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Old 06-02-2018, 07:38 AM   #1
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Carbon monoxide detector

My 2014 hw277 when everyone gets ready to go to sleep at night goes off I finally disconnected it, it doesn't go off any other time is it bad or just super sensitive kind of annoying at quiet time in the camper grounds
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Old 06-02-2018, 10:28 AM   #2
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What is different at that time? Appliances running? Windows open/closed? Vent fans on? Something is changing that is either increasing the CO in your living area or dropping the voltage, causing a detector malfunction. Either way, you need to find it. Disconnecting a CO detector in an RV that burns propane is a VERY, VERY bad idea. CO is odorless, colorless and makes you sleepy. Victims often go to bed tired and never wake up. Figure out what's DIFFERENT at that time compared to the rest of the day. That's likely the source of the alarm.
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Old 06-02-2018, 10:42 AM   #3
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They have a life expectancy of about 5 years ( date should be on label on back). Your unit is 4 yrs old and odds are unit was in inventory for sometime before that. I can also be triggered by any aerosol products or even excessive moisture from showers. I would not disconnect it. 97% of the time the alarm is a false alarm, but the other 3% can have severe consequences.
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Old 06-02-2018, 11:32 AM   #4
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Spilled wine can set them off.
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Old 06-02-2018, 12:25 PM   #5
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****never remove or unhook safety devices****** I don't want to read about a family camping that all dies of CO2 Poisoning. That's worse then reading about people burning up in houses without smoke detectors.
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Old 06-02-2018, 01:37 PM   #6
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There were no appliances running the hot water heater was even off not even sure if it was co or propane at 12 am it was hard to figure out I am going to hook it back up and do some trouble shooting last time it went of we we're only running the electric heater
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Old 06-02-2018, 02:03 PM   #7
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There were no appliances running the hot water heater was even off not even sure if it was co or propane at 12 am it was hard to figure out I am going to hook it back up and do some trouble shooting last time it went of we we're only running the electric heater
If there was no combustion anywhere it's probably not CO. If it's a dual-purpose alarm it may be some sort of flammable gas. Could be a small propane leak. Believe it or not, sewer gas can also set them off. Do you keep your gray water valve open? If you run a Fantastic fan you can actually suck sewer gas into your camper through either the gray water dump valve or a rooftop tank vent located near a roof vent.
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Old 06-06-2018, 06:47 AM   #8
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Ok I wired the unit back up ran my furnace and hot water heater for a good 30 min 2 nights in a row even had the whole family in there with the heavy breathing and all alarm did not go off of course it was no 12 am with everyone trying to sleep and quiet time at campground lol
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You got a dog that farts? It's always the dogs' fault. Low voltage will also set them off. Animal sleeping against it?
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No dog but the kids fart alot lol
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Old 06-06-2018, 06:57 AM   #11
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Ok I wired the unit back up ran my furnace and hot water heater for a good 30 min 2 nights in a row even had the whole family in there with the heavy breathing and all alarm did not go off of course it was no 12 am with everyone trying to sleep and quiet time at campground lol
Were you hook up to shore power for this test? Also in first post were you on battery power alone or hook up to shore power?
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I am always plugged into shore power
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Good to know, as a low battery will make CO/LP detector chirp.
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My dogs sleep about 15 feet away from my CO detector. If one of them farts, the alarm will sound.

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My dogs sleep about 15 feet away from my CO detector. If one of them farts, the alarm will sound.

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So the CO/propane detector also will activate on methane. Good info.
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So the CO/propane detector also will activate on methane. Good info.
Yes. It is not a propane (only) detector. It is a combustible gas detector.

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