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Old 05-26-2012, 02:22 PM   #15
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WOW--11%--that's maybe 10-11 gal--two more RV showers at Q-site!!!!!!

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Old 05-26-2012, 08:23 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Jim A
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I installed the SeeLevel II tank gauges years ago, and found that my tank runs out at 11% due to the side pickup. (The SeeLevel model I have alternates between 3 and 4% increments as it fills/drains.) Fortunately the side water pickup point is close to where the tank gauge sensor is located, so the empty point stays consistent with the reading regardless of the coach angle.

However I found that I lost >30% of my filled tank to the siphon problem you mentioned. Once I fixed that, I didn't figure the final 11% is that important now. If I can't live on 90 gallons, another 11 is not going to matter much. But we don't dry camp that often. It is very nice to know that the water will run out at 11%, not just "sometime" after the 1/4 full light goes out! I have found the SeeLevel gauges to be worth every penny for that reason alone. We can nurse the final gallons if needed.

But if that 11% is important, your method to fix it is very useful!! Thanks for sharing it.
Did you have to run wires or just use the old ones. Party drives me crazy when our gauge shows 1/4 tank. I've gone out and looked in the bay and can see we are just under 1/2:-).

I have to tackle the siphoning one of these days.

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Old 05-27-2012, 10:03 AM   #17
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Hi Tom,

I used the existing wires. The existing sensors use 3 wires per sensor, and the new ones need 2 wires. I just spliced the wires for the new sensors to the old wires. Not that difficult.
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:54 PM   #18
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I did the same upgrade as Scout (about the same time IIRC). I also added the SeeLevel II system. I decides last year to add another monitor panel (both are Model 709) at the utility bay. I used all the old wiring. Easy upgrade. Great convenience.

My best plumbing upgrade, though, was the Intellitec pump controller. I now have pump control with LED indicators in the utility bay, kitchen and bath. We love it!
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