It’s colorless, odorless and tasteless. And it’s TOXIC, too. Yes, you have guessed it right –we are talking about carbon monoxide (CO) gas. It’s not without reason that it’s called the silent and invisible killer; it’s one of the top causes of death due to poisoning in the USA. Whenever you burn a substance with carbon contents, such as wood, propane, gasoline, natural gas or charcoal, this deadly gas is released into the air. Burning of carbon in an open space is not that dangerous, as it gets easily dissipated without adding much toxin to the air. But when it comes to confined spaces like your RV, the release of CO can be plain deadly. Even worse is the fact that in your motor home, there are several potent sources of carbon monoxide that include the generator, the heater, the cook top in the kitchen, and even the exhaust pipe. That is why; a CO detector makes a valuable addition to your rolling home. If you don’t have one installed in your RV yet, but planning to sell it soon, do install one immediately. It’s a small investment that can earn you big rewards when you put it up for sale in the market. Here is an easy-to-follow step-by-step guide for the installation of the (CO) detector in your RV:
Determine the Detector Size That Your RV Requires
Large RVs with the capacity of sleeping more than four people will require a 12-volt CO detector. Smaller units that sleep two to three people, may need a 9-volt CO detector.
Spot the Best Location for the Installation
The ideal place will be the one which is nearest to where most of the occupants of your RV sleep. There should be at least a five-feet gap between the floor and the place where the detector will be installed.
Points to Note While Installing the Device
When you are going the DIY way, make sure that you are not drilling through the wire and pipelines. After the installation, test it by inserting batteries. This step will help you get familiar with the sound of the alarm and understand how it blinks when activated. To trigger it, light up a cigarette in front of it. Hold it for some time to check if the built-in meter has registered any changes in the air’s CO level. Check whether its red warning light is blinking in a desired way as mentioned in its manual. Any deviation from its intended behavior may be an indication that you are using the wrong batteries; change them immediately.
Small but useful devices such as a CO detector can go a long way to impress your potential buyers. Contact us for more such smart ideas and other assistance that may help you sell your RV fast.