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Old 02-01-2011, 01:00 AM   #1
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Having a problem with the smoke detector constantly tripping when we run the heat and/or the gas cook top. We ran the system for a long time to burn off any dust, etc. but the smoke detector still goes off. So now we are using an electric heater. I am considering replacing it with a regular home smoke detector and moving it forward away from the heater and cooktop in our Slingshot 21FD. Any thoughts on this?

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Old 02-01-2011, 01:13 AM   #2
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If you do replace it, consider a combination smoke/carbon monoxide detector. I have one on my boat and will be putting one in the 5er asap. It works great, a synthesized female voice actually tells you what the problem is...such as "warning, fire! fire! fire!, warning, fire! fire! fire!" or "warning, carbon monoxide! warning carbon monoxide! warning carbon monoxide!" Mine does not have a number indicator to show how much carbon monoxide it is detecting. That would be a nice feature if you can find one.

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Old 02-01-2011, 01:14 AM   #3
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Modern "smoke" detectors also are activated by heat, not just smoke.

If this is the unit on the ceiling or high up on a wall, you may have a defective unit. Try moving it to a different location to see if that makes a difference. If not, replace it.

If it is the unit that is low in the camper that is activating, that is a LP gas detector. If that is what is going off, shut off all the gas and seek a qualified service tech. That could kill you.
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:01 AM   #4
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Good point, the heat may be contributing to the problem. The smoke detector is installed on the ceiling, directly above the furnace. I'm going to move it forward over the table and away from the furnace/cook top to see if that helps. Thank you.

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Old 02-02-2011, 10:04 AM   #5
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Mine did that the first timeI ran it . But I have a seperate smoke and CO2. It definately was the smoke, you could taste it so strong. I opened the door and turned on the fan .It cleared up after about five minutes though.
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Old 02-05-2011, 05:08 AM   #6
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I too have this problem. What I'm going to try, in fact just purchased this morning at Wallyworld, is a shower cap. 15 for $1.14. I saw this on another forum.

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Old 02-10-2011, 03:56 AM   #7
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if you want to replace it, then you have to get some idea that which one you will choose.because I think there are two main types of smoke detectors: ionization detectors and

photoelectric detectors. A smoke alarm uses one or both methods,

sometimes plus a heat detector, to warn of a fire. The devices may be

powered by a 9-volt battery, lithium battery, or 120-volt house wiring.
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:39 AM   #8
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Not sure if the slingshot has this feature or not but our Paradise Pointe has an extra sensor in the bedroom area that is wired to either the LP sensor or the smoke detector, not sure which one. Possibly a short if there is a separate sensor???
Your LP and smoke should be separate devices since smoke rises and LP will tend to settle to the floor.

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Old 02-23-2011, 11:15 AM   #9
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Problem solved, I went to the big box home improvement store and purchased a new smoke detector made especially for kitchen areas and relocated it forward over the table about 6 feet away from the gas heater and cook-top. I used both the heater and cook-top this weekend without an alarm going off. So I solved the problem and remain protected, just not sure why Crossroads didn't put more thought into the location, I hate to think about how many folks just removed the battery to stop the nuisance alarms.

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