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Old 04-02-2016, 07:00 PM   #1
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CO Detector going into alarm

Let me start by saying we are new to camping and owning a travel trailer.
We picked up a brand new Micro Lite 23fb a few weeks ago and have it parked in our driveway.
Yesterday inside our house I started hearing a single alarm chime every few minutes and couldn't figure out where it was coming from.
It also has been raining outside so every time we left the house we would run to our vehicles and have not spent anytime outside.
We just happen to come back from picking up dinner tonight and when we stepped out of my truck we heard the piercing alarm chime and realized it was coming from the trailer.
Now we do not keep the trailer plugged into the house power because I am afraid someone will steal the cord so we only connect it when we go inside the trailer to check it our for leakes and to start getting it ready for us to hopefully soon enjoy.
The alarm was flashing red/green which according to the label on the alarm means the voltage is low...
So I am guessing the trailer was draining down the battery as I did not shut the battery disconnect off.. But we also have nothing on in the trailer.
A few minutes after connecting the trailer to power the CO alarm stopped chiming and the alarm led is back to solid green.
But now the alarm is chiming again with the trailer plugged in, but the LED is staying solid green.
It is not a constant alarm like when the led was flashing red/green but it is setting off a chime about every 10 minutes.
I will add that the furnace is off, we have not turned the heat on in the trailer in about a week.
Any ideas what I should check?
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Old 04-02-2016, 07:54 PM   #2
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There should be a battery in the detector. It may need replacing.
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Old 04-02-2016, 08:23 PM   #3
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We have been out in the trailer now for over an hour (with the heat on,it's cold!) and the detector has not done anything.
The LED is staying solid green, no chime.. No nothing.
So I am staying with my original guess that it must have drained the battery down in the trailer(?).
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Old 04-02-2016, 08:39 PM   #4
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Yes, CO detectors usually run on hard wired 12V. Keep warm out there.
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If you don't use a battery disconnect switch or keep it plugged into shore power, the parasitic power drains can empty the battery.
Thus setting off the propane /CO low power alarm.
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Old 04-02-2016, 08:47 PM   #6
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Going to leave the trailer plugged in for the next few days, then when I disconnect it I will turn off the battery from the disconnect switch.
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If you don't use a battery disconnect switch or keep it plugged into shore power, the parasitic power drains can empty the battery.
Thus setting off the propane /CO low power alarm.
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Old 04-02-2016, 09:19 PM   #8
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Check the placement of your disconnect. In some units, the disconnect may not disconnect the CO/Propane detector ( safety factor) and the breakaway switch. When power is applied to the detector , it may beep for a while during reset and power up.

I am not a fan of leaving my TT connected ( convertor on) when stored due to power issues in my area. I use a Battery Tender connected to the battery to cover parasitic drains and keep battery charged.
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For the sake of safety I shouldn't mention that you probably should check for propane leaks.

Remember that the refrigerator, water heater and stove as well as the furnace run on propane. Dometic stove ovens do not have an automatic shut off for the oven so if the oven knob is on it would be leaking gas into the trailer.

That being said I did have to have my LP sensor replaced. It actually started failing just as you described while the technicians were working on other problems in the trailer.
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For the sake of safety I shouldn't mention that you probably should check for propane leaks.

Remember that the refrigerator, water heater and stove as well as the furnace run on propane. Dometic stove ovens do not have an automatic shut off for the oven so if the oven knob is on it would be leaking gas into the trailer.

That being said I did have to have my LP sensor replaced. It actually started failing just as you described while the technicians were working on other problems in the trailer.
I don't think CO Detectors alarm from propane. You can install a propane detector. If you do, put it low to the floor as propane is heavier the air...

Also, some unit are dual propane and co.. Just check your model number..
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