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Lowrance fuel meters for my GPS/Sounder
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posted 02-16-2006 05:44 PM ET (US)
I haven't explored much yet other then checking out the equipment at a store, but is the Lowrance network set up that ties every thing together an alternative to a Navman or Flo-scan type fuel monitoring system? The GPS/Depth unit I'm going to get is a 337 ,that is network capable, which then I just have to get twin engine fuel sensors and I'm ready to go , with less dash space consumed with gauges. Any thoughts? I'm going to contact Lowrance again and check out some questions. Jack
posted 02-16-2006 06:35 PM ET (US)
Let me know what you find out. I am also waiting for their radar unit which I can network to the new 26HD i bought for my Outrage 20. I do know you can display the information right on the GPS screen too instead of the guages. I was lookingat their fuel consumption sensor and it is two-fold. If I am correct, the electronic fuel level sensor needs to be installed on the fuel tank. If you get any word on the radar unit let me know.
posted 02-16-2006 06:42 PM ET (US)
Joe, that was one of my questions I asked about the fuel level gauge, and if it is needed, as that complicates the setup a bit, requiring a electrical sender in the tank. I'm not sure I would want the radar displayed on the GPS also with the fuel and such, as I would think the radar screen should take up pretty much screen space!--Jack
posted 02-17-2006 11:53 PM ET (US)
The new LowranceNET system has fuel flow senders which can be networked with a GPS/SONAR display.
I have not seen a price list on these LowranceNET electronic sensors. They should be comparable with other similar devices.
posted 02-18-2006 08:34 PM ET (US)
I included the Lowrance EP-10 fuel flow sensor with my newly installed NMEA 2000 network on my Dauntless 13. I usually display fuel management info on my Lowrance LMF-400 MFI, but also can display it on my LMS-337CDF.
You don't have to install the fuel level sensor. Once you install the fuel flow sensor, top the fuel tank off, then enter the tank size. Fuel level is determined by the total tank size less any fuel burned by the engine. When it comes time to refuel, you tell the head unit that you filled the tank. You can also enter a specific number of gallons if you do a partial fill up. By installing the fuel level sensor, you don't have to tell the head unit that you refueled. I don't want to drill my Pate tank for the fuel level sensor, so I'll manually tell the head unit each time I fill the tank (only takes ~20 seconds or so to enter).
I've only the boat once since installed, but so far it seems to be very accurate. The menus in the Lowrnace units for fuel management are very easy to use. For $49 retail, the fuel flow sensor is a great deal in my opinion.
posted 02-19-2006 01:35 PM ET (US)
Thanks! I haven't heard back from Lowrance yet , but that sounds like the way I'll go, two senders and a couple cables, sounds like I can have a twin engine fuel management system for maybe $200.......Jack
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