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Posted: 01/19/20 08:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello All, With my fifth wheel now permanently setup in the mountains of western NC I'm starting to consider removing the black tank and putting in a flush toilet. Has anyone done this that can advise me on what's involved? Is it a huge job? If I were to pay an rv company to do it, approximately what would they charge for this? I'd prefer to do it myself but at 61 years old with a bad back and rheumatoid arthritis I have to be careful not to bite off more than I can chew. Thanks in advance

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you may want/need to sell it some day!


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might call a rv mobil tech.. or a local plumber can,t be that hard.plastic pipe an some glue.

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It's a lot of work and no one can know exactly what they're getting into. If you can get anyone to consider such a job, he/she will either not wan't to provide an estimate or it will be extremely high to cover any eventuality.

And of course as Cavie suggested, the rig would be pretty much worthless after that. Just something to consider.


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This is done quite frequently here in the Yuma, AZ. area on fivers that aren't moving. Removal of black tank can be fairly simple or a real PITA. Remove the RV pottie, drop the black tank, clear the hole that was used for the connection from the pottie. Use ABS black plastic to the sewer connection. Use the already in place water supply line and modify it reach to the new tank. Here in this area with so many RVs there are several plumbers that do just this. A few use a mobile RV repair person. Cost is dependent on labor rate and difficulty of job. If the fiver isn't going to move this is the only way to go.

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I have seen a few rental RVs set up this way at private CGs. Yes, they just run a sloping plastic pipe, until reaching the sewer.

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There are some good repair shops up in the Western NC area. I've personally used these guys before and had a great experience: https://keepcampingrvrepair.com/

Here are some good toilet options as well: https://whereyoumakeit.com/rv/best-rv-toilet/

Hope this helps!

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I wonder if there is room between the toilet, and black tank to install a bypass that could be undone if you decided to sell later.

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whereumakeit, most folks that do this is to get rid of the RV toilet and put in a residential pottie.

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Cavie and ScottG, That's a good point you bring up about the value of the rv after this is done. In my case it's not really a big concern. It's an 06 model to begin with so it's not extremely valuable either way. Also, it's on a permanent site and we're investing $3500 for a shed to cover it so it's most likely going to be more valuable to someone looking to use it the same way I am. Plus my wife and I had already decided to sell it in place as a vacation spot rather than a mobile rv when the time comes. Thanks for your input!

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