Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-17-2016, 09:18 PM   #1
Site Team
 
Terier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 8,836
What's up with the smoke alarm?

About a month ago the smoke alarm was chirping & someone else replaced the batteries for me. A couple days ago when I picked up the trailer the alarm was chirping again. The alarm was removed and I took it with me home for new batteries. It kept chirping until fresh unused batteries were installed. The chirping was gone and I put the alarm back in place. The next day it started chirping periodically until the batteries removed. A few hours later I tried the same batteries again and the chirping went away. The trip is over so I don't know if the chirping returned or not.

I'm thinking it's time to replace the alarm. Its 6 years old.
__________________

__________________
Great choice for "Living within my means" and camping for one...

2011 Salem Cruise Lite 20RBXL & 2011 Toyota Tundra Dbl Cab
Camping History: 45 Trips / 133 Nights / 3736 Miles
FRF Social Group: Campers of the West
Terier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2016, 09:53 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 70
Time for a new one. Look on unit, somewhere it may tell you when to replace or at least when it was made. Most smoke, CO, and Lp detectors are only good for around 5-7 years. Use a voltmeter and make sure your batteries are really as good as they should be. My bet is your detector has aged out.
__________________

__________________
Davidjeff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2016, 10:15 PM   #3
Moderators' Assistant
 
bikendan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 10,464
Are you sure it's not the propane detector?
They chirp when the trailer battery gets low.
__________________
Dan-Retired Firefighter/EMT
Shawn-Musician/Entrepreneur/Wine Expert
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
'07 Roo 23SS pushing an '07 Chevy Avalanche
Equalizer WDH and Prodigy BC
bikendan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2016, 12:46 AM   #4
Site Team
 
Terier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 8,836
Quote:
Originally Posted by bikendan View Post
Are you sure it's not the propane detector?
They chirp when the trailer battery gets low.
The smoke alarm kept chirping no matter where it was (trailer, truck, my house, neighbor house). The alarm itself isn't going off - it was just chirping. The trailer battery was fully charged.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Davidjeff View Post
Time for a new one. Look on unit, somewhere it may tell you when to replace or at least when it was made. Most smoke, CO, and Lp detectors are only good for around 5-7 years. Use a voltmeter and make sure your batteries are really as good as they should be. My bet is your detector has aged out.
I was thinking it was likely age related especially after needing to have the CO alarm replaced recently.
__________________
Great choice for "Living within my means" and camping for one...

2011 Salem Cruise Lite 20RBXL & 2011 Toyota Tundra Dbl Cab
Camping History: 45 Trips / 133 Nights / 3736 Miles
FRF Social Group: Campers of the West
Terier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2016, 03:34 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Witch Doctor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Clarksville Va.
Posts: 7,011
Your right Terier, it sounds like it's time to replace it, The one post is right, I think kiddie say's replace after 5 years. I have one in the rear lounge area, but added another to the bedroom, while you are add it check your date on the fire extinguisher. There's also a date code on them. Better safe then sorry, your life is more important then a few bucks...
__________________
Rockwood #8289 WS 2012
F250 6.0 / Husky 16k
With 4 point leveling system
Witch Doctor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2016, 05:43 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
ilmor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 718
Quote:
Originally Posted by Terier View Post
About a month ago the smoke alarm was chirping & someone else replaced the batteries for me. A couple days ago when I picked up the trailer the alarm was chirping again. The alarm was removed and I took it with me home for new batteries. It kept chirping until fresh unused batteries were installed. The chirping was gone and I put the alarm back in place. The next day it started chirping periodically until the batteries removed. A few hours later I tried the same batteries again and the chirping went away. The trip is over so I don't know if the chirping returned or not.

I'm thinking it's time to replace the alarm. Its 6 years old.
Time for a replacement.
__________________
2017 Forest River Sunseeker 2250SLE
ilmor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2016, 02:50 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 22
Life span of smoke detectors.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Davidjeff View Post
Time for a new one. Look on unit, somewhere it may tell you when to replace or at least when it was made. Most smoke, CO, and Lp detectors are only good for around 5-7 years. Use a voltmeter and make sure your batteries are really as good as they should be. My bet is your detector has aged out.
Most smoke detectors have a life span of 10 years.....
If a smoke alarm is chirping intermittently, one of the following may be the reason:

The battery may be loose or installed improperly
The smoke alarm sensing chamber may be dirty
Humidity, steam, or other environmental factors
An electrical condition may be causing power to the unit to be interrupted
The alarm may have reached its end of life
__________________
Tropiccafe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2016, 03:58 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 382
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tropiccafe View Post
Most smoke detectors have a life span of 10 years.....
If a smoke alarm is chirping intermittently, one of the following may be the reason:

The battery may be loose or installed improperly
The smoke alarm sensing chamber may be dirty
Humidity, steam, or other environmental factors
An electrical condition may be causing power to the unit to be interrupted
The alarm may have reached its end of life
10 years is true for many current alarms but older ones had a shorter useful life. There should be a label in the detector telling you what the chirping means. I'd almost guarantee that it's reached the end of its service life.

My Georgetown has a propane detector that's wired to a shutoff relay at the propane tank. I suspect that at the end of its service life, it'll shut off the propane, forcing its replacement. This isn't an issue for me since I have the replacement on hand.

Phil
__________________
pmsherman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2016, 06:53 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by pmsherman View Post
10 years is true for many current alarms but older ones had a shorter useful life. There should be a label in the detector telling you what the chirping means. I'd almost guarantee that it's reached the end of its service life.

My Georgetown has a propane detector that's wired to a shutoff relay at the propane tank. I suspect that at the end of its service life, it'll shut off the propane, forcing its replacement. This isn't an issue for me since I have the replacement on hand.

Phil
That is not true. Older smoke alarms (1990) have an average useful life of 10 years just like the newer ones. Also a service life label is only on ionization smoke alarms which I have never seen on RV's. They are too expensive. I have been a fire inspector in NJ for 25 years and know the NFPA from front to back.
__________________
Tropiccafe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2016, 07:04 PM   #10
I Break Everything
 
mikel68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Lampasas, TX
Posts: 258
I don't know if this helps, but years ago we had a travel trailer the alarms were wired in and backed up with a battery. If we did not disconnect our main battery when storing the trailer the smoke alarm would start that chirping when the main battery was dying.

mk
__________________

__________________

2015 Georgetown Forest River 351DS MH
2008 Keystone Cougar 293SAB 5th Wheel
2007 Jay Flight 30.5RLS 5th Wheel
2006 Jay Flight 29BHS TT
mikel68 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:21 AM.