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Old 05-27-2023, 05:31 PM   #1
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So that's why the slide-out was blowing fuses

Here's my latest adventure that some of you might enjoy. We were on a long trip and stopped for a break. I ran the slide out and I noticed in the far recesses of my mind that the sound was different. We finished up and when I pulled the slide in, there was definitely a different noise and the motor wasn't turning as fast as normal. At the last 6", the slide-out motor blew the fuse. I heard a beeping that I couldn't place and attributed it to the robotic vacuum (has it's own mind). I didn't want to address it then and there, so I manually cranked in the slide completely. It later happened again exactly the same way. The third time I was watching the slide as it tracked in and noticed a shudder. I stepped up on a stool to see the topside of the slide and found that my ceiling-mounted smoke detector had fallen on top of the slide, and was binding between the wall and the slide trim. It would beep when it ducked under the seal to the outside. It scratched the rubber roof but there is no real damage. Happy for no damage, and a problem solved, I have mentally filed this incident under a fat folder called "Crazy Things Happen".
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Old 05-27-2023, 10:05 PM   #2
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So that's why the slide-out was blowing fuses

Had that happen on our Georgetown. We had driven on a particularly rough interstate on the way home. As I put the slide out behind the driver we heard a loud intermittent beeping we'd never heard before. I stopped the slide and looked everywhere but we could not find the source. Then I noticed two small holes in the ceiling and thought "How could I have not seen those before?"

Yup, looked on top of the slide and the smoke detector was halfway wedged between the top of the slide and the tube seal. The seal was pressing the Test button. No damage.

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Old 05-29-2023, 05:25 AM   #3
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Pretty interesting! I thought my incident was rare, but now we're at 2 in a million!
I'm surprised that my slide seal was wide enough to accommodate a smoke detector. The detector spent a night outside with a little rain. I tested it repeatedly and it seems fine, but I think I might replace it anyway.
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Old 05-29-2023, 05:48 AM   #4
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Make it 3 in a million.

Happened on our new trailer while on our 'maiden voyage'. It served a purpose though.....I figured I'd better test the detector to ensure it was still working and discovered the dealer had never removed the protective sticker between the battery and the detector contacts.

Just goes to show that EVERYTHING needs to be checked during the walk-thru.
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Old 05-29-2023, 06:47 AM   #5
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I'm surprised that my slide seal was wide enough to accommodate a smoke detector. The detector spent a night outside with a little rain. I tested it repeatedly and it seems fine, but I think I might replace it anyway.
Me, too. It kind of makes sense from a production aspect because it makes the job of installing or removing the slide a lot easier if the hole in the wall is so big.

I installed a Nest Protect 2 talking detector that detects both smoke and carbon monoxide. Rather than a shrill BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP it says "Smoke detected in the kitchen"or "Carbon monoxide detected in the kitchen", neither of which it has ever done except when testing, unlike that over-sensitive beeping thing.

See: https://store.google.com/us/product/...d_gen?hl=en-US

I use those in the house on all levels because they will wirelessly talk to each other. For example, in the middle of the night a detection in the basement will cause all detectors to announce the same message.

Even worse are carbon monoxide (CO) detectors that just beep. Those were the bane of my existence when responding to CO calls with a fire department. I also carry a $25 Kidde CO detector with a digital readout of the amount: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Kidde-Bat...B-LPM/16930277

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Old 05-29-2023, 07:49 AM   #6
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I moved mine to the bedroom so I guess I won't have this problem. Never thought about it falling down on my slide but it would go off while cooking. Bedroom door is always open so that should not be a factor.
I put a second carbon monoxide detector in the bedroom also. Had it in my work van and no sense letting it go to waste once retired.
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Old 05-29-2023, 08:11 AM   #7
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I've never had a camper where the smoke detector was over a slide. Kind of a dumb Idea. Later RJD
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Mine wasn't a smoke detector nut the fridge door came open once and a bunch of stuff fell out. The wife thought she got everything except the can of beer that went under the slide. Didn't break open when I opened the slide but it was sure dented. If something doesn't seem right I stop the slide and look. Guess it was a good choice this time.
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Old 05-29-2023, 09:25 AM   #9
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I've never had a camper where the smoke detector was over a slide. Kind of a dumb Idea. Later RJD
Depends on the floorplan, I guess. We have about two feet of open ceiling due to the opposing front slides (not over a slide) when the slides are in.

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