Quick Tips for Better RV Toilet Operation

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As opposed to the toilets in your home, an RV toilet requires a couple extra steps for proper use and maintenance. While the typical stationary toilet has a back-mounted tank that fills and flushes the bowl, a mobile RV toilet is either supplied with water via the fresh water tank and on-demand pump or a city water source. Standard RV toilet operation requires that you pull the foot pedestal up slightly to put a small amount of water in the bowl prior to using it.

In this video, we’ll teach you some simple tips for proper RV toilet operation and show you how to take care of your RV toilet so it remains cleaner while you’re out on the road.

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17 Responses to “Quick Tips for Better RV Toilet Operation”

  1. Tom

    Toilet bowl empties while resting. I gave the seal a good cleaning with a toothbrush but it still drains out. It’s a new unit, only 1 season old.

    • Customer Service

      Hello Tom! We’re more than happy to help! What is the year, make, and model of your RV? Thank you!

  2. Deb

    my toilet does not have any water flowing in it. all other outlets, i.e., faucets, shower have water coming out.

    • Customer Service

      Most likely the water valve on the back of the toilet is the issue. It is possible there is an issue with the pedal/handle might not be connected to the valve to open it which would allow the water to flow. The best thing to do is check the valve for proper operation and make sure everything is connected that is supposed to be. Most of the time something on the valve breaks, like a lever or connection to it. It is possible for the valve to just fail as well. To get to the valve on the back of the tank you will have to remove the toilet. These valves can easily be replaced but need to be a certain valve. There will be a tag with the model number on the back of the toilet, this will be needed to find the correct valve replacement.


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  3. Kathey Carr

    This video is an excellent example of why I’ve not ever subscribed, despite the near daily “last chance!” email offers.
    First, the title of the video, tips for better toilet operation. No, it’s how to flush!! And using what appears to be a very old style RV toilet, with unusual features including 2 pedals and an attached sprayer. The printed info includes the instruction to lift UP on the pedal to fill toilet bowl… which is not what’s shown in the video, is an unusual operation, and quite honestly one that would break my toilet flush and fill pedal!!!
    Obviously, the grey water fill mistake had been corrected.

    This video, highlighted as a new offering in your email today, was actually first presented more than 18 months ago!!

    Gee, I can’t imagine why I haven’t subscribed yet, for any of the prices offered ($3.95-$5.00)??!!??

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  4. Jack

    Why does my toilet stink, even after repeated flushing? Is the vent clogged? It smells like an outhouse.

    • Customer Service

      Hello Jack,

      There could be several reasons starting with improper black water tank
      conditioner/treatment? Make sure you are using a Thetford or Dometic
      black water treatment as they both have micro-organisms that promote
      aerobic bacteria functions which break up the sewage and reduce the
      smell. If not, you are getting anaerobic activity which is the “bad
      bugs” and get the rotten egg odor. A clogged vent will give some
      back odor in the coach but is more designed to eliminate a vacuum in the


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  5. Robert Burcham

    Lost all confidence in your comments. The gray water tank has nothing to do with the toilet in any RV

  6. Joseph Ennis

    A bit of misinformation. The toilet water is not supplied from the gray water tank. In fact the gray water tank has no relation to the toilet. In our RV the black water tank is under the toilet.

  7. JAY

    I have yet to see any of these “Free” videos. They are ALWAYS “currently unavailable”. As a premium member I don’t really think I’m getting my money’s worth. Does anyone monitor this site?

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  8. Rob

    Gray water ? I have never seen an RV that uses gray water to flush the toilet. EVERY RV I have ever owned used fresh water !!!! Gray water can have food scraps etc. that could clog the small piping going to the toilet !!!

  9. Rex Reitmayer

    I don’t think I am understanding, I thought the toilet water was supplied via whatever fresh water connection you were hooked up to, be it city water or potable water? Not via the grey water tank? I thought grey water consisted of any used water other then sewage which of course goes to the black tank.

    • Customer Service

      Hi, Rex. This question is referring to the description on the video, not the video itself. We need to change the description to: As opposed to the toilets in your home, an RV toilet requires a couple extra steps for proper use and maintenance. Whereas the typical stationary toilet has a back-mounted tank that fills and flushes the bowl, a mobile RV toilet is supplied with water from the fresh water tank using the on board water pump, or city fill. Standard RV toilet operation requires that you fill the bowl with water prior to using it and clear it once you’re done. In this lesson, we teach you some simple tips for correct RV toilet operation, and show you how to take care of your RV toilet so it remains cleaner while you’re out on the road and lasts for many, many trips. Dave Solberg walks you through a quick demonstration for cleaning and maintaining the toilet on your RV using the attached sprayer and foot pedal, and he also imparts some expert advice that you can utilize to give your RV toilet a longer life. Thank you for catching the description of the video on the “Quick Tips for Better RV Toilet Operation”. You are correct, the toilet is supplied by the fresh water tank using the on board water pump or city water fill. I have sent a request to have the description corrected and reviewed the video and there is no reference to the Gray water in it so that is good. We have several sets of eyes proofing the videos and descriptions but every once in a while something slips through. Thanks again for the catch!

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