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Old 10-19-2011, 08:35 AM   #1
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It got cold last night, turned on the heat in our MH we have a 2000 Damon Ultrasport. After just a short while the carbon dioxide alarm started going off. We have checked everything and there is nothing that is blocked. Has anyone else had this problem. The alarm with batteries in the bedroom as well as the hard wired one in the kitchen area went off, but not at the same time. We just bought this MH and it looks like the heat has never been used before. It only had 17,000 miles on it when we got it.
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Old 10-19-2011, 08:39 AM   #2
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DON"T MESS AROUND get it to someone who is qualified to service it just to be SAFE.
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:25 AM   #3
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you may not have a problem. Oil is used on the metal (in the furnace) during the manufacturing process. Before a MH is delivered The dealer always is supposed to turn on the furnace and leave the MH for thirty minutes. I would try this. Of course DO NOT STAY IN IT. Then turn it off and air it out and try the heat again.
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Typically rvs with new furnaces will set off the smoke alarms the first time they are used as the oil and dirt burns off the ducts. Our motorhome is five years old with over 1200 nights spent in it and the furnace runs so little that we have to run it and then open all the windows and air it out to let the smoke out to get ready for a possible cold night. But the previous advice was good. If the carbon monoxide (not dioxide) alarm is sounding you cannot take a chance - you have to get it checked. Carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous.
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:53 AM   #5
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I agree with the others that you need to have it inspected. Ignoring an alarm can be deadly.

You should also consider replacing the CO, smoke and LP alarms as yours have likely aged out. Fire extinguishers should be inspected and replaced as needed. We added two additional extinguishers to ours. One in the bedroom and one behind the drivers seat.

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I'm guessing that both the CO detector AND the smoke alarm went off. Usually the kitchen one is for smoke and the bedroom is CO, but you might have a smoke alarm in the br too. A smoke alarm isn't much to worry about as others have explained, but the Co is a major threat. If the Co alarm went off, get it checked ASAP!
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get the system checked out.

we open the small kitchen window just a little when we are running the propane furnace. that lets in fresh air.
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How do you know the heat has never been used ?
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Note this is a 11 year old coach and presumably with the original heater, CO alarm and the smoke detector. Most CO alarms have sensing elements that will go bad after 5 years and the instruction tell you to replace them.

Replace the alarms, but also get a professional to check the CO level with a certified test meter.

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I never had a CO detector go off in my house but a few years before I sold it I upgraded the furnace and put in air conditioning... When They took the old furnace out I took a good look at the heat exchanger and.... Frankly don't know why we did not get CO alarms.
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How do you know the heat has never been used ?
We could tell by looking at it, that it had never been lite.
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Note this is a 11 year old coach and presumably with the original heater, CO alarm and the smoke detector. Most CO alarms have sensing elements that will go bad after 5 years and the instruction tell you to replace them.

Replace the alarms, but also get a professional to check the CO level with a certified test meter.

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The ones I had said seven years so I replaced them a couple years ago.
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