August 2015 - Code Compliance

RV Smoke Alarm and Propane Detection Equipment

August 1, 2015

Being safe in your RV is something that many people may take for granted.  Today all manufactured RVs come equipped with a smoke alarm and a propane alarm.


Smoke Alarms

Be sure to install new batteries at least once a year, and test the smoke alarm every month.

If you’re installing a smoke alarm on an older RV, mount it on the ceiling.  Smoke rises quickly, the smoke alarm will provide early detection giving you more time to get out in an emergency.


Propane Gas Detection

Propane gas detectors are a key element of RV propane systems in RVs. They must endure constant vibration and jarring while traveling down the highways.  This constant movement greatly increases the possibility of damaging the plumbing required to deliver propane to your gas appliances.

Most RVs you have a furnace, a stove (possibly with an oven), a refrigerator, and a water heater.  That’s a lot of pilot lights or electronic igniters that must all function correctly every time.

Something as simple as turning the knobs for the stovetop the wrong direction can easily leave raw propane escaping into your living space.

In current- and late-model motorhomes, when the propane alarm sounds it also cuts off the flow of gas from the tank to the motorhome appliances.  Be aware of this — because any appliance that relies on a burning pilot light to function will need to be re-lit at the point gas pressure is restored.