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Old 06-29-2013, 03:39 PM   #31
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So what do you do use now for LP gas detection? This Kidde CO detector item doesn't appear to do that. Did you disable the one installed at the stairwell? (I have a 2013 Solera and presumed that you have a Solera as well).
Your CO detector and your propane detector should be 2 separate units. CO detector should be about head height on a wall and propane should be down low by your stairs. No need to disable the propane detector just because you replace the CO with a digital one.
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Old 06-29-2013, 04:28 PM   #32
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The OEM unit in the Solera is a combination CO and Propane detector. For those who are going to replace the OEM unit, they DO NEED TO have BOTH CO and Propane detector units.

We were camped in Parsippany NJ back in late '80s. We had been into NYC as tourists, and returned to eat a late meal in the camper. Suddenly... BOOM! A beautiful Country Coach parked next to us blew up. The Roof went skyward, and the walls simply folded out... all the cabinetry on the floor was still in place. I ran out with my fire extinguisher as the occupant was walking around with his underwear and socks on fire. We got him out onto a blanket and someone asked him what happened - he replied he couldn't sleep, so got up and decided to light a cigarette. We found out he died about a week later with 3rd degree burns all over his body.

Lesson learned about detectors: I'll ALWAYS have a functioning one!
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Sorry, my apologizes, I didn't know did that. Seems like a dumb idea seeing how they are both more effective being at different heights.
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I had my detector go off again last night so I checked to see if the new Kidde CO detector would register a reading. Still showed zero so I'm fairly confident the wall mounted one above the steps is either a defective unit or the coach batteries are giving off a gas.
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Do you still have it plugged into a shore line?
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Do you still have it plugged into a shore line?
Yes, that's why I'm thinking the coach batteries.
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Considering that everyone who seems to be having this problem is on a shore line, I'm beginning to think you may have something here. I've had my unplugged for about a week now with the coach battery switch on and nothing is happening with the alarm. I think I'll plug it back in and see what happens.
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When mine went off it was on shore power in Alabama (not 30 amp though). It hasn't gone off since it was unhooked from SP here in Nola. (The extension cord to plug it in here wouldn't last the night).
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I had my detector go off again last night so I checked to see if the new Kidde CO detector would register a reading. Still showed zero so I'm fairly confident the wall mounted one above the steps is either a defective unit or the coach batteries are giving off a gas.
I wonder if - rather than resetting it, you took the cover off , and plugged in a fan to exhaust any battery gas outside - if it then quit alarming, that would be an indication. Just a wild speculation!

Then again - are these things supposed to detect hydrogen?
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I think I have had this problem too (false alarm on the LP & CO detector) but have suspicions that it may be detecting Hydrogen gas from the understep battery compartment.

I was adding distilled water to the batteries - something I do every couple of months (I keep my 2013 Solera connected to shore power) and the LP detector went off when I filled the cells closest to it. I reset the alarm and it was quiet for half a day when early that evening my neighbor calls me to tell me there is an alarm going off in my RV (It was a warm day too). Alarm was the LP/CO detector.

Could the issue be outgassing of hydrogen from batteries? I'm guessing this might be the root cause.
I want to add that with the Safe-T-Alert detector in my 2013 Solera there are two light to indicate the reason for the fault: one is labeled "CO" and the other is labeled "Gas". In my case (filling the batteries with distilled water) and having the alarm sound, the "gas" indicator was lit.

Since the RV door was open the whole time I topped off the batteries and with propane gas heavier than air - I conclude that my"false alarm" was from the batteries emitting gas (hydrogen). Of note, it also happened when I filled the cells closest to the detector (left side of step entering RV).

We all seem to experience the alarm when plugged into shore power - a condition necessary for battery overcharging and outgassing to occur.
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