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Old 01-22-2013, 01:35 PM   #1
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Smoke Detector

Hi, the smoke detector in my Travel Trailer is the original and the trailer is 20 years old. I know the smoke detector works because it went off last year when I was burning some toast. But, it probably should be changed. My simple question is: Is there any difference between a camper smoke detector and one made for a stick and brick house?
It would seem that one made for a house would be too sensitive when it’s installed in a 20 foot Travel trailer.
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No, there is no difference. The detectors are rated for residential use and that includes RV's.
It would be good to replace it after that many years. Even though it worked once for you, I wouldn't depend on it for my life! The components in the detector change slightly with age and it may not have the correct sensitivity that a new one would have.
I would urge you to replace it with a photoelectric type detector instead of the more common ionization type. If you have time you might want to read this earlier post.
The ABC's of smoke, CO, & LP detectors, etc.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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No difference. The best type is the dual action ones that have both photo-electric and ionization detection methods. Photo-electric types responds better to smoldering (smoky) fires while the ionization type is better with actual flames but little smoke.

A carbon-monoxide (CO) detector would be a good addition if you don't have one. They were not original equipment on older RVs but are now required on new construction.
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The Chief agrees! lol
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No difference. The best type is the dual action ones that have both photo-electric and ionization detection methods. Photo-electric types responds better to smoldering (smoky) fires while the ionization type is better with actual flames but little smoke.

A carbon-monoxide (CO) detector would be a good addition if you don't have one. They were not original equipment on older RVs but are now required on new construction.
Ya, I always add a carbon monoxide detector to my campers. There usually older and I think it's a good idea with a old furnace.
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No, there is no difference. The detectors are rated for residential use and that includes RV's.
It would be good to replace it after that many years. Even though it worked once for you, I wouldn't depend on it for my life! The components in the detector change slightly with age and it may not have the correct sensitivity that a new one would have.
I would urge you to replace it with a photoelectric type detector instead of the more common ionization type. If you have time you might want to read this earlier post.
The ABC's of smoke, CO, & LP detectors, etc.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
Thanks of the link and thanks to everyone who responded. I never knew there was more then one kind I'll chek into it.
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Some people seem to think there is a difference but.. There is not. The only difference between an Attwood battery operated RV somke detector and a Kiddie is... Well, the name on the cover.. IN the case of the CO detector there was an actuall difference other than the name.. The chart that explains the assorte alarm states was printed on the battery compartment cover on the Attwood, not on the Kiddie, the covers, however, are interchangable so when I replaced my ATTWOOD with a Kiddie,, I swapped the battery covers.. They are that (Parts interchangability) identical.
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