ATWOOD 36681 dual detector purchase? - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-09-2020, 11:40 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
AC0GV's Avatar
 
Name: Kenneth
Trailer: Scamp
Wisconsin
Posts: 271
Registry
ATWOOD 36681 dual detector purchase?

Mine RV uses an ATWOOD 36681 dual CO/LP detector. Walmart price $152, E-TRAILER under $100 but Iím still looking. It is mounted in a cutout so needs to be that configuration. I've only had it for 3 years but it was 2 years old when I got it new from Scamp. Any one know who makes it, or a cheaper place to buy it? (yes I know the light's on, that happened the first summer that I had it, I cleaned it and it tested OK after.)


THANKS
Attached Thumbnails
photo 1.JPG  
__________________

AC0GV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2020, 11:46 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Glenn Baglo's Avatar
 
Name: Glenn ( second 'n' is silent )
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B '08 RAV4 SPORT V6
British Columbia
Posts: 6,687
Not certain about the unit you have, but I bought a propane gas detector and noted that the date on the back of it indicated it was made six months earlier. I questioned the retailer and she phoned the distributor who contacted the manufacturer.

The manufacturer said the clock starts running from the date it is connected to an electrical source.

So you're probably good for a couple more years than you think. Also, mine indicates with a chirp and LED that it is nearing end of life.
I'd check the installation manual that came with your unit, or look it up online if you didn't get the manual.


I'd also vacuum the face plate or wipe it with a damp cloth as indicated in the manual.
__________________

__________________
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
Glenn Baglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2020, 04:24 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
AC0GV's Avatar
 
Name: Kenneth
Trailer: Scamp
Wisconsin
Posts: 271
Registry
LP Detector life

Quote:
Originally Posted by Glenn Baglo View Post
The manufacturer said the clock starts running from the date it is connected to an electrical source.

I'd also vacuum the face plate or wipe it with a damp cloth as indicated in the manual.
On line says that they last 5,7,and 10 years, The spec sheet for mine says "Lasts up to 7 years from the time you first turn the unit on". So I'm going to save my money. I also found that the current rating is listed as 0.01 amp or as much as 0.075 amp.
AC0GV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2020, 01:34 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Jon in AZ's Avatar
 
Name: Jon
Trailer: 2008 Scamp 13 S1
Arizona
Posts: 8,650
Registry
ďUp toĒ is the operative phrase. Our household detectors typically begin to exhibit erratic behavior- random false alarms- well before the calendar or warning beeps signal end-of-life.

IIRC, the manual for mine says extreme temperatures (common in stored RVs) shorten life.
Jon in AZ is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2020, 06:12 AM   #5
Junior Member
 
Name: Rick
Trailer: Scamp
Minnesota
Posts: 18
I wonder if the "Clock" stops when you disconnect the power?
Rick In Mn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2020, 08:39 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Name: Jann
Trailer: Casita
Colorado
Posts: 800
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rick In Mn View Post
I wonder if the "
Clock" stops when you disconnect the power?
No once activated it is active and disconnecting it doesn't change the age
our use factors.
Jann Todd is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2020, 07:20 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Name: Gordon
Trailer: 2015 Scamp (16 Std Layout 4) with '15 Toyota Sienna LE Tug
North Carolina
Posts: 3,798
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jann Todd View Post
No once activated it is active and disconnecting it doesn't change the age
our use factors.
This has come up before and I asked this question at that time but never got an answer... so perhaps you can explain:

How does a propane alarm detect that it is at end-of-life? What is the specific technology and how does it function when, for an extended time, there is no power (and no internal back-up battery)?

Apparently the propane alarms used in RV's use an Electrocatalytic detector which is described in detail starting on page 14 of this document.

But I see nothing about how the sensor ages out or how the device detects the age or effectiveness of the sensor or device. It does appear that there is not an internal clock and there is certainly not a GPS receiver to get the date and time. So... "how do it know?"
__________________

gordon2 is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Electrical ?? regarding Atwood LP CO Detector install Stretcher Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 7 06-16-2014 11:26 AM
CO Detector On Sale at Ace Hardware Patrick M. Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 15 01-13-2007 07:37 PM
Propane detector Chris Z Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 13 02-24-2006 10:23 PM
Propane detector and Carbon Monoxide detector. Yves Pelchat Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 6 02-05-2006 10:28 PM
LP Gas Leak Detector? Alex Atkinson Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 4 11-20-2005 10:25 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:08 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
×