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Old 03-27-2012, 12:58 PM   #1
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Tank Level Monitor Alarm

Has anyone develop an audio alarm system, that maybe hooked up to the existing Monitoring System, to warn users that the gray water is about to overflow into the shower unless it is empty now?

Overflowing of the gray water into the shower has happened to us just too many times leaving a foul odor in the motorhome. So if anyone has come up with an Audio Alarm, we sure would like to hear from them.

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Ramblin- I like it! Thanks
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Thank you, this is a very good suggestion and I am going to order a few of these leak frogs.

However, I am looking for an audio alarm that would hook up to my existing RV Tank Level Monitor System to warn me that the Gray Level has attained the FULL mark and that I need to empty the tank before it overflow into the shower stall.


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While the Leakfrog would warn of water in the shower/tub, by then it would be too late, the grey water has once again invaded the bathroom. Since I imagine your level monitor is only powered when you press the button to take a reading, I don't know of an alarm that would be enabled until you checked the levels.
I'd suggest that EVERYTIME your shower, wash up, or do dishes you immediately check levels. You will quickly get a better feeling for your 'liquid status.'
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I have noticed when I was out the last couple of trips that a shower for me uses a lot of gray tank space.

My alabaster porcelain (or porcine ) body requires more shower time than the average person....

So I wind up dumping my gray tank every other day, which would be a problem if I don't have full hookups.....

My tank monitors are easy to read and the gray tank is extremely accurate so I know at 3/4 full I've got about 10 gallons left, which is by my calculations, I need about 8-10 gallons for a shower.....

Haven't run it over yet, knock on wood....
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This would work great, if you can get the drop down into the drain, but by the time it goes off, you still are in trouble, what if you are soaped up and it goes off? You still have to go dump the gray tank. Just dump it before you shower each day? If you have full hookup?
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Is there a reason that you leave you grey water valve closed? Most when parked leave them open all the time. The only time I close ours is when our Black tank get 3/4 full. Then I'll close the Grey and let it collect some water only to wash out the sewer hose when I empty the Black tank. Has always worked for us.
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There are basically two types of tank level monitors.

Standard: Which is ... Well, not reliable.. Tends to scream FULL even when the tanks are most clearly EMPTY.

And See Level.. Now an alarm to work with that one.. Might work.

That said I do knwo how to build 'em. I've seen industrial versions. But no, I'm not aware of an RV version.
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Is there a reason that you leave you grey water valve closed? Most when parked leave them open all the time. The only time I close ours is when our Black tank get 3/4 full. Then I'll close the Grey and let it collect some water only to wash out the sewer hose when I empty the Black tank. Has always worked for us.

Well, true...I never have issues because I check a couple of times a day with my monitor panel, but if I were in a spot for a long time, I guess I could leave the gray open. I just like to dump to keep everything clean inside the tanks-after they're showing nearly full...and I still use my Flush King as well!
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Is there a reason that you leave you grey water valve closed? Most when parked leave them open all the time. The only time I close ours is when our Black tank get 3/4 full. Then I'll close the Grey and let it collect some water only to wash out the sewer hose when I empty the Black tank. Has always worked for us.
Its what most of us do but you maybe able to find a 12v alarm signal and wire it off the level display on the full LED wire from your gray tank.
You will have to drop display board from board to get at wiring and if its like mine mount the signal devise on the board.


If you check your LED's for other tanks I would just adjust the gray tank LED pot up higher so it will display earlier and you should dump your tank.
To adjust your tanks you may have the E & F buttons this link will explain how to adjust for your tanks.
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One could build a simple alarm from a buzzer/chime and drill a couple of small holes downstream of the p-trap. Insert a couple of contacts (+/-)... maybe even just screws protruding into the drain pipe. When the water level reached the contacts it should complete the circuit and ring the alarm. The biggest problem would be to find 12vdc near the drain... or just use a battery powered alarm.

Just off the top-of-my-head, but a little more thought should perfect the idea.
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