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Old 10-24-2006, 09:54 PM   #1
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Upgrade to a new system monitor?


Had the trailer at a rally this past weekend and couldn't help but notice how nice the 2005 system monitor is. As much as I love my vintage AS I am considering changing my 1972 system monitor for a new one. Currently I have a power on light that is inop, an Am meter that is inop, a battery condition gauge that kind of works, the potable water monitor works, the black tank kind of works, and the water pump switch works. I understand that from an aesthetics point of view this is not recommended but since I have a new converter (Intelli power) am planning on switching to an AGM battery, and neither the clock nor the temp gauge work. I am working on updating the whole panel.

So the Questions is do I need to rewire each system and can I use the old sensors with the new monitor?
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Old 10-25-2006, 11:57 AM   #2
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RV tank monitor

Do a google search "RV Tank Monitor" lots of hits, I like this one www.snake-river.org. There is another company called Garnet Technologies that has a sensor that can be cut down to 5" but they are quite abit more expensive then the one from Snake-river.
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So the Questions is do I need to rewire each system and can I use the old sensors with the new monitor?
The system uses a completely different type of sensor so you would have to replace them also. I'm not sure where those things are located.

Here is a link to the manufacturer's site. http://www.catconproducts.com/

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The system uses a completely different type of sensor so you would have to replace them also. I'm not sure where those things are located.

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I have a pretty good idea where the black tank sensor is located
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The Snake River system uses self adhesive sensors mounted on the outside of the tank, just as long as you can get to one side of the tank for its full height. Exisisting wiring genarally can be used and the tanks must be of plastic, fiberglass, or composite construction. I most likly will use the Snake-River unit when I get to that point of my rebuild, and plan on wiring it for this installation in the near future.
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I quickly looked through the Snake River website. It doesn't appear they have the capability to monitor the battery. How are you guys handling that or did I just miss it somewhere?
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I quickly looked through the Snake River website. It doesn't appear they have the capability to monitor the battery. How are you guys handling that or did I just miss it somewhere?
I'll most likly just wire in a seperate voltage indicator and pump switch. I like to have voltage continiously monitered so I can just glance at it.
www.rvgauge.com carry SeeLevel systems and their units have a voltage monitor.
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Thanks for the great information

This has been a great help, Aerowood as you get further along with your upgrade please post a few pics here so we can see how it turns out.
I have a freind who restores boats and he is trying to work up a system monitor system using marine grade components, I will post his findings when he gets them to me.

Has anyone tried to price the system AS is currently using on the new models?
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