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Old 11-13-2014, 06:44 PM   #41
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Im with you Evereddie. I think we end up having the same problems out of same units 2014 minilite 2306. Got the thermostat thats mounted on a warm wall problem solved. Now the faulty alarm issue. I go camp to get peace and quiet away from emergency tones at work. If I have to buy another detector Im smashing the bejeeze out of the crapy one before going to trash. I been awaken now 5 times at night. Its a Safe T Alert combo LP/CO. I will at least try to contact MTI industries as Im sure forest river will not help
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Old 11-13-2014, 07:44 PM   #42
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When I called John Armstrong at Forest River when our co detecter was alarming he told me to have the dealer to put on a new one because they are very Finicky. Before the dealer in TX had the new detecter come in we had a coach battery blow up. They replaced the batteries and it has never alarmed since. It was picking up the gas from the battery out gassing and FR decided I had a defective battery.
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Old 11-13-2014, 09:03 PM   #43
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I've had alarms more than 12 hours after propane tank was turned off, lines were bled, and the coach battery switch was off. Even got a call from the campground that it was going off 5 or 6 hours after we left it with propane and batteries off. Detector was less than 2 years old so it was not out of date (5 year life per manufacturer).
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Old 11-13-2014, 09:57 PM   #44
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Ours went off a few times over the summer too. (2015 2700DS) I think they are just way too sensitive or simply defective. We've had RV's for 20 years and never had a CO or LP detector go off.

I went out and bought a AA battery powered CO detector with a digital readout for peace of mind. It always reads 0 when the built in one goes off so I know the CO levels are safe.

If it continues next year, I'll start looking for a replacement propane detector and disconnect the built in one. Hopefully someone will identify the problem before then.
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Ours went off a few times over the summer too. (2015 2700DS) I think they are just way too sensitive or simply defective. We've had RV's for 20 years and never had a CO or LP detector go off.

I went out and bought a AA battery powered CO detector with a digital readout for peace of mind. It always reads 0 when the built in one goes off so I know the CO levels are safe.

If it continues next year, I'll start looking for a replacement propane detector and disconnect the built in one. Hopefully someone will identify the problem before then.
I also installed a battery powered CO detector with a digital readout. I've searched for a battery powered LP detector but the ones I found have battery backup, and they state the backup battery is only good for about 20 hours. That implies to me that the LP detector requires way more power than dry cell batteries can furnish, so maybe a battery-only powered LP detector does not exist. (There are industrial hand-held units but they are typically recharged periodically.)

If anyone finds a battery powered LP detector with a digital readout and reasonable battery life, please post it. I'd sure like to get something better than the one that is installed now.
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Old 11-14-2014, 08:05 AM   #46
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I haven't had any false alarms but my detector is located away from doors, windows or baths. It seems to me the dual LP/CO detectors they put in our trailer is somewhat useless for CO since they put it near the floor. To me it seems to make better sense to replace the LP/CO detector with a dedicated LP detector near the floor and a CO detector near the ceiling. I have already added a separate CO detector over the bed and will replace the dual unit from the manufacturer when it ages out or fails.
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Old 11-14-2014, 09:43 AM   #47
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CO is heavier than air, that is why it belongs close to the floor. If you move the detection up high you will already have some CO poisoning BEFORE the detector alarms.


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We use Safe-T-Alert currently. We moved them all away from the step well area in case there was something setting them off through the door.
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CO detectors are very sensitive to DC supply voltage. Whenever I read about detectors alarming my first thought is that there is a battery or battery charger (converter) problem.


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CO is heavier than air, that is why it belongs close to the floor. If you move the detection up high you will already have some CO poisoning BEFORE the detector alarms.


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That is not correct. LP is heavier than air which is why the detector is near the floor. The The specific gravity of Carbon Monoxide is 0.9657. With air having a specific gravity of 1.0 this means CO will float. As to where to place the detector the general recommendation is up high but below the ceiling to allow for hot air at the top that can keep CO from rising all of the way up. I placed ours on the side of the cabinet that is over our bed and is about 10" from the ceiling.
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