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Old 07-08-2012, 12:21 PM   #1
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CO/Propane Alarm Scare

The CO-propane alarm just inside the door step of our 2011 sunseeker 2300 went off twice yesterday... Once in the morning and again just after we went to bed.* The first time we thought it a fluke...the second time we turned off the propane valve, opened windows and door and slept with the exhaust fan on. No further alarms.* We turned off the hot water heater, have the fridge turned to auto (we have an electric hookup... 50 amp with borrowed 30 amp adapter if that is relevant).. And i'm afraid to use the oven or stove for the remainder of the weekend.
** Other related info... we just had our propane refilled the day before this started happening... and my husband and I both had nagging headaches all day yesterday.
* How worried should we be?* Should we cut our weekend stay short (we have no cell phone or internet service in the campground).* Should we be worried about starting up the engine to drive home?* Should we try turning the propane back on to cook dinner? (we are driving into town this morning in our tow vehicle for breakfast and phone service before deciding next steps).

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Old 07-08-2012, 12:42 PM   #2
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Our CO (only) detector in the bedroom went off last night at 3 am.
Careful search showed nothing.

Reset by removing and replacing the battery; nothing so far.


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Old 07-08-2012, 12:51 PM   #3
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Ours went off - scared the daylights out of the wife and kids.

She was spraying the kids down with an aerosol sunscreen - some use propane/butane as a propellant/solvent. Will set the thing off like nobody's bidness!

Had to put a fan on it to clear out the fumes.
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Old 07-08-2012, 01:47 PM   #4
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a low battery will also set it off

Hair Spray will also set it off too.

The headache could be a fluke - if you step outside and breath the air outside the camper for a few minutes - does the headache start go away?

I would hit the reset button on the detector give it a few to reset and turn the propane back on and see if the alarm comes back
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According to what I've read, methane will also set them off.
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Was using-----------

Was using 409 to clean the stove and floor right in front of the stove when the alarm activated, scared the heebeejeebee out of me. I read all the warnings about the alarm, says that some cleaning solvents will activate it!
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Old 07-08-2012, 03:26 PM   #7
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Appreciate all the replies... No cleaning solvents or other sprays/chemicals being used... Will check for batteries, although the manual said that would create a different alert sound for CO, malfunction, or low battery... This has definitely been a propane alert. Manual said if it went off twice in 24 hours to evacuate and call the fire department... I'm just glad it hasn't blown up yet... Headache could be from restless sleep!

One thing comes to mind besides a leak... The rubber covering the entry steps is glued down to the metal plate beneath with some adhesive that tends to "melt" and dribble down the front of the stair when it gets hot..I've had to use solvent to clean that up before, but it hasn't been that hot lately (has happened more while sitting in the driveway for days in heat)... seems like that could contribute to the problem though. Anyone else have this issue?

Most recently the alarm sounded again....with propane valve off.

Not sure if this unit has a removable to check
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Old 07-08-2012, 04:01 PM   #8
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Mine would go off out of the blue all the time. Sent it back to maker. They said nothing wrong with it. Well have had it back in camper for almost a year now and it has only gone off hen wife uses hair spray. LOL
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Old 07-08-2012, 04:04 PM   #9
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ours made a very high pitched noise from new, sent it back and eventually ccrv (1year) sent us a new one which has worked fine every week. we regulary test it on each trip to to make sure
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Old 07-08-2012, 04:13 PM   #10
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First time out, first night out, the carbon monoxide alarm went off. Scared the wife, but I just turned on the bathroom ceiling exhaust fan for a couple of minutes, and left a window open. Did not re-occur.

Since ours didn't originally come with one, I added it, and mounted it adjacent to the propane detector, reason being that home units are plugged in at about eighteen inches off the floor. I suspect it didn't like the mounting location, as they are supposed to be mounted high, not low. Turns out, CO is slightly LIGHTER than air.


It's now been removed, and awaiting a high re-location before the next outing.


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