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Old 07-01-2013, 05:38 PM   #15
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I stopped by the local dealership and they want $45 for the Thetford extension platform in parchment color. I noticed Camping World is selling a "bone" color Thetford platform for $28. Anyone know if those two are the same colors? The box at the dealership said parchment on its label.

I'll probably have to change the hinges on the storage bin next to my toilet since the additional height will probably get in the way of the door. I think I can move the hinges to the bottom of the door which will allow the door to tilt out.

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Took a ride out to the new Camping World in Columbia Mo. last week and found the Thetford toilet riser on sale for $31. While the shelf tag showed "bone" as the color the label on the box said "parchment". I took the riser over to the toilet yesterday and parchment is the correct color to match my existing toilet.

I also checked out the water connection and it's a solid horizontal water line going into an elbow which changes it to vertical all the way into a female fitting that screws into the toilet. Al the pipes are compression fitted. I figured this was going to be a nightmare.

I had to drop the trailer off at the dealer to check out a wheel so I asked the guy in parts how to get this line extended 2 1/2 inches to accommodate the toilet mounted on the platform.

He noted that they don't have the tools to make the compression fittings like the factory did for my trailer but he offered me these alternatives and instructions.

Once I pull the toilet, cut the pipe just to the left of the elbow that changes the pipe direction from horizontal to vertical. He gave me a double compression elbow which is at the bottom of the picture below. He then told me to cut the vertical pipe at two points. One was where the pipe attached to the vertical side of the old elbow, and the other cut it needs to be as close to the female nut (which connects the toilet) as possible. This leaves me with the vertical pipe now cut on both ends. At the top of the photo is a new double compression fitting. One side to connect to the top of the pipe, the other to the toilet.

So if all works right we will put the new compression elbow on the horizontal pipe. Then connect the vertical pipe. We then put the riser base on (Thetford has a guideline as to where to drill the hole for the pipe. I'll slip the double compression fitting over the pipe making sure the female nut is facing upwards. I'll mount the toilet on the riser, and according to the dealer that new compression fitting will provide the extra length needed. If it's too long, I can trim the vertical pipe. If it falls short I can easily buy s longer piece of vertical pipe. Bottom line this should be very easy.

The Thetford riser comes with two new seals, one for the riser to the tank, and another for the riser to the toilet. It also comes with two pairs of longer toilet bolts. You only have use one pair, but because Thetford built this to fit different models of their branded toilets you have to choose the appropriate length dependent upon your model.

My only other obstacle will probably be a cabinet door which swings over the top of the toilet. I'm pretty sure the ext a 2 1/2" will probably block that door (at least when the seat and cover are down). If it opens with the seat up, no issue. But if it doesn't, I'll probably move the hinges on the door from the side to the bottom of the door which should allow easy access to the cabinet contents. I'll shoot some pictures as I complete this.
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I put the riser on the toilet today. I thought I might get enough height from the vertical 1/2" pipe but the new compression fittings didn't give me the height extension that I was looking for. So I'm going to run over to Lowes and see if they might have a longer piece of plastic 1/2". If not I'll run over to the local RV dealer on Monday. I could force it to fit but it would put the entire pipe under stress. I'd rather not have that since I've seen screw on compression fittings leak in those circumstances. Especially when the trailer is subject to road vibrations.

Over all the job was very easy. On the Bravura Thetford toilet you pull a panel off that surounds the step flush pedal. That gives you access to two nuts (1/2') that easily unscrew. You unscrew the water supply from the back and the toilet easily lifts off.

Thetford supplies longer toilet bolts and 2 gaskets. You place the first gasket on the bottom of the riser, and place it over the sewer hole and over the bolts (holes match easily). Then you tip the toilet, remove the old gasket and slip on the new one. Then put the toilet onto the riser matching the holes in the toilet with the bolts. This takes a little patience but once you get it on, you start bolting the toilet down. Just do it evenly and eventually the entire assembly is good and tight. Reconnect the water line to the toilet and you are done.

In my case the toilet sits higher than the closet next to it which blocks the door. I find if the cover and seat are up, the door clears easily.

The cost of the riser was $31 at Camping World. The color was parchment which was the exact match for the toilet. They also come in white and bone color. Picture on the right shows the vertical pipe that I need to buy.

The picture in the previous post shows the before, and on the left below, the after.

FYI I did sit on the toilet and it is rock solid. The platform gives it great support. Patty's knees should thank me for this.

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