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Old 07-19-2015, 09:47 PM   #1
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Goodbye Micro Pulse - Hello SeeLevel

I couldn't take it any more. After multiple recalibrations, the Micro Pulse system on my 2013 27FB trailer decided to display Yellow on day one with a full tank of fresh right after I filled my coffee pot.

Can I still take a shower? My wife wants to wash her hair, is there enough to do dishes? Water for the dog bowl? It's flashing red now!!! Did I get the Airstream with a one gallon fresh water tank? On the flip side my gray and black are always empty, even after a week. They never hold anything according to Micro Pulse. I must have the Airstream with a invisible pipe to a huge septic system.

I'm out of warranty. Not that the dealership could help, though they tried. After reading all the glowing reviews of the SeeLevel tank monitoring system I'm switching.

This weekend I brought the trailer home and decided to investigate how the switch might work. I know I need to find the wires to the Micro Pulse system and re-wire them to the SeeLevel system. The fresh tank looks somewhat easy. Airstream includes an access panel to this tank. It looks likes there's a good spot to apply the SeeLevel sending unit and the wire is convenient.

The black and gray are more difficult. I decided to remove the bolts holding the pan supporting these tanks. I only loosed the bolts a few turns on the curb side so the tank support wouldn't completely drop down. I can confirm, both black and gray tanks are not held with straps. It is the galvanized pan that holds them up.

With this I was able to create the schematic attached. I cut an access port in the galvanized pan directly below the Y as shown in the schematic. This gave good access to the place to apply the SeeLevel sending unit for the gray tank. With the galvanized pan somewhat loose I think I can apply the black sending unit as shown on the schematic.

I ordered the SeeLevel 709-P3. It should arrive in a few days. I'll update this post as I go.
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Old 07-19-2015, 10:58 PM   #2
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Will be interested in hearing how well the SeeLevel performs. It has always amazed me that the tank level indicators have never been accurate in any Airstream I've owned (new & used), yet the company that manufactures them is still in business...
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Did you order the optional 710 JS short sending boards with the system?
Our tanks are not very high and I believe need the 6" senders for the tanks.
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It is hard to believe that the entire weight of the black and grey tanks are supported only by the galvanized pan!! Can you see what keeps them from moving around in the pan? OR are the tanks the exact size as the pan? Any additional details would very much be appreciated!

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Old 07-20-2015, 06:51 AM   #6
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I used the 12" senders and cut them down to almost the exact size of each tank. This is the most accurate install. Because of the slope of the tank bottom, they show up to 25% pretty quickly but are dead nuts to 100%. I installed the FW sender to still have 6 gallons when it shows empty.
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Did you order the optional 710 JS short sending boards with the system?
Our tanks are not very high and I believe need the 6" senders for the tanks.
All three tanks are approximately 9" high. The tops are molded with a sharp 90 degree angle while the bottoms have a small radius. This effectively makes the flat side slightly shorter for purposes of sticking on the See Level sender. I ordered the regular sized sender.
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It is hard to believe that the entire weight of the black and grey tanks are supported only by the galvanized pan!! Can you see what keeps them from moving around in the pan? OR are the tanks the exact size as the pan? Any additional details would very much be appreciated!

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The gray and black tanks appear to be molded close in size to the available space. All tanks are laying on top of a sheet of white 7/16" Styrofoam. Bits and pieces of the same Styrofoam are stuffed in all around the sides of the tanks, effectively holding them tight against the frame rail and sides of the galvanized pan. As I slowly lowered the pan I noticed all these foam pieces and decided against completely dropping it as they would fall out, or tip under, or othwise be nearly impossible to get back in place. The tanks are somewhat suspended by their various plumbing attachments.

The black/gray galvanized pan is a pretty heavy gauge steel. Quite strong. It is bolted directly to the frame with about 20 hex head bolts.
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Are you going to use the Micropulse wires. They look like ordinary telephone wire.

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I switched a year ago. ouldn't be happier with the SeeLevel system. Bye-bye Micropluse.
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Please keep us posted on this. Would really like to know more about the SeeLevel System and it's installation. Thanks for this thread.
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I switched a year ago. ouldn't be happier with the SeeLevel system. Bye-bye Micropluse.
Did you do the conversion or have someone do it for you? If you don't mind, what was the labor cost to have the work performed.

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kscherzi,
I've been wanting to do the same thing, for the same reasons. I have a 2001 Safari 25 and my tank arrangement is slightly different. I don't see a main shutoff valve on your system diagram or in your picture. Do you not have a separate shutoff for the main drain line? I have one in the middle between the two tank valves.

I have a plastic pan for each tank, supported by galvanized straps. I was thinking of dropping the pans to do the installation. One of my pans has an access port cut into it to do some kind of a repair, but I don't remember which tank and the trailer isn't here at the house right now.

Does anyone with an older trailer (2001 vintage) have any idea about the configuration of the tanks relative to kscherzi's diagrams and pictures?

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The kit arrived this week. I attached a photo of the included parts. After reading the installation guide, and examining the senders, I decided against using the MicroPulse telephone wire. The installation speaks to current loss (more in regards to the senders and tank wall thickness), yet the wires for the senders and display unit are 18 gauge. What's unique is that all three senders communicate over the same two wires (blue and black).

I spent the last two nights after work fishing two 16 gauge wires through the walls and under the floor of my trailer. It's possible to do, just have to fight for every inch. As I leave things tonight that job is mostly done.

Another consideration is the amperage rating of the SeeLevel pump switch. I didn't even think about this prior to ordering, yet the manual makes a point of saying the switch can only handle 7.5 amps. More than that and the display board fries and warranty is void. Figuring they know what they're doing I looked at the Airstream supplied SurFlow pump in my trailer, it says its 9 amps max. Above that, SeeLevel recommends installation of a relay. They also recommend a 7.5 amp fuse be installed inline with the pump switch.

I'm pretty comfortable with electrical work so I plan to run a third line from the SeeLevel display panel to the Airstream fuse panel, solely for the pump switch. There I'll utilize a empty 12 volt circuit on the fuse panel and stick in a 7.5 amp fuse to protect the switch and my warranty. I think the standard Parallax converter has one empty slot. I recently replaced my Parallax with a Progressive Dynamic which has 4 empty slots. Regardless the end result is the same. From what I can tell this run should be with a 12 gauge stranded wire. For now I plan to have a few extra 7.5 amp fuses on hand. The pump probably only draws 9 amps when it revs really fast which is almost never. I prefer to avoid the relay alternative at first.

Tomorrow I plan to try to stick on the senders and solder and heat shrink insulation the wires. I also discovered that my fresh water outlet to pump water line has separated some at the tank. This is a big problem. No significant leaking but a diversion at a minimum. I'm going to try to re-glue that connection and seal the gaps with silicone. I blame this problem on the factory. Who would know to look at these hidden connections! Unfortunately I'm out of warranty. Not sure its a Murphy's law, but it seems every project begets more work.
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