Originally Posted by laurajean
My smoke alarm is chirping. Is is the same type as the house smoke alarm? It simply needs a battery? Does camper smoke alarm batteries wear out sooner since the camper when parked has battery power turned off? Or doesn't it matter?
The smake alarm is a stand alone device and is not connected to the camper battery. The battery probably has a slightly shorter lifespan due to the temps in the RV vs your home, but appear to have a much shorter lifespan as the voltage drops with the temp and a weak battery will be noticed sooner in the RV vs in a heated home. The other problem is that the battery can go dead during the winter ( non use months) and stop chirping before you hear it. You now have a non working detector and are not aware of it. Best choice is to replace battery at the start of each camping season.