Removing a Toilet in an RV

Removing a Toilet in an RV
RV toilets will break if they are not maintained. The water line beneath the toilet can also freeze and break if it is not drained in cold weather. Removing the toilet is often required to access and replace the line. Removing the toilet requires minimal tools and no advanced skills. There are many different toilet sizes and designs, but you can remove the toilet at your home. If you plan on replacing the toilet, it is important that you do not discard the old toilet. You will need to know the base size and the connections required for the new toilet.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Crescent wrench
  • Towels
  • Rubber gloves
Step 1
Turn off all water sources to the RV. Turn off the water pump. Flush the toilet to let the existing water drain from the line. Place towels around the base of the toilet to prevent water from spilling on the floor.
Step 2
Locate the water hose on the back of the toilet. Use your hands to unscrew the hose and allow the towels to catch any spillover. If there is not a visible hose, proceed to the next step.
Step 3
Use your hands to pull the plastic base from the toilet. The base is typically two pieces that snap in and out of place.
Step 4
Use a crescent wrench to remove the nuts from the base of the toilet. Most toilets have 2-3 nuts. If you did not locate a hose in step 2, lift the toilet slowly off the bolts and reach under to find the hose. Unscrew the hose with your hands.
Step 5
Remove the toilet from the RV floor and place it on the towels to absorb moisture from the base. Carry the toilet outside of the RV.

Tips & Warnings

Removing the toilet can be done by a single person, but it is helpful to have an extra hand when carrying the toilet. Also keep a small bucket near the toilet in case the line has more water than expected.
Wear rubber gloves while removing the old toilet. The gloves will protect your hands from hidden bacteria and insects that may be under the toilet.

Article Written By Zach Lazzari

Zach Lazzari is an outdoor writing specialist. He has experience in website writing as well as standard newspaper writing. He wrote an outdoor column for the Silver World in Lake City, Colo., and articles for Lazzari is currently completing his bachelor's degree online through Arizona State University and lives in southwest Montana.

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