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burch42
11-26-2012, 08:19 PM
Hello all,

I am new to the travel trailer world and have a question for all you seasoned vets out there! I had my 2007 27BH travel trailer winterized by a RV dealer at the end of Septemeber and the propane gas sensor alarm has been going off. I went to look and the the propane is shut off everything in the trailer is off. I turned on a light and the alarm went off for a lilttle while, then it returned. Not sure what it is or what I can do to fix this.

Thanks in advanced.

DB

dg1971
11-26-2012, 08:33 PM
DB, do you mean the Carbon Monoxide Alarm? Sounds a lot like the alarm in my 2008. I think you and I have a defective alarm. Mine says to replace by 2014 so they are obviously not built to last. Since I am winterized, I went ahead and pulled mine off the ceiling and will buy a new one before taking the RV out next spring. This is one piece of equipment that I want working properly. By the way, welcome to Jayco Owners Forum. Go to the New Members Forum when you get a chance and tell us a little about yourself.

tlhdoc
11-26-2012, 08:45 PM
Is your battery connected? The alarms sound when the battery gets low. Recharge the battery and then disconnect it or remove it for the winter.

LongIslandCamper
11-26-2012, 08:48 PM
We had a weird problem with our alarm a few weeks ago. None of the lights or sounds from the alarm matched up with the stuff in the insturction booklet. We just had the entire unit replaced.

dg1971
11-26-2012, 09:11 PM
My mistake. I was thinking of my CO detector which I am replacing. Since the propane sensor is hard wired to your 12 volt system, it likely has something to do with your battery strength. That may be why it is alarming. I know the first time my propane alarm went off was on the third day of dry camping without charging the battery and was not a propane issue at all. Good luck.

By the way, the propane detectors have a replacement date recommendation on them as well.

dewey02
11-26-2012, 09:44 PM
I had the same thing happen when I was pouring antifreeze down the drains and having the pump siphon it into the pipes.
I think there must be something with the smell of the RV antifreeze that the CO detector doesn't like.
I opened the door and fanned the alarm and it shut off.
I don't think you have a bad alarm or a low battery. I have brand new batteries fully charged.

Chakara
11-26-2012, 10:48 PM
I've heard of battery low issues causing similar - is the trailer plugged in?

-Chak

burch42
11-28-2012, 03:13 PM
Thanks to everyone for your replies, it turns out that it was the battery. I removed the battery for the winter.
Thx again,
DB

tlhdoc
11-29-2012, 11:11 PM
Your welcome.:D

tlhdoc
11-29-2012, 11:13 PM
I had the same thing happen when I was pouring antifreeze down the drains and having the pump siphon it into the pipes.
I think there must be something with the smell of the RV antifreeze that the CO detector doesn't like.
I opened the door and fanned the alarm and it shut off.
I don't think you have a bad alarm or a low battery. I have brand new batteries fully charged.

When your battery is low the alarm will "chirp", not sounding constantly the way it does when it is an alarm.

MrKong
12-01-2012, 09:54 PM
Anyone else have an old pair of shoes they took off at the door by the sensor, set it off?

starchazr
04-13-2014, 11:22 AM
I was reading thru all these messages, and I noticed one comment about the propane alarm chirping when it's the battery, not being a constant sound. I had been doing little maint issues on my new/used Sport yesterday, hooked up the trailer to elect to check power to lights, microwave, fridge, etc. Also took it for a test drive and backing lessons (it's been a long time)-- Anyway this morning I heard a shrill sound from inside my home, and it turned out the alarm inside the trailer was going off, and a constant sound. I flipped the light switches to the on position, and it stopped, when I turned them off, it sounded again..... ???? What's the deal, anyone know? It's not a propane leak since my tank is good, and it's not hooked up at present to the trailer, so I'm really not sure what is causing the alarm to sound constantly? LOW BATTERY??

advise please! Starchazr

busrid3r
06-02-2014, 07:49 PM
Hey Starchazr I'm in almost the exact same scenario. Got the camper out yesterday, drove around a bit, now today the propane alarm keeps going off. I flipped the switch to ON and it goes off.