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Old 02-02-2007, 09:52 PM   #1
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Can anyone tell me the best detector to use in our camper? With most of our appliances running off of propane, it is scary to go to sleep and worry about leaks. Also, where is the best place to mount one? Thanks for any help you can give us!
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I bought, but haven't installed yet, a combination CO & propane detector. (Not sure if that link is actually where I bought it from, but that's the model, I think.) Installation instructions are at the manufacturer's site here. I think they go at floor level in the kitchen.

I have a smoke alarm, although it takes a 9V battery; I'd rather have one that used 12V hardwired or both 12V and a battery backup, but I couldn't find one.
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Can anyone tell me the best detector to use in our camper? With most of our appliances running off of propane, it is scary to go to sleep and worry about leaks. Also, where is the best place to mount one? Thanks for any help you can give us!
Hi Silver Threads; It is best to have a dual function. Best we found is Safe-T-Alert from Marine Technologies Inc. This unit, in addition to monitoring LPG and Carbon monoxide will also detect Methane gases. It can operate solenoid type shut of valve for LPG and the generator shut down feature will shut down your generator should exhaust gases enter your trailer. The last feature can be life saver when operating the generator outside while windows are open. Price $ 115.95 Good luck, "Boatdoc"
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LP is heavier than air and the detector should be mounted near the floor. Heat from combustion (furnace or stove) causes carbon monoxide (CO) to rise and those detectors should be mounted near the ceiling just like a smoke detector. I purchased a CO detector from Home Depot and then found out the internal workings can fail from vibrations, so need more beefing up if used in an RV. There are a couple varieties of CO detectors claiming to be sturdier at Camping world -- here and here.
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I bought the battery powered Atwood. I haven't mounted it, I keep it on a counter for now for overnight use. If vibration is an issue, like the factory installed smoke detector, remove it and place it in a less jarring place.

That's what I currently do with our CO detector when in transit or not in use. I haven't gotten the couraged to drill into anyplace in the Airstream....that's why I don't have it mounted yet.
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Canoe Strream- I totaly agree with your comments. I believe that their is a correct tool for every job. I really like the Safe T AlertTM Propane Detector that camping world has. It is a very good unit for a very fair price. As you so noted gas sinks CO2 rises along with smoke. Installing an LP detector down close to the floor closest to the major appliance that run on propane, heater, stove is the rule of thumb. We have our smoke detector mounted on the ceiling over the bed and the CO2 detector on the upper wall. We love to start our season early and camp right into Thanksgiving so being proprly protected in a sealed AS is a good thing.
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twink,

try double sided tape or velcro. just remeber it isn't yours until you either drill holes in it or dent it!

i have 2 detectors one 120v one powered by a 9v battery. they are mounted about waist high. smoke detector in on the cieling, lp detector on the floor.

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If you get the Safe-T Alert flush mount model, I don't think you are allowed to mount it in an outside wall. I had already run that wire.

I don't know why. They operate down to -31F.
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I have, probably a lame question, but I am planning to hard wire my CO detector (and LP when I get it)- because there isn't an on/off will it be draining the battery while parked at home?
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I have, probably a lame question, but I am planning to hard wire my CO detector (and LP when I get it)- because there isn't an on/off will it be draining the battery while parked at home?
I believe the propane detector is the most commonly blamed parasitic load that causes battery discharge.

I think the load is only 45 -60 ma, but multiply that by several weeks and you have a dead battery.
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So, when you get home from a trip, do you disconnect the detectors, or the battery, or...?

Signed, Lost in the land of too much information...
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so can you get a good one that uses just batteries? I guess what you have to do it, unhook it while you travel, then unhook it when you are not using the camper, seems like a lot of trouble. Surely they make one just for campers that won't run your battery down and can take the shaking?
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We use a house type First Alert. It is a combo smoke and CO detector that is battery powered. It comes off the wall mound with a twist and a pull. It takes a few seconds to store and it works great. One nice feature is the test button. When it tests it will tell you the highest level of CO that it has read in PPM since last powered on.
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Found this one at Camping world.
Safe T AlertTM Carbon Monoxide Detector alerts you to dangerous CO buildup and stores gas level in memory. Vibration resistant microprocessor technology designed especially for RVs offers reliable protection while moving or parked, with no false alarms. 85 dB audio alarm and LED visual indicator quickly alert you to potential danger. Easy access test/reset buttons. Advanced 60 milliamp circuitry conserves battery power. Long life, maintenance free sensor for reliability. White plastic case. 12V. UL and CUL listed. USA.


AZflycaster, do you have it mounted low or high?
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