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I've finally given up on the Atwood Propane Alarm installed below the dinette. My Ollie is a 2016 and the alarm has gone off multiple times on every camping trip I've taken since picking up my camper in March 2016. On my first night out on my current trip a couple of days ago, it went off and I decided to remove it. I talked to Jason who confirmed that it is extremely sensitive and many slight odors tend to set it off. He told me that even odors from the batteries may set it off. So, here's my question: has any forum member found an alternative alarm that does the job of detecting a propane leak without interrupting your sleep frequently when no propane leak exists?

 

I've reached the conclusion that the Atwood alarm is worthless. Because it goes off so frequently and is triggered by non-propane odors, it serves no real purpose. The only way I could use it to stay safe is to pull into an RV repair shop every time it goes off to check for a propane leak. If I did that, I would spend all of my travel time at RV shops.

 

Jason mentioned that he will ask Oliver to identify, research and test an alternative, but he isn't sure they will. He also mentioned that the location of the alarm may be part of the problem. I love my Ollie, but it's frustrating that Oliver hasn't solved this long-standing issue with one of its third-party componen ts (and perhaps the design issue resulting in the location of the alarm in the camper).

 

 


Don

 

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We also suffer from Propane false alarms.  I must admit that I have placed a fan near the detector to clear the air on occasion and run the MaxxFan nearly 24/7.  The statement about detector location made me search for recommendations and I found the following statement from this website.

 

Propane is heavier than air, accordingly it will sink and accumulate near the floor of any room. Place the Propane detector on the wall 2 feet from the floor, and at least 2 feet from any corner.

 

So maybe the solution is to move the detector.  I’ll have to consider that.

 

Mike and Krunch


Mike and Krunch   Lutz, FL   LEII #193 “the dog house”

 

 

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I wouldn’t abandon it entirely, you may just have a bad unit. Ours has alarmed one time in three seasons. That was due to a 25 mph crosswind blowing exhaust fumes from the water heater inside. (Note to self..... don’t run the gas water heater in a stiff crosswind.) Otherwise it has been perfect. It has never tripped due to propane. I do test it monthly along with the other detector.

 

Replace it with a new one, if that doesn’t cure the problem,  then you can worry about relocating it or other options. It does indeed need to be low down, due to the higher density of propane. By the time a ceiling mounted one triggered you might already be suffocated.

 

John Davies

 

Spokane WA


"Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

 

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I set mine off while cleaning glue from the edge of the vinyl floor under the dinette with Goof Off (MEK?). I guess that shouldn’t have surprised me. But it’s never gone off otherwise. I imagine that each unit has its own particular tolerance so replacing it with another might well solve the problem.

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Snowball • LE2 256 • 2018 Ford Raptor

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We’ve had #313 since March 2018 and the propane detector has never gone off. I think Overland may be correct:

 

... I imagine that each unit has its own particular tolerance so replacing it with another might well solve the problem.

 

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Bill and Martha

2018 LEII Hull 313

2019 Chevrolet 2500HD Duramax

 

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We do not have our Oliver yet. But I can tell you that this issue is not unique to Oliver. If you go to a Casita facebook or forum you will find pages dedicated to what sets off propane/CO detector. Conversations with owners of other brands will tell you it will affect any tightly build trailer.  Some precautions to take. Maintain airflow, do not block sensor and vacuum the unit occasionally. Careful what you store on the floor. Be careful of the cleaning products used, especially on the floors.  Some products will give off fumes for hours after use and collect once the trailer is closed for the night. Be careful using aerosol products inside your trailer. Put the deet on outside. Dogs especially farty ones and the detector often do not get along. Lastly some have taken to carrying a portable wand to double check the false alarm and rewiring a cutoff switch or pulling the fuse.

 

 

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Bill Thomas 2019 Elite II Hull # 534 2018 Toyota Tundra 4X4

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Just why do you humans always blame it on the Dog?

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Not sure what brand ours is, doesn't say on the front face but it has never gone off (knock on wood) to the best of my recollection and we are hull #70 March 2015 delivery. As others have suggested sounds like you might have a faulty unit to replace.

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Since my propane detector has gone off twice this morning, sitting in the driveway, I am now wondering if mine that goes off all of the time is the defective one.  Or is the ones that have never gone off that are defective.  Just thinking out loud.

 

Does anyone have a test procedure for verifying a propane detector functionality that they can share?

 

Mike Mossey


Mike and Krunch   Lutz, FL   LEII #193 “the dog house”

 

 

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Mike - you have a dog - use it!

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We used both dogs?. Oh well!  And the only place I can find a replacement is at eTrailer, although I haven’t talked to OTT about it either.

 

Mike


Mike and Krunch   Lutz, FL   LEII #193 “the dog house”

 

 

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