Q: I completely restored a 1969 Aristocrat Land Commander and now want to replace the portable toilet with a permanent toilet such as a Thetford Aqua Magic. I’m not concerned about the water line connection, that part is easy. What I need to know is what parts do I need to mount the unit and what parts do I need to connect it to a portable waste tank? Is there a website that has this information or should I go to an RV dealer for advice?
Leroy Kotula, Via email
A: Leroy, I don’t think there’s a set of generalized toilet-swap parts and pieces instructions like you’re hoping for because each project will be different. Each brand and model of toilet’s installation instructions will detail how to connect it to an existing sewage system, probably via the 4-inch PVC pipe that would exist in many late-model RVs with a black tank. You’ll need to cut the hole in the floor, install the ABS pipe and rig it with a gate valve and termination under the trailer’s floor for fastening the dump hose in place. If in doubt, a trip to a qualified RV tech center might be in order.
– Jeff Johnston