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Old 07-07-2016, 04:44 PM   #1
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Last weekend was our first dry camping weekend since buying our 3950. I could not get the water tank to register above 1/3 even though it was full. Same situation with the generator fuel gauge. All the gauges were somewhat weird acting but those were the 2 biggest frustrations.
Does anyone know if there is a common ground wire for the gauges. Also is there anything, baking soda, white vinegar, or ? that could be flushed thru the water tank to clean off possible corrosion on the gauge sensors?
How about the Generator fuel tank? Where can I find the float for that?
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Old 07-07-2016, 06:58 PM   #2
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Last weekend was our first dry camping weekend since buying our 3950. I could not get the water tank to register above 1/3 even though it was full. Same situation with the generator fuel gauge. All the gauges were somewhat weird acting but those were the 2 biggest frustrations.
Does anyone know if there is a common ground wire for the gauges. Also is there anything, baking soda, white vinegar, or ? that could be flushed thru the water tank to clean off possible corrosion on the gauge sensors?
How about the Generator fuel tank? Where can I find the float for that?
Thanks.
My gages have not worked since day one. KIB has been the providing these gages for years on RVs and all of them I have had have not worked. When I took my rig in for the warranty work, they did fix the fresh water tank gage, but on the next use, not working again. The genny gage float is in the tank, I plan to drop mine at the end of the season as this is really the only gage I care to have working as we dry camp often enough to warrant it. When asked to have this repaired at General RV under warranty, their first response was it'll have to go to Onan. I went ballistic. Their next answer was that they did not have the facilities to drop the tank. I told them to get bent - I can and will drop the tank in my driveway.

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Old 07-07-2016, 10:26 PM   #3
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I had the same issue with my fresh water tank. I filled it to the point where fresh water came back out of the fill port. No matter how much water I pumped in it only read 1/3. When I ran out of water early I finally figured out that actually had just a third of a tank. Turns out my vent line was clogged and the air in the tank had nowhere to go. Once I cleared the blockage I was able to fill the tank completely and the gauge subsequently read full.
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Old 07-08-2016, 12:04 AM   #4
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The gauges in our camper have never worked properly since day one. It's not a problem for us, as it's just DW and I are the only ones using water, so we don't get any surprises.

You could try a vinegar and baking soda solution, I doubt it will do anything but it can't hurt.

Mike's blocked vent tube is a common problem, it can get twisted or pinched during the build.
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Vent and filler tube were boogered up on mine. Fixed that but still no go on the gages.

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My fresh water gauge does not work either all the time. I had a full tank and it showed 1/3 left the camp site for the trip home and after going down the road for a while it showed full. 1 day later when I got home it showed 1/3 again.
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My fresh water gauge will show full until I blow air into the vent to clear the block then the second tank fills.
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Old 07-20-2016, 03:47 AM   #8
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Ummm...I sort of think the gauges on my Voltage are for parlor games...guess how much the gauge reads today???

I do take some time to fill the 160 gallon freshwater tank so as not to get burping out the fill hole when water gets in the vent. So I just take my time and it fills. Never run out of water...yet. So slow the fill rate down some, don't stick the hose a foot down the filler pipe and see if you get better results!

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