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Old 04-15-2014, 01:36 AM   #15
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Spoke with AS today. They think the fresh water tank sensor is wired backwards, reading empty when full and vice-versa. We'll get that fixed. They also recommend the dealer properly calibrate our tank sensors under warranty. We'll see how that goes. It is, to be fair, a logical first step. Maybe we'll be blessed with that apparently rare set of sensors that works well after being calibrated. Who knows?
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Old 04-15-2014, 02:37 AM   #16
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Spoke with AS today. They think the fresh water tank sensor is wired backwards, reading empty when full and vice-versa. We'll get that fixed. They also recommend the dealer properly calibrate our tank sensors under warranty. We'll see how that goes. It is, to be fair, a logical first step. Maybe we'll be blessed with that apparently rare set of sensors that works well after being calibrated. Who knows?
I hope your experience is better than ours. We had a similar issue last fall with our one month old 2014. The fresh water tank wouldn't show above empty till it was completely full, then as soon as less than a gallon was used, it dropped back to empty. The black water showed full when we had only used it once and I know no paper had been used. This went on for the entire 15 days we were away. Took it in to the dealer when we returned, and after 7 days told me they could not duplicate the problem. We have just de-winterized and will find out the state of the system after the poor tired monitors have rested for the winter.
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:16 AM   #17
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We had our 2006 Safari SE out for our first trip a few weeks ago. The black and gray readings seemed to be working, advancing as the days went on. The fresh water tank always read full, whether full or empty, at home or at the CG.

I contacted Catcon and they said to check the RJ11 connector. He said they can get dirty, should be shiny gold color. Any indication of corrosion will cause problems. When the weather warms (again) I'll clean it with a toothbrush and some tuner cleaner. If that doesn't work, they said replacements are $27.50 + shipping.
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:26 PM   #18
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We have had constant problems with our Micropulse system on our 2013. It has been recalibrated several times, the last was when we were having it winterized. I have my doubts that it will ever work problem since from everything I'm reading most don't. At some point I will probably replace it with a working system. Maybe you will have better luck with getting yours calibrated.

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This is complete crap, if you'll pardon the expression. We just de-winterized our 2014 trailer for the first time and started using the various water-based systems, only to realize the tank monitors are bupkus. The black and gray tanks read "empty" the whole time, even though we know they are filling. The fresh water tank, before we filled it, reported a complete rainbow from red to green, all lit up at once. Once we filled the fresh tank, this indicator started blinking red, which the manual says represents an empty state. That tank was so full that water was burbling back out, so we know it's full. We previously had a Phoenix Cruiser motor home with tank monitors and they worked perfectly.

How is it that Airstream or anybody at all thinks it's normal or acceptable to have an entire subsystem that doesn't work worth a poop when plenty of other RVs out there have tank monitoring systems that work beautifully?

We're going to have repeatedly long, unpleasant conversations and very-expensive-for-Airstream under-warranty visits at our dealer until we have a tank monitoring system that works. I don't care how much it costs them...I will not, repeat, NOT, keep a poopy wooden stick in my trailer in an effort to track the level of my black water tank when there are plenty of tank monitoring solutions out there that work beautifully. Airstream will just have to keep paying my dealer to fix it again and again and again, or to rip/replace the Micropulse system so the tank monitoring system in my trailer works. I realize that all readings are approximate, but this is ridiculous. I'm annoyed. Can you tell?

We had a nice time camping this weekend and we love our trailer, but that shine wears off pretty fast when stuff like this comes along.
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:40 PM   #19
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Lets face it:

1) the Micropulse is a piece of what it's supposed to accurately measure in the black tank.

2) while a problem, it is perhaps the perfect definition of a first world problem (among "glampers" no less).

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Old 04-15-2014, 10:18 PM   #20
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Question - is there an easy alternative solution to migrate to?
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:02 PM   #21
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Question - is there an easy alternative solution to migrate to?

See reply #3 in this thread. The Garnet solution has been reliable for those I know who have it in their non-Airstream trailers.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f163...se-102968.html

After umpteen repairs of my MicroPulse over the years, it never worked more than four or five days before crapping out again
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