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Old 05-30-2013, 11:42 AM   #1
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ADA Height Toilet

I replaced our home toilet with an ADA height toilet to help Patty since she has knee problems. She's so pleased with that toilet that I've been told to replace the other one in the house, and I wouldn't be surprised after our first trip out next week that she is probably going to ask for improvements to the Classic's toilet.

I guess the question is 2 part. For a low cost solution I found this. Thetford Thetford Toilet Riser
Looks fairly good and for all intents this would give us the height.

The other solution is an actual replacement with a new toilet. We have a center bath 30' Classic and the toilet is next to a cabinet. Does anyone have a suggestion for a compatible unit and any other advice? Here is a picture of the current toilet and its surroundings.

My install of my home toilet was pretty easy. I didn't use a wax seal but instead opted for a new style seal which is a poly foam unit called Sani-Seal. It pretty much eliminates any mistakes or damage to the wax seal. Not sure if there is an equivalent for RV toilets. Here's the link to the gasket. http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...ew&Form=IQFRDR

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Old 05-30-2013, 12:17 PM   #2
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I have the same bath setup as you. I replaced the toilet with a Dometic 310. It is taller than the one you have, but shorter than ADA height (I stayed in a hotel handicap room last night on business travel and that toilet was maybe 2" taller than the AS toilet). The RV industry has been using foam gaskets for a long time as wax would not take the vibrations and motion under travel. They come with the toilet.
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I have the same bath setup as you. I replaced the toilet with a Dometic 310. It is taller than the one you have, but shorter than ADA height (I stayed in a hotel handicap room last night on business travel and that toilet was maybe 2" taller than the AS toilet). The RV industry has been using foam gaskets for a long time as wax would not take the vibrations and motion under travel. They come with the toilet.
Thanks for the info Rich. Glad to hear about the use of foam gaskets. I wondered how wax would hold up. Any issues or regrets on the Dometic?

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Some years ago, Maria had a major operation and was having a lot of difficulty with the toilet. I bought one of these things, and it worked our well:

Amazon.com: Duro-Med Deluxe Plastic 5 Toilet Seat Riser, White: Health & Personal Care

What I'm not very sure of is whether it'd fit into an RV toilet.

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If you get a new toilet get one with a ceramic bowl.

Also it looks like you can do the same thing I did in my trailer and install the toilet angled away from the cabinet to give more leg room while sitting down.
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Jack,

We have the same bath layout as yours in a 1997 Excella 1000. I also have knee problems and 1 replacement. I replaced ours with a Thetford Bravura High Profile. Works great! When installing, I also rotated the toilet about 30 degrees to the left(if sitting) or counter-clockwise if looking at the toilet. Gives greater accessability for me and is more comfortable without sacrificing any room in the bath. Just did not like my knee hitting the cabinet or my elbow either.
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Thanks for the info Rich. Glad to hear about the use of foam gaskets. I wondered how wax would hold up. Any issues or regrets on the Dometic?

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Nope, I like it just fine. That model has a ceramic bowl, but the rest is plastic, saving some weight. I probably will, someday replace the plastic lid and seat with residential. A little afraid to sit on the lid...it's pretty flimsy.


Also, as Bruce says, turn it a little....mine was turned from the factory. It gives you a little more leg and elbow room.
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I had the same problem for my wife - Bought the taller toilet but also used the riser - worked great - wife loves and even I find it easier to use!
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I had the same problem for my wife - Bought the taller toilet but also used the riser - worked great - wife loves and even I find it easier to use!
Quite honestly I'm tempted to buy the Thetford riser base. I see them at Camping World on sale for $28. So figuring seal replacement also, I don't think I can go wrong for the price. I'll need to relook first and check out the height of the current toilet. There are two size Bravura's that were made in 2004. From what I can see the low model was just over 13" high with the taller one being 16". 17" is pretty typical for ADA home toilets. Obviously if I have a 13" model a 2 1/2" riser base is still an 1 1/2" shy of the home toilet, and not high enough. I'm bringing home the trailer Sunday so we will check out the height. If it's a 13" model, I'll probably replace the toilet. If it's the 16" model I may need to think about that. Going to 18 1/2" might be too high.

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We had the Dometic 310 installed. It makes a hammer/slamming sound with each press of pedal. Had the Airstream dealer said that is normal for that item. We will replace it with a different
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Oops. Dealer said that is normal for the Dometic. I think it can be heard by neighboring campers. It is going to be replaced. Also, the seat is ridiculous. You can't sit on it or you may fall through.
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We had the Dometic 310 installed. It makes a hammer/slamming sound with each press of pedal. Had the Airstream dealer said that is normal for that item. We will replace it with a different
It is not normal. Usually line hammer is a pluming issue. Air in the system or a vibrating pulsing pump. Mine is dead quiet after getting air out of the lines from a drained system.

I find the seat the same as at home....and I have a skinny butt! TMI, I know.
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It is not normal. Usually line hammer is a pluming issue. Air in the system or a vibrating pulsing pump. Mine is dead quiet after getting air out of the lines from a drained system.

I find the seat the same as at home....and I have a skinny butt! TMI, I know.
How should I explain that to Airstream service mgr so they can fix problem? I thought it may be caused by too much water pressure. Thanks for any suggestions. She is sitting at dealer now with awning repair.
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Well, difficult to diagnose it from here....I can't quite hear it from here, but isolating the pump from the floor and adding the flexible pulsation hose kit on the pump would help. Maybe a surflow expansion tank. Also, isolating a particular water line from the wall or floor. Any contact area between plumbing lines and it's surrounding mounting point which amplifies the pulses of the pump is a likely culprit.
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