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Old 08-16-2019, 06:53 PM   #1
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No power to propane detector

Looking for some help.

I have a 2013 27 Classic and I donít have any power to the propane detector.

Iíve checked the fuses and they are all ok. Iíve looked underneath the closet and can trace the wires until they go into a large bunch of wires and there is no inline fuse.

The propane detector is not connected to the disconnect.

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Old 08-16-2019, 07:12 PM   #2
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Hi

On some Classic's the power for the propane detector comes through a fuse to the power bus at the front of the trailer. It's located under the "sofa" (or whatever you have) at the front of the trailer.

No matter what, it's a very simple circuit. A fuse goes to the battery bus (ahead of the use/store relay) and the output of that fuse goes to the detector. It's the only thing on the circuit.

Indeed if your trailer has been modified in this or that way after it left the factory .... all bets are off.

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Thanks Bob - I have twins up front and I know where the relay is.

Iíll check there first thing in the morning.

Thanks again!
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No power to propane detector

Uncle Bob - your advise was perfect.

I replaced the fuse and I have power!

I replaced the propane detector, and installed a push button disconnect just below the detector. Interesting enough, with the switch off (I have it connected to the common or ground) itís registering .4v; Iíve got 12.9 when the switch is on.

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The propane detector is intended to be powered full time as a safety measure. Disconnecting it could compromise occupants well being. I would not want to purchase a used Airstream that has a bypass.
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No power to propane detector

Silverwind - only bypassing it for long term storage. Itís a simple on / off switch.

We used our lable maker to put a note on the mirror as a reminder to turn it on

Really - you wouldnít buy an Airstream because of the option to disconnect the monitor from the battery?
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Silverwind - only bypassing it for long term storage. Itís a simple on / off switch.

We used our lable maker to put a note on the mirror as a reminder to turn it on

Really - you wouldnít buy an Airstream because of the option to disconnect the monitor from the battery?
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I would remove the disconnect switch. Too easy for kids, dog, shoes etc to press the button and disable the detector.
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I would remove the disconnect switch. Too easy for kids, dog, shoes etc to press the button and disable the detector.


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My long term storage solution for vampire loads like the propane detector is outdoor storage and 150 watts (soon to be upgraded) of solar to keep the batteries charged.

This lets me run at least one Fantastic fan to vent out some heat when itís hot out as well.
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Hi

The other gotcha with a detector disconnect - it may not be the biggest parasitic drain you have on your trailer. On many trailers it's actually a pretty small part of the drain.

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By law a propane detector may not have a switch installed by the manufacturer.
IMO, the solution to parasitic loads is a battery disconnect at the batteries.
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Dog and propane detector

To further Silver Wind, one of our dogs loves to lounge by the propane detector. At times, the alarm will sound, followed by aSBD. Then the dog jumps. Not sure if the SBD is a cause or a consequence, but funny nonetheless. Most likely, the dog is leaning on the test button. So a shut off would only likely be tripped on a regular basis.
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My long term storage solution for vampire loads like the propane detector is outdoor storage and 150 watts (soon to be upgraded) of solar to keep the batteries charged.

This lets me run at least one Fantastic fan to vent out some heat when itís hot out as well.


Wowó150 watts just for parasitic drains? Is that overkill or are you in a shady place? I was hoping 80watts would give me a (small) surplus (in full sun).
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