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Old 02-14-2011, 04:42 PM   #1
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How Do I Disconnect the LP Detector?

I know it sounds crazy but after two years of this, I'm ready to disconnect the LP detector. It is driving me nuts. Anytime I spray the yard for bugs, spray the yard for weeds or have any chemical near the trailer, the LP detector goes off. Yes, I have a cover on my trailer and when I have the cover off it doesn't do it. But I need the cover and since I never ever use propane anyway, I just want it disconnected. Anybody ever do this? If so, please tell me how to disconnect it. I only use electricity with my trailer.

P.S. I do have a carbon monixide detector inside as well as a smoke detector so I feel safe.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:08 PM   #2
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there should be an in line fuse that you can pull, start searching behind the unit
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:01 PM   #3
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The danger would be after you take the cover off, and go camping. LP lays low (heavier than air), CO and smoke go high....
Having detectors for CO and smoke will do nothing to protect you from the dangers of a propane leak.
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:02 PM   #4
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How old is that Casita? The LP detectors don't work forever. Some recommend 5 year replacement. They aren't cheap, but could protect you or your trailer.
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:05 PM   #5
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Our LP detector was giving false alarms. I was about to replace it, but I found an owners manual online. Believe it or not, it recommends vacuuming the sensor WEEKLY! In my case, vacuuming it once every two years or so seems about right. No problems since then.

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Old 02-14-2011, 09:20 PM   #6
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If Patty only uses electricity which I'd think would mean she doesnt even have propane tanks on the trailer wouldnt it be ok to disconnect the propane detector? Now if she still has filled tanks onboard then I can see the reason for her keeping her LP Detector working.
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Makes sense if it's legal in your state(s) of interest. Tampering with the smoke detector in the lavatory is a $5,000 fine though.
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Melissa, I think the unit also claims to detect methane. Other than cows (and dogs), I don't know where methane comes from and whether it poses a problem in a trailer. But if Patty was lucky and could fix it by vacuuming, that's the easy way out.
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Old 02-15-2011, 12:08 AM   #9
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My Casita is a 2009 model. Thanks for the tip about vacuuming - it's just the most sensitive thing I've ever seen. Yes, I still have the propane tanks onboard the front of the trailer but they have never been turned on except on the day I picked it up from the factory 2 years ago when they demo'd everything for me.

I think I'll just remove the two propane tanks but I still need to know how to deactivate the detector itself. Propane has nothing to do with why it goes off ALL the time. Any ideas? I guess I'll unscrew the detector and see what happens. I'm pretty sure it works off the battery too when the trailer isn't plugged in. Holy cow, I hope I don't have to remove the battery too, but if I do... oh well. When I say I use electricity only... I mean it.

I guess I'm trying to turn my Casita into an Eggcamper (isn't that the all electric camper?).

Thanks for the responses.
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I will repeat what cpaharley2008 said, REMOVE THE FUSE for the propane detector.

That way all you have to do if you want it to work later is put the fuse back in.

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I will repeat what cpaharley2008 said, REMOVE THE FUSE for the propane detector.

That way all you have to do if you want it to work later is put the fuse back in.

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That's a good idea Bill... but where EXACTLY would she find the fuse?
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That's a good idea Bill... but where EXACTLY would she find the fuse?
If she removes the propane alarm faceplate she should be able to pull out the alarm and look behind on the black power line for the inline fuse. Iy is normally quite close to the unit.
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Also it could be in the 12v fuse panel.

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If she removes the propane alarm faceplate she should be able to pull out the alarm and look behind on the black power line for the inline fuse. Iy is normally quite close to the unit.
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Melissa, I think the unit also claims to detect methane. Other than cows (and dogs), I don't know where methane comes from and whether it poses a problem in a trailer. But if Patty was lucky and could fix it by vacuuming, that's the easy way out.
Our dog seems to be comfortable sleeping under the table / rear bed at night. The only problem we have encountered is that if the dog passes gas the LP gas detector goes off. It is located near the floor under the table. This has only happened a few times, but it is startling when it happens in the middle of the night. We do not plan to disconnect the LP gas detector.

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