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Old 01-25-2016, 03:51 PM   #1
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Holding Tank Readings

Didn't want to muddy up another ongoing thread so I'll post this here...

As my stock sensors like to read 2/3 even when empty, I measured before doing some boondocking last fall. This is when the LEDs lit up when filling.


Black - Full, 15 of 30 gallons

Gray - Full, 26 of 28
- 2/3, 15 of 28

Fresh - Full, 22 of 28
- 2/3, 14 of 28
- 1/3, 6 of 28
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For what it is worth, which is nothing, I have filled my fresh water tank to the point where water is shooting out the overflow hole, and the filler hole, and my fresh water sensor reads 2/3 full.
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Old 01-25-2016, 04:40 PM   #3
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My grey tank is full when it shows in the bath.
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My grey tank is full when it shows in the bath.
and the black is full when..... yep it IS full.

dwive vewy, vewy cawfully...

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... my stock sensors like to read 2/3 even when empty
That sounds like gummed up sensors in the second-from top position - they always conduct so it looks like there is always 2/3 of a tank of contents there.

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I have filled my fresh water tank to the point where water is shooting out the overflow hole, and the filler hole, and my fresh water sensor reads 2/3 full.
Typically this would mean a bad wiring connection to the highest sensor.
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That sounds like gummed up sensors in the second-from top position - they always conduct so it looks like there is always 2/3 of a tank of contents there.


Typically this would mean a bad wiring connection to the highest sensor.
Tried spraying contacts with a electrical contact cleaner to no avail.
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The stock sensors in our Escape have worked well so far. We have rarely stayed in campgrounds with full services and normally rely on water in the tanks, so we have thus tried to be consistent in our rate of fresh water usage. However, I rarely even bother to check the sensors, since I have now developed a pretty good sense for how full the tanks are based on how long it has been since we last dumped the black & gray, and filled the fresh tanks.
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Tried spraying contacts with a electrical contact cleaner to no avail.
Good start. It could also be a broken wire (it's pretty small-gauge stuff), or a bad connection on the display panel end. Not a fun thing to track down; I have a similar problem in my current RV and haven't gone to the effort of tracking it down.
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Not much point in worrying about the fresh water. If I know I've filled it, and if the 1/3 full sensor works, I'll know when to worry. Which I don't, because a carry a 20 litre container ( which lives at the picnic table or outdoor kitchen ).
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I'd suggest a SeeLevel Tank Monitor. It's work well for me.

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