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Skibane

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pianotuna wrote:

And you are willing to apply for a Darwin Award on the basis of a 25 cent sensor? No Thanks! When is the last time the sensor was tested?


Let me guess: You're one of those people who wears 3 face masks while driving alone...

Typically, the CO sensor self-tests itself - and the detector also has a manual test button. Most models have a running time counter that disables the detector and sounds an alarm after enough hours have accumulated to degrade sensor accuracy.

If it's really that much of concern to you, install two CO detectors - or three, just to be extra, extra-sure. They're dirt-cheap, and readily available.

You'd think that if there was a significant danger associated with catalytic heaters, there would be at least one published news story about some hapless RVer being killed by one.

They've been sold for many decades. Camco sells a boatload of them.

Where are all the stories about death and carnage?

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howardwheeler wrote:

I don't fulltime but I like to camp offgrid whenever I can. My furnace seems to be properly sized. When its cold out (20 degrees) it will run maybe 60% 0f the time. The coldest I've been is around zero and that ran 85 to 90% of the time. Looks like I need to live with it.


Well, that's a lot colder than I've ever been in while in the RV.. (maybe in the low 40's to upper 30's at the coldest).

I had the Propane furnace going for that and it would cycle about every 15-20 minutes after running for some 10-15 minutes.. Just a guess as I would eventually fall asleep, but it seemed every time I was "awake", it was running!

I only had the temp set to around 65* too... But, it was warm enough thru the night..

Even the Heat Pump I have at home does not work very well below 35* and I just switch it to aux heat (electric) at that point so it just does not run all day..

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Skibane wrote:

pianotuna wrote:

And you are willing to apply for a Darwin Award on the basis of a 25 cent sensor? No Thanks! When is the last time the sensor was tested?


Let me guess: You're one of those people who wears 3 face masks while driving alone...

Typically, the CO sensor self-tests itself - and the detector also has a manual test button. Most models have a running time counter that disables the detector and sounds an alarm after enough hours have accumulated to degrade sensor accuracy.

If it's really that much of concern to you, install two CO detectors - or three, just to be extra, extra-sure. They're dirt-cheap, and readily available.

You'd think that if there was a significant danger associated with catalytic heaters, there would be at least one published news story about some hapless RVer being killed by one.

They've been sold for many decades. Camco sells a boatload of them.

Where are all the stories about death and carnage?


Here is one

Not always from heaters either.


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msmith1.wa wrote:

Here is one

Not always from heaters either.


There is NOTHING in your article that cites an example of someone being killed by CO from a catalytic heater in an RV.

Millions of people own and use RVs. You'd think that if CO deaths from catalytic heaters in RVs were a problem, there would be a least a few news stories about it.

Where are those news stories?

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msmith1.wa wrote:

Skibane wrote:

pianotuna wrote:

And you are willing to apply for a Darwin Award on the basis of a 25 cent sensor? No Thanks! When is the last time the sensor was tested?


Let me guess: You're one of those people who wears 3 face masks while driving alone...

Typically, the CO sensor self-tests itself - and the detector also has a manual test button. Most models have a running time counter that disables the detector and sounds an alarm after enough hours have accumulated to degrade sensor accuracy.

If it's really that much of concern to you, install two CO detectors - or three, just to be extra, extra-sure. They're dirt-cheap, and readily available.

You'd think that if there was a significant danger associated with catalytic heaters, there would be at least one published news story about some hapless RVer being killed by one.

They've been sold for many decades. Camco sells a boatload of them.

Where are all the stories about death and carnage?


Here is one

Not always from heaters either.


Oops, try again. Someone got CO poisoning by running their generator effectively indoors….
That’s just extreme stupidity and the outcome would have been to be expected.
Go triple up your mask, Karen.


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Skibane wrote:

msmith1.wa wrote:

Here is one

Not always from heaters either.


There is NOTHING in your article that cites an example of someone being killed by CO from a catalytic heater in an RV.

Millions of people own and use RVs. You'd think that if CO deaths from catalytic heaters in RVs were a problem, there would be a least a few news stories about it.

Where are those news stories?

Don’t fool yourself it happens more often than you think.
If your CO2 detector fails you may never know it.

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Skibane wrote:

msmith1.wa wrote:

Here is one

Not always from heaters either.


There is NOTHING in your article that cites an example of someone being killed by CO from a catalytic heater in an RV.

Millions of people own and use RVs. You'd think that if CO deaths from catalytic heaters in RVs were a problem, there would be a least a few news stories about it.

Where are those news stories?


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Posted: 01/08/22 08:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have two CO detectors and no catalytic heater.


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No doubt CO is a real hazard, but it kinda makes me wonder whether some folks forget to open up a vent when running the oven or stove??…Recognizing and mitigating the hazard is what counts most…

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I use the furnace to warm my 5th wheel up. Then I use electric heaters to maintain the temperature in the 5th wheel. That way you don't use all the propane up. Been doing that for 15 years now.

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