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Old 03-29-2011, 07:34 PM   #1
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Carbon Monoxide Alarm

OK, I give up. How do you get the carbon monoxide alarm open to change the battery.
Yes, I see the arrow that says which way to twist it, but with all my strength I cannot budge the damned thing.
Am I missing something? And please don't say I'm missing my brain. I'm embarrassed enough to ask this question.
The brand is Costar and I find no help on their web site.
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:37 PM   #2
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Sometimes there is a locking pin on the side that must be removed first.
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:45 PM   #3
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Sure enough

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.
Yes, there was a pin on top that I pried out with a screw driver. How in the world was I supposed to know that?
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ESP maybe or if the owners packet had instructions for the CO detector. LOL.
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Old 04-20-2014, 10:40 AM   #5
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I too was going nuts trying to figure out how to remove the Costar. Gave it lots of muscle, to the point at which I thought bad things would happen to my hands if and when it broke apart, so I thought I'd check the forums, and found this thread.

Going back to look for that locking tab. Thanks!

I was getting tired of hearing it beep all winter long. Spring is finally here, just opened up the trailer for the first time in months.
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Old 04-29-2014, 03:06 PM   #6
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How do we disconnect the CO detector when storeing the trailer, turn off battery sw at door and CO green light stills is on, so the power drain is there?
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Old 04-29-2014, 03:09 PM   #7
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You must be looking at the lp gas detecter which is hot wired to the battery. The co detector usually has a nine volt battery in it, at least on the older trailers. Jim
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Will look hard at it for the battery if installed, the trailer is a 2009. If hard wired to battery. That means that I have to disconnect to stop the drain. However that stops the battery charging while I have it plug in while in storage.
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It is code for the manufacturer for the LP detector to be on anytime batteries are in the unit or it is plugged into shore power. That being said, I moved my power feed wire for the detector to the downstream side of the manual cutoff switch so when the unit is in storage with a 15 watt solar panel, I can keep up with drain and keep the batts topped off.
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Will look hard at it for the battery if installed, the trailer is a 2009. If hard wired to battery. That means that I have to disconnect to stop the drain. However that stops the battery charging while I have it plug in while in storage.
If you have it plugged in while in storage, why are you concerned about a small drain?

I store mine where I can't hook up so I remove the batteries, bring them home and put them in the basement. It is a hassle for sure. I wish I could plug in and nor worry.
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I removed the propane detector and placed it in the trash. This has solved the battery drain problem as well as the false alarm problem.

A fact to consider is that, if disconnected from power from a period of weeks or longer, it will take several hours after being reconnected for a propane detector to stop alarming as it takes this long for the dust to burn off the sensing element.

The CO detector is another matter as they make a difference for safety.

Also, perhaps off topic, I have replaced my smoke alarm with a higher quality photoelectric one, and have fewer false alarms while cooking.
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You do not need a propane detecter? I prefer to have one! Jim
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In the absence of any report ever of an RV burning or exploding while occupied as a result of a propane leak inside the coach, I don't consider them to solve any problem I actually have.

They make sense on boats, where propane explosions are a serious problem.
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I would rather be warned if the trailer filled up with propane than wait until I am breathing it all in. Ever get the chance to breathe in any amount of propane!? It is poison. I am not as worried about an explosion as I am about breathing it. Jim
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