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View Poll Results: Do you have a carbon monoxide and/or smoke alarm in your motorhome?
Carbon Monoxide 16 12.50%
Smoke 14 10.94%
Both 98 76.56%
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post #21 of 29 (permalink) Old 17-02-2012, 12:07
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Useful info. for anyone that has a Dual alarm, Nighthawk by KIDDE.

We've had ours since 2005 and found it worked very well, and transferred it when changing the van.
The alarm 'repeats' FIRE or CARBON MONOXIDE very loudly.

About two weeks ago we hunted high and low for something emitting a beep every couple of mininutes, turned out to be the alarm in the van.
We duly changed the batteries, but a while later it started again, off down town for a new set (the others were new but had them a while)
Same thing happened after a while, then we remembered the alarm SHOUTS warnings, so it would have shouted LOW BATTERY.

These have a 'life span' and the beeps were telling us its life was over, so a new one is required.

So anyone with one of these be aware.
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How do I vote if I have neither? I do have a smoke alarm.

There is one good reason why people do no have them is their eagerness to give false readings.

Cooking, particularly making toast often sets off the smoke alarm - mine has a button to de-sensitize it for a few minutes and is of great help.

Some glues and other chemicals can set of the CO2 alarm.

Last October I rented an RV out west in the USA and boy did it get cold outside at night. I decided to replace a bit of the rubber sealing strip around the door using uhu glue. The co2 meter was permanently wired into the 12v (24V?) so when the fumes from the glue set the alarm off late at night all I could do was leave the door open for an hour or so until the fumes had dissipated.

So to me I am torn between safety and annoyance.
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We have both, fitted by me, but I was very surprised and disappointed that they are not considered standard equipment and therefore are not fitted by all manufacturers.

Shame on them for cost crimping on what I consider to be an essential safety feature for all vehicles fitted with gas powered appliances of any type.


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Just a wee point about CO alarms.

CO is lighter than air and alarms should be up near the ceiling, not down near the floor and most definitely not in any cupboard.

Look on the web for siting instructions if you are not sure.

We've just replaced all of ours in the house with Fire Angel Thermoptik types, plus 2 in the trailer to go alongside the Kidde Safety ones we installed previously.

We also have two Optical sensor types in the kitchen and hallway at home.

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As a newbie, I was pleased this thread hes been revisited. I have smoke alarms in both house and MH, but not CO.

Quick bit of research on ebay and found these quality items

The seller reduces postage for subsequent items
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The cost of CO2 alarms has fallen considerably over the last couple of years. Tescos now sell them at £15. Considering how dangerous CO2 can be I would not be without mine in the motorhome.


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fireangel co for me too, don't have a smoke detector
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We have both factory fitted in our aspire , the one i used to have in the caravan was in the garage , i had my classic escort rs1600i running in there with the door open yes i could smell the fumes but only realised it was bad when the co alarm started beeping , now got it scewed to the garage wall and got another for the house aswell , jim
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Over enthusiastic use of fly spray set our CO alarm off this summer

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