Originally Posted by fatwgn
anyone with a above floor tank could you tell me how tall your toilet is off the floor - Measure floor to Seat -- and does it feel ok when your going (you know does it feel to high???
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To answer your question, and just for the heck of it, I went out and measured the factory above-floor black tank installation in our 1980 Caravelle.
Black tank height (at base of toilet) - 8 inches
Toilet seat height above base - 10 inches. (Note- this is the seat, not the lid, on the Thetford Aqua-Magic IV (low profile) toilet.)
Therefore, total seat height above the floor, 18 inches.
I measured one of our home toilets (Kohler Cadet) and the seat height is 16 inches.
Bottom line (no pun intended) is that I don't notice any difference between the height of the RV toilet and a home toilet.
My vote would be for the above-floor black tank installation. It avoids freezing and it gives you that much more drop to the trailer dump outlet, which is rather low on Airstreams. What they did on the Caravelle was put the black tank above the floor and the gray tank below the floor half way underneath it. The gray tank sort of has to be below the floor if you are going to have a shower!
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