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JimK-NY

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It is highly likely that the OP is referring to a combination CO/propane detector. These units are always located near the floor because propane tends to sink to the floor level. CO rapidly disperses throughout the air everywhere in the RV so it can be detected with a floor level detector.

False alarms are a common symptom when these alarms start to fail. The units typically do not last more than a few years and I had one that only lasted two years.

There is another possibility. This is a relatively new RV that has been stored in the heat and probably is not well ventilated. Outgassing can be setting on the alarm. One time I did a lot of caulking in the bath. I had to disconnect the alarm for a couple of months due to outgassing from the caulk.

In any case there is no reason to suspect or waste time looking for a propane leak since the alarm started to go off when the propane tanks were shut off. Instead I would open some windows and check back to see if the alarm is still going off periodically. If so it is time to spend $50 to replace the alarm.

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OP.. please edit your post. thank you

* This post was edited 09/02/20 05:04pm by 2oldman *

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We had a propane detector go bad in a practically new TT. ( not our current unit )
It was random and no propane was leaking. Detector was replaced under warranty. Problem solved. Sometimes they just don't last long apparently.

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Ours is a 3 month old Highland Ridge Silverstar. The combo detector is about 4" above the floor. Recently, this had alarmed, (four one second bursts) at either midnight or 4:AM. I can find no leaks and the battery checks out.

What next folks? We frequently are up part midnight but the 4:AM one is a jolt. At least it's not every night. As much as I want the protection of the detector, I'm about to disconnect the wiring until I get this resolved.


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My propane alarm made my life miserable once to often, and it will never do that again. I went 30 years w/o one, and I don't need one now.


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As has been posted check battery voltage. If it's a propane leak, I found mine was bad pig tails from the tank, both had cracked. Once changed, no more alarms.


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The alarm beeps mean something, check the directions to show what it was saying. And , dont disconect them, you dont need them untill you have a problem. And if you dont have one it could mean you life. They work if maintained and changed as recomended. Look on the back they will have a date to replace them.


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https://www.stadealer.com/faq.html
Info on the saftey alert ones. This may be diffrent by manufacturers.

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Someone recommended doing without a propane alarm. I respectfully disagree. Yes, the alarm may occasionally malfunction. That's annoying. But propane lines can occasionally leak. That's fatal.


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JimK-NY

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profdant139 wrote:

Someone recommended doing without a propane alarm. I respectfully disagree. Yes, the alarm may occasionally malfunction. That's annoying. But propane lines can occasionally leak. That's fatal.


In addition it is really not that expensive or difficult to replace a malfunctioning unit.

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