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Old 06-17-2008, 10:55 AM   #1
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Mystery of the beeping trailer

Last night was rough. My disclaimer is that I am braindead between 1:00am and 6:00am. Basically, my trailer started beeping periodically last night, waking me up. I couldn't figure out what was beeping, and the fact that it would beep maybe once overy 20 minutes was incredibly annoying because it was just enough time to drift off to sleep and too much time to locate the source of the noise. Over 4 hours I grew increasingly frustrated, each time trying something new - taking down the smoke detector, then the C02 detector, then flipping circuit breakers, then unplugging the external power, then turning off the gas, and finally (idiotically) using scissors to cut the connecting wires to the LP Gas detector. It turned out that the beeping was coming from the smoke detector, and that taking it down wasn't enough to disarm it - I needed to remove the dying battery.

Anway - I've tried reattaching the wires to the LP detector, but I can't get the thing to turn back on. I might need to buy a new one. Does anyone have suggestions on good LP detectors to get? Since I'm mechanically inept, I'd prefer to get something that is really easy to install - has anyone used one that runs off a disposable battery rather than being wired to the trailer battery?

By the way, I've been living in a 19' Safari for a year now and love it, although I'm completely new to RVs and really don't know what I'm doing. I haven't done any traveling, but will get a big enough truck to do so one day

Thanks a bunch.
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Old 06-17-2008, 11:02 AM   #2
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If you go to Home Depot, you can get a propane detector that will plug directly into the wall socket. If you have a socket down near the floor this is ideal. Mine has a built in extension which allows me to use a socket that is high on the wall but mount the detector a few inches above the floor.

Kidde - Plug-In Carbon Monoxide Propane Natural Gas Alarm with Battery Back-up - 900-0113-05 - Home Depot Canada
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Old 06-17-2008, 12:01 PM   #3
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Isn't that a crazy-maker? We had one stuffed away in a closet and it started chirping like a cricket-drove us nuts and we've never recovered.
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Old 06-17-2008, 12:16 PM   #4
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Been there with the beeping. The LP detector on my 04' Bambi liked to beep when the battery voltage got low and the heater was running.

If you cut the wires with it using scissors, there is a good chance that you shorted the circuit and popped the fuse. The fuse is located under the road side dinette seat in the forward access compartment, around the area of the pump. It is a glass inline fuse in a clear or white plastic case.
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Old 06-17-2008, 12:23 PM   #5
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Recently had a new LP detector installed here in Canada and it was only $150 including labour - just something to think about before you go spend 60$ on a plug in one.
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Old 06-17-2008, 02:33 PM   #6
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In my previous RV, I found it interesting that the LP detector did not know the difference between propane and methane. My dog like to fall asleep in front of it, and depending on her diet (sometimes she was quite gaseous) would cause the detector to go off in the middle of the night. It took us a couple of times before we determined the cause!
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Old 06-17-2008, 02:47 PM   #7
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Ok that is pretty funny! i am surprised my LP detector is not going off constantly (tooty dog, baby and husband). Who farted?
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On the other side of air freshness...the propellant in aerosol air fresheners will also set the things off. Ours is extremely sensitive.

We had a bad propane gas detector in our Bambi, too, at one point...it went off so often when the furnace kicked in, that our dogs finally began to associate the clicking of the furnace igniter with the gas alarm going off. So we had very unhappy, unnerved, shaking dogs for a long time... When they heard the igniter clicking, they'd start shaking in anticipation of the alarm going off. Finally, after many trips with few alarms, they are back to a point where the furnace can go on and they don't flinch.
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In my previous RV, I found it interesting that the LP detector did not know the difference between propane and methane. My dog like to fall asleep in front of it, and depending on her diet (sometimes she was quite gaseous) would cause the detector to go off in the middle of the night. It took us a couple of times before we determined the cause!
How did you solve this? Put a small fan by the dog?
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How did you solve this? Put a small fan by the dog?
Actually, she would have needed a LARGE fan! She liked to lay there because there was a rug there. We bought her a much more comfortable dog bed and put it in a different location. She was happy to move to the dog bed and we no longer had the problem.
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Wow! I'm thrilled to get such good responses on my first ever post. The story of CA Streamer's gaseous dog cracked me up.

I think I'm going to go with the Home Depot Kidde alarm for now, so I'll let you know if I have issues with it.
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