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Posted: 02/28/19 08:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are you sure it is the smoke detector or are you guessing? Could it be the LPG detector, or maybe a CO detector? The LPG detector is powered by the RV's batteries and will alarm if those batteries are dead.


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Thanks Soundguy. The problem with a switch is that the ceilings are so high in our 5th wheel that I need a step stool to reach it. I haven't measured but my ceilings have to be 10 feet high. I suppose I could move the smoke detector to the "Upper level" where it's easier to reach. Then a switch would work great.


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Or, you could mount the switch on the wall within reach and run a pair of wires up the wall, across the ceiling to the detector.


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Posted: 03/01/19 05:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My question is why you even have a battery in it while in storage? Agree with others, but you can read the label on it. Is should tell you what the beep pattern means.


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RobWNY wrote:

Anyone know of a smoke detector for the RV that doesn't go off when making toast? No smoke, No fire, Just your normal toaster doing it's thing. Sets our detector off every time.


An ionization smoke alarm contains a small amount of radioactive material. The radiation passes through an ionization chamber which is an air-filled space between two electrodes and permits a small, constant current between the electrodes. Any smoke that enters the chamber absorbs the alpha particles, which reduces the ionization and interrupts this current, setting off the alarm. This type of alarm responds best to fast raging fires.

Photoelectric smoke alarms operate using a light source, a light beam collimating system and a photoelectric sensor. When smoke enters the optical chamber and crosses the path of the light beam, some light is scattered by the smoke particles, directing it at the sensor and thus activating the alarm. This type of alarm responds best to slow smoldering fires.

A Photoelectric smoke alarm is a better choice in the kitchen. it will give fewer false alarms due to cooking.





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Thank you for that information Hindavalk. Since my camper only has one smoke detector, I think I'll buy the Photoelectric type and put it where the current one is and then mount the one I already have in the bedroom area.

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I changed to the photoelectric type in my TT. The regular detector would go off whenever I made toast.

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Posted: 03/02/19 08:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I write the date on the alarm when I install them just to be able to keep track of how long they have been in service.

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Posted: 03/08/19 06:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ours easily twists off the mounting base. I lay it on the nightstand in the bedroom while cooking in the kitchen.

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Posted: 03/09/19 06:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MFL wrote:

SoundGuy wrote:



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SoundGuy....you are the Master of Switches! I know the OEM guys cannot install a smoke alarm shutoff, but they could follow your lead on some of the others.

Great install,

Jerry


I did mine slightly different.

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