Back in 1996, the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) began requiring LP gas detectors be installed in new RVs. The useful service life of LP detectors is five years. Do you know if your detector has expired? If your RV is 5 years or older, you should check the date code on the back of your detector and replace it if it is too old.
Winnebago Industries’ LP gas detector supplier was CCI Controls who ceased operations in 2009. Since then most Winnebagos have a flush mount MTI Industries’ Safe-T-Alert LP gas detector installed at the factory. Replacement CCI controls detectors are not available but can be directly replaced with the Safe-T-Alert model. MTI Industries’ Safe-T-Alert LP gas detector fits most Winnebago and Itasca motorhomes without needing to make any changes to the cut-out. These detectors also fit many Fleetwood motorhomes as well.
Potential sources of LP gas leaks include RV refrigerators, oven, stovetop burners, furnace, water heater, and other propane appliances. Also, the source of the leak could be a defect or loose connection in the LP gas system and possibly the regulator. Propane gas leaks can occur anywhere in the gas distribution system. Propane gas leaks are serious and can lead to fire or explosion.
Pure LP gas is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. An odorant is added to LP gas when it is manufactured to assist in detecting a leak. As we age many of us will lose some portion of our ability to smell, so people should not rely solely on smelling a leak.
From now until September 30, 2013, MTI Industries’ Safe-T-Alert is offering a $10 rebate on these LP gas alarms. You can download the rebate form at www.SafeTAlertRebate.com. Take advantage of the rebate offered by Safe-T-Alert and make it a safe trip. Replace your outdated LP gas alarm today!