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Old 05-20-2011, 07:33 PM   #1
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The monitor on my black water tank is reading incorrectly. It is reading half full when I know it is empty. Is there a way to fix this? I have not used this tank for "major" operations, only liquid has gone in there.
Has anyone else had a similar problem, and what is the recommended fix?
I tried driving around with a half full tank and some bleach and detergent etc, but it didn't work.

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Old 05-20-2011, 08:36 PM   #2
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Re: Faulty Monitor

Try pouring a bag or two of cubed ice in the tank and driving around. I think I first heard of this idea on the fiberglassrv forum.

You could also try using a tank cleaning "wand" and spraying the inside walls of the black tank.

You mentioned that the tanks hasn't been used for "major" operations. Does that mean that no toilet paper has ever been flushed down into the black tank? Even without major ops, remnants of toilet paper could possibly be stuck to the sides near the sensor.
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:08 PM   #3
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I'd go with the wand. It is cheap. Reace drilled a couple extra holes in mine, at a 45 degree angle so that water could also spray up.

You need to hold open the trap on the toilet to prevent damage to the seal that would occur by inserting the wand and allowing the trap to close on it. In my 17 b, I found that I could use a container of Wet Wipes to hold the trap handle open.

And, then take care so you don't end up with a face-full of water ( and debris ).

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Old 05-20-2011, 10:49 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply guys. Yes, it does mean that NO toilet paper has ever gone down there. I'm kinda at a loss trying to figure this out.
Three questions:
(a) did you have the same problem?
(b) did the ice-procedure work?
(c) did the wand work?

And here's the thing. If your solutions worked, how did you avoid having the same problem again?

I've been out on the road this year for 5 weeks so far, and it seems to me that this problem did not gradually present itself.........it appeared suddenly. That's why I'm wondering about a calcium build-up: that would be a gradual thing, I think.

But what a great trailer..............I can't count the number of people who have approached me for information and a look inside !!! Thanks again.

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Old 05-20-2011, 11:04 PM   #5
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I did have the same problem. Wand did the job for me. Cheaper than buying ice and driving around using gas to shake up the trailer, and you can use it again and again.

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Old 05-21-2011, 12:58 AM   #6
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Thanks, Baglo, I'll be off tomorrow to buy the wand.
By the way, it still says I'm a "Newbie" on this site, but I've been on here for two years now. When do I stop being a Newbie?
Thanks again. If you don't hear any more whining from me, it's because your solution worked !!

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Old 05-21-2011, 11:57 AM   #7
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I think the 'newbie' designation, and the others, are based on how many posts you have made.

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Yep.. that's how it works.. post like a demon or 'trung' and get more points.
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Old 05-21-2011, 01:18 PM   #9
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Thanks Guys;
Just one last question.
Call the tongue of the trailer North, the rear of the trailer South, the door side East and the stove side West. Do you know the position of the sensors in the black-water tank. What I mean is: are the sensors on the north wall, south wall, east wall or west well of the tank? I have crawled under the trailer but cannot see any electrical connections to the tank.

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If I remember correctly, the sensor is on the east (door) direction.
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