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Old 08-10-2019, 03:32 PM   #1
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5.0 TA Black Tank Wiring

Hey boys and girls. Can anyone tell me how to access the wire connection points on the 5.0TA black water tank? I have not had any status indication other than empty.
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Old 08-10-2019, 05:14 PM   #2
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Hey boys and girls. Can anyone tell me how to access the wire connection points on the 5.0TA black water tank? I have not had any status indication other than empty.
thanks jn
When you find the problem I'll be interested to hear what it was. I have experienced the same thing with ours - gray and fresh tank gauges seem to work, but black tank never came off empty and once when we dumped I had figured the tank must be around half full. We've only had it out for one short trip other than the trip home from Chilliwack, though, and I figured I'd just wait until our month long trip in September and then determine for sure if it was working or if the sensors were just mounted kind of off.

I've never worried too much about a black tank gauge, the sensors get clogged and then give false readings pretty commonly. After using a trailer for a while it's pretty easy to have a good feel for how long we can go before needing to dump black, and I can just look down the toilet with a flashlight to check if it seems to be getting near full.

The sensors are put on at ETI, and I don't think there's an exact science to that as far as accuracy of the different levels - it's always possible that the sensors were mounted too high on the tank and don't even start registering until it has a good bit in it. If you don't have the spray foam you can look at the sensors and see where they are mounted, and make sure the wires are all connected to them. We have the spray foam so I'll never know about the tank sensors - if it was my fresh water tank that wasn't reading properly I'd do more to check into it, but I've never relied much on a black tank gauge. I suppose it's also possible there's a loose connection at the gauge panel in the trailer, or a defect in the panel indicator.
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Old 08-10-2019, 06:30 PM   #3
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When you find the problem I'll be interested to hear what it was. I have experienced the same thing with ours - gray and fresh tank gauges seem to work, but black tank never came off empty and once when we dumped I had figured the tank must be around half full. We've only had it out for one short trip other than the trip home from Chilliwack, though, and I figured I'd just wait until our month long trip in September and then determine for sure if it was working or if the sensors were just mounted kind of off.

I've never worried too much about a black tank gauge, the sensors get clogged and then give false readings pretty commonly. After using a trailer for a while it's pretty easy to have a good feel for how long we can go before needing to dump black, and I can just look down the toilet with a flashlight to check if it seems to be getting near full.

The sensors are put on at ETI, and I don't think there's an exact science to that as far as accuracy of the different levels - it's always possible that the sensors were mounted too high on the tank and don't even start registering until it has a good bit in it. If you don't have the spray foam you can look at the sensors and see where they are mounted, and make sure the wires are all connected to them. We have the spray foam so I'll never know about the tank sensors - if it was my fresh water tank that wasn't reading properly I'd do more to check into it, but I've never relied much on a black tank gauge. I suppose it's also possible there's a loose connection at the gauge panel in the trailer, or a defect in the panel indicator.
Hey David Well on the return trip after four days at the Goosenecks I thought it should indicate something other than empty. I had already thought about changing to a Seelevel system but if the black tank wires aren't properly connected to begin with and I have no access to those wires then I'm out of luck. I cannot see any way to access those connections and thought with the forum wealth of knowledge maybe somebody had a solution.
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Just look down while flushing. Don't need no stink'n' monitor.
Glenn I just don't like the view. I know I'm being picky but if it's not working the way it should then I'm just not a happy camper.
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Toilet paper and other debris gets hung up on the sensors. You can get a wand to clean off the sensors, but I don't recommend that if you don't like the view.
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Toilet paper and other debris gets hung up on the sensors. You can get a wand to clean off the sensors, but I don't recommend that if you don't like the view.
Glenn What concerns me is that it has indicated nothing but empty since I picked it up. I can see over time the sensors getting screwed up but new? Also I would like to have access to the connections but I don't see how that is possible without disassembling the bath. Anyway, hope somebody has a solution other than visual inspection.
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Nothing but an empty indication sounds like a wiring connection issue to me, rather than fouled probes.

I believe that the 5.0TA black tank extends into the cabinet ahead of the bathroom (under the wardrobe), and that's probably where the probes and wiring are located... but that doesn't make access easy.
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Reading empty sounds like a wiring problem.
My fresh water reads 2/3 full when I know it is completely full.
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