What to look for in purchasing a new toilet
Originally Posted by batt
I will need to buy a new toilet and was wondering what the difference is between a $200 or $500 toilet . They look pretty much the same. I need a low profile model. Does not matter to me if it is plastic.
Some of the issues to consider when looking at new RV toilets include:
- Offset from nearest wall for the mounting plate. This issue can cause pbroblems with a number of Vintage Airstream and Argosy installation. Some of the new toilets need to mount closer to the wall than can be accommodated utilizing the original mounting location.
- Toilet height. RV toilets are basically available in standard profile and low profile. A Low Profile toilet is nearly always required when it is mounted on top of an above floor blackwater tank. A Standard Profile toilet is usually required when it is mounted to a below-floor blackwater tank.
- The flush controls are typically found in one of two places . . . along the top face of the toilet or at the base in front. With some coaches you are limited to top controls due to cabinetry and built-in; while others may require foot controls at the base. Both types of controls can be found, but not all retailers will carry both types.
- Physical dimmension. Each manufacturer designs to a unique standard as far as some standards such as wider bowls, elongated bowls; and again measuring these available dimensions will assist in avoiding the purchase of a new toilet that won't fit in the available opening in your coach's bathroom.
- As the one who has done all of the cleaning of the Airstream toilets since 1995 . . . I would certainly recommend a china bowl as the cleaning is so much easier and staining is much less of a problem.
Goog luck with your investigation!
Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
1964 Overlander International/1999 GMC K2500 Suburban (7400 VORTEC/4.11 Differentials)
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (8.2 Liter V8/2.70 Final Drive)