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Old 10-25-2015, 08:38 PM   #1
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Carbon Monoxide Detector ????

This is my 1st question on the forum. We r still newbies to camping even though we have been camping for a year and a half now. Here's my question. During our last major trip in the spring the carbon monoxide detector starting going off at weird times....like when there was no gas even on, with all the windows open, etc. We called our camper people and they said that the detectors r very sensitive and was probably set off by sweeping and dust gettin in it. Needless to say, it still worried me, so we had it replaced as soon as we got home. (it was still under warranty) Now we r planning another long trip and while I was straightening up the camper, but no sweeping, it came on again!!! Has anyone had problems like this? Should I be terrified? Should I have this one replaced too?? HELP!
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Old 10-25-2015, 10:09 PM   #2
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i have found that aerosols will set them off
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Old 10-26-2015, 07:30 AM   #3
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They most certainly are very sensitive. My wife's perfume set it off from the bathroom. She sprayed Febreeze in the trailer and it went off. When I winterized it, it went off because the AF was near. Something is setting it off. Do you have a dog in the camper? Candles? Deodorant? Hairspray?
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Old 10-26-2015, 07:49 AM   #4
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Were you on shore power?


During our last boondocking trip, we got woken up at 2:00 in the morning because the heater twigged the CO detector's low battery alert.
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Old 10-26-2015, 07:55 AM   #5
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And many do just go bad. See if your dealer can suggest a way to test yours. Then, if nothing is triggering it, have them replace it.
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Old 10-26-2015, 08:55 AM   #6
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What did you do to shut it off? Odor, 112v power, or another bad detector are usually involved.
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Got heavy on the 1 key. Should read 12v.
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Old 10-26-2015, 10:04 AM   #8
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The first thing that you need to know is that CO alarms do not last forever. The detecting components will lose their effectiveness after 5 to 7 years and may no longer detect carbon monoxide. First Alerts website states: “After 5 years any detector should be replaced with a new CO alarm.”

This link will teach you how to test your co alarm.
How to test your co detector - Rods RV Needs
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For hard wired, your only choice is to cut the power wire.

I replaced mine with a house unit that runs on batteries.
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Some have a auto expire date built in, and will let you know when its time. I found my expire date on back of unit.
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