One morning while we were at the Skinnie Winnie rally, we awoke to find the foot pedal of our two year old Thedford Style II toilet had fallen off overnight. At first, I thought this would be no problem and tried to put it back on. However, the tension spring that allows the handle to return to the closed position had also come loose and was sitting on the shaft freely. Since I was unable to reset the spring, I removed it and put the handle back on. This allowed us to continue to use this appliance for the rest of the rally. It required the user to manually return the pedal to its upright and stowed position when the desired effect had been reached. My first mistake in this drama was to suggest that I could live with it like that.
When we returned home, I was able to determine the reason the spring had come loose. The small plastic molded piece that was designed to hold it in its place had broken off. Since it was not practical to replace the whole lower plastic shroud combined with the firm decision not to live with it, there was no choice but to get a new toilet. After some research, we decided on the Dometic Revolution 310 which their site claims can be installed in 15 minutes. After downloading the manuals and specs, it looked like it would fit in our small rig-just barely.
The old unit came out with no fuss and we got the new unit in place easily, but it soon became clear that just barely, in this case, what not good enough. The water inlet fitting was much lower than the old unit and since we had a small "step" in front of the wall, it was impossible to connect the water fill connection. So out came the new toilet and back to Camping World. After some discussion, they graciously agreed to take the 310 back.
Looking at the available other options, there were not many on hand that would meet our needs. I told the manager what we had in the unit to start with and he thought he might have one of those in the back, a Thedford Aqua Magic Style II. Sure enough, he produced a new toilet of the model we had just removed. While we really did not want another item that had failed in two years, we needed one now, as this was a major problem for an upcoming rally in a few days. The new Thedford slid right in. So in the end- two toilets were installed and two removed.
Sometimes, we are in the right place at the right time. We happened to be at our daughter's house after she returned from a shopping trip with a supply of paper towels. Now for most of us, this is a non event, but for Nico it was a great adventure and skill developing exercise.