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My spousal unit absolutely hated the yacht-sized bowl/seat, though. She also didn't like pumping the head. So we discarded the HeadMate in favor of of a Raritan SeaEra electric head with a household-sized bowl/seat and built-in macerator. It also uses fresh water to flush, reduceing aroma. And it accepts 1" sanitation hose - much easier to work with. With an electric pump, I know it won't be as reliable in the long run, but so far so good. And WAF is important. I don't think I'd do that with a 3 year old, though. The macerator is at the bottom of the bowl and I'd hate to think about a kid jamming something down there and reaching in to get it back.
FWIW If you're going to keep the bowl, you've already got the parts to rebuild the pump, why not use them? When it needs its next rebuild, which may be several years, then do as SD suggests.