Carbon monoxide vs LPG Alarms for Caravans

Submitted: Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 15:48
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I'm thinking of fitting a Carbon monoxide and/or LPG Alarm to my caravan but seek advice on which or both (or combined unit) are required.
Can anyone advise me based on experience or research they have already done.
Gazza
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Reply By: Shaker - Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 16:43

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 16:43
What is your reason for a Carbon Monoxide alarm, the Gas alarm is self explanatory. Do you have a gas heater?



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Follow Up By: Dion - Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 at 11:02

Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 at 11:02
A gas stove will still produce CO as part of combustion, it can accumulate if caravan not adequately vented.
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Reply By: The Bantam - Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 17:26

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 17:26
the two alarms are for different purposes and could be argued best in different locations

the LPG alarm should work for any flamables ...... not sure if combined units are available or advisable


cheers
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 17:57

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 17:57
I have both.
The gas leak alarm (hard wired 12V) is set low down and the combination CO and smoke alarm (Bunnings with 10 year battery - several available) is set at head height.

Cheers,
Peter
OKA196 motorhome
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Follow Up By: Colcam42 - Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 at 16:03

Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 at 16:03
Ditto for us. LPGas alarm at floor level and wired to the house battery. CO alarm from the big green place with 10 year lithium battery. Instructions say to install about 30cm from ceiling because of "dead spots". A Smoke alarm hard wired with lithium battery. I understand the LPGas detector is mandatory, as is the smoke alarm when sleeping quarters are in the van. Decided upon the CO detector because we have a underfloor gas heater. Properly installed, it shouldn't be a problem but the detector is cheap enough to be on the safe side.
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Reply By: Michael 1954 - Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 18:29

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 18:29
Just wondering if the gas alarms are fitted to caravans during the manfucture process.
I asked my dealer when buying our NA MR about gas alarms, his reply was he is never been asked to have one fitted when some one orders a van.
Ours was not ordered but a stock van.Am looking at getting one fitted in the near future.
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 21:28

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 21:28
I have never seen a connected smoke alarm in a caravan.

It seems to me that one piece of toast cooked and off they go, in more ways than one!

Regards Philip A
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Follow Up By: gbc - Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 05:28

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 05:28
The mobile home camped next to us at south west rocks had one and yes, they liked toast every day. Nice people though.
We carry a cmo alarm in the camper for peace of mind when heating.
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Follow Up By: Notso - Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at 17:28

Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at 17:28
Get the one with the silencer button, shuts it off for 5 minutes or so then turns back on automatically.
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