Topargee Water Tank Gauges
Many campers will know how precious water is when out camping, especially when free camping or in some of the more remote areas of Australia. Knowing how much water you have on board can be critical, and it also allows you to plan your trip better and know how long you can stay in one location.
Having an accurate water gauge can greatly assist with this. Yes, you can wait till you are empty and use that as a guide, but that could also get you into trouble.
The Topargee Water Tank Gauge has two amazing features:
1. It measures water flow accurately and will tell you to the litre, how much water you have left in your tanks.
Digital read out of water remaining in tank
2. You don’t need to drill into or fit it to the tank.
Sender unit fitted after Water Pump – Not to tank
Most standard gauges work on approximate levels, full, med low, which does not give you a true indication of how much water you have on board.
Current water gauges only give a rough indication
The Topargee Water Tank Gauge fits into your existing pipe work and accurately measures the water flow. It is that easy.
The added benefits is that you can start to work out your daily water consumption, and plan your trips better.
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Measure your remaining water to the litre
You can measure how much water you are using per shower, or how much to do the dishes.
As the unit is not fitted to the tanks you can use it for any size capacity tanks that you have.
How it works
The unit is installed after the water pump and measures the flow once it goes through. Once fitted you just enter in the total capacity of your tanks and the device will do the rest for you. If you don’t know how much your tanks hold the device will go into negative territory and work it out for you.
See it working here
Fitting & Dimensions
Because there is no drilling involved, the unit is easily retro fitted to just about any set up. There are two models.
The Surface Mount model that has its own internal AA batteries which makes wiring very easy. (Dimensions shown in diagram below.)
The Flush Mount model that is connected to the existing 12 volt system. (Dimensions shown in diagram below.)
NOTE: Cut out approximately 55mm x 70mm (May vary depending on thickness of backing board)
Each unit comes with a reach of 1.4m, but there is also a 1.4m extension lead available if required, and you can join as many of these together as you need to.
They video below shows how easy they are to fit. We just fitted one to our motorhome. We chose the surface mount model due to restricted wiring access. The unit was easy to fit and we had it done in under an hour.
Video of installation and the unit working
What we think
A brilliant device. Gone is the guess work.
The install was easy. I gauged this by the amount of times I swore, which in this case was only once as my head made contact with the chassis. It was really a matter of just running cables, then clicking them in place. There were a couple of screw fittings to the sender unit, and then the pipes just pushed into the existing John Guest fittings which are standard on most caravans or motorhomes.
The batteries came with the unit, so it powered up and worked accurately first time.
Being a large bus we are fortunate enough to carry a larger capacity of water than most. But it is critical for us to know how much water we have and how long we can stay in one location. The Topargee gauge allowed us to do this. After setting our gauge up, we were able to watch the water flow. Sadly, I watched as the wife managed a 5 minute shower and use all of ? litres of water. She assured me it was for testing purposes.
But we have been able to work out how much we use per load when we do the dishes, and having our own on board washing machine it really helps to manage the water. Now, instead of getting the red warning light, we know to the litre how much we are carrying.