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Old 07-12-2016, 08:58 PM   #1
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I recently purchased a 2006 Casita 17' Freedom Deluxe. Every time I plug into electric and let the battery charge overnight the Gas Detector goes into alarm mode. It continues to alarm until I open windows and the door. Within less than a minute the alarm stops and light changes from red to green. I did detect a faint sulfur smell but only briefly. I am having the battery checked and hoping I just need a new one. I appreciate any and all suggestions. I am new to troubleshooting. My husband always took care of that and I took care of cooking and cleaning. Love to Camp
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Old 07-12-2016, 09:14 PM   #2
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Don't know if the propane detector Casita installs will also detect hydrogen (which batteries give off—there are some detectors that do), but you're wise to get the battery out and checked. If it's hot after disconnecting shore power and after opening the battery compartment and waiting a few minutes, it needs replacing.

I'd also replace the propane detector, as it's 10 years old. Don't know how long they're good for, but 10 years is plenty.

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Old 07-12-2016, 11:01 PM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestions. I also feel for safety reasons, it's important to be proactive and replace items that could mean life or the other....I am really looking forward to get out there with the little camper. Loving Camping
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Propane ?

Does the camper have propane?
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Old 07-13-2016, 10:30 AM   #5
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Darwin, yes it has two propane tanks. Do you think it may have a small leak?
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Old 07-13-2016, 11:44 AM   #6
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Even if the battery is defective then how and why are the fumes from the battery getting into the cabin interior? That should be checked out.
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Here is the thing. A very small leak over a long period of time the smelly stuff in the propane goes away and you still have propane in the camper and it may be at an explosive level. Several years ago here where we live a family got exploded inside their camper when the wife went to light the cook stove. There was no propane smell present. They lived but were burnt really bad.

If your battery was dead B 4 you went to charge it, the detector would not have been working and once the voltage was raised it started working and it went off.

This is a very bad situation. You need to have it resolved before you do any camping. NEVER turn on any electrical device or cause any static electricity or have any flamible object inside the camper u till you resolve the issue.
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Old 07-13-2016, 04:48 PM   #8
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Darwin, again thanks for taking the time to explain the dangers. I took the battery today to have it checked and it was reading 6 then dropped to 4. Also, the positive side and down the side of the battery was extended. It was a Walmart marine battery purchased 3/12. Now I need to make sure there are no propane leaks. Believe me I will not take the CASITA on any trips until this is resolved. Thanks again for sharing your story. I pray that family is doing well now. Love Camping
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Old 07-13-2016, 05:31 PM   #9
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Interesting thread as the Casita's battery box is one sealed unit and vents to the outside .
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If the alarm goes off again you may want to call a fire department to see if they can test the air inside for gas. They have test equipment to do that. Gas companies also have the instruments to do it.
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Old 07-15-2016, 08:12 PM   #11
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Thanks for the advice. I do have a buried Propane tank that serves my two fireplaces in the house. The Casita is parked 10' from the tank. My propane company is coming out on Monday July 18th to check for leaks.
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Old 07-15-2016, 08:24 PM   #12
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It has been experienced by this user and confirmed by a number of other users that a sealed and vented battery box will still set off CO alarms while connected to shore power. There are many variables such as location, state of battery at the start of the charge and just how tight the lid on the sealed battery box is. Age of the detector comes into play, most have a five year time to live.

Check if you have a CO, Propane or combined detector.

When connected to shore power the battery is being charged and there is off gassing. Some detectors are very sensitive.
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Old 07-15-2016, 08:50 PM   #13
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Paul, it's a Safe T Alert Propane and Methane Gas Detector. The Casita is a 2006 bought from a second owner so I don't know the age of the detector.
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If it's like mine, on the back of the unit you will find a date sticker.
That is the date of manufacture. The five year useful life starts when the unit is installed, which could be six months or more beyond that date.
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