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Old 08-07-2016, 12:10 AM   #1
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Emergency fix: Broken slide out latch+smoke detector

Looking for some emergency advice we are mid route to our camp site and I just noticed one of the latches that lock the dining area slide out into place is gone. I don't know once we get there if we will be able to slide it out.

Also (sigh) topic 2: the smoke detector alarm keeps activating for a minute or two then going silent. We haven't opened it up yet. The refrigerator is on but nothing else.

Any quick advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 08-07-2016, 03:54 AM   #2
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Looking for some emergency advice we are mid route to our camp site and I just noticed one of the latches that lock the dining area slide out into place is gone. I don't know once we get there if we will be able to slide it out.

Also (sigh) topic 2: the smoke detector alarm keeps activating for a minute or two then going silent. We haven't opened it up yet. The refrigerator is on but nothing else.

Any quick advice would be greatly appreciated!
The refrigerator is on?........DC/Propane? If on DC, the Smoke/Carbon detector is probably warning you of low battery voltage.

If the latch handle is gone....the interior part may have just fallen to the floor and will need to be replaced. It is made by Safeco, it's refereed to as a compression latch......you can find them on the web or buy through Forest River.

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Old 08-07-2016, 01:07 PM   #3
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You may have meant Southco. Not safeco. Those compression latches on my dinette are called lift and turn Compression Latches. You can find them on various sites. Good luck.
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Old 08-07-2016, 01:12 PM   #4
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Southco it is.......link to previous post shows part number from Southco
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Old 08-10-2016, 03:47 PM   #5
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My 2014 A122 A-frame has a separate battery powered (9V battery) smoke detector mounted on the ceiling. Like your house smoke detectors it will start chirping when your battery is dead. I now replace the camper smoke detector battery every Spring when I check things over for the season. The smoke detector should be mounted on your roof underside somewhere.

You also have a Propane/CO/battery alarm that runs off your 12V battery. It will chirp when the battery is low (generally below 12V), and alarm for propane or CO detection. It also has an end of life chirp when the CO detector reaches life limit - normally 5 years from date of detector manufacture, not camper assembly. The Propane/CO detector on my unit is stamped with the date of manufacture on the case inside the compartment where the detector is mounted. In my case, the date is 6 months earlier than when my A-frame was built.

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Old 08-10-2016, 04:59 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help.

The alarm hasn't activated again since we set up the camper. Don't know what caused it still because the battery was at least 75%. Not concerning myself until/unless it happens again.

The twist/lock bolt was broken off. Found half on floor as you suggested. I will see if I can find a replacement in an rv store, but may be too specialized a part. If so I'll plan to drive it home with one side locked and order one later on the Internet.

Thanks again. This is a very helpful forum.
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