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Old 06-07-2016, 11:30 AM   #1
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Need to replace LP detector.

Hi everyone.

I think our LP detector (the small box by the furnace) has finally died. I've always hated this thing. It seems it always goes off between the hours of 1:00AM and 5:00AM

I lso read that you are suppose to replace these every five years or so. My AS is from 2003 with original LP detector.

So for a basic detector, could someone recommend something? I don't need one with a shut off relay, just something basic to detect gases and will save our lives.

These things are not cheap!

Jonathan
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Just Google Atwood Protector propane detector and you will get a selection of sellers and prices. We have had ours for nearly five years and it has been on constantly the whole time, so I ordered a new one for next season's travel. I think it was about $45, dealership wanted $80.
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Old 06-12-2016, 12:26 PM   #3
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Thanks DKottum.

This is really interesting. I've read that it is not good for the detector to be removed from power source since the sensor needs to burn off some sort of impurities to operate properly.

And what also confused me is that I always thought when I turn the Use/Store switch by my door to Store mode, that everything is cut off off power wise. However, if I understand this correctly, the detector is wired directly to the battery and therefore stays on even in storage mode which would be good for the detector but bad for the coach batteries over time.

I never really checked to see if the detector light was blinking after putting the trailer in store mode.

So I will now disconnect the black (-) cable from the battery whenever I store my trailer for any time. I was thinking of doing this anyway before finding out about the propane detector being wired to the batteries.

The Protector detector was truely a piece of crap and only detects LP and not Carbon monoxide.

Is anyone using a dual lp/co detector? Will that just connect with the two wires red/black that are already in place? When I pulled out the old detector, there is an in-line fuse and for once, AS left lots of extra wire to splice into.

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