Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-20-2005, 07:23 PM   #1
Rivet Master
 
davidz71's Avatar
 
1986 25' Sovereign
Southern Middle , Tennessee
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 3,148
Images: 23
Lp Detector

Attached is a picture of the LP gas detector unit in my '86 Sovereign 25'. Was this factory installed? It has an On/Off switch but the switch does not seem to do anything. Short of letting some LP escape from a cylinder near this detector, is there any way to test to see if it is working?
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	LPDetector.jpg
Views:	91
Size:	143.6 KB
ID:	16513  
__________________

__________________
Craig

AIR #0078
'01 2500hd ext. cab, 8.1 litre gas, 5 sp. Allison auto
3.73 rear end
Mag-Hytec rear diff cover
Amsoil Dual by-pass oil filtration system
Amsoil synthetics all around
265 watt AM Solar, Inc. system
davidz71 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2005, 07:28 PM   #2
Rivet Monster
 
wahoonc's Avatar

 
1975 31' Sovereign
1980 31' Excella II
Sprung Leak , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 7,174
Images: 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by davidz71
Attached is a picture of the LP gas detector unit in my '86 Sovereign 25'. Was this factory installed? It has an On/Off switch but the switch does not seem to do anything. Short of letting some LP escape from a cylinder near this detector, is there any way to test to see if it is working?
Eat lots of beans....
They actually sell a can of smelly stuff than can be used to test LP and Freon Detectors. But putting a shot of LP in would be the quickest way...not necessarily the safest.

Aaron
__________________

__________________
....so many Airstreams....so little time...
WBCCI #XXXX AIR #2495
Why are we in this basket...and where are we going
wahoonc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2005, 07:36 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
1977 31' Sovereign
1963 26' Overlander
1989 34' Excella
Johnsburg , Illinois
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,941
Use a propane powered torch and just let a little gas out instead of lighting it. You are in full control that way. My LP gas detector does not have a switch on it so it is a drain on the battery all the time. A switch might not be a bad thing as long as you remember to turn it on when you are using the trailer.
__________________
dwightdi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2005, 11:27 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
SilverRanger's Avatar
 
2005 19' Safari
1968 24' Tradewind
Rural , Delaware
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,475
Atwood ProTechTor® Series 2001

Anyone have any insight into the workings of this particular model of propane detector? The AS manual gives some basic information and refers to the detector instructions that should have been included with the paperwork, but wasn't. For the past few weeks the LED indicator has been changing to solid orange, indicating a circuit fault (whatever that may be). If I ran the test procedure, it would return to the normal for a few days. Now the LED has turned to solid red, and the test /reset has no affect. I tried the maunfacturer's site, but they have even less information than the AS manual.
Thanks.
__________________
SilverRanger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2005, 06:31 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
1977 31' Sovereign
1963 26' Overlander
1989 34' Excella
Johnsburg , Illinois
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,941
Sounds like time for a new detector or you really have a prppane problem you need to fix. Turn of the tanks for a few days (if weather and use allow) and see if the problem clears. If not, buy a new detector from a company that makes a reliable product and has service personnel you will be happy with.
__________________
dwightdi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2005, 07:56 AM   #6
Rivet Master
 
SilverRanger's Avatar
 
2005 19' Safari
1968 24' Tradewind
Rural , Delaware
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,475
There were no signs of a propane leak, and I have already tried airing out the trailer. If there was a leak, the detector is supposed to sound an alarm and blink red. I suppose the unit could be defective, but I want to make sure it's not something simple. It's got a year and a half left on the warranty, but I would prefer to resolve the issue myself before I make the 140 mile round trip to the dealer, if possible. Again, no instructions were provided in the information package, and no useable information can be found on the Atwood site. The brochure on their site mentions that the detector provides information about battery condition in addition to propane detection, but I have no idea how it does this. I keep the batteries charged, and they are showing 100%.
__________________
SilverRanger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2005, 09:19 AM   #7
Rivet Master
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 1,313
Images: 4
Quote:
Originally Posted by davidz71
Attached is a picture of the LP gas detector unit in my '86 Sovereign 25'. Was this factory installed?
Craig, I guess it was factory installed, as it is the same brand as mine was and in the same position. I believe the actual detector has a finite life span, certainly less than 20 years. I replaced mine with a new unit. Nick.
__________________
Nick Crowhurst, Excella 25 1988, Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Diesel. England in summer, USA in winter.
"The price of freedom is eternal maintenance."
nickcrowhurst is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2005, 10:44 AM   #8
Rivet Master
 
SilverRanger's Avatar
 
2005 19' Safari
1968 24' Tradewind
Rural , Delaware
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,475
I finally got through to an Atwood service tech. He said the solid red light indicates a circuit failure, and the unit will have to be replaced. Looks like I will be going back to the dealership anyway.
__________________

__________________
SilverRanger is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Low Tire Detector Pahaska Tires 31 12-19-2007 05:58 PM
Smoke detector Ed L General Appliance Topics 4 05-14-2007 02:58 PM
Smoke Detector ViewRVs Airstream Motorhome Forums 7 09-02-2002 08:57 PM
Flat tire detector Pahaska Tires 6 08-08-2002 07:38 PM
Gas Detector winner Airstream Motorhome Forums 2 07-02-2002 04:59 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:38 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.