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Old 02-14-2015, 04:10 PM   #1
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LP Detector with Solenoid?

My old CCI controller will no longer open the gas solenoid. They are no longer in business and I'm hesitant to buy one off ebay as I don't know what the date of manufacture might be.

Is Safe T Alert model 70-742-R-KIT, the only alternative for a detector that also closes/opens the solenoid? I went to the Safe T Alert web site and they no longer have a listing for the 70 series and I didn't see anything else there that had a solenoid control. So, it would seem that the choices are to buy outdated equipment from ebay/amazon sellers or buy a new detector from a Safe T Alert dealer that will alarm, but not control the solenoid.
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Old 02-15-2015, 08:02 AM   #2
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The correct choice is to buy the Safe-T-Alert without the solenoid shutoff as they are no longer required in an RV.

My 2002 never came with one.

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Old 02-15-2015, 08:08 AM   #3
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The correct choice is to buy the Safe-T-Alert without the solenoid shutoff as they are no longer required in an RV.



My 2002 never came with one.



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I ordered one from these people and they were very helpful on the phone selecting the proper one.

https://www.safehomeproducts.com/shp...aspx?id=160024
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On the way back from quartzsite my wife or mother inlaw bumped one of the nobs for the stove and turned it on. The lp alarm went off. I had replaced the original one with the same type that has the solenoid cutoff. The solenoid may not be required but I am grateful it was there. I think they should also turn off the power to all of the devices that use propane so they will not try to light themselfs and maybe ignite any propane loose in the rv.

Co&Propane Alarm W/Soleno 70-742-R-Br-Kit Mti Industries Inc - Carbon Monoxide Detectors - Amazon.com
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Hmm, this is just the forum I was looking for. I have an older MH, 1997, and it 'seems' like if we sneeze the dang propane detector goes off and of course shuts down everything and it almost takes an act of congress to get it back on! (ok..enough of the hyperbole)

But seriously, it's shouldn't take 30 or more minutes for this to be able to reset right?

So I was 'thinking' of just bypassing the sensor so the solenoid is always on and then purchasing one of the sensors without the solenoid. (As I'm typing this I'm sort of cringing which probably means I've answered my own question).

But still, would love to hear what you think.

Bypass, or do it right, replace the solenoid and sensor?
Thanks in advance.
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Propane detectors should be replaced every five years or about. They are no longer required to shut off the propane when they go off. If your was put in service in 1997 it way over due to be changed. When I changed out mine the original solenoid was 9 volts and the replacement was 12 volts, So I hKimiad to replace both. Safety devices hopefully never get used, but if you need it you be wishing you had it. I have 3 smoke detectors, 3 fire ext., 1 combined lp/carbon monoxide detector and my fire exits do open and if you stay in my RV you will get a fire briefing.
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I believe the kit comes with a new solenoid, you simply replace the sensor/alarm unit in the coach and the solenoid in the propane line near the tank under the coach. Not a big job all parts are direct replacement no extra fittings needed. I bought the replacement kit on line , sorry I don't have part # details etc. I think it cost a little less than $200. I like and wanted the safety of the gas shutoff that the solenoid gives you.
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Some years ago we smelled propane in our rig. Checked the stove and found one burner turned on slightly. The only thing we could figure was that one of our dogs had stood on her hind legs and pushed/turned one knob slightly. Stuff happens!
And yes, the detectors whether smoke or propane need to be replaced ever few years. The manufacturer of the detector is the best one to consult for that info.
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Thanks everyone, it's definitely on my R&R list. I will report back as to how it went.
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The solenoid in the older units was not a 12 volt unit, I think they were 6 to 9 volts. If you wire full 12 volts to it it will open and work initially but it will get hot and burn out. If you don't want to buy the kit with the new solenoid I would remove it from the propane line completely and buy the necessary fittings to reconnect the line.
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