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Old 06-24-2013, 05:30 AM   #1
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Carbon Monoxide at Rest stops

So we are on our first long trip with our class A and decided to pull into an interstate rest stop. The rest stop wasn't very busy when we pulled into our spot next to a big diesel pusher motorhome. At 2:30am my carbon monoxide alarm began going off. I jumped up, took a peek outside and noticed the rest stop had filled up over the course of the night. I also noticed how strong the exhaust fumes were outside of my motorhome and realized that the only way to get away from it was to get out of there.
So my wife and I are scurrying around getting the kids out of bed and buckled up. We end up pulling into a Wal-Mart 30 minutes down the road. We have an infant so thank God our detector is brand new and working properly. Has anyone had a similar experience? The only thing I could have done differently was try to get an end spot upwind from everyone but this incident kind of rules out rest areas that have the potential for a lot of rigs as far as I'm concerned. Especially in the Summer when everyone is running their generators and AC's.

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Old 06-24-2013, 07:46 AM   #2
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Yes very dangerous. We know some people who died at a race event because of that.

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Old 06-24-2013, 12:02 PM   #3
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We encountered the same event last year. I have learned to find the closest parking spot upwind and we've had no problems since.
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:24 PM   #4
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Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Many CO detectors are not working for one reason or another. It seems like wisdom to test them and take the steps necessary to ensure their protective job is functioning properly.
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I am again reminded why we always pull into a campground with power and water each night when traveling.

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Old 06-25-2013, 06:49 AM   #6
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This is why I have a Gen-Turi generator exhaust extension.. I have had my CO detector set off by the next door neighbor's generator (And by my own, only takes 2 hours if not rolling down the highway 25 hours with Gen-Turi and no beep beep beep).

People die because of CO far too often. And in the line of work I retired from (Police dispatcher/9-1-1 operator) that old may with the hood and scythe is considered the ENEMY!
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:27 AM   #7
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Been in crowded rest areas and campgrounds just as crowded and have had no problems with generators running all night and the CO. You might want to check other things like windows not being closed all the way and seals around them. You may have other problems and not know it.
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Open roof vents would be another to check.

I find that it's not the other RV's that are usually the culprit, but Semi's that leave their engines running constantly.
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All good points and something to think about..Yes, some truckers do idle all night so their AC or heat runs...we never hear of a trucker fatality from CO poisoning, but we do hear of RV'rs having fatalities(luckily not often). So everyone needs to do their part to find leaks in their RVs and get them sealed.
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I don't know about other states but New York State hasa statute that does not permit idling diesels in their rest areas. I guess you just have to have a lot of blankets if it's winter and put up with tthe heat if it's summer.
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Keep in mind that that a diesel is generally under .3 % where as a gasoline engine is generally between 1&2 % for CO in the exhaust. Most diesel stacks are also up in the air versus gasoline engines on the ground.

I would not just automatically write it off to the trucks.

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