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Old 08-28-2013, 08:55 PM   #1
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Toilet Leak

After about 5,000 miles we have developed a fresh water, toilet leak. Since we just picked up the 15 in April, this is not related to winterizing or freezing. It is very slow but will eventually puddle around the base and flow onto the floor area. Unfortunately, the toilet is so close to the wall that I can't even see if the connection can be tightened. We will be making the long trip to Chilliwack since there appears to be no way to see what the problem is without pulling the toilet itself. Anyone else have a slow leak due to valve or connections? Notice there appears to be mildew from constant wetness.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:25 PM   #2
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Contact Escape. I'm confident that they will direct you to a nearby RV shop to remedy the problem.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:58 PM   #3
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We had a similar issue. When the toilet was installed the connection was cross threaded which eventually caused an inconsistent leak. I had it fixed locally and Escape reimbursed me for the work. On mine the toilet valve needed to be replaced.

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Old 08-29-2013, 07:33 AM   #4
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On my casita, they use the thetford toilet as well, there was a slow leak at the valve/ water module. I fixed it myself but I would call escape and see what they would do as it looks like it would be under warranty
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:51 AM   #5
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On my Escape, I cut in a water shutoff valve just in case I develop a problem while out traveling. Our friends had a Thetford flush valve failure which caused them undue grief while camping with us.
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That is why I'm having one installed on my new Escape.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:35 AM   #7
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On my Escape, I cut in a water shutoff valve just in case I develop a problem while out traveling. Our friends had a Thetford flush valve failure which caused them undue grief while camping with us.
Where did you put the cutoff valve? ...not much space to work back there!
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:07 AM   #8
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the water line comes through the wall from the dinnette seat area above the black tank, I regret not having a shut off valve put in, The next time I have that are opened up I will put one in. Its very easy, its just 1/2 inch pex line so a standard 1/2 inch pex shut off valve is all that is required. then if a leak at the toilet happened while on the road you could shut the toilet off and and least have the rest of the water system up and running while you wait to fix it.
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the water line comes through the wall from the dinnette seat area above the black tank, I regret not having a shut off valve put in, The next time I have that are opened up I will put one in. Its very easy, its just 1/2 inch pex line so a standard 1/2 inch pex shut off valve is all that is required. then if a leak at the toilet happened while on the road you could shut the toilet off and and least have the rest of the water system up and running while you wait to fix it.

Thanks. I'll go look in our 5.0 and see if it can go someplace under the seat. We did this in our previous Scamp 5er after we had a flush valve crack during the winter...but we put it in near the toilet since we had everything out to replace the flush valve.
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the water line comes through the wall from the dinnette seat area above the black tank, I regret not having a shut off valve put in, The next time I have that are opened up I will put one in. Its very easy, its just 1/2 inch pex line so a standard 1/2 inch pex shut off valve is all that is required. then if a leak at the toilet happened while on the road you could shut the toilet off and and least have the rest of the water system up and running while you wait to fix it.
Wish we had had that! Have to put it in some time. We were leaving on a very big trip though that time, so just as well to get it fixed. While on a trip, that would be a life-saver.

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Look inside your front driver side access door with the front leg controls. If your 2008 is built like my 2012 you will find the water supply line to the Thetford toilet making a U-turn. That's were I installed my valve.
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Look inside your front driver side access door with the front leg controls. If your 2008 is built like my 2012 you will find the water supply line to the Thetford toilet making a U-turn. That's were I installed my valve.
Thanks! I checked our 2008 and it is exactly the same...we'll be picking up a valve this week!
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:47 AM   #13
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This valve looks like a good idea. Having never worked with this tubing, how does one cut it?

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Any sharp knife will cut Pex pipe. I do have a set of cutters that make it easier, but not necessary for a couple cuts.
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:36 PM   #15
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OK, we got our toilet shut-off valve in!
Took a bit of time to saw through the PEX with a serrated knife and then a GOOD bit of hand and arm strength to get the ends of the PEX onto the valve. Not a whole lot of room to work but better than working around the toilet! Seems to work fine...it certainly came in handy in our previous trailer so we were glad to have a way to do the same thing in the Escape.
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Old 02-17-2014, 09:14 PM   #17
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Harbor Freight has a PEX cutter. Not the best in the world, no commercial business would want to use it, but good enough for the few cuts a TT person would want to do. Cheap!

PVC Pipe Cutter w/ Ratchet Action

If I remember right, the cut-off valve to the toilet is an OPTION on the build sheet... get it, get it, get it!
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Unfortunately it is not an option in the 5 TA
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Unfortunately it is not an option in the 5 TA
If the 5TA is like the Classic 5.0 then it is a pretty easy DIY. The access to the line is in the driver's side hatch.
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Unfortunately it is not an option in the 5 TA
Vicki... everything is an option if you ask EXCEPT the stainless steel backsplash. Reace won't do THAT again!
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