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Old 07-25-2018, 11:45 AM   #1
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Horst probes....

Does anyone know if ETI is installing these as standard on the new trailers? No mention on their website....
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Old 07-25-2018, 12:01 PM   #2
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My new 21 has Horst probes installed as standard, but even after careful and thorough tank cleaning, and no toilet paper down the toilet, they failed to read accurately after a few months. I don’t worry about it. Knowing when to dump us easy, and in a pinch, there’s always a flashlight.
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Old 07-25-2018, 12:14 PM   #3
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My new 21 has Horst probes installed as standard, but even after careful and thorough tank cleaning, and no toilet paper down the toilet, they failed to read accurately after a few months. I don’t worry about it. Knowing when to dump us easy, and in a pinch, there’s always a flashlight.


This is some of the best advice out there. The only tank level we are concerned about is our fresh water level.
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Old 07-25-2018, 12:15 PM   #4
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I asked about the probes as well and was told they're now 'standard'. However, thanks for posting an update Jeff as it's always good to be forewarned and prepared. I had a guy at an RV place tell me once to include a little fabric softener in the black tank. Supposedly, it keeps the sides 'slippery' so that 'stuff' doesn't cling ... always wondered about that.
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Old 07-25-2018, 12:29 PM   #5
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Properly installed, the Horst probes just work. There's no need for any special additives or solutions in the tank. 3 years on and ours are trouble free. Would have been nice to have them as stock in 2015, since the probes plus shipping to ETI cost a pretty penny at the time.
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Old 07-25-2018, 02:46 PM   #6
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I've been told they are standard now. I have horst probes they work for me and i use toilet paper.... i also use lots of water and enzyme additives. if they stop working i don't care i can look down the toilet.
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I think the main concern on the probes is that they can twist a bit during installation/tightening, so if you have a brand new (clean) black tank you may want to take the opportunity to verify they are installed correctly before, um testing.
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Old 07-25-2018, 05:16 PM   #8
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We had Horst probes installed on our old 17B and after just over a year, felt that even they weren't always working correctly. They tended to show we were a third full even though we were pretty sure were barely above empty. After a while, you tend to get to know how long you can go between dump station visits, and as other have said, a visual check is always possible. Just going to live with whatever comes standard on our new 21 where the black tank is 15% bigger anyway, should be good for a couple more days of judicious use.
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if they stop working i don't care i can look down the toilet.
How do you check the gray water tank, other than seeing it back up into the shower floor?
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Old 07-25-2018, 07:07 PM   #10
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How do you check the gray water tank, other than seeing it back up into the shower floor?
I have three tank indicators on the panel. Fresh, gray and black.


But I forget I even have tank indicators. My Scamp didn't. I learned to use my ears (when water going down the drain) and to 'look'.
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I have three tank indicators on the panel. Fresh, gray and black.

But I forget I even have tank indicators. My Scamp didn't. I learned to use my ears (when water going down the drain) and to 'look'.
I have three tank indicators, too, but they are not very accurate except for the fresh water. I can look for the black water, but what about the gray water, assuming the indicators are not accurate?
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grey should work.... no TP or other objects ... mine works but i never fully trust them when it gets pretty full i do check the shower...
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Sort of like the procedure for crossing RR tracks, Stop, Look, and Listen.....
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I have three tank indicators, too, but they are not very accurate except for the fresh water. I can look for the black water, but what about the gray water, assuming the indicators are not accurate?
in my Casita, I knew the grey tank was full when shower water didn't run down the drain
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