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#11 PaulT

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Posted 19 August 2019 - 09:43 PM

Chewing gum.

Stuff some in the intake hole and the beeping should stop. You won’t be safe but may be less annoyed. :P

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Posted 19 August 2019 - 09:57 PM

I occasionally have this problem (front dinette Fleet), about twice a month. Fortunately, not continuously. I reset the detector and open the camper and battery compartment door for about 15 minutes.

 

Word has it that it's the batteries. AGM batteries will outgas just a little bit, typically when charging and that can trigger the detector..

 

FWC apparently is working on a solution for the front dinette campers, since the back of the detector faces the batteries. You can try placing some kind of a cover over the back of the detector to seal it from the batteries.


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Posted 21 August 2019 - 01:23 PM

Jack, your explanation seems very logical. Opening the battery doors on my front dinette Hawk also has worked to silence the alarm. 

 

I'm guessing that enlarging or modifying the 'vent' hole in the outer side of the battery compartment might be part of the eventual solution. Gotta create someplace else for those 'gasses' to go besides into the occupied area of the camper.


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Posted 28 August 2019 - 02:41 AM

I can contribute to this a little...had the same problem when I bought my 2015 Hawk.  Thought it was a bad detector, and FW sent me a new one.  Same thing happened.  

 

I park my camper in the garage when I'm not using it.  Detector would seem to go off in garage, but nowhere else.

 

Did some research, and found that, as Jack noted, off-gassing of batteries will cause the detector to go off, particularly in tight spaces where air circulation is a minimum.  Car exhaust (garage) and a multitude of other things have the ability to set it off.

 

My solution was to install a simple computer on/off switch, for when camper was garaged, like this one: 

 

https://www.amazon.c...aps,248&sr=8-19

 

Spliced into the detector lines and drilled a small hole in the cabinet to mount the switch.  Works great.

 

After having the switch for 3+ years, I can honestly report that I haven't turned it on even once.

 

Was a nice install job, anyway.  


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Posted 18 September 2019 - 04:12 AM

Been having similar problem - Propane Detector won't stop beeping.

 

My propane detector in fairly new FWC Fleet goes off seemingly at random. (Atwood model LPCO)

Never with any propane odorant smell - or any symptoms.

 

Used a separate handheld portable propane detector (UEi Test Instruments CD100A) - to confirm no propane leak inside the camper (or inside the propane tank compartment).

 

Wrote to FWC service folks and this is the response I got:

 

I am sorry to hear about your troubles.

 

Currently, we have a temporary fix for this issue until we can come up with a more permanent solution.

 

What is happening, is that the detector is reading possible off-gassing inside of the cabinet.

 

It could be the linoleum flooring or just the plastic from the propane cabinet.

 

What we have doing to rectify the current situation is, removing the propane detector(remove the trim ring by using a small screwdriver at the top of the unit, then remove the 4 screws), and sealing the backside of the detector with clear silicon.

 

There will be many small holes including around where the wires exit the back of the unit. Using gloves, press the silicon into the area with the wires.

 

There will be two larger(thin) holes on two sides. These need to be sealed as well. Once that is done and it has dried, reinstall the sensor and all should be fine.

 

By doing this, we are not modifying the way the unit works, we are only having the unit sense the common air inside of the main cabin where you sleep.

 

We are sure if you give this a try, it will fix your issue. In the upcoming months we should have a more permanent solution to this.

 

Let me know if you need anything beyond this.

 

Aaron Geiger

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Svc2@Fourwh.com

 

 

So, as suggested, today I used some clear silicone to close up all the holes between the front side of the propane detector (where the sensors are) and the the back which faces into the cabinet. 

 

Will be out for a few nights - and will see if we still get awakened at 3 AM (why is it always 3 AM?)

 

~ Alan

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 18 September 2019 - 12:24 PM

Thanks for the information Alan; even though the process is somewhat involved it's great that SOMEONE (from FWC) took the time to research it & submit a reply which seems like a workable solution. 

 

You can bet I'll be doing it at some point! Thanks again!  :thumb:


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Posted 18 September 2019 - 12:57 PM

Alan, thanks for taking the time to post the the response from FWC, a number of members have experienced the problem, and this is very helpful.

Been having similar problem - Propane Detector won't stop beeping.
 
My propane detector in fairly new FWC Fleet goes off seemingly at random. (Atwood model LPCO)
Never with any propane odorant smell - or any symptoms.
 
Used a separate handheld portable propane detector (UEi Test Instruments CD100A) - to confirm no propane leak inside the camper (or inside the propane tank compartment).
 
Wrote to FWC service folks and this is the response I got:
 
I am sorry to hear about your troubles. [/size]
 
Currently, we have a temporary fix for this issue until we can come up with a more permanent solution. [/size]
 
What is happening, is that the detector is reading possible off-gassing inside of the cabinet. [/size]
 
It could be the linoleum flooring or just the plastic from the propane cabinet. [/size]
 
What we have doing to rectify the current situation is, removing the propane detector(remove the trim ring by using a small screwdriver at the top of the unit, then remove the 4 screws), and sealing the backside of the detector with clear silicon. [/size]
 
There will be many small holes including around where the wires exit the back of the unit. Using gloves, press the silicon into the area with the wires. [/size]
 
There will be two larger(thin) holes on two sides. These need to be sealed as well. Once that is done and it has dried, reinstall the sensor and all should be fine. [/size]
 
By doing this, we are not modifying the way the unit works, we are only having the unit sense the common air inside of the main cabin where you sleep. [/size]
 
We are sure if you give this a try, it will fix your issue. In the upcoming months we should have a more permanent solution to this. [/size]
 
Let me know if you need anything beyond this.[/size]
 
Aaron Geiger
Service Advisor
530-666-1442
Svc2@Fourwh.com
 
 
So, as suggested, today I used some clear silicone to close up all the holes between the front side of the propane detector (where the sensors are) and the the back which faces into the cabinet. 
 
Will be out for a few nights - and will see if we still get awakened at 3 AM (why is it always 3 AM?)
 
~ Alan


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