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Old 03-19-2008, 09:24 PM   #1
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Toilet Model???

Now that i have my water running right... i noticed my toilet will not shut off. I read a post that said it may not be closing all the way, the water release ball that is.... but i messed with that and the handle and still no difference. So i guess i need a new valve. I found one on ebay that looks like mine.... it is a sealand toilet, but cannot find a model #, anyone know where i can find this or what model an 89LE would have?? Thanks- David.
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Old 03-20-2008, 07:55 AM   #2
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We had the same problem on our 89 Excella on the last trip of 2007 (planned obsolescence?) and decided to yank it and upgrade to a china throne...Sealand China Lite...haven't had a test drive yet but it sure looks comfy!

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Old 03-20-2008, 10:33 AM   #3
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I am not sure that it is a planned obsolescence issue. I am thinking that it may be the all too common freeze damage due to poor winterizing practices.
Anyway, the Sealand china thrones are nice. They don't scratch when you scrub them like the plastic toilets do.
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I am not sure that it is a planned obsolescence issue. I am thinking that it may be the all too common freeze damage due to poor winterizing practices.
Anyway, the Sealand china thrones are nice. They don't scratch when you scrub them like the plastic toilets do.
Ours died at the end of last summer...
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:32 PM   #5
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Your toilet should be a Thetford Aqua Majic Galaxy/Starlite. These were in almost all RV's from late 70's to early 90's.
We just had the same problem with ours. Try using a coat hanger and clean out the seal recess. There may be some paper keeping the slide valve from closing all the way. The slide valve and the water ball valve are connected.
If you go to the Thetford web site, they have the service manual on line that shows how to do this.
I just replaced our Galaxy with a new Thetford Bravura. The ball valve was going to be about $60, and the new toilet was $150.
Looks like it will be a lot better.
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Old 03-20-2008, 04:49 PM   #6
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We got a Thetford StyleII china toilet. After buying all the brass adapters, it works great.
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Old 03-20-2008, 05:24 PM   #7
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Be sure to measure your space including the front to back clearance. Almost all new toilets are deeper (front to back) than the old ones and clearance at the wall can be an issue.

The Sealand (lite) fits in tighter spaces but still takes a standard houshold toilet seat. BTY - consider replacing the cheesy plastic seats that come on new rv toilets with a better one - I got a fine one at walmart for $11.00.
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:40 PM   #8
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So, as I understand it, there are completely differently requirements for a toilet model than there are for a runway model or a swimsuit model, right?

Ok mom, I am going to my room now.

Best of luck with your 345.
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:01 PM   #9
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I am glad I don't drink coffee, Vaughan, because I would now have to clean it out of my keyboard!!!

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I am glad I don't drink coffee, Vaughan, because I would now have to clean it out of my keyboard!!!

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A keyboard is not a suitable replacement for a thetford! I don't care what the sales guy at RV's 'R Us told you.
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:15 PM   #11
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lol!! But they're both plastic...!

(The salesman *was* very persuasive...)

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Old 03-20-2008, 10:53 PM   #12
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opened plastic cover underneath it...which i didnt notice opened the first time and saw it is a sealand model 911. Found a new seal assembly on ebay for 40.... but will try the coat hanger trick. Thanks. However... i may just buy a new toilet for the extra 60-100 bucks..
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Old 03-21-2008, 10:53 AM   #13
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However... i may just buy a new toilet for the extra 60-100 bucks..
We had similar problems with the original toilet in our 310 and we opted to replace with a nice new toilet. There is something about a used 23 year old plastic toilet that just didn't appeal to us......

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Old 03-25-2008, 11:04 AM   #14
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It is my understanding that the Thetford Aqua Majic is discontinued, and that parts are no longer being made for it. I had problems with the valve and went to my local RV store to order a new valve. After a call to the factory, they said they had a few in stock and when they wee gone, they were gone. They shipped it to my dealer at no charge to me! That is good customer relations no matter where you are.

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Old 03-25-2008, 06:00 PM   #15
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Sealand toilets

I do not have the my receipts at home, but will get them from my MH, Sealand has an office and small wharehouse with all their replacement parts in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Not far from my home port! Replaced all seals and water tubes for about $70. Will repost the info for Sealand soon. When the thing leaked, I was fearful I would encounter the same problem of no replacement parts as I had on my old 66 tradewind with a porcellin head. Sealand was more then helpful to accomodate! Be back with the info in a couple of days.
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Old 04-06-2008, 09:15 AM   #16
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SeaLand toilet parts

Sorry for the delay in getting the back.
The company I bought the complete set of seals for the toilet in my 89 345 is: Enviromental Marine Services 954-522-2626
Hope this helps!
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Hey, We had the thingy that connect the pedal to the sliding bottom of the toilet... so while I replaced that, I also replaced the seals. If you want tips on how to do it yourself, here is a link with pics on how I did it
Who Needs a Plumber? | Classic Airstream Roadtrip Adventures of Two City Travelers

I think you can get those seals pretty much anywhere, since SeaLand still makes this exact toilet model...
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Old 08-25-2008, 04:02 PM   #18
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Just installed a new Style II low profile china bowl toilet, and man is it nice not to have to turn the water valve on and off, haha. This one actually actually holds water as well. The sealand toilet was pretty easy to get out. The new one took quite a few mods to get in though. The has had to be redrilled since it only required 2 bolts to hold it on in different spots than sealands 4, and had to redo my water supply line. Nothing that couldnt be done in a few hours though.
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