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Old 10-06-2008, 07:14 PM   #1
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I took the Airstream out for a spin today and put it in St.Andrews State Park for the night to break it in for my trip at the end of the month to the Keys.
Well...I am checking everything and making sure everything on the list is done but I have one problem.My black tank and grey tank sensors stopped working.I have figured out that the telephone wire connector on the black tank is corroded so a little cleaning on that and it should work again.It sits outside so I can see this happening again.The copper connectors started to petina a bit with some residue on it.or is it copper.
Now for the fun.I can get to the fresh water tank sensor inside the Airstream but that one is ok.
How would I get to the grey tank sensor.Is it pretty much stuck in there in the black boxs under the camper?Would I be able to cut a hole on the side of it to get my hand in there to reach the sensor easier.I could also build a little door for access to make things better.I am thinking there is a possibility that it could be corroded also or is there something else I have missed and need to check.
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Old 10-06-2008, 07:51 PM   #2
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...Would I be able to cut a hole on the side of it to get my hand in there to reach the sensor easier.I could also build a little door for access to make things better...
hi devoman...

that's exactly what the factory service tech did on my unit...

he cut a rectangular port on the belly pan BOTTOM for each sensor,

then covered them with alum plates n screws.

it makes changing the sensors and cleaning the plugs MUCH easier.

so u might contact tech and get the exact location for the opening.

also, there is a rubber/silicone boot available that fits OVER the rj-11 plug/outlet...

it's not a great seal, but using that and some contact spray may reduce the crud significantly...

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Old 10-06-2008, 07:55 PM   #3
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Ironically, when I upgraded to a 3 stage charging unit, I found a few "telephone" type cables on the street side...a few tugs on the cable and everything started working great again.

Sensor was fine, I suspect a loose connection after tugging on the cables....of course I expect they'll fail again, and I'm not up for yanking the converter/charger to fix it again.
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Old 10-06-2008, 09:45 PM   #4
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I finally got them to start working tonight.I cleaned the male and female connectors really good.(The black tank was very dirty and It seems to be working fine now.The grey water tank started to work after I filled it up with a lot of water.It took a little while to do but as long as it is working I am happy.I guess this is another yearly to do job on the list now.
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Old 10-16-2008, 10:06 AM   #5
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silicon dielectric keeps connections

Devoman,
You might try putting very thin coat of silicon dielectric grease on the wire connectors before sliding or crimping together. It inhibits oxidation/corrosion of the electrical joint and helps keep the juice flowing. I started using it on all the exterior lamp bases (clearance, porch, license especially) which would show corrosion and sometimes have poor connection. Now I use it on all wire joints except soldered. It's so easy and it's worth it.
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Old 10-16-2008, 03:49 PM   #6
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I was thinking about that since the connector is outside near the dump valves.It would be nice to put something in there so it wont corrode as bad as it did.Could I just go to any lowes or home depot to get this stuff.I would only need just a tiny bit of it.
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Very readily available also at places like Ace Hardware, NAPA, etc. I might even have seen it at Wahl-Mart.

I too have started using it on all electrical connections, especially exterior lights. I also use it on the rubber gaskets around lights to reduce to likelihood of water intrusion and to keep parts from "welding" together.
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