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Old 06-09-2017, 10:19 AM   #1
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Fluid levels

None of the fluid levels on my 19 can be believed. Black water reads 2/3rds full when I empty it. Grey water reads 1/2 when I know it's empty. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Anyone know a fix?
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Old 06-09-2017, 10:27 AM   #2
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My 2cents, fill tanks with clean water and let soak for a week. Bonus if driving also for the sloshing effect.

Or see about retro fitting Horst probes.
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Old 06-09-2017, 10:33 AM   #3
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I just have the standard probes, but what I have been doing is adding Calgon to my black and grey tanks. Plus I will empty them and and then fill them 1/3 full of water and then dump after the water has sloshed around. But the rinsing is done when I am done with the trailer for several months or so and heading home. For the most part, my readings have been pretty accurate. Loren
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Old 06-09-2017, 10:43 AM   #4
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+1 on the Calgon with some Dawn or laundry detergent.

We had a used class c that had terrible sensor readings. From what I gathered talking with the previous owner they spent time at full hook up sites and left the valves open. We put in a couple cups of Calgon and Tide in the tanks and then filled them up, took a short drive and then let it sit for a day or two before taking a 30 min drive to the dump site. After dumping we added additional 5 gallon buckets of water down the black tank and then dumped that. I was prepared to repeat the entire process but that one treatment seemed to do the trick.

Going forward we usually added some Calgon/Borax along with a little detergent to the black tank after emptying. Helps if you add a bit of water first so the Calgon doesn't flow right down to the dump drain.
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Old 06-09-2017, 10:54 AM   #5
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Or use Calgon and liquid Cascade with Chlorox. The small amount of Chloe serves as a disinfectant.
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Old 06-09-2017, 11:02 AM   #6
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Or use Calgon and liquid Cascade with Chlorox. The small amount of Chloe serves as a disinfectant.
Hi: C&G in FL... +1 We find this the best solution!!! Alf
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The "A-listers" seem to all be smiling a bit about now.
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Old 06-09-2017, 11:11 AM   #8
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Hi: dfandrews... Always willing to try plan "B". Always take the level readings with a grain of Epsom salts too!!! Alf
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Old 06-09-2017, 11:48 AM   #9
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Two things that help me. First, if you have a plastic sink pan, use that and dump the soapy water into the toilet so that black tank is full when it is dumped. Second, while hooked to dump station drain, use the rinse wand through the toilet to clean the probes.
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Ice Cubes

The Calgon is a good idea and seems to work well. I occasionally will purchase a bag of ice at a gas station and pour them down the toilet. Once on the road it does a nice scrubbing on the inside. Just be sure you have an empty black tank.

Have not figured out how to get ice cubes down the gray tank short of plunking them in one by one through the sewer drain. Here I have resorted to a sewer wand that has an extra hole drilled into it. A hole that pushes (angles) the spray toward the operator. This hopefully will get the drain side of the tank. Hard to measure results however.
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