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JenPB 06-27-2008 02:29 AM

Do any of you use all three of these? Two of them? Which alarms do you use, and where do you put them all. (There's only so much surface space in this tiny trailer of mine!) :conf

Jen in Cali

Darwin Maring 06-27-2008 08:28 AM

Propane is heavy and therefor the alarm is very close to the floor.
The others can be installed up high and you can find a smoke/carbon monxide in a single unit.

Rob Carmody 07-01-2008 03:15 PM

I'm looking at putting in the CO2 and Gas alarm combo. Either the one from Kidde or the Safe-T-Alert 12V one. I'm not too worried about a smoke alarm. In a 13' trailer I think I'll notice a fire or smoke on my own without the use of a smoke alarm. I haven't found a single alarm that has all 3 in it.

I am going to get a fire extinguisher. Anyone have a suggestion for a good small one?


Per Walthinsen 07-01-2008 07:13 PM

We have a propane alarm near the floor and a smoke alarm near the ceiling. I installed a carbon monoxide alarm 2/3 the way up from the floor and it has been such a problem that I have disarmed it.

It seems to work well during low temperatures, but once the summer heat comes it goes off often and registers elevated CO counts. This is when the trailer has NO combustion of any kind taking place, so it is not CO that is setting it off at all but other fumes in our 8 year old trailer (which should have pretty much have off-gassed most of what originates in its building materials).

In checking with my brother-in-law who is a fireman he said that he does not have a very positive attitude about the CO detectors since they very often give off false alarms and therefore cause more trouble than they are worth.

I thought I had a faulty example, but this gives me pause to think they are inherently unstable.

Suz 07-02-2008 06:58 AM


I am going to get a fire extinguisher. Anyone have a suggestion for a good small one?
I got mine at a marine supply store.

JenPB 07-06-2008 10:57 PM

I picked up a fire alarm while venturing through an RV store in Central Cal this week. Also picked up the propane alarm, but could only find a 12V version. Not sure I want to use it. Anyone know if there's a battery powered (like 9V or AAA as opposed to 12V) propane alarm? I'm not finding one online.


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