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Old 07-30-2019, 11:06 PM   #1
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Built in CO/LP detector

Anyone replace the built in detector? I know the free mounted ones have a 7 year life but what about the built ins. IIRC I think mine shows a redlight or something that said it bad. I do have the wall mounted one in he bedroom, but would like to replace the built in so it is working properly (the LP portion works fine).
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Old 07-31-2019, 11:41 AM   #2
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I installed a battery-powered Nest Protect combination CO/smoke detector near the Norcold refrigerator and it's connected to our Wi-Fi hotspot. If there is a CO or smoke alarm it will alert you remotely via your smartphone if you're away. If you add a Nest Camera it also will turn the camera on and start recording if it happened to be off.

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Old 07-31-2019, 11:59 AM   #3
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The built in CO/Propane detectors have about a 5 yr life. You need to be careful when replacing them as some are simply a dual detector and alarm and some have built in circuitry that deactivates a solenoid to shut off the propane when it alarms. If you have the later, you need to replace it with a unit that will activate the solenoid then there is no alarm. Motorhomes usually have the solenoid equipped alarms.
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I replaced my combination LPG/CO detector with separate units. CO/Smoke detector at ceiling for the lighter than air CO and an LPG only detector at the old location for the heavier than air LPG.

This way I only have to replace whichever one fails, not both at the same time.
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Old 07-31-2019, 12:26 PM   #5
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Just replaced my combination detector with a propane only detector. Then installed combination smoke/CO detectors in the living and bedroom areas. Saved over $100 by purchasing on Amazon over the RV dealer. Very simple to replace. Two screws and two wire nuts.
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The built in CO/Propane detectors have about a 5 yr life. You need to be careful when replacing them as some are simply a dual detector and alarm and some have built in circuitry that deactivates a solenoid to shut off the propane when it alarms. If you have the later, you need to replace it with a unit that will activate the solenoid then there is no alarm. Motorhomes usually have the solenoid equipped alarms.
Yes, mine has the shutoff solenoid. I also was thinking of just getting an LP only defector and installing to combo smoke/CO detectors.
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I haven't looked to see if that would save any money or hassle. Because propane only are usually less in demand price may actually be higher. Good Luck
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Old 07-31-2019, 09:40 PM   #8
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I replaced my LP/CO detector with an LP only and installed a Kidde CO detector on the wall. The Kidde CO detector has a digital readout and a built-in battery with a 10 year life. It's a standard residential unit available at most home improvement and hardware stores. The LP detector was a standard RV unit, an exact replacement for the LP/CO unit. I got tired of false alarms. Since I changed to separate detectors I've had no false alarms.
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We too started getting false alarms so I changed all three.

1. the LP detector at the base of the cabinets in the LR.
2, the Fire/smoke detector above the door
3. and the CO detector in the bedroom. Here like thie previous poster I bought a Kiddie 10 year battery model.

End of false alarms.
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