RV Toilet Seal Leaking

We have been having a problem with the toilet not holding water. It just drains out slowly. This makes trouble as the water in the toilet is all that is between you and the black tank and all that is in it. I had replaced the Teflon RV Toilet Seal and the plastic ball assembly less than a year ago, so I figured there must be build-up on the seal due to our being in many hard water areas lately. I could have taken pictures of this, but I don’t want to gross anyone out.

This is an old style gravity drop toilet with a foot actuated valve that moves the flush ball aside and also actuates the water fill valve. No electric valve or macerator here. It is a Sea Land Traveler model 110, very popular on older rigs. The entire bowl comes off by loosening one screw that adjusts the tension on a metal band that holds the bowl to the bottom part of the toilet. You also have to remove the flush water line at the back of the bowl assembly. I loosened the screw, removed the 2 plastic guides, and lifted the bowl assembly out and put it in the shower.

Now it’s time to put on rubber gloves for the rest of the procedure. Then I removed the 2 piece seal and took it outside with a bucket of warm water and a scrubby sponge that I tossed after using. Both parts of the seal had lots of calcified material which was easy to remove. About 10 minutes and the seals looked like new. Then I cleaned the top of the ball valve with the sponge and it came very clean in a minute or two.

I put it back together making sure the “This side Up” on the seal was up. Then I placed the newly cleaned bowl assembly back on, centered it on the seal and put the spacers back and tightened the band back up. Make sure to re-insert the flush water line at the back of the bowl, or a small flood will occur. Don’t ask how I know this.

All is well once again and the toilet is holding water again. If you do this and the seal is torn or warn, you will need to replace both parts of the seal. If the ball valve is scratched or gouged, replace it as well. Instructions come with the parts. Get the part numbers of your particular model from your manual, or look up the parts by toilet model number on the PPL Motor homes parts page. They have almost everything you will need. http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/rv-toilet-tanks-plumbing-sanitation-1.htm

This whole project took about 20 minutes start to finish. Or you could pay a service tech $100/hr plus the cost of a service call. Pay me now, or pay me later. Live the RV Dream folks!

RV Satellite Antenna Installation

At listener request, we made a photo show of how we do our RV satellite Antenna Installation when we get to a campground. This is a DirecTV HD Satellite dish we use with our new Genie receiver. The entire process takes around 10 minutes when we’re not taking pictures.

All stored in a basement compartment
All stored in a basement compartment
This is the Positioning assembly on the right with arm and LNB on the left
Tripod carrying case
Here is the Mast, the ground screw, the bubble leveling tool, and the tripod assembly
Here the tripod is set up and awaiting the mast to be screwed into the socket in the center
The tripod is complete and awaiting levelling
Each leg is individually adjustable to obtain level shown in the bubble tool.
The ground screw installation
All the way in!
The leveled tripod is secured with a ratchet strap. This will keep the entire antenna stable at winds up to 50mph.
The adjusting assembly is placed down over the mast.
The dish is attached to the adjusting assembly.
These are the fine adjustments for azimuth(left or right) and elevation (up and down). The bolts in the center are tightened when optimum azimuth is detected with the signal strength display on the TV.
Adjusting for rough azimuth. Usually I have my cellphone on and talking to Kathy inside looking at the signal strength display. This tripod is a heavy duty model I bought from H&G Enterprises for around $125. Check them out at http://www.tv4rv.com
Attaching the signal cable to the LNB (Low Noise Block Amplifier)
These Coaxial cable ports are right behind the Satellite Receiver inside the coach.
Selecting the proper cable to connect to the TV.
I do this step first to get the coordinates for aiming the antenna.
Input the current zip code and the proper settings will appear.

Usually, Kathy will be inside on the phone with me as I adjust things outside. Today was quite special as we only moved around 100 miles north and I set it all up and went inside to take a picture and lo and behold, we had an optimized signal without further adjustments! This NEVER happens.

This is the signal strength display after we aimed the dish. This is a DirectV Genie Receiver which can record 5 shows at once, thus 5 tuners.
This 1/2 inch ratcheting wrench is the only tool I need for the dish setup.