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Old 08-01-2014, 10:50 AM   #1
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So I'm in the process of buying detectors for my 13' Burro. I want to detect LP Gas, and Carbon Monoxide. There are dual detectors available, but from what I understand, you want to mount an LP detector along the ground, as LP will pool at the floor. And a Carbon Monoxide detector needs to be up higher, no? So is a dual detector really useful/safe? Am I missing something? I hope so, because I'd love for one detector to take care of my installation.
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Old 08-01-2014, 11:48 AM   #2
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Propane will definitely pool in lower locations, but CO, should mix almost evenly. It is Only slightly lighter then O2, and CO2 would be heavier still, but both O2 and CO2 mix more or less evenly, so CO should as well. I also plan to buy a combo detector. I found one a Home Depot. It runs on 120VAC, but it has a battery backup. I plan to use a cheep DC to DC converter to power it with 12 VDC.
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Old 08-01-2014, 03:23 PM   #3
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I bought a combo smoke and CO2 detector at Home Depot that is powered by multiple AA batts. I have lots of rechargeable AAs around and keep them ready to go. Next thing I need is a way to charge them from my new (as yet uninstalled) solar rig. I could run my existing 120V charger off an inverter but it seems like a long way around just to charge DC batts off a DC source.
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Old 08-01-2014, 04:04 PM   #4
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You could hire an out of work cigar tender to sit up at night and sniff out any leaks.

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Just this month I replaced the 1 yr old propane/CO detector in my Escape (they are not cheap either - the one I got was about $135 Cdn). The original was going off unexpectedly when propane was not even being used in the trailer. These detectors do have a "best before" date on them. So when you buy one, make sure that you are getting new stock. I suspect the one my Escape came with may have been old stock.
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You could hire an out of work cigar tender to sit up at night and sniff out any leaks.

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We'll have tenders on board, but CO is undetectable even to those crafty fellas.
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I hard wired a propane detector in my scamp 13. I have a CO detector where Scamp put it (on the FG dinette bench seat support, facing sofa). I did put the propane one nearer the floor, on the FG sofa support:bulkhead whatever you call it.

I don't know why I didn't buy the battery operated dual? I guess I couldn't find one in rv stores. Duh, never checked homey d. But I'm happy with what I have.

I sorta thought the one scamp mounted was kind of low too.


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I thought that the only one that makes sense is the CO detector, since CO is odorless. General smoke detector makes sense too. LP has strong odor because they add the stink to it, so is that needed? I have not looked at the cost of these, if the combination detector costs about the same as a single purpose, I would probably get it. Right now I just have the CO detector.
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I thought propane detector works for the raw unburned propane? That's why I got it. I have a furnace and hot water tank. I don't know I just thought it was a good idea. Varying opinions here, I guess I just feel safer having both.


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I thought that the only one that makes sense is the CO detector, since CO is odorless. General smoke detector makes sense too. LP has strong odor because they add the stink to it, so is that needed? I have not looked at the cost of these, if the combination detector costs about the same as a single purpose, I would probably get it. Right now I just have the CO detector.
If you were sleeping you might not wake up to smell the LP gas. For my family it's super important because we have our baby in a portable crib that has him sleeping just above floor-level.
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Totally agree with you there about the sleeping and propane. A prudent decision i think for propane detectors. And if you're just dog tired or had a few beers too. . Smile


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