Thetford casette on Duetto

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Thetford casette on Duetto

Post by Nickji on Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:07 am

The toilet casette overflowed this morning so a grim start to the day. Now sorted and casette emptied but the area beneath the casette is full of sewage and it’s not obvious how to drain it. Anyone know?
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Re: Thetford casette on Duetto

Post by jollywalker on Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:10 am

Hi,
Not a pleasant experience.
I'm not sure that the area beneath will drain, it is a sealed unit. You do not want it escaping into the area between van floor and wooden floor.
I fear it will be a case of rubber gloves, sponge and bleach.
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Re: Thetford casette on Duetto

Post by bikeralw on Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:34 am

Not an overflow, but when my cassette locker developed a bit of a pong after a hot spell I just stood a distance away and directed a hosepipe into the empty locker for several minutes. Then used a sponge to remove the residual water.
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Re: Thetford casette on Duetto

Post by jollywalker on Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:52 am

The infil between door and unit is carpet covered wood, and not watertight on the Duetto. Spraying a hose risks water entering the inside of the arches and rear quarter.
Duetto's suffer serious rust in this area, so keeping it dry is important.
Oh to have a Duetto that is rust free....... I can but dream!
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Re: Thetford casette on Duetto

Post by bikeralw on Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:01 pm

Bit of a design flaw that. Going to be hard to get the area clean again then!
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Re: Thetford casette on Duetto

Post by Nickji on Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:14 pm

As a couple of people have said, it’s a design flaw. So in the end I flushed the entire cavity out with a hose. For sure not good for the arches but I’m in hot sunny Portugal so things should dry out quickly. The guy I bought it from must have known the gauge was faulty, what a nasty fellow.
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Re: Thetford casette on Duetto

Post by Wargenwolf on Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:26 pm

I agree he should have let you know the gauge was faulty, if he was aware, however he is like me and never lets the cassette get full enough to illuminate the 'full' warning, he may not have been aware.

Mine gets emptied when I can see through the hole that it's getting close.

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Re: Thetford casette on Duetto

Post by Gromit on Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:51 pm

Wargenwolf wrote:Mine gets emptied when I can see through the hole that it's getting close.
The obvious way to keep a check on it Wolf up! , and even sooner than that for me.

Every other day whenever possible, then the cassette is not too heavy, much easier to empty, and the vile viffs (after Herr Flick of the Gestapo  hugegrins ) have not had time to become too vicious.

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Re: Thetford casette on Duetto

Post by jollywalker on Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:59 pm

Snap, never let mine get too full, don't actually know how accurate the gauge is.

It may be hot in Portugal, but if water has got where it shouldn't it may be storing up trouble for the future. Mk5 transits just love to rust  rolleyes

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Re: Thetford casette on Duetto

Post by KMRTOPAZ on Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:07 pm

I have a "wet-and-dry" vacuum cleaner, the upright cylinder on wheels type, with a long flexible hose. It serves as a multi purpose workshop vac.
It will pick up liquids very fast and very thoroughly.  In your situation I would pick up and dispose of the overflow and then repeat with several flushes of clean soapy water. Finally reverse the airflow and blow air into the damp area to dry.
A bit late for your problem since you have solved it. I don't think the flexi tube would have reached Penzance anyway !     Keith

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Re: Thetford casette on Duetto

Post by Nickji on Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:12 am

Agreed the seller might not have known about the cassette gauge. Now the episode seems really funny, pointless to be annoyed. And how lucky to be next to a friend's house with hose pipe and buckets available. Hey ho for the open road.
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Re: Thetford casette on Duetto

Post by pjkxpjkx on Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:29 pm

Don't use a hose.  The water will get into the wooden floor.  Takes a year to dry out.
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