Need special smoke, CO2 detector for RV?

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  1. JungleJim

    JungleJim New Member

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    I'd like to get a smoke detector and CO2 detector for our camper.

    I've seen ones made for RV's. Do I need to pay the extra money for RV specific detectors? Or can I just put in any detector? Is there a difference? (Are the RV ones supposedly more durable?)
     
  2. cruising usa

    cruising usa New Member

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    The combination Carbon Monoxide (CO) and LP detectors are probably the best way to go for an RV of any sort.. They need to mounted low as Propane is heavier than air. A smoke detector should be mounted as high as you can get it. I would put a Smoke Detector in a hard side if I had one.
    I do not know about the durability issues.
    Happy Camping
    Ken
     
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    JungleJim New Member

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    All of those are 12V hard wired. I need battery operated.
    (Science teacher here...am familiar with the densities of the gases [8D])
     
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    cesperon New Member

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    I asked about CO2 detector and was told that we didn't have to worry about it because the pup was so airy. Was I given misinformation?
     
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    cruising usa New Member

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    Your right CO (Carbon Monoxide) should not be as much a problem in a pup, however I always leave my door window open about 2" when operating my furnace. Usually have a window open when using the stove.
    Happy Camping
    Ken
     
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    bheff Well-Known Member

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    I would say this is bad advice! Get the detector and you will get to enjoy camping next year as well. We have a propane leak detector, CO2 detector and smoke detector. Why risk it?
     
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    I agree with the comments that LP, CO and smoke detectors are good to have.

    BUT I think the original question remains unanswerered...

    Does one need to buy the RV specific dectetors or are the home type adequate?

    Thanks, I'd like to know also.
     
  8. ErikRuud

    ErikRuud New Member

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    A home model Smoke an CO detector should be fine.

    However most RV models also detect LP gas leaks.

    Also note the CO2 is Carbon Dioxide, so unless you worried about people opening your soda, you won't need a detector for that. [:D]
     
  9. mdigby

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    Thanks for the info. It's on my list of things to get done!
     

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