ARE YOU SAFE IN YOUR RV?
RV Gas Appliances
RVs with gas appliances travel both on and off road. In all cases gas fittings are subjected to vibrations and the potential is always there for an undetected leak. When you smell gas, it may be too late as the cavity in which the appliance is installed has already become explosive.
Every year gas explosions occur in RVs because of propane (LPG) gas leaking into the cavities where the gas appliance is installed. The links below (click to see article) are only a few examples where explosions have occurred. A report on gas appliances written by a US legal firm is an interesting read.
There are several devices on the market that claim to shut down supply when leaks are detected. Frankly, there is one sure way to avoid danger. Install an industrial grade sensor in the appliance cavity with settings to detect gas fumes when 25% of its minimum explosive concentration is reached. The monitor will alarm both visually and audibly leaving sufficient time to shut down gas supply. The next level of safety is the optional addition of a 12V solenoid value that shuts down main supply in milliseconds when the detection occurs. This adds additional safety while you sleep or when you are away from your RV.
We would also recommend the addition of a carbon monoxide (CO) detector installed in the cabin. CO is an odorless killer that is usually caused when a fault in a gas or diesel heater develops. They are an inexpensive addition for peace of mind.
WHETHER YOU PURCHASE THE DETECTION EQUIPMENT FROM US OR NOT PROTECT YOURSELF AND THOSE AROUND YOU BY EQUIPPING YOUR RV WITH THIS LEVEL OF SAFETY AND PEACE OF MIND.