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Old 11-16-2014, 06:53 AM   #71
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What are Horst tank probes? Thanks.
The Black and Grey tank probes that come as default on most RV's, including Escape, are fairly useless, mine give false readings more often then not. The black tank you can check by looking down the toilet with a flashlight, the grey you just have to take a guess at. The probes themselves get gunked up, making them think the fluid is up to that level.

Horst is a brand name or replacement probes that do not suffer the same problem. I know a couple folks with them and they have no complaints.

Horst Miracle Probes for Wastewater Tanks in Recreational Vehicles RVs

I know of one owner that had ETI install them during the build, they are direct swap outs, so no new wiring is needed. From what I've seen, once the waste tanks are in, access to the probes is difficult at best. If you went with the foam like I did, it's probably even worse. I had planned on getting them but spaced it off till the build was underway. As you have to provide them to ETI, I was out of luck. I don't know how much ETI wants to put them in.
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Old 11-16-2014, 10:39 AM   #72
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Great information, thanks so much. I watched the video. Have put in my notes to order.
I am such a newbie, just found out now what a grey tank and black tank are!


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Old 11-16-2014, 11:01 AM   #73
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My stock probes for the holding tanks are spot on. But then I use the magic spray wand to thoroughly clean the black tank each time I dump the tanks. I dump the tanks then do two repetitions with wand : spray/dump tank, spray/dump tank. Whole operation takes less than 15 minutes.
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I know of one owner that had ETI install them during the build, they are direct swap outs, so no new wiring is needed. From what I've seen, once the waste tanks are in, access to the probes is difficult at best. If you went with the foam like I did, it's probably even worse. I had planned on getting them but spaced it off till the build was underway. As you have to provide them to ETI, I was out of luck. I don't know how much ETI wants to put them in.
We had ETI install the Horst probes. We have only camped for about 23 nights in the 21, and so far they work just fine. Of course, when ever we had a problem with the stock probes on our 17, we would fill up the gray tank with some water and dish soap, and then empty it a couple of times. That seemed to take care of the problem. In the black tank we just used the wand and a bit of dish soap there. After filling the tank and letting it all drain out, the probes would give accurate readings again.

So I don't know if the Horst probes are really doing anything yet or not. Probably will have a better idea after a year of usage.
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Old 11-16-2014, 11:17 AM   #75
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Stock probes in all three tanks have worked fine for us so far. After using the trailer a few times, I had a pretty good feel for how long we could stay at a site without running out of fresh water or needing to dump. Most places we stay at are for max of about 3-4 days duration and we have no issues stretching our tanks that long without needing to refill or dump. In majority of instances I wouldn't have any issues if there were no tank monitors in the trailer. Where our stays have been for longer, we generally go dump and fill after 3-4 days.

I guess that my point is that the stock monitors are really all that is absolutely needed. If you have the extra cash on hand and want to try some other monitors, then go ahead. They may work better, but maybe not.
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I learn so much from this Forum!!!!
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We concur with what is said .Another reason opening bath window comes in handy you can pass the wand through window to toilet from your hose to flush out the black tank pretty good .
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Been doing it this way for over 30 years . I think Escape builds a great product and they use the best within reason of cost . We also found leaving black tank with chemical in for a bit liquidifies and after dumping cleaning with wand like others have said - never a problem . Dawn is also a great idea . We use the green chemicals . We also bought the wand at Escape for the grey tank . Never get 1/3 readings as others in grey . I think the housekeeping is the most important .
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Spending time cleaning the tanks must be the trick. I only do such when closing up for the winter. The rest of the time it's just dump, get the black tank ready for the next load, and go. No pun/s intended.
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Got word from ETI yesterday about the "one other item not on the build sheet" I previously mentioned -- It was the Atwood tankless hot water heater.

Reace isn't willing to install it due to the unknowns. He offered to omit the tank heater and I could have the tankless installed on my own, but we will be wanting hot water on the way home so I just went with the standard heater for now. I will use it until the anode needs replacing then go with the tankless. A bit disappointed, but there are ups and downs with any build I guess. It also shows that ETI wants to be able to stand behind their product, and introducing all these unknwons makes that harder for them to do.
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