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Old 09-20-2013, 02:12 PM   #1
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Fresh Water tank gauge accuracy

Am on first trip out with new 2014 Georgetown 351ds. Four days dry camping and fresh water tank already showing empty after just filling it yesterday. I know it was totally full as I was able to fill it at entrance to location we are staying at. (Actually overfilled and had water running out of overflow)

Grey tank shows full which makes since but find it hard to believe after only four quick showers we have used 50 gallons of water.


Guess my question is how accurate are the sensors? I know on both of my previous motorhomes even after reading empty I still had a quarter to a third of water still in the tank
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Old 09-20-2013, 02:41 PM   #2
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Am on first trip out with new 2014 Georgetown 351ds. Four days dry camping and fresh water tank already showing empty after just filling it yesterday. I know it was totally full as I was able to fill it at entrance to location we are staying at. (Actually overfilled and had water running out of overflow)

Grey tank shows full which makes since but find it hard to believe after only four quick showers we have used 50 gallons of water.


Guess my question is how accurate are the sensors? I know on both of my previous motorhomes even after reading empty I still had a quarter to a third of water still in the tank
Pretty accurate. You never mentioned how many people... Males and females. That makes a big difference trust me. LOL
You should be able to look at the sensors on the side of the tank and you will see them. It doesn't magically drain so I think you need to make sure you are actually full and how you use the sinks, toilet and showers.

These are not meant to be full time dry camping rigs.
I'm sure you figure it out for yourself.
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Did you have all of the lines and water heater full, just askin.
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Did you have all of the lines and water heater full, just askin.

Good point. Hot water heater is 10 gallons.
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Gauge accuracy

Believe me I realize difference between sexes in amount of water used. However, This is our third rig and these same family members have stayed with us at this event on numorous occasions and know the importance of water conservation.Hot water heater was full before filling. No leaky faucets.
Is there any way to actually see the water level? Have located tank but don't see any way to.


I know it was crazy to make a trip like this on first time out but couldn't be avoided
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Could it be that this TT has more "flow" than past TT's and people used more water than they thought.

One thing I did was leave the outside shower water faucet on, when I fired up the water pump it pumped water outside for sometime before I saw it.
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Old 09-20-2013, 03:26 PM   #7
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Water Flow

Good point on water flow. Was beginning to wonder about that myself. Doesn't seem like a lot more but that's about the only other thing I can think of.

Guess Ill find out how accurate gauges are when tank goes dry
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You have a 50 gallon fresh water tank and a full 41 gallon gray water tank and a 41 gallon black water tank.
Do the math.
You used the water or you never really filled your fresh water tank and hot water heater full.
Thats all I can say.
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I have a Flagstaff 21FRBS with 36 gal tanks all around. We ran out of water the second night we used it. Water flow was the problem. We enjoyed the water pressure but the flow rate was about twice that of our previous TTs and MHs. (It was around 2.5 gal per minute – I measured it.) I put an adjustable shower head in the shower, lowered the flow, and problem solved.

I’ve come to believe that accurate gauges are purely accidental. At least, I’ve never had any that were accurate. With my TT as level as I can make it, I checked the gauges on the 21 FBRS by running water from the shower into a five gal bucket. Then I dumped it down the shower drain. Results below are obviously not precise measurements but close enough for camping. The only way to know how to read your gauges is to do something similar.

Gray Tank:

Reads 1/3 after about 1 gal.
Reads 2/3 after about 13 gal
Reads Full after about 29 gal. It took another 6 gal after than.

Fresh Tank:
Reads 2/3 after about 6 gal used
Reads 1/3 after about 21 gal used
Reads Empty at 31 but had about 5-6 gal more left.

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Good point on water flow. Was beginning to wonder about that myself. Doesn't seem like a lot more but that's about the only other thing I can think of.

Guess Ill find out how accurate gauges are when tank goes dry
I fill the fresh tank until it flows out the overflow, no harm done and I know it's full
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