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Old 03-24-2008, 08:02 AM   #15
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I don't have that problem because I don't usually lend out my trailer, not even to family.

I have lent it out twice to Airstreaming friends who recently stopped towing. No worries there, because they already know the drill!
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Old 03-24-2008, 11:07 PM   #16
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I happened to be speaking with my AS service centre on a separate issue and just happened to mention the gauge not reading properly. He stated it's not actually a probe that reads the liquid levels in the tanks but it's measured by weight. Does this sound right?? I was under the impression it was more than likely a probe that was covered with foreign material causing the incorrect readings...hmmmm....
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Old 03-24-2008, 11:29 PM   #17
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it's not weight... unless you're sitting on the throne... after a 5 lb deposit, my gauge doesn't even budge... i'll eat 10 lbs of ice and see if i can get the gauge to move then... k.
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Ya, I've heard about the ice trick..will have to give it a try this time. The Safari I have supposedly has a good rinse system but it hasn't been enough to clear the sensor of any debris (aka poop). Either that, or it's a faulty sensor. Thanks for the tips.
Sounds like a sales person talking. The factory black tank flush is marginal at best. Ice cubes and water along with a flush king are your friends.
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Old 03-25-2008, 07:45 AM   #19
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I happened to be speaking with my AS service centre on a separate issue and just happened to mention the gauge not reading properly. He stated it's not actually a probe that reads the liquid levels in the tanks but it's measured by weight. Does this sound right?? I was under the impression it was more than likely a probe that was covered with foreign material causing the incorrect readings...hmmmm....
By weight???
I never heard that one before. Hmmmmm...I think we need some cross-verification here!

My evidence to add to this thread...
When my tank is full on the 2002 Bambi, it reads full.
Immediately after I dump, flush, dump, flush, dump, flush, it reads 1/4 full.
Then, if I don't use the trailer for a few weeks and go back in and read the gauge, it reads as empty!

Because of that, I always thought the gauge was wet after the dump, so it never registered as empty. So, my logical reasoning after that is after a few weeks of no use, the gauge had time to dry off so then it reads empty.

Very curious mystery we have going here.
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We need a brave person to shrink themselves down, get in a space ship and fly around in there to see what really goes on, then they could fly around the fridge to make sure the light really goes out. Let's see, this plan could come in handy, where else could we send miniaturized Airstreamers???
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Old 03-25-2008, 08:51 AM   #21
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We need a brave person to shrink themselves down, get in a space ship and fly around in there to see what really goes on, then they could fly around the fridge to make sure the light really goes out. Let's see, this plan could come in handy, where else could we send miniaturized Airstreamers???
LOL! I love your ideas!

Besides the "space ship", we need a miniature Airstream with "legs" that can travel the same paths that a mouse does (i.e., down the wiring and plumbing, through the walls and in the belly pan). Just think of how much that would simplify debugging wiring and plumbing issues!
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To be honest, I'm sure the gauge manual talks about probes. It's not like AS uses some proprietary monitoring system, it's the same system in most RV's. Let's just say I've been less than impressed with the local service centre. I think they sell so few AS that they aren't very knowledgeable. Oddly enough, he insisted the AS rep. told him about the 'weight' thing...hmmmm.....
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Old 03-26-2008, 07:05 AM   #23
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There are some members on this forum that own or work at Airstream dealerships. It would be great if we could get them to weigh in on this topic to help clear up the "muddy waters".
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Anyway, I'm afraid that your friend is passing along another 'old wives' tale (sorry girls ) about the black tank. Why do you think that Airstream included one with your trailer? To begin, after you dump your black tank and rinse it thoroughly, you should add a gallon or 2 of fresh water, then add a tank deoderizer/enzyme to it. USE IT, THAT'S WHAT YOU HAVE IT FOR!!!!!!!

When it's at least 3/4 full, dump it, rinse and repeat the above process. You don't dump it with less than 3/4 load because the extra liquids in the tank help to wash down any solids that are there.

NEVER LEAVE THE BLACK TANK VALVE OPEN!!!!!!!!! This will drain all of the liquids from the tank and leave the solids in the tank.....resulting in a condition commonly referred to as 'the black hills'.

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Excellent, Lewster! I may print off your post and bring it with us as a reference sheet.

I thought there was gold in the Black Hills?
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All of this advice has been invaluable. When we take the A/S out of mothballs, I'm going to reread this and jot down some notes. It should be fine even if it seems rather daunting at first.

I heard that crack about the 'muddy waters', btw.
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Just watch this and you will know everything you need to know about your black water tank and sewage disposal:

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I heard that crack about the 'muddy waters', btw.

I couldn't resist!
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