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Old 12-30-2006, 07:52 PM   #1
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65 Safari Toilet Parts?

I am about to replace every stick of plumbing in my 65 Safari. Does anyone have a resource for toilet parts or maybe even a whole replacement unit?

I would also wecome any tales from anyone who has already attempted this.

Thanks ahead of time.
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Old 12-30-2006, 10:41 PM   #2
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Greetings Kevo!

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I am about to replace every stick of plumbing in my 65 Safari. Does anyone have a resource for toilet parts or maybe even a whole replacement unit?

I would also wecome any tales from anyone who has already attempted this.

Thanks ahead of time.
This can be a difficult question to deal with particularly if your coach has the original cabinetry surrounding the toilet. If your coach has a Saniware toilet, parts are very difficult to nearly impossible to source. A previous owner had already dispensed with the original Saniware toilet in my '64 Overlander, but there are several toilets that will fit within the original enclosure with minimal modification -- measurements will be necessary as there were differences in dimension depending upon which factory produced the coach (Cerritos, CA--or--Jackson Center, OH).

A place to start would be with the Thetford Bravura/Bravura Light line of replacement toillets. They are a modern, low-profile design that often works in tight spaces (I have one in my Minuet). These are of the modern plastic type of toilet so would not have a china bowl comparable to the Saniware models. You can learn more about the Thetford Bravuras through the link below:

Thetford - Bravura

Another place to look would be Dometic's Sealand Traveler Light line of toilets that feature china bowls. You can find more information about these toilets through the link below:

Sanitation Systems — Dometic USA

Good luck with your investigation!

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Thanks Kevin

This looks like it will be a project, as I anticipated. My major concern is that i have the one piece fiberglass bathroom. The shower, sink, and toilet top are all one piece. The set up is just like this one.

1965SafariJO225151

Although it looks like whoever owns this one came up with a new idea for the top of the toilet.

Before I pull all of this apart, I want to know that i can get any of the gaskets or seals or whatever it will take to make sure that it wont leak.

Do you know how i can identify what toilet this is ? I know it came from the factory, but im guessing they bought it from somebody.
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Greetings Kevo!

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This looks like it will be a project, as I anticipated. My major concern is that i have the one piece fiberglass bathroom. The shower, sink, and toilet top are all one piece. The set up is just like this one.

1965SafariJO225151

Although it looks like whoever owns this one came up with a new idea for the top of the toilet.

Before I pull all of this apart, I want to know that i can get any of the gaskets or seals or whatever it will take to make sure that it wont leak.

Do you know how i can identify what toilet this is ? I know it came from the factory, but im guessing they bought it from somebody.
If the toilet has a porcelain bowl rather than plastic, my strong suspicion would be Saniware. It is my understanding that Saniware either went out of business or was absorbed by one of the other manufacturers and has not been around for a number of years. Saniware specifice parts may be very difficult to find, but base gaskets and standard O-rings should be relatively easy to find. The link below is to a copy of a period Saniware toilets owners' guide that might assist in identification:

http://silveravion.com/downloads/mai..._880%20720.pdf

or

http://silveravion.com/downloads/mai...l%20880720.pdf

Mansfield was another possible supplier, but would likely have been used during a time period before the 1960s:

http://silveravion.com/downloads/mai...d_902_1966.pdf

The Thetford Aquamagic Galaxy was often found in later Airstreams, and one was modified to fit in my '64 Overlander -- not entirely satisfactory, but it has worked thus far:

http://silveravion.com/downloads/mai...ets/toilet.pdf

If you don't mind waiting for the download, the link below is to a pdf file that includes the 1965 Caravel manual -- it may have information regarding what toilet would have been original equipment:

http://airstream.net/members/documen...avelManual.pdf

There should be some form of manufacturer's identification on the toilet -- often there is a trademark on the flush pedal -- or there may be a tag that would be visible from the one-stop-service compartment if your Caravel happen to have one.

Good luck with your investigation!

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