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Old 07-16-2016, 10:45 AM   #1
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My Alarm Clock/LP Detector

My CO/LP detector/alarm has started to go off every night at between 1:30am and 2:30am. It has done this every night except one for the last three weeks, but only when the camper is occupied - which it has been for 16 nights. I am assuming that if it alarmed while unoccupied, it would not stop alarming until I returned to my camper to turn it off. First, I have no LP leaks - I am a plumber and I have excluded this as a possibility. Second, my CO/LP alarm is only (falsely) alerting for LP and not CO.

What the heck? Why is it going off with such a predictable pattern? My dogs sleep about ten feet away from the detector. Could they be farting on a regular schedule and setting it off? I'm perplexed.

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Old 07-16-2016, 11:08 AM   #2
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I vote on the dogs. I think I would get a second battery operated LP detector and see if it alarms along with the original. Or just replace the original. No little Coleman bottles in the rig?
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Old 07-16-2016, 11:15 AM   #3
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LP/CO detector life time!

My newly acquired 2011 Georgetown 300FWS had its co/lp detector die....and in small print on the unit was "replace by 2014".....bought a new one( had to also get new solenoid)...$300 plus labor...and it states that it must be replaced at 60 months life time!!!!!!!!
The manufacturer has a guaranteed replacement every 5 years for the lifetime of the motorhome!!!!!!!!!!!
Your unit may be approaching its designated lifetime end!

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Old 07-16-2016, 11:21 AM   #4
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While I don't dispute that the less than one year old device may be defective, can anybody explain or opine on why it goes off at the same time every night, only when the camper is occupied?

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While I don't dispute that the less than one year old device may be defective, can anybody explain or opine on why it goes off at the same time every night, only when the camper is occupied?

Bruce
Sorry Bruce.... I have no idea. Maybe you need to call Ghostbusters?
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Old 07-16-2016, 02:11 PM   #7
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I have blamed lots of things on my dog.....Seriously. I have heard that the offloading of methane by dogs- or ?those who blame dogs - can set those things off.
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My CO/LP detector/alarm has started to go off every night at between 1:30am and 2:30am. It has done this every night except one for the last three weeks, but only when the camper is occupied - which it has been for 16 nights. I am assuming that if it alarmed while unoccupied, it would not stop alarming until I returned to my camper to turn it off. First, I have no LP leaks - I am a plumber and I have excluded this as a possibility. Second, my CO/LP alarm is only (falsely) alerting for LP and not CO.

What the heck? Why is it going off with such a predictable pattern? My dogs sleep about ten feet away from the detector. Could they be farting on a regular schedule and setting it off? I'm perplexed.

Bruce
Yes it could very well be the dog. I saw a video on YouTube awhile back about this very thing. A young lady full timer was having the exact same issue. And it turned out to be the dog passing gas. If it were my dog it would probably melt the detector. I have GOT to change his food.
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Old 07-16-2016, 09:27 PM   #9
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Sorry, but yes, CO detectors are good for 5 to 7 years, then have to be replaced. Not cheap ! But better safe than dead !
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Mine goes off if I let the battery get too low.
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