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Old 09-12-2012, 08:10 PM   #1
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HELP Potty Leak

I have a leak in the back of my THETFORD potty, Modle:31652. I believe it is from the vacuum breaker, hard to see but seems to be coming from the top behind lid and wall.
It started leaking after not being used for a while and then it went away most of the time. I was hoping some seal had dried out and would go back to working properly after some use. It still leaks but only while filling the bowl, foot switch half down.
Questions:
do I really have to remove potty to replace this?
Should I replace anything else while in there: seals..?
Biggest one, this part went out in one year, should I replace the potty with something BETTER?
Is there some kind of maintenance I should be doing?
Have others had this problem and how frequently?
Wow thatís probably too much
Thanks all
John
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:58 PM   #2
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I have a leak in the back of my THETFORD potty, Modle:31652. I believe it is from the vacuum breaker, hard to see but seems to be coming from the top behind lid and wall.
It started leaking after not being used for a while and then it went away most of the time. I was hoping some seal had dried out and would go back to working properly after some use. It still leaks but only while filling the bowl, foot switch half down.
Questions:
do I really have to remove potty to replace this?
Should I replace anything else while in there: seals..?
Biggest one, this part went out in one year, should I replace the potty with something BETTER?
Is there some kind of maintenance I should be doing?
Have others had this problem and how frequently?
Wow thatís probably too much
Thanks all
John
Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings, but you need to pull the privy. Just make sure you get a plastic bag and stuff a rag in it and stuff it in the hole, otherwise you will get some rather unpleasant odors.
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:03 PM   #3
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:21 AM   #4
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I have a leak in the back of my THETFORD potty, Modle:31652. I believe it is from the vacuum breaker, hard to see but seems to be coming from the top behind lid and wall.
It started leaking after not being used for a while and then it went away most of the time. I was hoping some seal had dried out and would go back to working properly after some use. It still leaks but only while filling the bowl, foot switch half down.
Questions:
do I really have to remove potty to replace this?
Should I replace anything else while in there: seals..?
Biggest one, this part went out in one year, should I replace the potty with something BETTER?
Is there some kind of maintenance I should be doing?
Have others had this problem and how frequently?
Wow thatís probably too much
Thanks all
John
I am having EXACTLY the same issue with our Thetford toilet , only ours is model #31687. Still pondering what to do about it as so far have not been able to find a parts list and assembly drawings for this model. In the meantime we add water to the bowl manually using a large water glass and water from the bathroom sink. Obviously I would prefer to repair the assembly rather than replace the entire toilet.

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Old 09-13-2012, 11:38 AM   #5
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I am having EXACTLY the same issue with our Thetford toilet , only ours is model #31687. Still pondering what to do about it as so far have not been able to find a parts list and assembly drawings for this model. In the meantime we add water to the bowl manually using a large water glass and water from the bathroom sink. Obviously I would prefer to repair the assembly rather than replace the entire toilet.

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What style is it? the 31687 doesn't come up in Thedford's manuals.
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:29 PM   #6
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What style is it? the 31687 doesn't come up in Thedford's manuals.
Believe that it is a Bravura model (I have found my original owners manual since my previous post, so now have drawings and part numbers). Looks like probably a defective "Water Module/Water Valve".

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Old 09-13-2012, 02:15 PM   #7
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More info, FWIW - Thetford toilets have a 3-year warranty (third year is parts only). Service department at my dealer quotes 1/2 hour labor to replace water module/water valve assembly (part #8 on Bravura and Aqua-magic V parts lists) as long as rear of toilet is accessable. 1.7 hours if toilet has to be uninstalled first.

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Old 09-14-2012, 02:12 PM   #8
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Thanks for the warranty info, I forgot about that. I believe my one year dealer warranty is up but I'll call and see whats still covered.
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:03 PM   #9
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ordered the part

I called Thedford and they said, only one year warranty, darn.
I had previously called my favorit local RVservice center who could not find a part number for a vacuum breaker, Thedford straitend me out. I have to buy the whole valve assembly and RV center has that $38. The sevice department did mention that these potties will leak if they do not have enough pressure so I will check that out, 45-60psi.
Maybe I'll pull out the valve and check pressure before going for part, I am really tied of coming home with the wrong part. And who knows what I'll break getting it out, GGRRRRRR.....
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:38 PM   #10
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I'm a reasonably handy person, but based on my experience, asking the dealer to complete the work for the same valve problem...likely the best $125.00 dollars I ever spent....I'm sure I could have done that much damage trying to fix it!
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