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Old 02-19-2014, 11:22 AM   #1
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SeeLevel Tank Monitors Okay?

I'm installing new black and gray tanks in my 66 Trade Wind. The tanks I purchased came with molded in sensors.

I have researched the See Level system and it seems easier and better than the "old fashioned" sensors.

The "deep end" of my tanks are mounted close to the frame rail. My mother said See Level sensors won't work when close to other metal.

Has anyone had success installing the See Level system on tanks close to frame rails?

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Old 02-19-2014, 02:12 PM   #2
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Call the company.
I installed a SeeLevel system on our Bambi and the black water sensor is less than inch from metal. Works fine.
Call them and ask them about your particulars. I did and was pleased with their help.
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Okay, I'll give them a call. The See Level system seems much friendlier than the old in tank sensors. I appreciate this new technology. But some folks have had trouble getting the stick on sensors to work when the tanks are buried in Airstream frame bays.

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Please keep us posted as to what you find out. I've been watching Bruce B's comments, which are favorable. Because of his experience, I think I'm going this way. However, I have not found many other reviews on this system.

I'm looking at the full blown system that includes the pump and water heater switch. I have also contacted Seelevel about the dual LPG tank interface. Since we have 2 LPG tanks, their advice was to get a 2 way 12v switch so that I can check each tank.
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Although they were not specific on the 2 way switch, which I have not yet researched....
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:17 AM   #6
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I have my panel set up to read both propane tanks at once. The difference is that with the way I wired the monitor 100% to 50% indicates the first tank from full to empty and once you use that tank up and you begin using the second tank the readings are from 50% to 0%. I simply think of it as one big tank and I know to refill once I get to 50%. I felt it was cleaner my way and it eliminates a switch and the question of where to mount it.
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I will post what I find out about mounting the SeeLevel sensors close to the metal frame. I am not planning on sensing the level in my propane tanks, just the water tanks. I do have the old fashioned sensors molded into my new waste water tanks, so I could go that route knowing they might crud up and quit working.

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I have my panel set up to read both propane tanks at once. The difference is that with the way I wired the monitor 100% to 50% indicates the first tank from full to empty and once you use that tank up and you begin using the second tank the readings are from 50% to 0%. I simply think of it as one big tank and I know to refill once I get to 50%. I felt it was cleaner my way and it eliminates a switch and the question of where to mount it.
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Well that's cool.... How'd you do that?
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Just ran the sending units in series.
Simple...
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I called Garnet in Texas and they confirmed I can use the SeeLevel sensors on my tanks that are buried in my frame bays. SeeLevel requires a "rubber packing sheet" used to cover the sensors to insulate them from the metal frame. Rubber sheeting is available at big box stores. So I am going to give the system a try.

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What's minium tank depth on those sensor strips? My black tank looks to have plenty of room, but the gray looks to be only 3"+... not much anyway.

Also, is there any concern with the strips coming un-stuck?
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That may an issue for your installation. I think the minimum sensor height is 4 inches...
Time to measure the tank.

I asked about the sensors falling off too. They said it is virtually impossible. Mine are still stuck tight a year later anyway.

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I have my new Garnet SeeLevel sensors and display installed. It works well, although I had some trouble shooting to do. I want to add that Garnet was very, very helpful and patient helping me out. They are very responsive to my phone calls. Unusual in this day and age.


My trouble was "DC voltage ripple" caused by an old converter. The display worked normally when I was on just battery power, but went manic when I plugged into shore power. I did install a new, modern converter and that solved the problem.


Thanks to everyone who helped me decide on the SeeLevel. I recommend this system as a reliable, accurate method of monitoring your waste water and fresh water, and LPG tanks.


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How are your tanks secured to your trailer, and where did you source them, please.

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