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Old 03-14-2016, 02:17 PM   #1
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We have a 2015 Heartland Big Country and have had problems with the black tank sensors since we have owned it. Unfortunately for us we bought this 5th wheel to be tied down and can't take it to a dealer. Anyone have any suggestions to clean the sensors so we can get a good reading? After cleaning it, it reads empty until we put stuff in the tank and then goes to fill. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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I had the same problem as you and ended up installing the SeeLevel brand holding tank monitor system, it works great.


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Old 03-14-2016, 07:52 PM   #3
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The factory sensors will always be problematic because they are inside the tanks. As already suggested, get an aftermarket setup, the Seelevel II system is a good one, but there are several others as well. These systems use external sensors that detect fluid levels using capacitive coupling. The Seelevel II system only needs a single wire for all the tanks. When I installed mine, I used the existing wire so I didn't need to pull a new wire from the tanks to the control panel.
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Are you using the black tank flush? It's not a cure all but does help somewhat.
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I had the same problem as you and ended up installing the SeeLevel brand holding tank monitor system, it works great.


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Another vote for SeeLevel.
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We have a 2015 Heartland Big Country and have had problems with the black tank sensors since we have owned it. Unfortunately for us we bought this 5th wheel to be tied down and can't take it to a dealer. Anyone have any suggestions to clean the sensors so we can get a good reading? After cleaning it, it reads empty until we put stuff in the tank and then goes to fill. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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You might try using one of the tank rinsing wands that you stick down the toilet. You might also consider filling the tank with a solution such as the one that's used in the Geo method and letting it soak for awhile... something with a wetting agent, water softener and cleaning solution.

Other's have suggested the SeeLevel sensors but there is another kind you might consider called Horst Miracle Probes.
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Can you shut the water off and look down the toilet with a flashlight into the black tank?

Cost: Almost zero to zero.
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Dawn dish detergent and hot water worked for me.
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We have a 2015 Heartland Big Country and have had problems with the black tank sensors since we have owned it. Unfortunately for us we bought this 5th wheel to be tied down and can't take it to a dealer. Anyone have any suggestions to clean the sensors so we can get a good reading? After cleaning it, it reads empty until we put stuff in the tank and then goes to fill. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Why do you need sensors anyway?
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Why do you need sensors anyway?
Best answer so far!
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Sensors have never worked for us and this is our 8th year full-time. We don't care. If it burps dump. It will either be full or a clogged vent. Works for us.
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not sure what you mean by problem...but I purchased a 2006 5ver, and the sensors showed 1/3 on gray and 2/3 black. so...did some googling on the subject and Did some more research on this subject.

this was my the findings... It seems that the problem is...build up of "stuff" in the holes of the jets/opening to spray water into the tank. Also, my tank sensors are reading full even when the tank is empty. Which, from what I've read is the same "stuff" is on the side of tanks.
Now, got a few ways to try...
#1. the "Geo" method https://sites.google.com/site/cbruni/
#2. with tank empty, add 4 ounces of yeast, 10 ounces of peroxide and 1 gallon of water. As you are going down the road it is sloshing all over the tank and cleaning it good.
#3. similar to #1, but uses Dawn dishwasher soap.
Question is...what works best for trying to dissolve old residue?

BTW...just did Oxyclean and Calgin with a gallon of hot water, then filled tank with cold water...going to let it set for 24 hrs or so.... cleaned it a bit...but what reallly worked was two days of driving and 1000 miles with almost full tanks of my #3. solution, then drained...sensors are reading empty! worked for me.
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if they nevered worked from brand new... u don't have a dirty sensor issue. just my 2 cents!
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Either was not new. Really see no need for black tank sensors.
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