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Old 03-25-2016, 05:11 PM   #15
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Had one for 10 years in our boat. Had a rotatory timer switch to flush variable up to 15 seconds worked great. I think I had to replace the timer switch only problem I remember.

Used regular TP but did have a warning sign in head warning not to flush anything you did not create except TP.
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Old 03-25-2016, 05:32 PM   #16
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they used only 1.6 liters per flush but, I think they use quite a bit more..
Yikes! A water hog!
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Old 03-25-2016, 06:29 PM   #17
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We have been in our 26U since Jan.20. No problem's . It's a learning curve.But it's OK.
I do cut open the chemical packets and pour into the water, then flush it. Wasn't sure if packets would harm system.
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Old 03-25-2016, 09:25 PM   #18
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One advantage of a macerater toilet is the black water line can be as small as 1", instead of the 3" we have in the trailers. A smaller line means the tank and toilet can be a distance apart.
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Old 03-26-2016, 06:57 AM   #19
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Had our 26 U for a week, the toilet seems wonderful, will extra fuzzes today.

Left lever for urren right puss top to add water to bowel bottom to flush.

Will see when I dump if I can see a difference.
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Old 03-26-2016, 07:14 AM   #20
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We have a 26U but haven't used the toilet yet. We take our maiden voyage in 2 weeks to Point Lookout State Park in St. Mary's, MD. I can tell you about it then, and take pictures if you want! jk

We were told by Patrick at Colonial that it has the macerator because of location, so the macerator pumps it to the black tank. He said many boats and yachts use macerator toilets too. He felt they're fine as long as wrong type things don't get flushed such as regular toilet paper, paper towels, baby toys, etc.

I figure if it goes up, we resort to what we did before RVs! Life won't crash and burn.

Here's to adventures!

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Let me know how she flows. If you figure out somewhere how to service a clog, let me know that too. Have a good trip.
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Old 03-26-2016, 09:18 AM   #21
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I have had macerator toilets on boats for many years. Guests are a problem. Even though you tell them nothing but TP and what has passed through your body goes into the toilet, they will invariably say but I thought it was flushable. Then you spend about a half a day disassembling the pump working upside down in poop. Strings and such from "flushable" wipes can accumulate around the shaft, and eventually stop or break the impeller. If you have to order the part, it may take several days. Carry spares. Ask me how I know.
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Old 03-26-2016, 06:26 PM   #22
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I have had macerator toilets on boats for many years. Guests are a problem. Even though you tell them nothing but TP and what has passed through your body goes into the toilet, they will invariably say but I thought it was flushable. Then you spend about a half a day disassembling the pump working upside down in poop. Strings and such from "flushable" wipes can accumulate around the shaft, and eventually stop or break the impeller. If you have to order the part, it may take several days. Carry spares. Ask me how I know.
My fear is your experience, guests! What is frustrating is the lack of documentation Airstream has given on this model (Sealand/Dometic 8100 series). Also the manufacture's web site is about a zero on helpful too.

If someone who knew these systems, and you would think the mfgr. would be one of them: here is how you unclog it and these are the key parts that are the most common to break and DIY instructions. How hard can that be ?
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Old 03-26-2016, 06:52 PM   #23
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Oh yeah, I don't know the construction of the Dometic macerator toilet, but you will probably get familiar with the name, joker valve. Hint-----it ain't no joke.

Life below the waterline is a little more complicated that life above the frame. Gravity flow is a great thing. Just counting the pumps from memory on my boat there are 16.
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Old 03-26-2016, 07:45 PM   #24
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We're in to our 3rd week of our maiden voyage with a new 26U. After a bit of a learning curve figuring out the new toilet system, no problems to report. In fact, I rather like it. And final dumping seems to go smoother. Count to 5 for the main flush and 3 for the refill. Works for us. And by the way...none of our air conditioning vent covers have fallen down as of now.
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Old 03-26-2016, 08:01 PM   #25
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If you are asking, "Is there a problem with toilets that chew everything into small pieces", the answer is no. One of the two best modifications we made to the boat was a toilet upgrade.

If you are asking if there is a problem with the toilet on the 26U, I have no experience with that unit.

In general, use only RV toilet paper, carry a rebuilt kit, and run some vegetable oil through to lube the components.

Travel safe. Pat
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Old 03-26-2016, 10:56 PM   #26
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We have one in our 2015. At first I was reluctant, but I like it now.
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Old 03-27-2016, 08:19 AM   #27
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I am pleased with it as well in,ur 26U - no problems to report
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Oh yeah, I don't know the construction of the Dometic macerator toilet, but you will probably get familiar with the name, joker valve. Hint-----it ain't no joke.

Life below the waterline is a little more complicated that life above the frame. Gravity flow is a great thing. Just counting the pumps from memory on my boat there are 16.
Can you expand on the 'joker valve'?
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