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Old 01-01-2019, 04:18 PM   #15
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If you check you will find CO detectors last only 8-10 years. It is not planned obsolescence, but it is in the nature of how they work. Replace older CO detectors.
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Old 01-02-2019, 12:14 AM   #16
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I never thought about a portable CO detector. I will check it out, thanks. My CO detector was factory installed.

I always manage to learn a thing or two every time I am on this forum.

Our propane detector went off every night so we took out the fuse. We got a portable one and it never went off. The ones in the Casita under the bed seems to never work right. We have CO and propane detectors for safety. So portable is the way to go. We use a small electric heater that is round, can't tip over and has a thermostat. It shuts off if moved at all. We use it when on shore power. Keeps our trailer warm safely.
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Old 01-02-2019, 12:24 AM   #17
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I'm not aware that a portable, battery-operated propane gas detector exists. All the ones I've seen are hard-wired.
Could you post the brand and model?
A propane gas detector is not a carbon monoxide detector, or vice versa.
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Old 01-02-2019, 02:51 PM   #18
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You need to be concerned about CO (Carbon Monoxide) poisoning generated by the use of your propane cooking stove inside the trailer.

DO NOT use your cooking stove inside the trailer for heating the trailer. This is very temping to do. If you do and you fall asleep with the windows closed and the roof vent open, you will die.

You really don't have to worry about the propane furnace putting CO into the trailer. Having said that check the vent on the propane furnace at the start of the camping season and if you park in one spot for a long period of time. If the furnace is seldom used dirt daubers may build a nest, as can mice.

If you put your own CO alarm in the trailer, read the instructions. The instructions will tell you to put the alarm low, down near the floor. Do exactly that.
There are little round wire mesh cups u can buy, wh you can affix over the furnace outlets outside the TT. I have a couple on my Casita, tho I did add an extra wire to secure the cups to the outlets. These keep the wasps and snakes OUT of the furnace..so far.
BTW be very careful when shoving your 30amp cable back into the trailer..it is likely as not going to loop around over the water heater.....and knock loose the igniter wire from the top of the WH. Ask ne how I know this. grrrrrr
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