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The Propane Alarm In Our RV Keeps Going Off

by Brenda Duke
(Allyn, Washington)

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The Propane Alarm In Our RV Keeps Going Off

Our Safe-T-Alert for propane keeps beeping red and we cannot smell propane anywhere. Not sure what's causing it to do that. We are brand new camper owners and not sure what to do.

ANSWER: Hi Brenda, unfortunately you do not tell me if you own a brand new or used RV, so I do not know the exact model of propane detector you might have. But, anytime your RV's propane detector goes off, you need to take it seriously as it could be indicating a true propane leak.

In most cases the detector is sensitive enough to detect the propane before you actually smell it, so do not depend on your nose as a second detector. To be on the safe side when the detector goes off the first thing you should do is leave the RV and turn off the RV's propane supply at the main propane tank and see if the alarm ceases after a few minutes. If it does it is a sure sign that your RV has a propane leak and should be leak checked and repaired by a certified RV Technician.

Take a look at the short video below for some more information on RV Propane Detectors and a simple method to quickly test the detector.


One of the key points mentioned in the video is that Propane Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors should be replaced every 5 to 7 years. As also mentioned mentioned in the video Propane and Carbon monoxide detectors have manufacturer dates stamped on the backs of them so you can determine if it is time to replace them.

Another point I should mention here is that Propane is not the only chemical that can set off a Propane Detector.

Listed below are some common items that can set off propane detectors

* Hair Spray

* Febreze

* Some Cooking Sprays

* Some spray on sunscreens

* Dog and Human Farts (if this happens you should always blame it on the dog) :-)

* Some carpet cleaning chemicals

I am sure that there are even more common chemicals that can set a propane detector off.

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Propane and Carbon Monoxide detectors also require routine cleaning.

At Least Once a Week You Should

* Check to make sure that the indicator light on the front of the detector is solid green in color.

* Using the soft brush attachment on your Vacuum Cleaner; vacuum off the detector cover.

* Using a clean moist lint free cloth or paper towel wipe off the front of the detector. Dry with a lint free soft cloth.


WARNING: As mentioned earlier Propane Detectors are sensitive to other chemicals, so you should not use any chemicals or solvents directly on or near the detector. If you do it may damage the sensors and/or cause false alarms.

At this point I would have liked to have given you a list of alarm and light codes for your detector and what they all mean, but again these alarm codes vary by detector model and manufacturer.

I should note here that on certain model detectors an intermittent alarm and red light can indicate that the detector is not getting sufficient voltage to operate properly, so you may want to check the voltage on your RV's house batteries especially if this beeping is only occurring when the RV is not plugged into shore power.

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Lastly, if this beeping continues, it may be time to replace the detector. If this is the case you may want to consider buying a Dual Detector that Detects both Propane and Carbon Monoxide.

A Dual Detector with a Solenoid may be the right choice for you. The solenoid attaches to the main line leaving your RV's propane tank, so that when the alarm goes off the your main propane tank shuts itself off. These types of detectors are a bit more expensive, but at least you will have the peace of mind that if a propane leak occurs and you are not in the RV; the propane will shut down automatically preventing a possible explosion and fire.

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Propane Deterctor
by: Anonymousloulavender@hotmail.com

I have a 30 ft. Artic fox fifth wheel. For the last few years when I drain the water, and fill it up with the antifreeze, (glucose, I think) the alarm goes off. I do not hear (I'm a Nam Vet) but my wife can hear it clearly off of our deck. This year for the first time, I checked to insure that the propane tanks were turned off., and they were. I also turned on one of the ceiling fans in the area of the kitchen, and the alarm ceased. Then today, the alarm was going off again. At first, a few years ago, I though that the that the winterizing fluid was the cause of the alarm going off, However now I'm not sure. Although this is a 2006 model Artic Cat, we bought it in 2007. I would estimate that we do not have more than about 80 days at most using this unit. Is there anything else we should be checking. Thanking you for any help you can provide. Lou Lavender, Intervale , New Hampshire, loulavender@hotmail.com.

