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Old 06-24-2016, 03:15 PM   #1
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Smoke detector goes off when cooking every time

Even if I'm just boiling water, the smoke detector will go off every time and yes, my stove exhaust fan is running. I've gotten to the point where I remove the smoke detector battery whenever we use the stove for anything.

Is this normal?
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Old 06-24-2016, 03:25 PM   #2
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I don't think it's normal BUT it's the way ours works. When it goes off for very little reason, I have to fan it with a serving tray about 3 swipes then spend some energy keeping DW from knocking it off the ceiling with a broom!
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Old 06-24-2016, 03:38 PM   #3
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A smoke detector in an RV is the epitome of stupid. I know, regulations; but seriously, every campfire or cooking event, set mine off. It is now in the trash bin, in a long forgotten park. The Co2 detector will go off if exposed to thick smoke.
We put an extra extinguisher in the bedroom so now have 2, just in case.
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Old 06-24-2016, 03:50 PM   #4
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The smoke detector at my parent's house goes off when I take a shower and open the bathroom door. The steam and humidity is what causes the problem.
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A smoke detector in an RV is the epitome of stupid. I know, regulations; but seriously, every campfire or cooking event, set mine off. It is now in the trash bin, in a long forgotten park. The Co2 detector will go off if exposed to thick smoke.
We put an extra extinguisher in the bedroom so now have 2, just in case.
If your CO detector is mounted low (6 inches above the floor) like mine is by the time it alerts you might not have time to react. RV's go up in flames like magician money (poof). Smoke rises and fills the interior from the ceiling down so a smoke detector at each end of the RV might be a good idea. One installed close to a stove probably not a good idea. JMO.
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Did you undo the locking tabs on the vent flap on the outside of the RV. If not the fan wasn't exhausting anything. Also don't forget to lock the vent flap when you travel or it will be blown away at highway speed.
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Old 06-25-2016, 10:26 AM   #7
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Did you undo the locking tabs on the vent flap on the outside of the RV. If not the fan wasn't exhausting anything. Also don't forget to lock the vent flap when you travel or it will be blown away at highway speed.

I haven't had issues with the smoke detector, but thought of your post today while waxing the RV. Mine has tabs too. What is the correct way to remove them without breaking them?

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I haven't had issues with the smoke detector, but thought of your post today while waxing the RV. Mine has tabs too. What is the correct way to remove them without breaking them?
Just press upward very firmly with the flat of your thumbs while rotating your thumbs to push the flap outward. It may take more force than you think you need but mine have not broken yet.
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The detectors also turn on with a large temperature change. Make sure your range hood vent is opening on the outside after you turn the fan on.

I remove the 9v battery until dw makes me put it back.
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If it keeps alarming, just replace it with a new one from a hardware store.....
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