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Old 06-04-2021, 02:12 PM   #1
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I purchased my Shamrock/Roo 21ss new in 2017 and the first and second time I went out the smoke alarm would start buzzing the moment I lit the stove, even though there was nothing on it. I removed and replaced the batteries a few times but that didn't help so it has been battery-less for the past 4 years. I was wondering if anyone else has had similar problems and if so ow did you fix time?
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Old 06-04-2021, 02:58 PM   #2
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I have the same problem with my 2014, I just take it off and put it on the couch when I cook.
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Old 06-04-2021, 06:59 PM   #3
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Thats probably much better than my method of just removing the battery and never putting it back in.
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Old 06-04-2021, 07:45 PM   #4
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Could be oil in manufacturing process burning off burners and grates, creating fumes that triggered it. I would try it again with fresh batteries. I would certainly replace it asap. The idea of roasting in an RV fire, or dying in my sleep from smoke inhalation does not appeal to me. Lots of stuff to go wrong. Propane, electric fires from wires jiggling around during transit, etc. Lots of ignition sources. Not something I would roll dice with. I only get false alerts when I'm using oven and something starts to smoke a little. I try not to use stove for anything but coffee pot, but I have had all 3 burners lit when weather was too crappy to cook outside.
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Old 06-05-2021, 08:28 AM   #5
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The smoke alarm in my 2014 is very sensitive. Minimize the sensitive nature by turning on the front Maxairre fan to pull any fumes out away from the alarm.
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Old 06-06-2021, 08:47 AM   #6
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Bacon is about the only thing that triggers my smoke alarm.

New alarm is no more than $25 and I've seen some under $10. Not worth the effort to troubleshoot the existing alarm for those prices.

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Our smoke alarm is located between the stove and the ceiling vent, so it doesn't take much to set it off. Not a great design, and we're thinking of getting a new one and moving it to a better location.
We usually open the smoke alarm cover, partially take out the battery and cook. When we're done cooking, the open smoke alarm cover hanging down is a reminder to put the battery back in.... (the memory never was good and we don't want to leave it disconnected.)
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Old 06-07-2021, 10:10 AM   #8
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You think your memory is bad, we purchased our 21ss in 2017 and I forgot all about the smoke alarm until this spring.
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Our smoke alarm would go off as soon as we pushed the bread down into the toaster. I replaced it with one that easily detaches from the base. To cook or campfire, one quarter turn to detach from base and toss it onto bed in bedroom.
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They sell ones that have a button, to temporarily silence the alarm while you cook. They're made for kitchen areas. That's going to be the next thing I put in.
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They sell ones that have a button, to temporarily silence the alarm while you cook. They're made for kitchen areas. That's going to be the next thing I put in.
That's the one I got as a replacement. The Hush button on it did next to nothing and only activates for 10 minutes at a time. It became much easier to just put the smoke alarm in time out in the bedroom.
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Old 06-14-2021, 02:41 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the replies and suggestions. I went boon-docking this last week and tried it again and it did work better, it was probably an over heated cook the first time. However, the alarm does not like bacon or steak so I just take the battery out and the alarm is just fine, after the bacon or steak have been eaten I reinstall the battery.
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As long as you remember to replace it right after. I'd hate to hear you turned into bacon or steak!
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Old 06-14-2021, 03:08 PM   #14
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Our camper smoke alarm just twists on and off the base on the ceiling. Gets twisted off and stuck under a pillow when cooking bacon on the stove.

Steaks can't possibly set it off since the only proper place to cook steaks is on the outside grill -- manly cooking, especially in the rain!

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steaks can't possibly set it off since the only proper place to cook steaks is on the outside grill -- manly cooking, especially in the rain!
amen brother!!!
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You and me both!
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Ours goes off alot too. The first time was while sitting out by the camp fire, we had the windows open and the smoke was blowing towards the trailer... ...we use a plastic shopping bag to wrap it until the need is gone.

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Steaks can't possibly set it off since the only proper place to cook steaks is on the outside grill -- manly cooking, especially in the rain!

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That and 7 minutes isn't enough time to create smoke...
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Old 06-18-2021, 06:58 AM   #18
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Just noticed the CO detector in the Roo has a Replacement Date on it. Looks like 2011...

All the new ones seem to be CO/Smoke so I killed two birds with one stone.

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