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Location detector
by: Anonymous

Ours does the low battery warning but doesn't turn off when plugged into shore power does this mean it's gone bad or could it be something else

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Ugh we finally had enough!!!
by: Sleep deprived

We keep our main propane tanks off until we need them to help prevent this horrible thing from beeping.. well that doesn't help. Yet again I sit lying awake from fighting the awful noise this thing keeps emitting every few minutes.

It may not be the safest choice we have ever made but after cutting the cords on it, we will be sleeping better. We have a brand new csmper, this shouldn't be happening. Nothing blocking air or even close to it, we have not sprayed anything to set it off and there's no dog

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Disinfecting wipes
by: Anonymous

Had same issue. Discovered using disinfecting wipes near by set off alarm.

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Adding to the 4:00 AM Bandwagon
by: Anonymous

Ours, too, goes off at 4:00 am every few weeks for no reason. It's the Safe-T brand model that's only a year old. It's insanely annoying and we're going to replace it with the cheap-assed First Alert detector that doesn't work in half the reviews I read. I had hoped someone had a solution for this, but apparently others are in the same very tiring boat.

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Propane Detector = Dog Farts ***SOLUTION
by: JustPractical

Our propane detector goes off at 3-4am on EVERY camping trip, every night. We finally figured out that it was the dog, (it did not happen when the dog did not go). It would take 2 hours venting the trailer, using fans, swing the door open and closed, to get it finally stop. Sleep ruined...
*****SOLUTION*****: local hardware store has the vent that goes on the roof of a house around pipes (the one that looks like an upside down funnel with a sheet of galv-steel on the bottom. Trimmed that sheet of steel to match the vent-a-hood filter size exactly. Remove the filter from vent-a-hood, insert the trimmed roof vent. Now duct tape a 10' close dryer hose over the funnel of the roof vent. Turn on the vent-a-hood. Now I have an external exhausting hose that is long enough to lay on the floor next to the dog. Now the trailer clears of the dog gas in about 10 mins. In the morning I just put my Dog Fart Remover back in a box and under the sofa for another day.

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Check your coach battery voltage
by: Dan from Oregon

Some detectors sound a beep and a red light if they encounter low voltage from your coach batteries. This should be described in the owner's manual (you can probably find it on-line somewhere). For me, it is the first warning I get when our coach batteries are discharging excessively (say from leaving the fridge on DC power when not on shore power) or if the coach batteries are not being properly recharged (circuit breaker, engine alternator connection, etc.).

Does this only happen when you are on house batteries? Does the beep and red light go away when you plug into shore power?

Good luck.
-Dan

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Alarm sounds after camper unplugged
by: Anonymous

Our alarm goes off a few hours after we get home from a trip and it's sitting unplugged in the yard. If we plug it back in the alarm goes off.

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propain safe t alarm box is annoying
by: april

Ok I'm having the same problem they are and I know it's not the propain because it does this once a month and it just so happen that it did it this time at 4:30 AM!! And won't stop!!And I'm in a 2015 catalina only have had it for a year now. So I don't see why it would be time to change it out. But this thing is really starting to get on my husband's my kids and myselfs last nerves to the point we are ready to rip it out and through it out! Please help

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Bug Spray
by: Alan Stanley

i applied bug spray on myself one summer while standing right above the sensor. I had to pull the fuse to shut it up (I put the fuse back in a short time later). Never will apply bug spray inside the trailer again!

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Blockage on propane detctor
by: Anonymous

We have found if anything is left so that it blocks airflow to the detector it start bleeping. We don't know if that's because it is set to go off for that reason or because blocking the air makes it go off. It just does and if we move the obstruction (including our dog who likes to sit near it) the problem stops. I did think it was dog farts but it can be anything including stuff that does not fart like boxes.

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propane alarm
by: Anonymous

Our converter failed and was cooking our battery in our class C. The gasses caused the alarm to go off.

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