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Old 03-15-2013, 01:45 PM   #1
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Question First trip tomorrow HELP ....



2008 Jayco jfeather 19h, right inside the door are monitors I am assuming for the tanks and battery life.

How do I read them?

Red is full? Green is?? Does it even turn green?? I haven't seen them work yet?
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:32 PM   #2
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If it is the same panel as in our 2006 19H then as you press the buttons under each one the higher the Red lights are is how full you are for each of the levels. So if checking battery and all the lights are lit red, the battery level is fully charged . If you check the black or gray tanks and all the red lights are lit, you need to empty the tanks, they would indicate full. However sometimes the sensors inside the black tank gets stuff attached to them so you might get a false reading, so after emptying the black tank I rinse it out real good to get a correct reading. Also, the lites will never change to green, only red.

I hope this helps.

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haha I guess I would have been waiting along time for green huh!!!! Yes sounds the same. Thanks a bunch!:hihi:
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:32 PM   #4
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And DO NOT rely on them being accurate! The Black tank sensor especially is prone to getting "stuff" on it and give false readings.
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:56 PM   #5
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My little TT don't have any sensors.
I plan on just looking down the toilet periodically to see where the level is.
Probably not a bad habit.

The gray water I am expecting to show signs of being full when the bath tub doesn't drain well.

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One good reason why I'm considering changing the sensors to some that are more reliable.
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Good advice above. I am going to guess this is your first TT.

Battery Charge Indicator
As soon as you plug in the TT into the electrical post the battery indicator light will say you have a fully charged battery. This may not be true as the indicator it is looking at the voltage in the feeder line. Once you are plugged in the converter charges the battery, with an elevated voltage, giving you a potential false reading. To get a true reading you are best off using a volt meter, with no load on the battery (either discharge load or charge load).

Black Tanks

When you drain the black tank, at the end of the weekend, add a few gallons of water into your black tank, some people will then add the toilet chemicals or another mixture. We add PineSol (¼ to ½ cup). The idea is, as you drive down the road you are washing the inside of the tank, knocking down TP (toilet paper). I know a lot of people who use this technique and no one seems to have any issues. If we remember, before we leave to go to the CG we add the toilet chemicals so it can mix into those few gallons of water we added when we left the last CG.

Sometimes people will also add a 10 pound bag of ice down the toilet right before they travel. The idea, is the ice will knock the crude off the walls and sensors. I have never used this technique as I have never had an issue.

The only time my Blank tank is ever dry is during winter storage.

One last thing, before you leave to go home at the end of your adventure, you need to dump your tanks. I strongly recommend spending a few minutes at your site and fill your tanks (especially the black tank) ¾ full or more. This will help fully drain the tanks. Drain the black tank first, and then use the grey tank to flush out the sewer hose. Once done this is a good time to add that few gallons to the black tank for the drive home.

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By the way I am jealous I hear we have something like 6-18” of snow coming Sunday/Monday
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My little TT don't have any sensors.
I plan on just looking down the toilet periodically to see where the level is.
Probably not a bad habit.

Doug
It's usually hard to see down there. You need to put your hand down there till it stops then pull it out and make note of the level on your arm...kind of like a dipstick.
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It's usually hard to see down there. You need to put your hand down there till it stops then pull it out and make note of the level on your arm...kind of like a dipstick.
Thanks for then tip mcfarmall,
That should be more accurate than any sensors.
Maybe I'll put calibration marks on my arm with a perma-marker lol

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It's usually hard to see down there. You need to put your hand down there till it stops then pull it out and make note of the level on your arm...kind of like a dipstick.
You did not mention that the arm should be lubed first with a good skin-friendly grease (Vaseline is fine) so that it does not get stuck below the flapper valve.:hihi:
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