Oh, if only I had a quarter for every question like the one above that has come into the RV Doctor Column over the last three plus decades! Not a week goes by that I don’t receive a similar email. Gary, are you saying this problem has been around for over thirty years? Sadly, yes! The good news is that there is now a very real and very reliable solution. But first, here’s a little explanation of how those in-tank monitoring probes become fouled, resulting in those erratic indications at the monitor panel.
In addition to the three or four probes at individual levels, there are also one or two additional probes mounted alongside the column of level probes. These “common” probes ultimately connect to one specific circuit at the monitor panel for that tank. Here’s an inside view of a tank with four level probes and two common probes.
In a nutshell, as the liquid rises inside the tank, (remember, water is conductive), it makes contact with at least one of the common probes and each successive level probe, thereby completing that circuit and lighting that lamp or LED on the monitor panel inside the RV.
As you can see in the photo at the left, the screw portion of typical well nuts extend quite a way into the tank, creating a very nice set of “hooks” – the perfect hook, in fact, for waste and sludge to adhere to and to ultimately bleed conductance to other probes. The metallic portion of the machine screw is actually fairly close to the tank wall. And this is the very reason the monitor panel will eventually create false indications. Tissue, waste and sludge will build up over time, creating in essence, a short circuit between the probes because of the low resistance between the probes, the tank wall and each other. Moist tissue draped over the probes will most certainly pass enough conductance to “trick” the monitor panel into thinking that tank still contains waste.
One cursory glance at these revolutionary probes and it should be evident that these high resistance replacement probes are certainly very different. A closer look at the design will reveal the intent behind that design. Simply put, the installation of the Miracle Probes will likely eliminate false monitor panel readings….forever! In fact, because of their design, it’s almost impossible for these probes to foul under normal use. Personally, I doubt it’s possible to render these probes fouled, even intentionally.
The internal construction, that portion you cannot see, is impressive too. The conductive head is internally connected to only the brass stud on the outside of the tank. Everything else is totally insulated from the current carrying components, including the tank wall. The monitor panel can now receive a very precise signal. Imagine that; an accurate monitor panel!
Like the common well nut, the Horst Miracle Probes are inserted through a drilled, 3/8-inch hole in the tank wall. This simplifies the installation such that any existing well nut can be easily replaced. Just be sure the holding tanks are empty first! Then simply reconnect the original monitor panel wiring. No new wiring is required.
On some tanks, the existing probes may be spin-welded into the side of the tank; different from the standard well nuts explained above. For fouled probes that are atypical, simply drill a new 3/8-inch hole at the same level as the fouled probe and install the Horst Miracle Probe. Remember, if it’s on the solid waste holding tank, be sure the “roof” section remains on top!
So if it’s this simple, Doc, why wasn’t this invented long ago? Well, I’ve learned not to focus so much on the “why” questions, rather, I like to explore the “how” answers. “Why” it took so long, I’ll never know, but I now know “how” to eliminate the problem of unpredictable and unreliable monitor panel readings caused by fouled in-tank probes. And so do you!
If you are what I call a “serious” RVer, (you know who you are), you owe it to yourself to investigate this new “miracle” for the RV waste system. If you’ve ever experienced the frustration of inaccurate monitor panel indications, you won’t need much convincing to make the switch to the Horst Miracle Probes. And remember, RVing is more than a hobby, it’s a lifestyle!