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Iceman31

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Posted: 08/09/12 08:34am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Last night I had something weird happen in my 5 year old Cruiser. The toilet was flushed and the ball valve closed but looks like the water never shut off and the bowl filled up with clean water and overflowed. My washroom is in the Fifth Wheel and the water ran down the entry steps and into the kitchen area. Needless to say we got it all cleaned up and gave the kids a lesson on making sure the toilet is fine before leaving the washroom. This morning when I was having coffee I noticed on the underside of the trailer water droplets were dripping from the fabric underneath the area where the water spill was. I am going to keep an eye on it. I am thinking this is a result of the overflow and that it will hopefully dry up in the hot warm weather we have been having. Do you think that it may be something more than this? I really don't want to peel back all of that underside fabric to expose the tanks.


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Posted: 08/09/12 08:46am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Since it's not an ongoing leak, letting it dry out and forget about it is what I'd do.


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Thetford Aqua Magic Style 2 - this is the first problem I have ever had in five years of owning this unit. I think it a great toilet. I sprayed some silicone lube on the mechanisms and on the ball valve and it seems to be working much smoother than before.

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Please advise what brand/model toilet you folks are having this problem with.

We need to replace our toilet and I am having trouble deciding which to buy. Online reviews indicate problems with water valves not shutting off, foot pedals breaking off, odor leaks, etc.


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My wife did the same thing to ours a few months ago. She got up in the middle of the night, and when she flushed, she quietly eased the lever back to off so as not to wake me (never mind I sleep like a log), and it turns out that ours needs to be allowed to snap back into place to insure the water shuts off. But regardless of whether yours needs gentle easing or allowed to snap back, the main lesson is to watch it for a moment to make sure the water shuts off.





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Been there, done that.

Our problem was the foot pedal was pushed and released too fast and a small amount of toilet paper got caught in the valve, and so the valve did not close 100% and the water kept running.

We had gone for a long walk with the dogs and when we returned there was water "flowing" out the opposite side of the trailer. My neighbor spotted it and turned off my water. Thanks again David.

It was all clear water, so we just cleaned up the obvious. I did empty the basement but there was no water in there anywhere. I guess since water runs downhill, and our trailer was not perfectly level from side to side, the water just ran out following the path of least resistance.

Now, if the basement was flooded, then I think I would have investigated further, and probably set up some fans to dry things out.

Just my one-time experience. I hope there is never a second.

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If you have water in the insulation under a wood floor it MUST be removed. Wet insulation against wood equals a rotten floor. It will stay wet possibly for months.


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I consider our situation to be "operator error" and not the fault of the toilet. I should have given the toilet a chance to actually flush instead of just sort of kicking at the pedal. My bad.

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