After recently installing a Wave 3 heater in our 13' Scamp
, I'm looking into installing detectors for propane
, carbon monoxide, and of course, a smoke detector. I'm starting to realize I may invest as much in detectors as I did the heater!
What I think I know so far:
detector needs to be within 6" of the floor. It's not obvious where that might be so that it doesn't get regularly kicked in our little Scamp
. Maybe below the heater (mounted on the closet), or tucked under the overhang for the sink/stove/fridge unit. All that I've seen so far require wiring in to the 12V supply, so the sink side would be easier. No more current than they draw, if mounted on the closet side I could probably tap into the wiring for the outside light
The CO detector can go at about any level, as long as I avoid drafts or sheltering it behind something. I see some that work on internal batteries, so this is a little easier. I assume that I need a CO detector with the cat heater, just in case things don't work as advertised. Agree?
Smoke detector somewhere up high, again out of the drafty areas (where is that in a 13' Scamp
.....maybe up front somewhere?) Maybe right over the bed, since my biggest concern is bedding getting too close to the heater face, in spite of our precautions to prevent such an occurance.
Atwood is coming out with a new combination propane/CO detector, so maybe I can take advantage of that. And I think I've seen a CO/smoke combination detector somewhere....maybe Lowes. I don't recall seeing one in the RV catalogs.
Anything I'm missing? Any suggestions?