Winter's Work, part 1
The Most Essential Item
Last fall, we ended the summer with something slightly more than a metal tent. If I recall right, we had several lights working on battery power, our dinette installed but not finished, and the vinyl planks installed on the floor. Something like this:
I began the next phase on that most essential, most required, most valuable of all RV equipment: the toilet. Ok, I'm being cheeky. I wouldn't have put a toilet in at all, except for the fact that it wasn't my decision. I hate outhouses, but I also am not looking forward to using a septic hose. There's no-win here, but like I said, it wasn't my decision.
Way back, years ago, when I installed the tanks, I made a mistake. Check that post out in the archives, especially if you are reading this as a how-to. I bought the wrong holding tanks and couldn't stomach the idea of wasting $500 to re-buy the right ones (did you catch the puns?). So while this is what I did, it's not what I'd recommend. (Leave a comment with an email address if you want the advice I'd go back and give myself.)
I started with the 3" plumbing I'd need to get from the tanks to the toilet flange and build a box.
From there, it was a matter of measuring, cutting a hole, and installing the flange. Unfortunately, none of that is pictured here. But, hopefully, everything works as well as I designed. I installed the toilet. It ended up being a nice little elevated throne.
My big fear with that run of pipe is that I have a child who loves toilet paper. I'll need a short snake, just in case. I think one use of a toilet snake and he'll be cured of using too much paper.
We're a close family, but our bathroom did need walls. More on that effort tomorrow. Plus a sink.
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