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Old 07-23-2015, 07:43 PM   #1
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alarm goes off

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I have a 2001 jayco quest 8u. Once the camper is plugged in to power if we turn on inside lights about 30 seconds later the alarm goes off. This is only when lights are on.
everything works fine except for this. I do not have a battery hooked up. would this cause it ?

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Old 07-23-2015, 07:56 PM   #2
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What is the alarm? Smoke, CO, propane?
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Old 07-23-2015, 08:03 PM   #3
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To be honest I'm not sure.. We are new at this. No propane hooked up only the power.When lights inside are turned on alarm goes off. Turn light off.. alarm goes off Someone told me its because we don't have a 12v battery hooked up.
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Old 07-24-2015, 04:41 AM   #4
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Converter?
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Old 07-24-2015, 06:23 AM   #5
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nope. I guess I will try putting a battery. I was told it kind of like a smoke detector when the battery is low, it beeps. it needs it as a "backup" for safety. I just didn't want to spend the money if I didn't need it.. lol
will a 12v house alarm battery work for this purpose ? they are only 15-20$
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Old 07-24-2015, 07:46 AM   #6
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Smoke detectors usually have their own 9V battery. The CO/Propane detector uses the camper 12V power. This detector will beep when the voltage drops below 10V. Based on your description you indicate you do not have a battery connected. This could be an indication your converter may be defective. Since this is an older camper it may require a battery be connected. As for a 12V home alarm battery...No. You need a 12V marine battery.
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Old 07-24-2015, 08:05 AM   #7
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if you don't have a battery, you could get one of those small lawn tractor batteries for 40$, they are less than 15 pounds and will be enough to power the brakes if you have them, but they are not meant to be used like a deep cycle.
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can you post a picture of the device that is alarming?

The CO/propane alarms do trip when the battery power is low/week. They also have issues with false alarms when they get old. You have a converter on board to run the 12V lights, which should provide enough power for the alarming device to be happy. My guess, the CO/Propane leak sensor needs to be replaced (due to its age). Next, I would wonder why it only trips with the lights on. Previous owner rewired the alarm only to work when the lights are on?? Or maybe the power level dips just enough with the lights on to indicate an issue with the aging detector. This could be checked with a volt meter.
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Our first 'shake down' trip was over a cold rainy November weekend in a state park with no hookups - so we were running the heater and the lights most of the time. 5:30am Sunday our alarm went off - turns-out we had run the battery down. Lessons learned, keep everything (battery, propane tanks, water) 'topped-off' whenever possible, and buy a generator just in case!
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I guess im buying a deep cycle battery tomorrow..lol
I will give you guys feedback when I return. Thanks for all the input
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