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Old 07-18-2006, 09:51 AM   #1
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Smoke detectors

I just purchased a Co/Smoke/Fire detector for the Excella at a local store as there isnít one in there now (kind of surprised-1989 no smoke detector? Although there is a propane leak detector?)

Any way, the one I purchased says ďsuitable for all living areas.Ē It is a good quality unit, not a cheapie. But I swear I read years ago that RV smoke detectors must be rated as such. I looked through probably 10 different models last night and none of them mentioned RVís. So I bought this one as it seemed to be the best one at this (non RV) store. There is no RV store within at least an hour of here and we are leaving in a couple of days on an extended trip. I wanted to install this before we left.

Is there such a thing as ďRV RatedĒ smoke detectors?
Does it really matter?
Why?

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Old 07-18-2006, 11:01 AM   #2
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The smoke detector in my trailer is a KIDDE ... identical to the ones found in residential homes.
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Old 07-18-2006, 11:12 AM   #3
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Hi Bill,

There are two types of smoke detectors on the market. Photo Electric and Ionization. Both types do a visual check for smoke and the Ionization type also measures charged partials in the air. For an RV the best type to purchase is a good quality Photo Electric - should run about $30.00 to $40.00. Because the Ionization type measures charged partials it will go off when you are cooking - so you end up taking it down or remove the battery running the risk of not remembering to reinstall it or put the battery back in after you've finished using your range/oven. Our camper came with a "cooking detector", we replaced it the very first week with a Photo Electric model.
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Old 07-18-2006, 11:21 AM   #4
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It seems strange that there is not one built in. Our Motorhome has a co2/smoke detector hidden behind curtains on the roadside wall. Since ours is an 85, I would think that your trailer would have one as well. Fry something on the stove and see if it goes off.
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Old 07-19-2006, 06:55 AM   #5
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It seems strange that there is not one built in. Our Motorhome has a co2/smoke detector hidden behind curtains on the roadside wall. Since ours is an 85, I would think that your trailer would have one as well. Fry something on the stove and see if it goes off.
Checked again last note, no smoke det. Looked everywhere. Did find 2 holes in the ceiling, PO must have removed it (cooking?) Can't imagine why someone would remove a smoke det. Any way, I will look for a Photo elec one today...

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Can't imagine why someone would remove a smoke det.

Maybe the PO fits well into the www.darwinawards.com category. Usually this 'type' will also argue why it's ok to take your propane lantern in the tent to read before bed.
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Old 07-19-2006, 10:58 AM   #7
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My '89 has one up forward and one aft. Don't recall the fwd one alarming recently, battery??? Better check and the photo type detector sounds right on. I recently replaced all the hard wired detectors in the house due to a basement renovation and purposely purchased a photo for the area adjacent to the kitchen. The box that they came in said the detectors typically have a life of about 10 years (think that was the duration) and should be periodically replaced.
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Did find 2 holes in the ceiling, PO must have removed it (cooking?) Can't imagine why someone would remove a smoke det.
Thanx, Bill
They may have taken it down because its date of service had expired. The one in our coach has a remove from service date of November 2009.
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