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Old 07-03-2008, 04:07 AM   #1
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I need some feed back about using stainless steel water tanks vs. plastic. I have a total of 5 fresh water tanks plus 1 black and 1 gray. I have the opportunity to have the stainless tanks custom built. Is there a negative side to using stainless? What about sensors to monitor the level of fluids in each tank? Thanks
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I need some feed back about using stainless steel water tanks vs. plastic. I have a total of 5 fresh water tanks plus 1 black and 1 gray. I have the opportunity to have the stainless tanks custom built. Is there a negative side to using stainless? What about sensors to monitor the level of fluids in each tank? Thanks
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Old 07-03-2008, 05:56 AM   #3
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First thing to consider is the extra weight of the stainless steel tanks.

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Old 07-03-2008, 10:02 AM   #4
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Worker Not:
I need some feed back about using stainless steel water tanks vs. plastic. I have a total of 5 fresh water tanks plus 1 black and 1 gray. I have the opportunity to have the stainless tanks custom built. Is there a negative side to using stainless? What about sensors to monitor the level of fluids in each tank? Thanks </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

As Full-timer said weight could be a big issue.

The capacitive non-contact sensors won't work on metal tanks.

The sensor screws that penetrate the tank wall would have to be well insulated and that might pose a real problem.

You might take a look at CATCON .
They have sensors that fit on the pipes coming from the tanks and weigh the fluid and should work.
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Old 07-04-2008, 05:36 AM   #5
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Weight of the tanks is not a problem. My trailer was built to carry a total of 46,000 lbs. This is the maximum load, it does not mean that I will carry 46,000 lbs. It means that I could legally carry that weight. The truck is a Freightliner M2-112 with a 410 HP engine with 1550 ft. lbs of torque.

I am still looking for more answers to my questions. THANKS
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If weight and cost is not an issue there is certainly no reason you cannot use a stainless steel tank. Many years ago metal tanks were used when the fresh water holding tanks system was of the pressurized design.
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Thanks Clay L. I went and looked up the sensors on the internet and they look like they would suit me just fine.

RV Wizard. I now am seriously considering using stainless steel tanks. I just needed someone to verify what I have been thinking all along. THANKS AGAIN
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