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Old 11-13-2014, 02:11 PM   #1
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Rubber toilet seal care

I've been watching lots of utube "how to" videos. (By the way you can pick up many rv tips and tricks on utube) One of them dealt with cleaning the toilet bowl and they suggested that some harsh cleaners can deteriorate the rubber seal where the toilet drains into the black tank. No specific cleaners were recommended or warned not to use. Any suggestions out there?
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Old 11-13-2014, 03:35 PM   #2
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I would just clean the top and bottom of the seal with warm soapy water 'dawn dish detergent" and during storage you might add some olive oil in place of water.
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Old 11-13-2014, 04:04 PM   #3
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Has anyone tried this?

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...t-24-oz-/31207
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Old 11-13-2014, 06:57 PM   #4
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Haven't tried it but I'm sure that would work just fine. I had to replace the seal in mine earlier this season. Every trip after that, I sprayed it with Pledge furniture polish w/ moisturizer.
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Never have used a commercial product. We have tried Lemon Pledge, from a rv forum, Plumbers silicone, and a old toothbrush to clean the crevices (don't drop it accidentally). All seem to work for a while.

Once we were having a problem and we moved the next day to another cg and it stopped. Never did figure that out. I ordered a new seal kit but have not needed it but I am sure someday I will replace it. Four years old.

I had a new rig once with a sample of a valve deal lube from Thetford and we used it but never saw it for sale till your post.
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Never have used a commercial product. We have tried Lemon Pledge, from a rv forum
I read to use the Pledge in another RV Forum as well. I was told by someone who has a lot more RV experience than me not to use the lemon Pledge, just the regular. I guess the whole idea is to keep it somewhat soft and pliable without using anything with petroleum distillates. Probably lot's of stuff out there would work just fine.
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Will the RV antifreeze hurt this seal?
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Old 11-14-2014, 06:56 AM   #8
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Will the RV antifreeze hurt this seal?
Not at all. In fact, keeping the seal covered with about an inch of antifreeze all winter helps keep it lubed and doesn't allow it to dry out.
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I got one of those foam finger dishwashing wands from the dollar store... I use that to clean the toilet. SO FAR it has worked well and kept the toilet seal working like it should. (I keep it behind the toilet in a cut off 2 qt milk carton)
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That's a better idea than my wife's toothbrush!
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