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Old 04-22-2015, 03:01 PM   #29
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LP detector should be near the floor as LP sinks.
Instructions for CO detector call for it to be located about three feet above the floor.
So, I'm not sure a combo unit ( and they are sold ) is the best solution.
I'd be inclined to go with a combo smoke/CO detector and a separate LP gas detector.
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Old 04-22-2015, 03:18 PM   #30
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Thanks. Too bad the CO detector supplied by Scamp does not include a smoke detector. With LP needing to be by floor, that probably shouldn't be combined with smoke detector. Seems like LP is more important.
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I added a hard wired propane detector to my scamp 13. Searched long, and could not find a combo unit (one that took batteries at least). I've posted pics of my unit before, but I installed it on the front of the bunk bed fiberglass on fridge side. Fridge door does not hit it. I feel safer with both co and lp detectors in the rig.


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Not sure whether I should ask my question here or start a new thread. We'll see.

I understand that the answer to one of the original question is: hardwire your propane detector.

I'll be using a small electrical space heater when we have electricity and try our propane heater in a setting where we won't have electricity. I'm not equipped with 12 V so is it possible to get a battery propane detector? Any suggestions?

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Not sure whether I should ask my question here or start a new thread. We'll see.
I understand that the answer to one of the original question is: hardwire your propane detector.
I'll be using a small electrical space heater when we have electricity and try our propane heater in a setting where we won't have electricity. I'm not equipped with 12 V so is it possible to get a battery propane detector? Any suggestions? Thanks!
That question came up recently. Seems that all CO/LP monitors are powered off the 12V (or 110V for your home) house battery but can have a 9V battery backup. Think they said the 9v backup would run around 12 hours. Another thought for 12v power for a monitor, you might look into a small 12v battery like those used in emergency lighting applications. There're small, 3"x4"x6", 5 pounds, rechargeable and with a lighted LED on/off switch you wouldn't be draining it for the times you're not running the heater.
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T... Another thought for 12v power for a monitor, you might look into a small 12v battery like those used in emergency lighting applications...
That might work...

Similar batteries are used for alarm system back-up power and come in different ratings, but 8 amp-hours is typical.

The Kiddie gas Alarm I have draws about 75 milliamps (1.8 amps a day) so the 8 amp hour battery should power it for 106 hours or a little under 4 1/2 days. However I would not plan on more than two (maybe three) days out of it in actual practice.

Even with my group 27 battery, the detector runs the battery down enough that I hook up the charger every few weeks (or flip the battery master disconnect switch to the off position, which is my go-to solution when the trailer is stored and the propane tank is off).

Partnered with a solar charger and a 10 watt panel it would be feasible to extend that time, perhaps indefinitely. Even a 5 watt panel might be enough if you get good sun for long days but 10 would be better in practice.

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...There're small,... and with a lighted LED on/off switch you wouldn't be draining it for the times you're not running the heater.
If you are talking about a rig with propane lines going through the camper, then I would run the detector anytime the main propane tank valve was on regardless of what appliances are running or not.

Of course a lot of people don't use propane detectors at all. If your sense of smell works well and you can detect the added odorant, you might consider the risk/reward of skipping the detector for short term outings. But of course it is safer to have the detector and I would not recommend anything else.
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