How To Remove a Thetford Toilet From a Motorhome

A lot of motor homes criss-cross the nation annually. Whether they’re retirees seeing the whole country or people out on vacation, the motor home is a great way to see our great nation. The great thing about motor homes is that it is literally a moving house; it has all the creature comforts of home except it goes at an average of 50 mph.

One of the comforts of home provided by motor homes is the Thetford permanent toilet. If, for any reason, you need to remove the toilet in your motor home, the steps below should be a big help to you.

  • For the removal process, you’ll need:
    • ½ inch socket wrench
    • 12 inch socket wrench extension
    • Flathead screwdriver
  • Cut off the water supply. The first step is to make sure that the Thetford toilet is removed from whatever water supply it is currently connected to. You do not want it to be making a mess inside your motor home and allowing the water to splash everywhere causing short circuits and burn outs in your motor home. Locate the pump switch and turn it off. If you are drawing water from an outside source, disconnect the water hose from it.
  • Turn off your water supply valve. This is the valve that feeds water into the toilet from either an outside source or your water reservoir in the motor home. You need to turn this off so that any water in the toilet will not make a mess during the removal. Reach behind the toilet and twist the valve knob counter-clockwise to turn it off.
  • Remove the toilet covers. Take your flathead screwdriver and remove the toilet bolt covers. Standard Thetford toilets have two bolt covers so that is the least number of bolts you will have to remove. Subsequent models will have the bolt cover either at the front or the rear of the toilet. Other models have them at the left and right sides. Regardless of the model, you will need to remove the toilet bolt covers. Popping out the covers will expose the bolts.
  • Remove the bolts. Use your ½ inch socket wrench to remove the bolts. Depending on the location of the bolts, you may have to use the 12 inch socket wrench extension to get to the ones behind the toilet. As a precaution, remove the toilet seat as well so that you don’t have too hard a time getting to and removing the bolts.
    Lift the toilet up and out. With the bolts removed and the water turned off, simply use your arms to lift the Thetford toilet up and off the closet flange.
  • Lift the toilet up and out. With the bolts removed and the water turned off, simply use your arms to lift the Thetford toilet up and off the closet flange.


These Thetford toilet removal steps are to be used when replacing the toilet or when taking it out for repairs. For a more detailed instruction, you can refer to the Thetford toilet user’s manual. You can also visit the Thetford toilet website for the manufacturer’s suggestions on how to properly remove their toilets. The site has a lot of helpful advice from fellow users of the product and they may give tips and tricks on effective removal techniques.

 

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