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Old 04-04-2016, 12:38 PM   #1
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A few questions re: CO and Propane Detectors

My 2005 Flagstaff 26DS does not have a CO detector and I believe that the Propane Detector is original (I am 2nd owner). I use the camper in the summer/fall for camping, seldom use propane for anything since I am hooked to 30 amp. If we need heat we use an electric heater. In the hunting season, I use it for hunting on a boondock site so I use the furnace and the stove.

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1. I should get a CO Detector? I think I know the answer but asking anyway.

2. I have a new Smoke Detector but should I just buy a combo CO and Smoke Detector? I would install in the hallway just aft of the kitchen (furnace is under sink area) on the ceiling. Good location?

3. Should replace my Propane Detector?

4. It is mounted in the wall, floor level in hallway, can I still buy a form/fit replacement?

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Old 04-04-2016, 03:05 PM   #2
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Definitely get a CO detector. Before replacing the propane detector, you can test it by releasing some butane close to the detector from a cheap cig lighter.
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Old 04-12-2016, 08:20 PM   #3
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You should get one yesterday. I just posted on the other page that ours went off and there was a leak. It was scary.
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Old 04-12-2016, 08:32 PM   #4
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The big box hardware stores have a fire/smoke/CO detector with a very bright LED light all in one box. I got one of those when I got tired of the original smoke detectors going off every time we make breakfast.

Much higher quality, less clutter on the ceiling and if there is a fire/CO issue it turns the light on for you when just a few seconds may make the difference.
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Old 04-14-2016, 05:36 AM   #5
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The answer to all of your questions is yes. LP detector is a must have. Ours gets tested every time the dog sleeps in front of it.

They make combo CO/Smoke detectors for RV's, supposedly they are made differently from regular house ones. However I suspect either type will work just fine. I would not be without either one. Seems every year a few people die in an RV somewhere due to a faulty furnace, using a stove top/oven for heating or a generator that allow CO to seep into the RV. I know we had the CO detector in our unit go off one time due to the clown behind us running his generator, we had our window on that side partially open with a roof vent running and pulled the exhaust in. We were outside at the time.

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Old 04-14-2016, 06:57 AM   #6
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I'd consider separate CO and smoke detectors. If I remember my high school Chem classes correctly, CO is about the same weight as air and doesn't really rise like smoke does.

Since your furnace is the most likely contributor, I'd look to mount the CO detector close to the furnace and the smoke detector on the ceiling.


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Old 04-14-2016, 07:22 AM   #7
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A few questions re: CO and Propane Detectors

Are you sure it's not a dual unit?
My 2005 flagstaff had a dual use co / propane detector


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Picture of unit?


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Myself I think it is a mistake to get the combo CO/Smoke. CO needs to be mounted low to the floor by the closet vent from the furnace to function correctly. Smoke detectors need to be mounted up high to take advantage of smoke rising.
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