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Old 09-02-2014, 10:57 AM   #1
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Never - Ever do what we done!

I am sure that all of hype are familiar with the carbon monoxide/ propane Safe T Alert, which is mounted near the floor. Ours has sometimes gone on because of hair or bug spray. Whisking some air by it, will shut it down.

Our alert is located right across from the refrigerator. We were doing a one night dry camping when my DW opened the refrig and a beer came out (of course my fault for the placement of beer), bursting and probably spraying the alarm. The alarm went off and we could not get it off. I place a fan on it to dry it out; no luck. Then I noticed the refrig temperature to start climbing. Putting two and two together, I figured that the alarm shuts down the propane tank. So, taking the alarm out of the wall, reading the alarm's pamphlet ( with no electrical diagram) and making some meter measurements, I figured that I would have to cut the red supply hot wire and temporarily tie the hot line to the white interlock output. With cutters in hand and just about ready to snip the wires, the fan finally got the beer out.

Wow, what a relief. So, guys,watch where you place your beers.

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Old 09-02-2014, 11:08 AM   #2
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:13 AM   #3
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I drink mine but I've heard some people like to throw them on the floor.

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Old 09-02-2014, 11:17 AM   #4
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I guess that it is a good thing that the beer didn't cause something to short. Happy to hear that it finally dried out and everything went back to normal.
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:35 AM   #5
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I know that most if not all the electronics are sealed on these units but what about the buzzer. I hope that the sticky stuff from the spill didn't dry and keep the buzzer from working. I would feel safer with a new unit in it's place after the original being wet.
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Old 09-02-2014, 12:35 PM   #6
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Hank that's all nice and everything and we are all glad you have it fixed with out doing a major rewire of the MH. That doesn't excuse you from the blatant beer abuse. As punishment you should have to buy the first round next year at Goshen.


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Old 09-02-2014, 12:46 PM   #7
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You are very lucky that the bypass that you applied worked.

Unless things have changed in the industry ( I was in it for 25 years but have been out for 10 years), the output of the LP Detector that goes to the solenoid is only 9V DC. That is by design so that you cannot bypass the solenoid shutdown by applying 12V.

In most instances, applying 12V directly to the solenoid will open (burn out) the coil and render it and the LP System useless until replaced or physically bypassed.

Glad that it worked for you, but others should beware of the potential damage to the solenoid if bypassed in this manner.

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Old 09-02-2014, 04:15 PM   #8
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That why I don't drink!! I was always afraid one would roll out of fridg and set off the alarm. Just saying. Lol. Glad you got it resolved.

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I don't drink because I'm allergic to alcohol.

When I drink alcohol, I break out in spots.

Like New York, Chicago, Miami.

Started drinking on Okinawa one Friday at happy hour, and woke up on Sunday in Osan Korea. (True)

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Started drinking on Okinawa one Friday at happy hour, and woke up on Sunday in Osan Korea. (True)

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Heh...we started once in Cambridge England at a pub lunch, and ended up in Edinburgh Scotland...all because someone said the pubs are open all night there. Oh to be young and dumb again.

I actually drink my beer, and did it once while replacing my loud, noisy beeping device. I thought I would have to do it again, but I found out that if I have a dead battery in my Cat, that propane detector goes crazy. With the camper plugged into shore power, it would beep after about an hour. Unplugged, with barely any current from the battery, the light would go green and be fine. I finally gave in and got my new battery and life is good once again.
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