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Old 09-19-2011, 08:54 PM   #1
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Unhappy Danger in using Generator

Just read in this mornings paper that 5 campers died as the results of carbon dioxide poisoning as the results of using a portable generator. This happened in Tenn. at a race track. Appears that a exterior compartment door was not properly secured allowing the carbon dioxide to enter the trailer. My goodness let's all be careful. TomB
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Old 09-19-2011, 11:37 PM   #2
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Just read in this mornings paper that 5 campers died as the results of carbon dioxide poisoning as the results of using a portable generator. This happened in Tenn. at a race track. Appears that a exterior compartment door was not properly secured allowing the carbon dioxide to enter the trailer. My goodness let's all be careful. TomB
No disrespect intended, and our condolences to all involved...but that's "Carbon Monoxide"... isn't it??

Otherwise I get visions of five little Scamps suffering from overexposure to UV and going "wheels-up"!
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Old 09-19-2011, 11:46 PM   #3
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Where you locate your genset is important. I have seem many tucked under the back of the trailer it should never be under your trailer when running. I leave mine in the box of my tv with it cable locked in there. In my past as a firefighter I saw far too many tragedies caused by lack of knowledge or understanding regarding carbon monoxide. It's odorless colorless and tasteless and those are it's most dangerous properties.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:31 AM   #4
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Cabon Monoxide Experience

Our Motorhome had a generator in an outside vented compartment. We used it for a couple of years without an issue.

One day while running the generator with still air, the Carbon Monoxide detector roared to life, an unbelievably load sound. Carbon Monoxide was collecting under the motorhome and leaking in.

From that day forth we attached a 8' plastic pipe to the exhaust of the Bounder's generator eliminating the problem.
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Just read in this mornings paper that 5 campers died as the results of carbon dioxide poisoning as the results of using a portable generator. This happened in Tenn. at a race track. Appears that a exterior compartment door was not properly secured allowing the carbon dioxide to enter the trailer. My goodness let's all be careful. TomB
I missed typed dioxide meaning to type monoxide...my bad..sorry. Tom
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:02 AM   #6
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Similar incident occurred a couple years ago. Some kids were sleeping in a tent next to an RV that was running a generator. The kids died. That's when Camping World, and others, began advertising a vertical exhaust stack for installed generators.

Condolences for the families involved.
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Not a nice thing, keep in mind that Carbon Monoxide detectors do have a shelf life of 5 years then throw them out and buy a new one.
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Detectors, Sams club had then on sale for less than $25.

Be smart, have 2 in the camper just in case 1 does not work. Very cheep insurance against the silent death.
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Detectors, Sams club had then on sale for less than $25.

Be smart, have 2 in the camper just in case 1 does not work. Very cheep insurance against the silent death.
That appears to sound credibly plausible, I'll have to do a verify consult check with the...
"Office of the Bureau of Redundancy & and Superfluous Repetition Department" on that concept idea!
Of course, I'll have to get in touch contact with them by mail (in 4-copy quadruplicate), E-Mail, texting,voicemail, and facebook, so it may take a long time while to get a response reply answer!
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Am I missing something here...floyd?????
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Am I missing something here...floyd?????
YES...

( Some jokes stink on their own, but it is commonly said that no joke is funny if it has to be explained.)
Hint...It's about redundancy
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Floyd, I have at least 4 CO detectors in our house. 1 on each floor and 2 in the bedroom. Also have a smoke detector in each bedroom and on each floor and a LP detector next to the furnace and water heater.

LP detector 1 smoke detector and 2 CO detectors in the camper.

Redundant for life.
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Floyd, I have at least 4 CO detectors in our house. 1 on each floor and 2 in the bedroom. Also have a smoke detector in each bedroom and on each floor and a LP detector next to the furnace and water heater.

LP detector 1 smoke detector and 2 CO detectors in the camper.

Redundant for life.
You heat your house and water with LP?
As you say, they are cheap enough and if they give you a sense of security they must be worth it.
What about radon and mold detectors? it would seem only prudent.
It really is good to be prepared, we have smoke detectors in our house and CO detectors are required by law here , although not provided with the house when bought last year. I'll likely get one someday, maybe.
Around here the security companies are on constant hardsell as well and offer programs and devices to protect against burglary, home invasion and health emergencies.
Since refrigeration has saved more lives than all of the above, temperature alarms to warn of it's failure may be prudent.
On the proactive side there are weapons, fire extinguishers, and Escape ladders, along with MRE's and stockpiled bottled water and food.
As long as all these things are legal, available and optional, then each of us can have all the devices we need to feel secure in an uncertain world and no more.
Me? I have enough of those things to meet my needs,and when you consider all those angels, I guess we really are both ..."Redundant for life"!

BTW; That redundacy post really was only intended to be humorous,so wear a belt and suspenders and don't get caught with your pants down!
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CO detectors are required by law here , although not provided with the house when bought last year. I'll likely get one someday, maybe.
California just passed that law and all of the Home Depots and Lowes have huge displays about it being required now.
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