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Old 07-25-2016, 10:56 AM   #1
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Smoke Alarm going off for no reason.

In the last 4 months alarm went off 4 times. Twice propane was off. It is a 2016 8528 IKWS. It is loud don't know remedy. Help with suggestions!!
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Mine went off while in Nashville the past week every time I opened the door. The heat was so bad that it set the alarm off!


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Crazy question here. But could hairspray set it off?
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Crazy question here. But could hairspray set it off?


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In the last 4 months alarm went off 4 times. Twice propane was off. It is a 2016 8528 IKWS. It is loud don't know remedy. Help with suggestions!!
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install an after market smoke detector. we removed our first one, as it was junk.
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The smoke alarm will go off if the house battery is low and/or the alarm itself is going bad. (and hair spray)
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Old 07-25-2016, 12:47 PM   #7
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Mine would go off when house batteries would over charge due to bad battery.
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The smoke alarm will go off if the house battery is low and/or the alarm itself is going bad. (and hair spray)
The smoke detectors are not usually wired into house battery, (at least not in my last 3 campers). The CO/gas detector is.
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Also some have an expiration date on them. Even though you have a 2016 unit doesn't mean it has a new detector. We bought a 2011 unit in 2010 and FR had put a LP detector that expired in 2009 in it.
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Hair spray will set off the Gas alarm
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In the last 4 months alarm went off 4 times. Twice propane was off. It is a 2016 8528 IKWS. It is loud don't know remedy. Help with suggestions!!
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I have had mine go off from campfire smoke when just the screen door was open. Smoke was carried by the wind from 30ft away and really could not be seen very well. Keep the big door closed now as there was a stink from smoke on the TT.
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Old 07-25-2016, 01:01 PM   #12
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Pull the unit out of the trailer and blow it off gently with some compressed air or vacuum it with a shop vac. Bugs, spiders for sure and dust particles can and will cause them to go off.
A small coating of debris will activate it when the temp starts to rise as the condensation will trigger things.
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Also some have an expiration date on them. Even though you have a 2016 unit doesn't mean it has a new detector. We bought a 2011 unit in 2010 and FR had put a LP detector that expired in 2009 in it.
It's not unusual for these detectors to go bad; they reach "end of life". I had to replace ours and the new one has been fine. In a few years I could have to do it again.
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if windows are open or the screen door and my GF is cooking most times ours goes off too lol
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if windows are open or the screen door and my GF is cooking most times ours goes off too lol
True, many a time at home, the DW uses it to let me know my toast is ready.
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The smoke alarm will go off if the house battery is low and/or the alarm itself is going bad. (and hair spray)
X2.
You can also buy a battery powered detector & if only the hard wired in dectector goes off, you'll know that it's bad.
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In the last 4 months alarm went off 4 times. Twice propane was off. It is a 2016 8528 IKWS. It is loud don't know remedy. Help with suggestions!!
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I have experienced, on some of the cheaper models, that very high humidity will set them off. Suggest replacing unit with the best that you can afford.

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Pull the unit out of the trailer and blow it off gently with some compressed air or vacuum it with a shop vac. Bugs, spiders for sure and dust particles can and will cause them to go off.
A small coating of debris will activate it when the temp starts to rise as the condensation will trigger things.

X2

If it's cool inside and you open the door in the AM and it's really humid outside, that's what causes condensation at the ceiling level affecting the smoke alarm.
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Defective alarm

Forest River puts in the cheapest alarm they can buy $10 at Home Depot . Buy a better quality one and your problem will be fixed as I did.
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Are you asking about the smoke detector or propane detector. I have no input on the smoke detector but lots on the propane detector. Many things set mine off: opening the refrigerator door, lighting the oven, spraying febreeze, sometimes it just goes off on it's own. It is no where near expired but it is a piece of junk. When it goes off I pull the fuse and put it back in. The propane detector resets itself and is good for another week or so. I'd replace it if I thought the replacement would be any better.
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