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Old 09-23-2012, 02:04 PM   #1
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Our carbon monoxide detector keeps going off. It seems to happen on the first day of every trip. Seems like it coincides with using hot water. Anyone else have this issue?
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Old 09-23-2012, 02:10 PM   #2
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Ours started acting up after about a year. It would go off for no reason. The camper could be sitting at home with nothing on and it would go off. I got it replaced under warranty and it hasn't gone off since.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:30 PM   #3
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Our carbon monoxide detector keeps going off. It seems to happen on the first day of every trip. Seems like it coincides with using hot water. Anyone else have this issue?
Check the seal around the hot water heater. (where it joins the camper's wall).

I seem to recall a thread a few years ago where this was happening and there was no (or little) caulking between the metal of the water heater and the wall of the camper.

This allowed un-burned propane to enter the camper. The way the system works is there is a 15 second purge of propane before the spark occurs. If that spark fails to ignite the propane for any reason, the 15 second purge starts again. It will "purge/spark" 3 times before it locks out and you have to turn the switch on and off to start it over again.

This purge could allow propane to seep past a bad seal and enter the camper. The detectors are sensitive and if your detector is near the water heater it may be detecting the purge gas. If it seems to be taking a long time for the "reset" light to go out (30 seconds or so) the heater could be having issues getting a light initially. Check the flue in that case for spider webs that could be burned out after it finally lights.

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You have to remember that these cheap detectors they put in rv's can never be reset to 0. Every time it detects any PPM's it stores it and then continues to add to the total.

For example, if it detects CM totaling 15 ppm on your first trip it will store that number. Then on your next trip lets say you run a generator and the wind blows some exhaust fumes inside and it detects CM totaling 25 ppm, well now your detector thinks there is 40 ppm because it adds that to what it detected on the last trip. Once you reach dangerous levels it will go off anytime it detects any carbon monoxide even if it's in small amounts.

Everybody should have one that plugs into an outlet and has a digital readout. You can get them at wal-Mart and they are fairly inexpensive considering the peace of mind they give. This style will always self adjust to the actual ppm that's in the air, never any guessing.
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You have to remember that these cheap detectors they put in rv's can never be reset to 0. Every time it detects any PPM's it stores it and then continues to add to the total.

For example, if it detects CM totaling 15 ppm on your first trip it will store that number. Then on your next trip lets say you run a generator and the wind blows some exhaust fumes inside and it detects CM totaling 25 ppm, well now your detector thinks there is 40 ppm because it adds that to what it detected on the last trip. Once you reach dangerous levels it will go off anytime it detects any carbon monoxide even if it's in small amounts.

Everybody should have one that plugs into an outlet and has a digital readout. You can get them at wal-Mart and they are fairly inexpensive considering the peace of mind they give. This style will always self adjust to the actual ppm that's in the air, never any guessing.
Wow. Never heard that one. Is that in a manual somewhere?
I would love to have that in the Herkbrary.
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Here is the manual for mine.
Note the section on the difference between a propane leak from a fitting and a diluted leak from an open burner.
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I can try and find the actual paperwork we got on it. We were taught this at a refresher class I took for our volunteer fire department. This was after VFD had to start responding to so many CM scares. When ours starting going off every night and scaring the crap out of us I finally went and bought the digital one and when it read 10 ppm our little white plastic one would start going off.
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I can try and find the actual paperwork we got on it. We were taught this at a refresher class I took for our volunteer fire department. This was after VFD had to start responding to so many CM scares. When ours starting going off every night and scaring the crap out of us I finally went and bought the digital one and when it read 10 ppm our little white plastic one would start going off.
Thanks. It sounds like something that I should have in my folder.
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There's a difference between the PROPANE detector and the CARBON MONOXIDE detector. On my Roo19, the Propane detector is down at floor level by the electric converter and battery disconnect switch. (Propane is heavier than air.) The CM is up on the wall over the sofa. (CM is lighter than air.) The original post was regarding CM, not Propane.
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Yikes, I am so sorry!
No idea how I missed that.

My CO detector is on the ceiling as well.
Let me look into this further.
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