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Old 05-25-2017, 04:45 PM   #1
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Help - propane alarm keeps beeping

We just bought the Escape 5.0 this December in Texas and brought it home to Ohio (where it experienced its first winter weather). In April, after plugging in the camper, the propane regulator (alarm) starting beeping loudly.

We took it to a dealer to de- winterize it and check for leaks. No leaks. Regulator started beeping after we brought it home and plugged it back in. Escape recommended replacing the regulator. Bought an $80 new one and replaced the old one.

It was about this time my husband found a scented jar candle (with a lid) in the cupboard above the regulator. He removed it, and decided that had been the culprit all along. HOWEVER - after having the camper plugged in for a couple of weeks, the new regulator has started going off (beeping to beat the band)!!!
My husband has now disconnected the wires to shut it off...

HELP!!!
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Old 05-25-2017, 05:19 PM   #2
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What did the light and sound display show for the cause?
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Old 05-25-2017, 05:47 PM   #3
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What did the light and sound display show for the cause?
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I think the OP is talking about the propane alarm. It beeps when it senses propane and a light flashes. At least mine does. It doesn't display a cause.
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The manual says to make sure you vacuum the unit, mine hasn't gone off since I started doing this.

I also put in spade lugs so I can disconnect it when I want.
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Definitely make sure the unit is clean as Bob suggested. Lots of things can set off the propane alarm besides actual propane leaks. Make sure your battery box is closed tight and the vent is working, for example. By the way the propane alarm doesn't "regulate" propane in any way. It's just a gas detector.

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Thanks, we will have to check the battery box tightness, as this is a brand NEW regulator and should not need cleaned yet.
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That sounds like a good idea, however what is a spade lug?
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Thanks, we will have to check the battery box tightness, as this is a brand NEW regulator and should not need cleaned yet.
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That sounds like a good idea, however what is a spade lug?
What you are referring to as a regulator is NOT a regulator. The regulator is in the compartment with the propane tanks and it does not beep. What you are dealing with is the PROPANE DETECTOR, and it is powered by a 12 volt DC source, either the battery or the converter. It will sound when it senses/detects propane AS WELL AS other airborne substances. And new or not, it could have gotten dusty at the manufacturing plant. I believe the recommendation is every two weeks. However, I am 99% certain your problem is being caused by minute amounts of hydrogen off-gassing as the battery/batteries charge.

A spade lug is a crimp on connector that is put on the positive and negative wires to make disconnecting the alarm easier when it needs to be replaced. You would be better off to put a small toggle switch on the positive wire in protected but easily accessible location so you can quickly silence a false alarm.
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What you are referring to as a regulator is NOT a regulator. The regulator is in the compartment with the propane tanks and it does not beep. What you are dealing with is the PROPANE DETECTOR, and it is powered by a 12 volt DC source, either the battery or the converter. It will sound when it senses/detects propane AS WELL AS other airborne substances.
Yeah well, I tried clarifying that earlier Carl...

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However, I am 99% certain your problem is being caused by minute amounts of hydrogen off-gassing as the battery/batteries charge.
Yeah, tried that clarification too...


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Old 05-26-2017, 12:53 PM   #10
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False alarm?

So how exactly do folks determine a "false alarm"? I'd like to suggest that such a thing is rare. The equipment that is alarming is very likely sensing some kind of combustible gas. The hydrogen from a charging battery is a good possibility. I am suspicious of the gas cooktop or oven if there is one. Even though someone checked for gas leaks, I would question how thorough they were. I suggest you find someone with a portable combustible gas detector and tell them about your problem. The local gas utility has lots of them. Many fire companies have them. My neighbor is a gas field welder. He carries one and wears one. But first, hook a shopvac to the battery box vent and see if the alarm shuts off.
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