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Old 03-20-2003, 08:33 PM   #15
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you bet!

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that will be number one on the list before it is ever put in regular use!

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Old 03-20-2003, 08:56 PM   #16
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Cool. You have a CO detector in the camper?

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Old 03-21-2003, 01:03 AM   #17
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not yet!

but there will be!

a propane detector will be added also.

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Old 03-21-2003, 07:55 AM   #18
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Propane detector?

Is that another name for your nose?
Seriously the odorant that is added is noticable at a few parts per million and as I understand, it is only explosive when the propane makes up between 4-14% of the air, well above the smelling threshold.

I am sure I am missing something here
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Old 03-21-2003, 08:19 AM   #19
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Well, I think it's really for when you are sleeping. Kind of like a smoke alarm. In most cases if you're up and about, you will most likely see the problem and be able to act upon it. Not the case when you are getting some shuteye.

When you are sleeping however, the smoke detector does not cover LP gas leaks and the CO does not show it either since it's not CO at that point, so to me it's cheap life insurance.

Add the fact that unlike your home, this rig moves and bounces around making the possibility of something coming loose, like a LP gas line possible, not probable, but possible.......

4-14% is a wide range too for such a small confined space. If I were sound asleep, I could see hitting that 4% pretty quickly since my sniffer is also turned off mostly when I sleep.

Just a thought, I could be wrong. But if so, I'm wrong and alive with a smoke alarm, CO detector and LP gas alarm that really didn't cost me much at all. They have never gone off, but it's nice to know that if they did and I was asleep, I would surely wake up pretty quick since they are some of the most obnoxious sounding things I have ever heard!

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Old 03-21-2003, 10:10 AM   #20
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That makes sense

Thanks Eric,
Point well taken. I have the other two and will be getting the propane detector directly.
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Glad to hear it!

Be safe,

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Old 03-21-2003, 12:25 PM   #22
 
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... something coming loose, like a LP gas line possible....
What about work done by an "RV butcher" ?

In 1992, we bought our 1st AS. Very inexperienced, we relied on the "expertise" of an outfit called "NJ Airstream", ex-dealer, still using the name Airstream. We had work done on the water heater and the brakes.
The tip off should had been the comment from the service man "this looks nearly as bad as the work I do" !!!!!
The name "NJ Airstream" was so impressive, we did not know anybody else could work on an AS, so he did the job.
First trip we took with the trailer, we woke up in the middle of the night with the smell of propane all inside the trailer.
This monkey had managed to kink so bad, and finally break a gas line.
We found out later he had left gobs of grease on the brakes shoes too.
I have an over-active nose, and I sleep very little when the bottles of gas have 2 or 3 days of propane left.
But, after our experience, I have to agree that a propane detector can be useful.
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That is a horrible story. I'd have kicked him in the behind. Hopefully you paid with a credit card so you could contest the charges.

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Re: That makes sense

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Thanks Eric,
Point well taken. I have the other two and will be getting the propane detector directly.
FYI, note that a propane detector is mounted low, close to the floor since propane sinks.

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I know this is an old post just currious if you ever got it running. I have one on a 1974 airstream and would like to get it running if its not to difficult.
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not yet still on the list!

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This is a repair I found on a trailer I purchased from a guy named Turner, he is a reseller and I see him list trailers here now and again. He pushed the repair off on hired help. I always inspect the complete propane system on anything I buy which has propane.
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We factory ordered a new 1973 29' Ambassador in Dec 1972. On the list of available options was the Onan generator. My best recollection is the price was $600. After paying only $10,600 for our unit we felt $600 was too rich for us. Times change.
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