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By adhering to recommended practices with every RV I've owned over the past 45 years, I've never had any issues with my sensors not reading properly.


So what are the recommended practices?


Read my previous posts in this post. Keep you dump valve closed till your tanks are at least 3/4 full. Never leave the dump valves open while your camping - sure recipe for problems. When you do dump, use the flush to refill the tank for a couple of minutes and repeat till the water runs clear. Twice a year use the wand to blast the sides of the tank. Use Happy Camper tank treatment in both the grey and black tank. I installed a flush kit on my grey water tank and it helps.


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Posted: 07/17/19 08:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DFord wrote:

MetalGator wrote:

DFord wrote:

By adhering to recommended practices with every RV I've owned over the past 45 years, I've never had any issues with my sensors not reading properly.


So what are the recommended practices?


Read my previous posts in this post. Keep you dump valve closed till your tanks are at least 3/4 full. Never leave the dump valves open while your camping - sure recipe for problems. When you do dump, use the flush to refill the tank for a couple of minutes and repeat till the water runs clear. Twice a year use the wand to blast the sides of the tank. Use Happy Camper tank treatment in both the grey and black tank. I installed a flush kit on my grey water tank and it helps.


This is all excellent advice. However, Happy Camper is not necessary if you follow the rest of the steps. Happy Camper is the best odor killer I have ever used but it's not "necessary" to properly maintain your tanks.


What I post is my 2 cents and nothing more. Please don't read anything into my post that's not there. If you disagree, that's OK.
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When you're dumping and it stinks, you need Happy Campers. If you want to use regular TP, you need Happy Camper. If you want your tank level sensors to work reliably, Happy Camper will help with that too.
For all those reason, I'm a happy camper using Happy Camper tank treatment.

Your mileage may differ.

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Posted: 07/18/19 05:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have used regular TP for nearly 20 years and HC is not necessary. With sealed connections at the RV and the dump there is NO smell. I rarely sniff my hose! I have not found that HC does anything to help with sensors. Clearly my mileage differs.

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I'm going to try the Calgon and Dishwasher soap to see if it cleans the sensors. If not, we'll try the Happy Camper method..Thanks for all your responses!!


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If you want REALLY clean holding tanks give these folks a call.
http://allprowaterflow.com/
They can also often be found at some of the major RV rallies. We had the service done and what came out was really quite amazing. Much of it was actually hard water buildup that no chemicals would have had an effect upon. It was well worth the money paid. That was a number of years ago but I will have it done again should we be in a convenient area with a nearby dealer.

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