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Old 04-27-2014, 07:24 PM   #1
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2010 Escape 19 CO/LP detector problem

The CO/LP alarm keeps going off. The unit was replaced during the first year we owned the trailer (under warranty) and worked OK for a year or two after replacement. Now, it goes off randomly and for no apparent reason. It seems to be mostly related to using the water system (hookup or pump, bathroom and kitchen, water heater on LP or electric); but, it occasionally goes off when no trailer system is being used (LP turned on or off, city water and power hooked up or not, water heater on or off). It's getting to be annoying (especially in the middle of the night) and I'm looking at clipping the wires as my only option other than replacing it and hoping a new unit works as it should. Any input would be much appreciated...

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Old 04-27-2014, 07:30 PM   #2
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Could be time to replace, I believe they have a 5 year life span, there should be a date stamped behind the cover.
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Old 04-27-2014, 07:47 PM   #3
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Do you store any of the smaller propane cartridges for a portable stove? I believe in the states 16.4 oz is the most common. Once used they can do a slow leak and trip the alarm.

Does the alarm stop when you air out the interior?

I would check the date stamp for curiosity but replacement maybe the safest solution. I have had those late night alerts and they are no fun.
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Old 04-27-2014, 10:41 PM   #4
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I ran across someone with a 19' with the same annoying problem. We both talked about installing a micro shutoff switch.
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Old 04-28-2014, 10:12 AM   #5
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I ran across someone with a 19' with the same annoying problem. We both talked about installing a micro shutoff switch.
Ours, also a 2010 started doing that too, on a trip this last February. Of course in the middle of the night. I replaced it and no more problems. The LP/CO detecors are pricey, and I had to go to 3 places in the Phoenix area before I found a dual mode in stock. It was easy to replace.

The previous owner had installed a on/off switch for it which puzzled me. But I have since learned that the units have a chemical sensor that expires after 5 years or so of continuous use.

I have started turning the unit off when the trailer is in storage. I do not know if that will help prolong the life of it.

Here is the thread I posted at the time.
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Old 05-24-2014, 09:16 AM   #6
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I had to replace mine too in my 2010 Casita. Kept going off for no reason. Sometimes when I'd purge air from the water, especially the hot water lines. Open the door, windows to get it to shut up. Cut one camping trip short because of it. Now I know where the fuse is, but didn't want to disable a safety feature.

Moral of the story is to replace it after about 4 years of use. Otherwise it'll remind you it's time at the worst time.
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