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#6627205 - 01/11/17 08:33 AM Check your CO alarms in your RV's...sad news
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A co-worker of mine was killed over the weekend along with his girlfriend and father as they slept in an RV in Mason Co on a hunting trip. The details are not clear yet but it sounds like CO poisoning.

As someone who sometimes uses the built in propane heater in my RV at my property, I'll be checking the CO alarm next time out out. It was VERY cold over the weekend, so this could have been unrelated to the built in heater, like using the stove to heat or a small portable propane heater, but still a good reminder to be cautious when heating RVs.

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#6627265 - 01/11/17 09:14 AM Re: Check your CO alarms in your RV's...sad news [Re: D-Box]
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Sad... Praying for their families
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#6627382 - 01/11/17 10:31 AM Re: Check your CO alarms in your RV's...sad news [Re: D-Box]
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Yes, theses detectors can be a true life saver.

In addition to CO, a butane gas detector should be in every RV to detect these leaks as well. It was my gas detector that alerted me to a leaking butane canister that I use in my portable heater.

Smoke and CO detectors mounted on the ceiling, while gas detectors mounted roughly 10 inches from the floor.
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#6627567 - 01/11/17 12:22 PM Re: Check your CO alarms in your RV's...sad news [Re: D-Box]
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Article says trailer house not RV. confused2

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#6627586 - 01/11/17 12:32 PM Re: Check your CO alarms in your RV's...sad news [Re: Texas Dan]
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Yes, theses detectors can be a true life saver.
In addition to CO, a butane gas detector should be in every RV to detect these leaks as well. It was my gas detector that alerted me to a leaking butane canister that I use in my portable heater.
Smoke and CO detectors mounted on the ceiling, while gas detectors mounted roughly 10 inches from the floor.


2x - plus detectors MUST be replaced (5-7 yrs); (co detectors 'wear out' after 5-7 years or so, and ones made before 2009 or so DID NOT have a built in warning beep (EOL end of life warning) to alert that the detector would no longer sense rising co levels, even if the battery is good ...)
https://www.fayengineering.com/articles/carbon-monoxide-has-your-carbon-monoxide-alarm-expired

in other words, if you co detector is older than 2010 - replace it NOW!

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#6627601 - 01/11/17 12:44 PM Re: Check your CO alarms in your RV's...sad news [Re: D-Box]
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Sad news for sure. We use a Buddy heater on a large propane bottle for heat when our small electric heater can not keep up on the really cold nights. I've always been leary of these indoor propane heaters. I have woken up with head aches, and get outside and the head ache shortly goes away. The Buddy heaters say they are indoor safe, but are they truly indoor safe?
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#6627628 - 01/11/17 01:04 PM Re: Check your CO alarms in your RV's...sad news [Re: D-Box]
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#6627902 - 01/11/17 04:24 PM Re: Check your CO alarms in your RV's...sad news [Re: KG68]
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Originally Posted By: KG68
Article says trailer house not RV. confused2


The article says "Trailer house", others have here at work have mentioned an RV, but it could have been a mobile home. I assumed travel trailer. Like I said, the details are not yet clear.

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#6627915 - 01/11/17 04:30 PM Re: Check your CO alarms in your RV's...sad news [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
We use a Buddy heater on a large propane bottle for heat when our small electric heater can not keep up on the really cold nights.


I'd be very nervous about using a buddy heater in an RV. You probably need a lot of ventilation to make them safe, which means lots of cold air coming in.

I bought a $60 oscillating electric heater at Target recently with a built in thermostat and it works really well.

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#6627940 - 01/11/17 04:48 PM Re: Check your CO alarms in your RV's...sad news [Re: D-Box]
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Tragic. Buy both a CO and gas detector and use them. I'll be updating mine next trip.

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#6627980 - 01/11/17 05:30 PM Re: Check your CO alarms in your RV's...sad news [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
Sad news for sure. We use a Buddy heater on a large propane bottle for heat when our small electric heater can not keep up on the really cold nights. I've always been leary of these indoor propane heaters. I have woken up with head aches, and get outside and the head ache shortly goes away. The Buddy heaters say they are indoor safe, but are they truly indoor safe?


Chad, what you experienced was likely a lack of oxygen. Propane heaters and non-vented fireplaces can deplete a closed space of oxygen very quickly.
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#6628008 - 01/11/17 05:52 PM Re: Check your CO alarms in your RV's...sad news [Re: D-Box]
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Only use electric heaters in our RV!

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#6628034 - 01/11/17 06:21 PM Re: Check your CO alarms in your RV's...sad news [Re: D-Box]
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Terrible news! Sorry for your loss, and the loss of the families.




Smoke detectors, and CO detectors save lives. Any form of heater, and they need to be in service. We even used them in a wall tent, in Colorado elk hunting.
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#6628065 - 01/11/17 06:45 PM Re: Check your CO alarms in your RV's...sad news [Re: D-Box]
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Knew some guys that died a few years ago, and two kids I coached in the late 80's died in Lubbock at College... I am a fanatic about CO sensors
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#6628459 - 01/11/17 10:23 PM Re: Check your CO alarms in your RV's...sad news [Re: D-Box]
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I'm nervous about running the rv heaters. Thankfully my old rv was small enough that a small heater would heat it
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