Monday, November 28, 2011
backroads information-carbon monoxide and rv's
We have previously covered carbon monoxide detectors and the importance of using them while camping in an RV.
This past week while camping on the Snake River I plugged in the digital readout carbon monoxide detector and was curious to see what effect the various gas appliances would have on CO build-up. This was the prime suspect.
We have used this in the tent trailer. Which gets plenty of air flow. Not quite like the 5th wheel which has hard sides everywhere!! Anyway, we plugged in the propane heater and then plugged in the CO detector. It did not move for hours. When we started using this appliance, the CO detector started moving slowly.
That was a surprise. After a few hours of cooking dinner and heating strictly with the propane heater this is what the CO meter showed.
I lined up my digital CO meters in the garage to see if they were reading in the same ballpark. I started up the Honda Pilot and watched the meters do nothing for several minutes. I was convinced that I had several, not just one bad meter. I then noticed the gas generator and fired it up. All the CO readouts immediately started rising!! And in a short while were well above the danger zone.
So NEVER use a generator in a confined space!!
A digital CO detector. Do not camp in an RV without one!!
Here is the link to our discussion on CO detectors: Carbon Monoxide and Camping.
Posted by Vladimir Steblina at 8:00 PM