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Old 02-22-2015, 01:24 PM   #1
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Dang lp/co2 detector

I guess it is a cross we must bear with owning rv's. It doesn't seem to mater what type i have c-b-5th wheel, I can pretty much bet the co2/lp detector hates me. (As does the smoke alarm but that is another story.)

Here is my problem. I have noticed others have similar gripes but has any one figured out the problem with the detectors?

We just got a virtually new (2015) (6200mi) 24r. Everything hunkey dorie until I got it home and plugged in the shore power.

BEEP! After a few minutes. Turn off all power and let reset, turn on and a few minutes later, BEEP.

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1/2 hr later. Not hooked to shore power and furnace has not been on and..... BEEP!
ARRRRGGGHHHH!

I hope someone can help.


Going to call dealer/manufacturer next week but was really hoping someone here had an insight.
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Old 02-22-2015, 03:02 PM   #2
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Open some windows for a few days to air it out. I bet the fabrics are off gassing setting off the alarm. I bet the TT didn't have a battery in it when you looked at it on the dealer's lot.
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Old 02-22-2015, 03:10 PM   #3
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is there a piece of plastic over the battery connection? If you find a clear tab near the battery pull that bad boy out.
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I share your pain. My research has led me to understand "shelf life". Not that they last close to or beyond..... but their is one..
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I found mine would sound sometimes when someone was taking a shower.

Try blowing some low pressure compressed air through the front of the unit.

I don't think it is caused by battery gasses as the unit is across the coach from the steps and the battery compartment is vented to the outside.
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Co2 Detector

I had the same problem. I split mine up. Purchased a sealed 10yr battery operated o2 detector. I replaced the dual factory unit with just a propane detector, fit the same hole. Now, no more false BEEP, BEEP!

Got the o2 detector at Home Depot
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Old 02-22-2015, 05:42 PM   #7
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Come On Forest River.... Old Parts in new RV's SHAME ON YOU

As I said, I purchased this RV with 6200 miles. The pervious owner put about 3500 miles on it having purchased it in DEC and then trading for another in February 15 when I bought it. He had it built with many specials and then took delivery.
Saying all that, here is the manufactured on the LP/CO2 gas detector.
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You sure that is not the manufactured date? I have not seen expiration dates on detectors, just manufactured dates. The unit should be good five years from that date.

That does not mean it is not a defective unit.
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You sure that is not the manufactured date? I have not seen expiration dates on detectors, just manufactured dates. The unit should be good five years from that date.

That does not mean it is not a defective unit.
Mike is Correct, that is the manufacturing date, not expiration.
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ooops

ooops then It couldnt be that easy i guess...... ill edit the first post
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I was working a show this weekend and the thing kept beeping all day. They had it plugged into a surge strip that kept tripping the reset on that....so the batteries ran low, which also makes the thing beep.

So in addition to every chemical known to man setting it off...so does low batteries.
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Old 02-25-2015, 10:08 AM   #12
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Nearly any kind of organic vapor will set it off: bug spray, deodorizers,perfume,etc.
While there is a mute button, it will only mute for a short while and then come right back on. What I did is install a 'turn off' switch so I can shut it totally off while the coach is aired out, or while the coach is not in use (saves battery and shelflife too). Simply open the bottom drawer and look for the blue fuse holder. Cut into that wire and place the switch so its easily accessible.
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From reading this thread it seems I've been luckier than most. My 2011 has a detector with a manufacturing date in 11 and replace date of Jun 2015. It only gave an occasional false alarm up till our last weekend trip (Presidents day), where the only way to keep it from going off was to have some windows open and the fantastic fan on medium or high at all times.

I've done some reading of reviews of different types and it basically looks like they all are poor. I guess maybe it's just one of those things that you replace every couple of years instead of every four.
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I had the same problem. I split mine up. Purchased a sealed 10yr battery operated o2 detector. I replaced the dual factory unit with just a propane detector, fit the same hole. Now, no more false BEEP, BEEP!

Got the o2 detector at Home Depot
Only thing is your o2 detector will not detect carbon monoxide, need a "CO" detector for that...yours will just detect the presence of oxygen! Just saying!
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CO2 Detector

WFD, you are correct. I was wrong. Here is what I used from Home Depot.
My typo error! And I replaced the dual factory (co2/propane flush mount)
with just the flush mount 30-442 brown propane detector purchased on Ebay..


Just click on the Co2 detector for price and info.
I see at some of the RF shows, the "new" co2 detector I have posted is being used in the newer RV models.


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WFD, you are correct. I was wrong. Here is what I used from Home Depot.
My typo error! And I replaced the dual factory (co2/propane flush mount)
with just the flush mount 30-442 brown propane detector purchased on Ebay..


Just click on the Co2 detector for price and info.
I see at some of the RF shows, the "new" co2 detector I have posted is being used in the newer RV models.


Thanks for pointing out my typo.




Daisy....I hate to rain on your parade...but now you are detecting carbon dioxide, CO2, and not carbon Monoxide(CO)...lol...what you bought is a CO detector not a CO2 detector... CO2 can be found in your pop, but is also used as a fire extinguishing agent....just toying with you...nothing personal!
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I read all the reviews on products I'm interested in, especially the bad ones. The following review would concern me since it would get below 68* in my TT.


No, I do not recommend this product.



This unit is one month old. It started chirping and flashing low battery at 4am this morning. The manual says to warm the unit up to greater than 68 degrees and the low battery alarm might go away (if not, it says to get a new unit). I'm not turning the heat on in my house in July just for this CO alarm! If the unit had a low operating temperature of 60 or less, then I could see myself giving it a higher rating, but 68 degrees is not cold.
The warranty doesn't cover battery-related problems and you can't change the pre-installed lithium ion battery, so this unit is pretty much worthless to me in cooler weather.
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Over all this detector gets high marks in its reviews. I see only two negatives of over 56.

The operating temp range is 40F to 100F.
The 68 degrees is for trouble shooting and optimum battery life.

Sounds to me like the unit was defective and should have been returned to place of purchase regardless of battery condition.

I would not hesitate in getting one of these. That is just me.
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What I did is install a 'turn off' switch so I can shut it totally off while the coach is aired out, or while the coach is not in use (saves battery and shelflife too).
The shelflife does not increase if you don't have it on. It is based on the operating life of the sensor.
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