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Old 06-08-2015, 09:20 AM   #1
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Dumping and level lights

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We are three week owners of a 31QB Shasta Oasis. We got it used from a dealer and feel slightly under informed.

When sani dumping - which is the grey valve and which is the black valve?

Our level indicators for water, black or grey have never really showed anything - is this due to power levels?

The sucker drops batteries pretty quickly - we live close to the mountains and almost never have the chance to plug in. Any thoughts on solar panels?

Woke yesterday in the cold to the propane sensor...

Any other tricks?

Much appreciate any feed back.

Kevin
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Old 06-08-2015, 09:50 AM   #2
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In most cases the black valve is located on the larger pipe and the grey valve is on the smaller pipe. The sensors in RV's are notoriously incorrect. They either build up junk and read high or build up junk and don't read at all. You can try filling the tank with hot water and dish soap letting it soak for a while then dump. If you have a used TT the battery may be in marginal shape. They generally last 4-5 yrs. if taken care if. Check the water . There are many things that use 12V in a TT. Fridge control board ( even on propane) HW heater control (even on propane) propane/Co detector. These will all drain a battery over a relatively short period of time. Suggest you review the 12V side of life (The 12volt Side of Life (Part 1)) lots of good info. Solar panels work as well as a small 1-2K generator. If you go generator, I suggest the inverter type as are generally quieter, produce cleaner power ( for electronics) and have a eco throttle which will switch to low speed when load is minimal. Generator vs solar depends on where you camp, ( restrictions /shade) how much power you use and preferences.
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Old 06-08-2015, 01:04 PM   #3
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Thank you very much for this!
We have been camping in a much older trailer without all of the luxuries so the learning curve is steep. Yes the previous one didn't have a toilet...
I think I have my plan for the toilet and grey water systems. Awesome to know all of this... I may want to even just flush the system regularly I imagine.

As for power - what a great article. My thoughts are firstly go solar. We usually have great sun opportunities.
From the diagram it looks like plugging in would also charge the battery up. I may want to do this as well. We are pretty close to the mountains - so our drives may not fully charge the battery up. I have came to pick it up and heard the propane sensor going.
I will try out the solar panel - and if it charges great - the unit is a 2013 so I am hoping some juice still left in the battery.
Then - based on that article - 2 x 6w batteries.
The sizing of solar panels seems the next logical question.
I am thinking starting off with an 80 watt one from costco. Thoughts?

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Old 06-08-2015, 01:20 PM   #4
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There are tons of helpful websites about solar power. You need to read through a few to get pointed in the right direction. A couple of things you need to realize right off is solar is only at its peak effectivenes a few hours a day and you don't want to drain a battery more than 50% unless you can't help it. Taking them down to near dead will shorten the battery life and ability to fully recharge dramatically. 80 watts will be below what you need to fully recharge a regular RV battery(s) Here's a bit of basic reading RV Solar System Sizing by Actual Use
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Old 06-08-2015, 03:30 PM   #5
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Sounding quite complicated. I am now thinking of getting two of the 80w - that would get me to 160w.
I don't imagine us being a high draw user. i don't let the kids use the lights...
As we are in an area known for hail - I am thinking solar panels that are portable.
The highest portable ones I have seen are 80w.
It is a bit lighter than recommended in the article at 200w. What do you all think?
And thank you again all!
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Old 06-09-2015, 08:56 AM   #6
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Had a similar issue at the start with level indicators. I put in some cleaning solution and some water. I let it soak for a bit and drove around a bit so the liquid would move around in the tank. After that I took a sprayer that u put down the toilet opening and gave it a good scrubbing. After that was done I dumped the tank. Since that treatment I use the sprayer as soon as I get back and dump the tank. I have not had any problems with the indicators since then and mine actually seem to be reasonably accurate.


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If you are losing power quick u might want to check your fridge light. Someone else here on the forum has similar issues and found that their fridge light shutoff was not working properly and was running his battery down. He put his cell phone on video and put in the fridge and closed the door and it showed the light was not going out. I can't recall how he caught on to it but if you search the form you will find his post.


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If you decide to go solar, choose a charge controller that is 2-3 times what you estimate your current needs to be. This way you can easily add panels without needing a new controller. Depending on where you are camping and how much you are away from your TT, you may want to have the panels portable ( mounted on the ground on stands) as it will allow you to position them for best sun no matter which way the trailer is positioned. A simple angled stand can be made from 3/4" PVC. Strategically leave some joints unglued so the stand will lay flat when disassembled.
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Battery users

I find the booster on the antenna runs the battery down. Make sure it is off while between trips
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Old 06-11-2015, 09:22 AM   #10
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Hello all,

Great thoughts. I think I definitely need a good cleaning of my tanks. Funny that no one at any of the stores mention any of this. I will pick up a second hose for the cleaning.

I have ordered 2 x 80 W solar panels with the ability to up to 360W from the inverter.
Good thought on the fridge - I will have to check that out. Any sneaky power draw will kill the trailer dead much quicker.
Does anyone know what frequency the TV antennas are set to, I am thinking of replacing the TV antenna with a ham radio antenna.
Are there solar outside lights (patio lantern style)?
How do I know when the water tank is full when filling it? Does it spill out?
I had my water pump running lots our last trip - is this common?

We have only had the trailer out 5 nights so far and haven't had other issues.

Thank you all sooo much.

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