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Jabsco Electric Conversion

Has anyone used either of these to convert a manual pump to an electric pump? Is so, what are the pros and cons of either.

Toilet Conversion Kit

Toilet Conversion Kit

The first one looks to be easier to install and it says it can be easily switched back to manual in case of power failure.
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We have used it. It works as expected. But let me warn you, it is a banshee and will wake the dead. The nice thing is for those taht have only one head, it can be converted back to the manual easily.

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Oops, This is the second one I meant to show.

Toilet Electric Conversion Kit

Do you know if it would be a better option?
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If youa re considering that, then go get the Jabsco Quiet Flush. I have two of them. THey are the best head I have used in a sailboat. You mount the water pump seperate from the toilet for much quieter operation. The macerator pump is relatively quiet (well, relatively) and is oversized (per ITT) but mounting the pump in a quiet out of the way area makes it awesome. From a relatively unique point of view, it was about teh only head that would allow a household size toilet, allow you to raise and lower the water pressure as needed, macerate, and dry bowl. Many other heads do not have this many options (with the dry bowloing being mandatory on a sailboat - yuck). Again, I bought two of them and they are awesome.

I suspect the cost to be in the $500ish range/piece. Talk to Sailnet and see what they can get it for. Do be prepared to wait a little bit since ITT generally builds these to order - though some distributors might have one in stock.

Quiet Flush Electric Toilet - Seawater > Electric Toilets > Toilet Waste Systems > Jabsco - ITT

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PS We had some cruising friends stop by and use our head. The wife saw it and demanded her husband put it in (snicker).
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I bet the pump assemply you showed me is the same as the Quiet flush, incidenatlly.
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Brian,
When you say the one is noisy, how noisy is it. Like a blender running or something. Or just nosier than a normal toilet flushing. I'm not a live-a-board so its not like I have to hear it all the time. Just want to make it a little better on the wife on week ends.
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Brian,
When you say the one is noisy, how noisy is it. Like a blender running or something. Or just nosier than a normal toilet flushing. I'm not a live-a-board so its not like I have to hear it all the time. Just want to make it a little better on the wife on week ends.
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A blender - sometimes on steroids.

That freaking thing cost like $3xx dollars too. It is easy to put in though - as easy as they make it out to be. But for a bit more money and trouble up front, you would have a WHOLE lot nicer head. That was the route we went. But on our 380, we used teh conversion.

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Update, Question and Pimp a business

This is what I decided to go with.

JABSCO LITE FLUSH 12VOLT WITH FOOTSWITCH [58500-0012] - $368.72 : MaritimeProtectionProducts, Direct & Wholesale to the Public

I talked with a service tech at ITT and he said it is a very easy toilet to change out with my existing Twist and Lock.
When I was looking at the situation this week end I now have a question about running the power. Since my head has a sump pump for the shower could I run the power from that same line that comes to the sump pump. It already has a breaker in the panel for it. I can't imagine any circumstances where the shower sump pump and toilet would need to run at the same time. So I wouldn't think it would ever be a problem of over loading the circuit.

As far a pimping the business - I ordered the toilet from MaritimeProtection Products.com on Wed the 28th of April and received it today the 3 of May. I didn't have to pay for expedited delivery either. It is the first time I ordered from them and was a little Leary due to the price was less than anywhere else but I'm now very impressed.
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I suspect that the wire size is too small. Seems like I had to put on a 20amp fuse. Depending on the length of the run (times two, it is a dc circut), you will be able to calculate teh wire size... but I suspect it will be in the 10 gauge range.

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I'd point out that the Jabsco heads are generally not well regarded and that you'd probably be a lot better off going with a different brand. But since you already ordered it, good luck.
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