How to replace a RV propane detector

by | Sep 4, 2021

There always seems to be something that needs to be worked on in an RV. Some tasks are simple, others may take more effort. Something often overlooked is replacing an out of date RV propane detector. Most propane detector manufacturers specify replacement at five years from the expiration date shown on the detector. This date can be on the front or back of the unit. If your RV is over five years old, the propane detector may not be functional and should be replaced.

Replacing an out of date RV propane detector is simple and very important to ensure your family’s safety. We show the steps to replace and tips to use in the event a direct replacement can’t be found.

Installing a RV Propane Detector

rv propane detectorFor most RV’s, replacing an existing RV propane detector is a very simple process. Depending on the age of the RV, a direct replacement can be found. For other RV’s that may have a little age, some basic modifications may be needed either to cover a hole in a cabinet or enlarge an area if your RV propane detector isn’t flush mounted. And for those that are flush mounted, the replacement takes less than 10 minutes.

Our 5th wheel was purchased new in 2014. As with many RVs that are over five years old, we were not able to find a direct replacement for our RV propane detector. And, there is no standard size when looking for a replacement. Our detector was installed in a cabinet and I needed a solution to cover the hole since the replacement unit was a flush mount.

Simple fix was a small piece of aluminum, painted flat black, a couple pop rivets to mount the detector to the aluminum, connect the 12V DC wires, and screw in place. Even with the extra steps to make the modifications, it was still a simple installation. It took longer for the paint to dry on the aluminum than it took to remove the old unit and install the new.

Be Safe

Take a few minutes to check the date on your RV propane detector and if over five years old, then it needs to be replaced. It’s easy, inexpensive, and one of those projects to ensure you and your family is safe.

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