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CO Detectors
#31
I've bought the Kidde CO detector and it appears to be working though I'd really like to test it, turn on the heater, close all the vents, fan off, and see what it does. I'd feel better if I knew the reading actually varied...
Andrew
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Mine is a Kidde combination CO/smoke detector mounted on the edge of the front cab shelf, about 4' high and 6' away from my Coleman white gas stove, and more or less from my Mr. Buddy heater depending on where I set it.  The instructions suggested not placing the detector too close to the appliance(s).

Along with a loud chirp, it has a lady's lovely voice that says, "Fire!  Fire!" This I know because it went off in the middle of my bacon-cooking frenzy for the potato feed at RTR.  It also says, "Warning - carbon monoxide detected!" This was last week when I foolishly made morning coffee without a cross-breeze. 

Both times I pushed the center button, which momentarily hushed the warnings and the chirping, and once my doors were thrown open and a towel hastily escorted all the bad stuff out and the good stuff in, my world calmed down and my momentary embarrassment was followed by gratitude.

It has never warned me of anything when I've used the heater.  And it's supposed to say "low battery" and chirp and flash red when a new battery is needed.
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sassy is that a rv model or a house model? highdesertranger
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(03-01-2015, 04:15 PM)highdesertranger Wrote: sassy is that a rv model or a house model?  highdesertranger

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#35
I have 2- both Kidde, both residential, models unknown- one is round and eats batteries, it has never activated from co, but chirps every 1-2 weeks that the batteries are low. Soon to be landfill....

The other is a rectangular one, which has activated when the van has been running in the garage with the sliders open(tune-up time). I have to hit the button AND take it outside for it to quit. batteries last for 6+ months in that one.

Think I paid $20-25 for the good one, less for the POS.....both from Walmart.
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Rainbow 
Good reminder here to get RV quality CO monitor due to the rough ride in vehicle.

Will it work right if I don't mount it to the wall???????

Since the minivan has little height can I get a reliable RV smoke detector/CO monitor?

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I purchased this one recently off Amazon, 10 year rated life span.
https://www.amazon.com/First-Alert-CO710...B011O2WW1C

It does have an on/off switch if your going to be out of the van for long periods of time.

I had been placing mine about 30 inches off the floor line and from reading here I see that's not so good. I'll place it a few inches off the floor line now.
I'm happy with it but I have yet to set it off. I'm still trying Smile. That may sound crazy but occasionally I'll run a MR. Buddy and as a test I have run the heater for better than 30 minutes and not set it off. Ahhh No I wasn't in the van Smile

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Rainbow 
(12-08-2017, 07:36 PM)MikeRuth Wrote: I purchased this one recently off Amazon, 10 year rated life span.
https://www.amazon.com/First-Alert-CO710...B011O2WW1C

It does have an on/off switch if your going to be out of the van for long periods of time.

I had been placing mine about 30 inches off the floor line and from reading here I see that's not so good. I'll place it a few inches off the floor line now.
I'm happy with it but I have yet to set it off. I'm still trying Smile. That may sound crazy but occasionally I'll run a MR. Buddy and as a test I have run the heater for better than 30 minutes and not set it off. Ahhh No I wasn't in the van Smile

Mike R

Thanks, Mike, that looks like a good one. I like the idea that of an on/off switch, as I'm just getting my feet wet in traveling to RTR this year. Am not planning to be a full timer, unless national economics force me out of my 200 yr old adobe and onto the road. Then my minivan would be my new home  Smile
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#39
FYI There is a high quality battery operated CO2 detector on Amazon for $34 that has a lithium battery and lasts for 10 years. I know my last cheapie CO2 detector ate 3 x AA batteries every couple of months.
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(12-08-2017, 07:36 PM)MikeRuth Wrote: It does have an on/off switch if your going to be out of the van for long periods of time.

I had been placing mine about 30 inches off the floor line and from reading here I see that's not so good. I'll place it a few inches off the floor line now.

If you are forgetful like me it is better to take the batteries out and leave the detector open so you can see it is not functional.

from the National Fire Protection Association code (NFPA 720, 2015 edition):

all carbon monoxide alarms “shall be located on the wall, ceiling or other location as specified in the installation instructions that accompany the unit.

The specific gravity of CO is 0.9657 (air being 1.0), which means it will naturally float to the ceiling.  CO coming from a heat source usually forms a layer near the ceiling (being hotter than the room air).  The recommendation is "the CO detector be placed a couple of feet below the ceiling."  And "the detector should be placed at least 15 feet away from any fossil fuel burning appliance."  The last might not be possible in a van so I just placed mine as far away from the heater as possible.
 -- Spiff


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