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Old 11-28-2021, 10:21 PM   #1
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Propane alarm

Hello! We recently purchased a 2019 sandpiper. Over the last 2 days we have had the propane alert come on. We have checked the furnace and stove/range and donít see any apparent leaks. It is alarming when we are not running the furnace or the stove if that makes a difference.

Where are the propane sensors located? I have read we may need to check for low battery. Where do I check this, does it run off the batteries to our rig?

Sorry for the dumb questions, we are new at this and canít seem to figure it out.
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Old 11-28-2021, 11:21 PM   #2
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Some propane alerts are self contained and have an interior battery, just like some gas and smoke alarms in residences. They will beep when the battery needs to be replaced.

Sorry I'm not familiar with your Sandpiper.

My RV is garaged and I've had interior alarms go off when running my truck in the same garage even when the large garage door was open.
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Old 11-29-2021, 09:55 AM   #3
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Mine is near floor, has a green LED light. It is hardwired, no battery, it works off of RV battery. I found out if RV battery goes low, it will start to scream. Found out the hard way by parking new camper in driveway, and flipping the battery disconnect switch. Learned that the disconnect will NOT disconnect the gas detector, and it will run batteries down. I now either plug the RV in, or put batteries on a smart charger for long term storage.
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The "Propane Alarm" is most likely an LPG (propane) and CO combination alarm like the one in my 2018 model TT.

Mine started acting up about a year or so after I brought it home new. Apparently the thing was telling me it had "aged out" and would sound off at the most inappropriate times (like 2:30-3:00AM).

I cured the problem by replacing the entire unit with a separate LPG alarm and then replaced the cheap (as in lousy) Smoke Detector with a combination Smoke Detector/CO detector alarm from Kidde.

Has worked flawlessly since.


LPG is heavier than air so the detector logically belongs near the floor. CO, on the other hand, is slightly lighter than air so it's not logical to place a CO detector at floor level.

Another benefit, when one or the other section of the combination detector fails you have to replace both at a significant expense. When separated as I've done, failure (or aging out) will only require the replacement of ONE at significantly less cost (and you get a better smoke detector)
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Old 11-29-2021, 12:08 PM   #5
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RVIA "code" requires the LP detector to be hard wired to the battery so it's always sucking power and is a primary cause of a dead battery if the camper has been sitting for a couple of weeks. There is a low battery alarm built in which beeps like this one. These are mounted near the floor as propane is heavier than air.

Lots of different models but they seem to work the same way. CO detector should be ceiling not floor level mounted. Combination LP/CO should be near floor and hard wired.

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Old 11-29-2021, 12:22 PM   #6
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Having a CO detector next to the floor is like having a flood detector on the roof. Install a battery operated CO detector on the ceiling, make sure your fire extinguisher is good and your first aid kit is full. Remember that when boondocking Police/Fire response is only hours away.
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Hello! We recently purchased a 2019 sandpiper. Over the last 2 days we have had the propane alert come on. We have checked the furnace and stove/range and don’t see any apparent leaks.
Exactly what do mean by checking the furnace and stove/range and don't see any apparent leaks? What did you do the check with?
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Ahhhh good point counselor! One does not see gas leaks unless a soapy solution is applied to connections to check for bubbles.
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Also, since the alarm unit is combination propane and CO, has it been verified that the alarm sequence is for propane and not for CO? Something as simple as debris in the combustion chamber of the furnace, water heater, or propane refrigerator can cause the CO alarm to go off, especially if it is near one of those appliances.

On my new trailer, the CO alarm would go off whenever the propane water heater would ignite. I removed the burner assembly, flushed out the combustion chamber with water, and it hasn't happened again.
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