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Old 08-18-2014, 10:13 AM   #1
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Keeping the toilet seal wet?

In this hot Texas sun, I'm having trouble keeping water in the toilet while the trailer is in storage. I would like to make sure the seal stays wet between uses to extend its life as long as possible, but the water evaporates pretty quickly.

I thought about using the pink stuff hoping it doesn't evaporate as quickly. Also, I could just visit the trailer more often. Admittedly, I didn't visit it for the entire month + it was in storage this time, but sometimes I'm not going to be able to make it out there, and I don't want that seal to dry up...

Ideas?
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:56 AM   #2
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We had that issue last summer, due to an unusually hot summer for our area. Our camper is right outside so I just checked it every few days. With your's in storage that complicates things. I wonder if there is some type of an o-ring lube that can be used?
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Old 08-18-2014, 12:02 PM   #3
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I think your best bet is the RV anti-freeze and then cover the toilet with clear plastic food wrap pulled tight.
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Old 08-18-2014, 12:55 PM   #4
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I think your best bet is the RV anti-freeze and then cover the toilet with clear plastic food wrap pulled tight.
I was thinking about using plastic wrap, so far, I think that's the best solution... DW just says we should make sure there's plenty of water in there before we leave it, but I'm not sure even a complete toilet full will last more than a month in this heat...

What about oil? I read somewhere to use vegetable oil to condition the seal. I used it and it worked pretty well, what if I just put a little oil in there every time we store it?
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I misread the OP's title at first and had to laugh.

I was asking myself "now why would anyone want to keep the toilet SEAT wet??" Lol.
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I misread the OP's title at first and had to laugh.

I was asking myself "now why would anyone want to keep the toilet SEAT wet??" Lol.

so did I
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At work we have some floor drains that constantly dry out and let sewer gas into the building. We fill the trap with water then dump a tablespoon or two of vegetable oil down the drain. The oil floats on the water and forms a layer that prevents the water from evaporating.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:48 PM   #8
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Here is a pervious thread about a toilet leaking issue.

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/sh...t=Toilet+issue

It looks like vegetable oil, olive oil or pledge furniture Polish is what people are using to keep the seal in working order.

Hope this helps.
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I misread the OP's title at first and had to laugh.

I was asking myself "now why would anyone want to keep the toilet SEAT wet??" Lol.


I had that moment after I posted it. I skimmed it over and my heart jumped and I went "oh s#!t, did I just put 'seat' in that title?!" Had to go back over and look more closely, and went "whew, that would have been something!"

I think I'm going to try a little oil in with the water and we'll see how that goes. I sure would hate to forget to take off the plastic wrap before DW's first "pit" stop!! I'd get the silent treatment for sure!!!
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I think keeping the toilet seat wet is a good idea because that Texas sun will heat that seat to God knows what temp and he can make it as hot as Hell if he wants to. I would never want to have to explain a burnt red ring around my butt in the emergency room where everyone can hear you. My tool kit now contains a Texas Sprayer.
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