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Old 12-10-2011, 10:53 AM   #1
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Successful bidet installation?

Okay, it's slightly embarrassing that this is my first post on these lovely forums, but I'm about to seal the deal on the purchase of a '77 center-bath Sovereign International. I plan to renovate it extensively, and having spent lots of time in Asia, I've been wooed away from dry paper entirely. I'm planning to full-time in my Airstream, and it's bidet or bust.

(Hi, everybody.)

Has anyone installed a bidet in their AS? The bowl-cleaning hand spray option offered on some of the Sealand toilets seems a little... cold.

Since I plan to only move the AS once every six months or so-- would it be impossible to install a residential dual-flush toilet, such as a Toto? Or is it necessary that I get an RV toilet and attempt to outfit it with a separate washlet seat? (Or -- a grosser option -- go for a wet bath with a strategically-positioned shower wand.)

Thanks in advance for any advice. I've been learning a ton from these forums over the past couple weeks, but am still largely ignorant of the nuts and bolts of AS ownership.

I am not ignorant, however, of the bidet's clear superiority to all other methods.
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Old 12-10-2011, 10:58 AM   #2
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I'm sure it's doable, Dometic has a combo product that might start your search off, products - Dometic
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Old 12-10-2011, 11:11 AM   #3
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Yeah, I was eyeing the MasterFlush, but I'm not sure I want to deal with a macerator toilet (seems like one extra system that may possibly break in a very nasty way). I poked around on Dometic's European sites, too, but didn't see any gravity + bidet options for RVs.
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Old 12-10-2011, 11:58 AM   #4
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Okay, it's slightly embarrassing that this is my first post on these lovely forums, but I'm about to seal the deal on the purchase of a '77 center-bath Sovereign International. I plan to renovate it extensively, and having spent lots of time in Asia, I've been wooed away from dry paper entirely. I'm planning to full-time in my Airstream, and it's bidet or bust.

(Hi, everybody.)

Has anyone installed a bidet in their AS? The bowl-cleaning hand spray option offered on some of the Sealand toilets seems a little... cold.

Since I plan to only move the AS once every six months or so-- would it be impossible to install a residential dual-flush toilet, such as a Toto? Or is it necessary that I get an RV toilet and attempt to outfit it with a separate washlet seat? (Or -- a grosser option -- go for a wet bath with a strategically-positioned shower wand.)

Thanks in advance for any advice. I've been learning a ton from these forums over the past couple weeks, but am still largely ignorant of the nuts and bolts of AS ownership.

I am not ignorant, however, of the bidet's clear superiority to all other methods.
I have a Toto Washlet toilet seat installed in my 2010 25' international. To install it, the dealer changed the toilet to an RV toilet with a larger bowl to fit the seat. He installed an electrical outlet in the wall between the bedroom and the bath, and installed a fitting connecting the bidet to the waterline into the toilet. I can't remember whether the inverter had to be upgraded, as all of this was done before I took delivery, but I think the Washlet runs on less than 400W even with the seat and water heater on. The trailer is in winter storage about 4 hours from me, or I would send pictures. Like you, if I couldn't have my Washlet, I would not have bought the trailer. The swap and installation was expensive (more than the cost of the Washlet) and I'm sure someone handy could do the installation himself, but this was one area where I did not want a problem, and I have had none.
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Old 12-10-2011, 12:12 PM   #5
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Okay, it's slightly embarrassing that this is my first post on these lovely forums, but I'm about to seal the deal on the purchase of a '77 center-bath Sovereign International. I plan to renovate it extensively, and having spent lots of time in Asia, I've been wooed away from dry paper entirely. I'm planning to full-time in my Airstream, and it's bidet or bust.

(Hi, everybody.)

Has anyone installed a bidet in their AS? The bowl-cleaning hand spray option offered on some of the Sealand toilets seems a little... cold.

Since I plan to only move the AS once every six months or so-- would it be impossible to install a residential dual-flush toilet, such as a Toto? Or is it necessary that I get an RV toilet and attempt to outfit it with a separate washlet seat? (Or -- a grosser option -- go for a wet bath with a strategically-positioned shower wand.)

Thanks in advance for any advice. I've been learning a ton from these forums over the past couple weeks, but am still largely ignorant of the nuts and bolts of AS ownership.

I am not ignorant, however, of the bidet's clear superiority to all other methods.
I would suggest that you consider the additional water usage, as well as the additional black water storage.

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I'm guessing water usage won't be a problem if you're staying put for months at a time. Not like you're boondocking or something.

I wonder if European RVs have bidets?
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If it's only moved twice a year and is set up in a park, maybe I'd make it into a park model and remove the tanks.
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Old 12-10-2011, 06:49 PM   #10
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I would suggest that you consider the additional water usage, as well as the additional black water storage.

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The bidet uses a little more, but not enough to worry about. My gray water tanks still fill up way before my black water tanks. I think the absence ( or reduction) of toilet paper more than makes up for the increased water usage in terms of tank capacity. So it's the additional use of fresh water you have to worry about, and that is less than a quart of water per flush. Not significant.
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Old 12-10-2011, 06:54 PM   #11
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I'd agree with the folks who said that HOW you're full timing will have a lot to do with what your best option might be. So, are you definitely staying in one place with full hookups for six months at a time? Are you going to be in somewhere with freezing temps during the winter? Are you prepared for the extra amount of water usage from the bidet, and therefore filling your black tank more often? (A lot of people tell me that it's best not to leave your black tank draining to the sewer connection all the time, to let it fill up and then drain it when it's at least partially full every week or so.)

I like bidets, but full timing in a 19' Bambi with smallish tanks and planning on dry camping/boondocking about 50% of the time, I suspect it's not really a viable or even practical option. Definitely bringing the baby wipes!
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:40 AM   #12
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Thanks for the input, all! FlashSilver's Washlet is definitely my ideal setup. Time to take some measurements...
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:27 PM   #13
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Thanks for the input, all! FlashSilver's Washlet is definitely my ideal setup. Time to take some measurements...
I won't leave home without it. Measurements are definitely in order. The Washlet needs some space between the toilet and the wall. I think that was the reason the dealer had to change the toilet from the factory installed one. When I bought the unit 3 years ago I brought the Washlet to my dealer and told him if he could install it I would buy the trailer. He said "no problem" although he didn't know what a bidet was, or what it was for. He says he can install anything, within reason, in an AS. It's just a matter of money. Good luck with yours.
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Hello! I realize this is an old post. But I was wondering how your bidet worked out. We will be purchasing a classic within about a year, with intentions of fulltiming, and health issues require us to have a bidet. So we are gathering info now in preparation. Thank you!
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