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Posted: 06/28/19 06:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

CO2 is odorless....you may be smelling something, but its not CO2.

CO is actually colorless, tasteless, AND odorless. Because it cannot be noticed without a detector or meter, CO has earned the dubious name of “silent killer.” When folks call and say they can “smell carbon monoxide,” they are usually referring to other combustion byproducts that the human nose can detect.


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I guess the real question you need to be concerned about is do you smell actual combustion; Or is the smell the oils from manufacturing that will burn off after a few hours? All new RV's will stink for a few hours when the propane appliances are first fired up. If you think the water heater is bad, wait until you turn on the furnace. That will stink enough to drive you out of the trailer.

When mine was new I opened all the windows and turned the thermostat all the way high and let the furnace run for a few hours. The smell was bad, but it dissipated and never came back.


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RV daytrader wrote:

CO2 is odorless....you may be smelling something, but its not CO2.

CO is actually colorless, tasteless, AND odorless. Because it cannot be noticed without a detector or meter, CO has earned the dubious name of “silent killer.” When folks call and say they can “smell carbon monoxide,” they are usually referring to other combustion byproducts that the human nose can detect.

This is so. You cannot smell CO (carbon monoxide).
When you blew into it, you lowered the concentration of CO, if that is the real culprit.
I’d get a stand alone CO detector and see if it goes off with the built in one.


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Posted: 06/30/19 07:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If the hot water heater burner is not adjusted properly it will put out enough carbon monoxide to set off the alarm. Take it back to the dealer and have them adjust it.

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Some kitchen cleaners set them off


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opnspaces wrote:

I guess the real question you need to be concerned about is do you smell actual combustion; Or is the smell the oils from manufacturing that will burn off after a few hours? All new RV's will stink for a few hours when the propane appliances are first fired up. If you think the water heater is bad, wait until you turn on the furnace. That will stink enough to drive you out of the trailer.

When mine was new I opened all the windows and turned the thermostat all the way high and let the furnace run for a few hours. The smell was bad, but it dissipated and never came back.

I did this after my smoke alarm went off. Now its the CO2 alarm which is adjacent to the water heater


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Sorry, I can’t help it. Retired Science teacher syndrome.
CO2 is carbon dioxide, not particularly dangerous except to the climate.
CO is carbon monoxide, very bad to breathe.
Have you tried a stand alone CO detector to make sure that’s what is triggering the alarm?

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Snomas wrote:

newman fulltimer wrote:

Your floor is heating up releasing off gasses from the glues is the issue

I smell co2 not glue!


You can not smell CO2. It is an odorless gas. You are smelling offgassing from the materials used to build the TT

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enblethen wrote:

Chemical odors in the new rig from items like the carpet.
Rig needs to get aired out good. Open vents, windows and put fan inside to circulate the air.


I had that happen to me camping about 6-8 years ago.
**** alarm went off at 0200 (AM)
I finally stopped it by cutting off gas, and then cutting the detector out of the
circuit. Next day I drove about 50 miles and got it fixed.
It wasn't the Propane, It wasn't a bad detector,
it was a new carpet runner that the back was impregnated with glue...
Costly lesson.

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I have just bought this Kidde CO detector.
I have had one in every rv I have had. Reading this thread made me realize I hadn't bought one for this 5er.

This time I did a little test. I calibrate CO sensors at work, and the bottle of 60 ppm test gas was nearly empty. It was too low to do another calibration, so I put the gas to my new CO detector. It gave me a reading of 57 ppm. That is within the tolerances of the test gas so it was good enough for me.

To the OP, as others have said, you CAN NOT smell CO.


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