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Posted: 12/02/18 06:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My son-in-law has a Salem trailer. The 3"pipe from toilet to tank looks like it goes to about 2" from bottom on tank. Therefore the toilet solids will not flow out in the tank. I think the pipe needs to be shortened. My question is the pipe gluedto a fitting in the tank, or does it slide in a rubber type grommet?

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Posted: 12/03/18 05:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All are made that way. Sh.t floats and most solids are breaking down. Dump when tank is full and use lots of water when flushing.


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2" from the bottom of the tank? I've never seen one like that. Sounds like a problem to me.


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Unfortunately trailers are all different and the pipe could be glued into a collar or only a slip fit into a bushing. You're probably going to have to pull the toilet and unscrew the flange to figure out which you have. 2 inches seems extreme, but if the solids are staying in the pipe then I would bet you have a slip fit that can be pulled up higher and trimmed off.


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The RVs I've had have always been like that. I think the idea is that helps the extra water you SHOULD be using disperse the solids when you flush instead of just washing over the pile to the sides of the tank. Should not be a problem if you always dump an extra bowl or two of water after a flush. There is probably a dried up partial "poop pyramid" stuck to the bottom of the tank making for a difficult flush.

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2" is just looking for a place to plug up. mine just dumps in the top or near the top if you have some water in the tank you have no problems.
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That 2" gap is way too little.

The pipe may be glued and may be inserted into a rubber bushing. In my RV it is glued. You will need to remove the toilet and take the screws from the flange to find out.


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SDM wrote:

My son-in-law has a Salem trailer. The 3"pipe from toilet to tank looks like it goes to about 2" from bottom on tank. Therefore the toilet solids will not flow out in the tank. I think the pipe needs to be shortened. My question is the pipe gluedto a fitting in the tank, or does it slide in a rubber type grommet?

Does it just look like it or is it actually 2" from the bottom?

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2" from the BOTTOM is definitely not right. I can't believe anyone would think that it is normal. If it really is like that, you are going to have to fix it. Is this a new trailer? That would be a warranty item. If an old trailer, pipe might have slid down. Doubtful that anyone would live with it like that for long term ownership, but then some people never use their toilet, so anything is possible.


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Dremel tool with the flexible extens├Čon, use the circle saw blade and cut the pipe an inch or two higher and repeat until it extends about 1/4 of the depth of the tank. By cutting in small increments there is a good chance of flushing them without blocking the discharge pipe. FWIW

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