwise it drys out.
I have never heard of that, never done it with multiple trailers and never had a problem. I am curious what is this based on?
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After flushing, my toilet bowl is almost empty. Never had anything splash out. At least nothing has splashed out due to trailer movement. Men will be men, after all. I do turn off the pump whenever the trailer is moving.
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We always leave about an inch of water in Lucy's toilet bowl with a splash of Pine Sol while underway. This has worked well for us over the years in keeping black tank odor at bay. In over 160,000 miles of towing, we have not had any trouble with water jumping out of the bowl.

We also make sure that water is always in the drain traps. We also keep the rubber plug in the shower drain while underway.

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What Naper said.
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Yep. Had the problem. Pump off before leaving then I would flush the toilet to drain the water in it as well as depressurize the system. Found that water would slosh out of the rim when starting towing, so I now stop after moving a few hundred feet to flush the water again. After that no more sloshing out.
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Our trailer has had two different toilets over the years and we had a Class B van with a toilet and none of these had a splashing/sloshing problem. It's difficult for me to imagine what's going on with your "loo" that you need to take these preventive measures.

After I flush the toilet there are only a few ounces of water remaining. That small amount of water has never caused a problem. Do you have more water than that in the toilet after flushing? If so, maybe that's the problem.

As others have said, we do make it a point to turn off the water pump when we're not in the trailer. We don't relieve the pressure in any way. Similarly, when at a campground, we turn off city water when we leave the trailer for more than just a few minutes. We do this to avoid what might happen if something developed a leak while we're not in the trailer. This really doesn't have anything to do with how much water remains in the toilet after flushing.
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Dangit... I learn something new here every day. Need to pour some water into my bowl now while in storage ...
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Lumatic, my '89 Excella would not hold water in the toilet bowl. A couple years ago when this first occurred, I read (maybe on this forum) that cooking oil in the bowl would soften the seal. When in storage that winter, I poured some cooking oil into the bowl. Later, that was gone so I added more oil. In the spring with warmer temps I added more oil. Ever since then - the bowl holds water like it should!!!! I have a friend that used silicone grease on the seal at the end of the season. This, too, will keep the seal soft and waterproof.

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We always leave about an inch of water in Lucy's toilet bowl with a splash of Pine Sol while underway. This has worked well for us over the years in keeping black tank odor at bay. In over 160,000 miles of towing, we have not had any trouble with water jumping out of the bowl.

We also make sure that water is always in the drain traps. We also keep the rubber plug in the shower drain while underway.

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My wife is going to start with the pine sol this coming week on our trip. Thanks for the feedback everyone.


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