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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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The "A-listers" seem to all be smiling a bit about now.
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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Old 06-09-2017, 12:25 PM   #10
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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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Watch this video and then decide if you want to spend money on ice.

https://www.thefitrv.com/rv-tips/do-...k-really-work/
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Interesting video, it does a nice job of dispelling one of those urban legands.
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I ordered 2 sets of Horst probes for my trailer being built in September for both black and grey tanks which are "supposed" be more accurate. I'm guessing that if you don't the extra insulation it might be straight forward to replace?? They cost about $25 per set .. so ??
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Watch this video and then decide if you want to spend money on ice.

https://www.thefitrv.com/rv-tips/do-...k-really-work/
LOL! The best part of the video was the last few seconds where Stef tries the ice method on a casserole dish!
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I ordered 2 sets of Horst probes for my trailer being built in September for both black and grey tanks which are "supposed" be more accurate. I'm guessing that if you don't the extra insulation it might be straight forward to replace?? They cost about $25 per set .. so ??
Well, not really more accurate, it's just that they don't give false readings/stop working. They measure when the tank is 1/4 full, half, 3/4 and full, just like the stock probes. after a little over 2 years of use, I can tell you they work. Price wise, they're ridiculous, but they do work.

If you got a set of 4 for $25, I'm impressed. Going rate is around $65-$70 a set, whether black or grey tank.

By the way, couldn't tell from your post, but you did get a grey tank set and a black, right? The probe design is different for each tank.
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Old 06-10-2017, 12:31 PM   #16
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I use the wand for the black tank as often as possible and no problems.

I add a couple of cups of white vinegar to the grey tank when not dumping for a few days, and on occasion fill the grey tank about 2/3 full with clean water and some white vinegar and let set for a day, or drive to the dump and empty.

I have the standard probes, and seems to work fro me.
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Geo Method

We used this method (calgon* & laundry soap) when camping with our Scamp and have continued to do so. So far with the larger Escape tanks it still seems to work-just add a couple extra gallons of water after dump. We've also been putting our sink/dishes water down the toilet (as previously mentioned) mainly because the gray tank was filling up faster...so far, so good
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Old 06-11-2017, 01:23 PM   #18
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I rinse the black tank every time I dump with a spray wand attached to the outside shower hose run in through the bathroom window. Hot water works best. Probes stay clean and accurate. When the gray tank indicator gives false readings, I use Camco TST RV Holding Tank Cleaner as directed on bottle. I've only needed to use it twice in 2 years, 20,000 km of trailer use.
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Old 06-11-2017, 03:53 PM   #19
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My gray water tank fills first, after about eight days of camping. So I just empty both waste tanks once a week without worrying about their gauges.

I do pay attention to the fresh water tank gauge. When it gets down to one light when I'm boondocking I put a jerry can of water in the tank, so I know I'll have enough for a shower the next day. By then it's time to move on, anyway.
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Old 06-12-2017, 01:55 AM   #20
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Is it true that Escape is going to add Horst probes to the list of standard features? When you say a set how many come in a set how many probes do you need for each tank?
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