Camper water tank level indicator

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 21:47
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Hi all,

Has anyone fitted one of the blue oval shaped tank level indicator I've seen on several campers?

I can't find a decent web link on them.

I read somewhere that you don't need to pull the tank out to fit it. I'd also like to know if they work alright.

Anyone got one or know if they have a web site??

Dave
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 21:55

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 21:55
Hiya Dave
you could make one by using a T in the filler hose and run a length of clear plastic hose up the side of the van .only needs to vert small diameter stuff and pit a cap on top with a very small hole for breather or some mongrel could p*ss in it, I check my tank for level with 2m piece of garden hose , just hold the end up and when water flows over the top , thats the level
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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 21:59

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 21:59
Yeah I could Doug. Very true. Gotta say I hadn't thought of that, even though that's how I do the tank in the back of the ute. Duh. Why didn't I think of that?

I really like the look of the other gadget, and I'd have to find somewhere to put the tube as the tank is subfloor. Could be awkward.

Back to plan A.

Dave
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 16:23

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 16:23
I hook a short length of clear half inch tubing onto the tap, Hold it up in the air, open the tap, and check the level next to the tank.
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Reply By: MartyB - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 22:01

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 22:01
Hi Dave,
Have a look here.
www.campertrailers.org/water_level.htm

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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 22:51

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 22:51
Thanks,

That's just what I was looking for.

Dave
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 22:20

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 22:20
Of course Dave there is always the other reliable gauge of when water stops running YOUR ON EMPTY
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 22:34

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 22:34
Ahahahah!

I've got one of those Doug. Works real good.
When I can't get any water out of the hand pump, I resort to a backup supply.
Doesn't happen very often though.

I generally only use the on-board water for cooking and coffee making and dish washing (usually once per day) so 59 litres lasts a fair time.
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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 22:53

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 22:53
It's handy to know when to tell the kids to stop wasting water though.

I don't want to crack down unneccesarily as it is hard on a 2 y/o who is loving camping but doesn't yet understand that we didn't bring the mains water supply from home.

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Reply By: Ray Shorter - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 22:50

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 22:50
I have a blue oval one in my Aussie Swag Camper trailer. Seems to work well.

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Reply By: Member - Ian S (NT) - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 06:33

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 06:33
Hi Geocacher,

I have 2 fitted in my troopy and work well as:
1. my tanks are black, impossible to see a level
2. built in beneath the false floor of the troopy, hard to see level in filler hoses.

Easy to fit when the tank is empty but still in place with long wires to the display gauge by the back doors. Expensive (about $60-70 each) but very good, I was never able to estimate to water left with any accuracy before and would run out on long trips but it is far more managable now.

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Follow Up By: OzRoamer - Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 21:31

Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 21:31
Hi Dave
Fitted my first only last week (normally done in the factory).

Was very troubled with the thought of the exercise but it was very easy and works great.

I got mine from CAMC and the cost was about $40.00 I think

1 X 22mm hole saw in the side and then a quick tighten up and your on!

Let me know if you want more details but the instructions were even easy for a dummy like me.
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 23:26

Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 23:26
They are easy to fit and come with full instructions.
Mine installed in the van has worked well for 5yrs and 60,000ks.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

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Reply By: geocacher (djcache) - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 00:05

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 00:05
Mine is in and working well.

The burgundy with gold trim looks out of place in our camper but I couldn't wait for one in blue and white to come and the local bloke had one in stock.

What a great device. Simple electronics but the probe really is quite clever.

Dave
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