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Old 11-04-2012, 09:56 AM   #41
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We had a great night sleep last night. At least until 6am when I woke up to the carbon monoxide detector going off. I am not sure what would have caused it because we are at a campground and we are using electric heaters to conserve propane. We didn't leave any windows cracked last night because we figured there was nothing running that needed ventilation. Our propane tanks are shut off at the tank also. I suppose it could have been a false positive. I opened the window hit the reset button and went back to sleep, it never went off again.

The two nights before we were heating using a blue flame heater with no issues. Of course we did have a window cracked on those nights.

Anyone have any ideas of what may have caused it?
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:59 AM   #42
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Even an electric heater will consume some volume of oxygen. And if the unit is sealed up tight, it could well go below the levels that trigger the sensor. And for the record...anyone building a conversion that does not incorporate CO2 and propane sensors is definitely risking not waking up some morning.
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:17 PM   #43
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Even an electric heater will consume some volume of oxygen. And if the unit is sealed up tight, it could well go below the levels that trigger the sensor. And for the record...anyone building a conversion that does not incorporate CO2 and propane sensors is definitely risking not waking up some morning.

Or maybe waking up dead. That's pretty scary. Maybe because you had 5 people sleeping in such a small space with the window closed. I wonder if you could have used that much O2 while sleeping.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:27 PM   #44
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We didn't have a campfire, and there are no occupants in the campers next to us. When I woke up I felt fine, well, as fine as I feel when I get up at 6am lol, was able to breath fine and didn't have a headache that is why I was thinking it was a false positive. Of course I imagine these CO2 detectors are meant to go off prior to reaching a dangerous level. The detector didn't go off all day but we were in and out, opening and closing the door all day.

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We had a great night sleep last night. At least until 6am when I woke up to the carbon monoxide detector going off. I am not sure what would have caused it because we are at a campground and we are using electric heaters to conserve propane.
Anyone have any ideas of what may have caused it?
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Even an electric heater will consume some volume of oxygen. And if the unit is sealed up tight, it could well go below the levels that trigger the sensor. And for the record...anyone building a conversion that does not incorporate CO2 and propane sensors is definitely risking not waking up some morning.

Or maybe waking up dead. That's pretty scary. Maybe because you had 5 people sleeping in such a small space with the window closed. I wonder if you could have used that much O2 while sleeping.
Actually we have 6 people and a dog . I would have never thought this rig was that air tight. We plan on leaving a window cracked open tonight.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:27 AM   #45
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Last night went well. No detectors going off. I think it got down to about 24 degrees and we were still nice and toasty in Farold. Yesterday we went and picked up a 45 watt solar panel array and we will be installing that in the next couple days. We are getting ready to head out of Camp Timber Lake Campground (pretty nice place by the way) and are going to head over and see/meet somewhereinusa. I will post some pics of the solar panel array once it is installed.
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:24 PM   #46
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We have been busy in our travels but we found time to purchase some solar panels and get them installed on Farold. We got the 45 watt solar panel array with controller and other accessories at Harbor Freight. Retail price was $229. They were on sale for $189. Both my father and I got a set (he has been following us in his van that he converted to a stealth camper). When we were getting ready to check out there was an older gentleman standing near the line that asked if we had a coupon for the solar panels. Both dad and I looked at each other then I replied, "No, we don't". He said, "Well, here you go." I looked at the coupon and it was for $149.00! Both dad and I were able to use the coupon as it was a limit of 5. I thanked the guy a couple different times and shook his hand. Anyway here are some pics of the solar panels installed:

First, this is where we have been camped out since Monday:



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And here is a pic of the solar panel array on dad's van:



The panels work great by the way. I just got mine installed today but I put dad's up yesterday. We let a 200 watt heater run in his van overnight to drain the three deep-cell batteries he has on board. Heater was still running in the morning and the battery voltage was at 10.9 volts. We turned on the solar controller at about 9am and the battery voltage was back up to 12 volts at noon. We are letting the solar panel recharge the batteries all day to see where it ends up.

Also, a big thank you goes out to somewhereinusa for allowing us to stop by and see his skoolie. We had a great visit and I picked up a couple ideas (mainly a door lock system) while we were there.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:29 PM   #47
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I'm glad to hear that the HF solar setup is working for you. I've been pondering one of those for some time now, but have been hesitant due to bad experiences I've had with certain other HF purchases that turned out to be really shoddy crap. I've also gotten other things at HF that are still holding up, so I guess its a crap-shoot. I would appreciate an update if you have any problems with your system.
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I'm glad to hear that the HF solar setup is working for you. I've been pondering one of those for some time now, but have been hesitant due to bad experiences I've had with certain other HF purchases that turned out to be really shoddy crap. I've also gotten other things at HF that are still holding up, so I guess its a crap-shoot. I would appreciate an update if you have any problems with your system.
Yeah, I was in the same mindset but decided to bite the bullet as I wanted something now rather than wait until the trip was done. The panels seem well constructed and the frame is like pvc pipe only with thicker walls. I didn't have any issues with the install or operation so far and will be sure to update if anything happens.
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:36 PM   #49
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Also, the other black box type thing on my roof is a TV antenna. Again I was going to by an actual RV antenna but didn't want to wait for it to ship. This is a $40 360 degree RCA antenna that I purchased from Wal-Mart. The reception is pretty darn good for what it is. I am about 30 or so miles outside of Fort Wayne and pick up all their local channels with it. Figured I would let you all know in case you were looking for something similar.
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Had a nice visit when travelinwithus stopped by yesterday. Kate and Molly always appreciate someone new to throw things for them. You did a nice job on your skoolie in a short time.
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