[received from Jim Rett while I was in Yellowstone]
Last summer I started having problems with my gauges too. I had heard of a better system that had been available at an Escapade, so I checked them out. They are called "SeeLevel" RV gauges and are made by Garnet Industries, Ltd. They are a take-off of a similar system that measures fuel oil in tankers. The vendor is VIP Enterprises (www.viprv.com
, Phone: 734-516-2056 <http://www.viprv.com
, phone: 734-516-2056/> ). The nice thing about these gauges is that they read tank levels to plus or minus 1% and they also perform diagnostics to predict the amount of sludge on the tank wall. I paid $200 for a flush-mount three-tank panel and three "long" sensors. The sensors are printed circuit boards that attach to the outsides of the tanks with a pre-applied adhesive.
The installation was simple enough. I did have to use a piece of veneer to mount the panel, as the cut out is smaller than the original NH gauges. This system also uses only two of the three wires installed originally. Once installed, I had difficulty getting the black and grey tanks to read correctly. The fact that the fresh read perfectly led me to the conclusion that the others must be pretty mucked up. So when we left Red River, NM, last summer we drove through Colorado Springs on our way east to pay a visit to "All Pro Water Flow" (www.allprowaterflow.com
, Phone: 719-683-5275 <http://www.allprowaterflow.com
, phone: 719-683-5275/> ). Preston Hall is a retired plumber who has developed a nozzle to fit on the end of a pressure washer hose that blasts the inside of the tank near perfectly clean. Our grey water tank oozed toothpaste consistency grey goop for nearly twenty minutes! Once cleaned, the gauges work perfectly. Which, of course, begs the question of whether or not I needed new gauges in the first place. I DO like the precision of the new ones, however.
All Pro also has franchisees in other states. Check the web site for info. BTW, this is also the guy who told me about the "Calgon Moisturizing Bath Oil Beads" and PineSol. We have not tried other softeners. Chris says these are available at WalMart and Target in the Beauty and Bath Products area.
OK, hope this helps. Feel free to share with others.
We came to Portland in the middle of June to stay a month. The day before we were going to leave, we went a little south to a State Park that has always been our favorite. Got talking to a Ranger who informed us that one of his camp hosts had to leave prematurely for health reasons, and that he was (desperately) looking for someone to fill in until the end of August. Soooo, long story short, we are now hosting at Champoeg State Park! Beautiful spot on the Willamette River with great hiking and biking and all we have to do for it is sell ice and firewood three days a week. It still amazes me how our lives can turn on a dime. Ya gotta love this lifestyle!
C & J