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The admiral says rebuild the pump on the head. It only leaks a little and just at the top. Being that she has the super sensitive type nose (cause I smell nothing) and can smell the head with each pump she deems this necessary. I'm thinking "this is the perfect time to replace the head". Then I discover that my Raritan is a pretty nice unit compared to what I would buy. SO....how do I tell which Raritan I have so I can order the rebuild kit? "fiasco" is a 1980 Islander Bahama 30 but the head looks like one of the newer model Raritan's. Research seems to indicate it "might" be a phII but is there a way to tell for sure before I order the rebuild kit?
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It should have a label as to what model head it is someplace on it... lacking that, take some photos of the head and e-mail them to Raritan's customer service department to see if they can identify it.
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There are 2 Raritan PH2 repair kits. One is for units manufactured prior to 1982 ( I think) and the other for later units. They can be bought online for about $50. You may not need the whole kit, though. The seal on the shaft may account for your leak - ~$4. A worn joker valve -~$15 -will allow back fill of the bowl. Depending on when last serviced, you may need other parts like the flopper valve and the O rings on the plunger. If that's the case buy the rebuild kit. Unfortunately, I've become quite experienced at repairing these heads but I prefer them to other company's products.
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To identify the head - go to Raritan web site. They have blown-up parts pactures.
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For about $150 you can buy a "Pump Assembly Kit" and save your free time for sailing.

For the PHII


So for about $100 more than the rebuild kit you get everything you need, and its all brand new and ready to go in.
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....Then after fixing it she will still tell you it smells funny/bad and you will end up ripping out all your 1.5" hose which is permeated with odor and is the real cause of the smell 90% of the time. (The other 10% is tank leaks or overflow.) Do yourself a favor and replace the hose at the same time you do the head fix and save yourself a lot of swearing!
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And don't go cheap on the sanitation hose.... get the good stuff. It lasts a lot longer than the cheap stuff.
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Most likely the source of the odor is the intake hose. One of the heads began "smelling" during/after the flush cycle. Turned out to be the intake hose. If it was the discharge hose, it would smell all the time.

As far as rebuilding the head itself, if it functions well, leave it be.
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Pamlico- the pic looks just like the pump on my head. Do the PHI's look the same or are they distinctly different? (where'd ya get the pic) Thanks folks!
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NC-They are probably different. This is for the PHII
This is from Defender
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