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Old 05-13-2016, 10:27 AM   #1
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Carbon Monoxide Detector

Anybody notice that the C.O. Detector hates it when your off the grid and your TT battery gets really low? That's the only reason I can figure out for the CO detector beeping Upon investigation the light on the detector was indicating a malfunction. Happened every time the TT battery got low - once I charged up the battery it has happy again. Always happened in the middle of the night! I'm hoping I've identified the problem and it's not something else.
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Old 05-13-2016, 10:37 AM   #2
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low battery = CO/LP detector chirping.......normal operation...
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Anybody notice that the C.O. Detector hates it when your off the grid and your TT battery gets really low? That's the only reason I can figure out for the CO detector beeping Upon investigation the light on the detector was indicating a malfunction. Happened every time the TT battery got low - once I charged up the battery it has happy again. Always happened in the middle of the night! I'm hoping I've identified the problem and it's not something else.
I think you are talking about your propane detector which operates off the trailer battery and yes, it is designed to warn of a low battery condition.
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Old 05-13-2016, 10:41 AM   #4
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The CO/Propane detector is designed to alarm if the battery gets low. It is a safety feature to alert you to the fact that the supplied voltage is too low to adequately protect you should there be CO or propane. If this is occurring often while boonedocking, you may need to reassess your battery capacity/charging set up. Continually discharging your battery(s) too low will shorten their usable life. Look at adding another battery, larger capacity battery or solar.
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Most carbon Monoxide detectors just like your smoke detectors in your home will beep when the battery that powers them becomes to low to reliably have the detector operate properly. I would say as an aside that if this is happening very often you are being way to hard on your battery. That is to say discharge below the 50% point. So you are drastically shortening the life of your battery.
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As an aside to this thread, Iím not a fan of the combination CO/Propane detectors. Propane is heavier than air and the gas will settle low to the floor so the detector should be placed low to the floor. CO is neutral density and is produced by combustion so it will usually rise with the warm air produced during combustion. The CO detector should be higher on the wall.

Propane has an odor and your nose will tell you if you have a leakÖif youíre awake. CO is odorless and quite deadly. Iím not a fan of the combination detectors.

One more thing, these detectors have a test button and should be tested periodically through the camping season. At the start of every RV season I replace the batteries in the smoke detector and the CO detector. As I mentioned the propane detector works from the trailerís battery.
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Great info - thanks. My previous camper's detector never once made a single chirp except when power was shut on/off.
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