I added an external monitor to watch the water level in the tank while standing outside. This saves the running back and forth to monitor the tank levels while back filling and flushing my waste tanks with a Flush King. I could also monitor the water level in the fresh water tank during filling. Iíll need to post the job in parts due to the amount of space required.
When I empty the waste tanks on my Escape
, I use a Flush King to back fill and flush the tanks; it normally takes four or five fill and flushes to get the black water tank clean. The Flush King is a great system and really helps keep the trailer ready for camping. A picture of the Flush King is shown below. The right end as shown attaches to the sewer line fitting on the trailer and the left end attaches to the sewer line. A water hose attaches to the one-way on-off valve on top. By closing the gate valve, water from the hose is directed back into the tanks to rapidly fill them for dumping.
The main problem with the Flush King is keeping track of the water level as you fill the tanks. If you overfill the grey water tank then grey water will drain out of the vent on the opposite side of the trailer, near the door. If you overfill the black water tank then black water will drain out of the roof mounted vent right above the waste tank drain fittings. If the wife is with me, she monitors the tank levels with the standard Escape
wall mounted monitor as shown below. If I am dumping the tanks by myself then I have to run back and forth from the dump valve to the monitor panel when filling the tank.
Guess what happened? On one of our first trips to a RV resort, I was outside back filling the tanks while the wife was inside monitoring the black water tank level. She got distracted by the kids and the black water tank overfilled and vented out of the roof mounted vent. The trailer, ground and I were drenched. Toilet paper in your hair at 9 AM is the classic bad hair day. I imagine that there were many amused witnesses as we were in our little trailer surrounded by land yachts. The external monitor will relieve the wife of what has probably become a stressful experience for her.
As a side note, since I added an auxiliary tank on my Escape
(see this link if interested http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/in...owtopic=25621)
, it is now very unlikely that I could overfill the black water or auxiliary tank because they use a common vent line so if one tank over flows it would run into the other tank and not vent overboard. The auxiliary tank added a few details to this project that I will point out as I go along so this post will focus on the standard Escape installation.
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