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Dometic Atwood RV Carbon Monoxide Detector Review

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Review of the Dometic Atwood RV Carbon Monoxide Detector

Now, this'll detect levels of carbon monoxide as low as 30 PPM, which is parts per million. To give you a better understanding of what this means, the average carbon monoxide levels in our own homes is anywhere between 0.5, and five ppm.The average carbon monoxide level from a modern vehicle's exhaust is around 1,000 parts per million, and we all know how dangerous vehicle exhaust is. Most people don't even experience symptoms between one and 70 PPM. As you can see, with this detecting levels as low as 30, this will warn us before it even gets dangerous.Now, I'm going to go ahead and hit the test button so you can hear what it sounds like. I'm wearing a microphone, so you're not going to have any problem picking it up. It's 85 decibels at 10 feet.

So again, it's going to be very loud. It's going to notify you just fine. It'll definitely wake you up during a deep sleep. So again, very loud. It should notify everybody.So this is going to be a perfect replacement to your old carbon monoxide detector.

It doesn't require wiring. It's battery powered, so you can place it anywhere you want. I do recommend placing it where you're going to be sleeping, so you can pick up as many as you like.Its dimensions are 4-1/2" long, 2-3/4" wide, and 1-5/8" deep. The indicator lights here are pretty simple. The one on the right hand side, it'll flash green when it's working properly.

You just saw that. Here on the left hand side, it'll flash red when the alarm is sounding. It'll also flash red and beep periodically when the battery is low. Now, it's recommended to replace your carbon monoxide sensor every five to 10 years after they're first powered on.On this one, you can see here there's a little spot to put a date. This is so you can keep track of that time.

If you're looking to replace an old one on your RV or camper, you can always unscrew it or take it off and check the date on the back. It's five to 10 years from that.Now, in mounting your carbon monoxide sensor, you want to mount it eye level. That's going to be right around that five to six foot range. I'm going to mount mine here. What well need to do is we'll need to remove the actual detector from the wall mount. The way that's done is we'll press in on the tab there, and then just pull up. It comes right off.Now, when mounting the plate, it's up to you if you'd like to pull out a level or measure top to bottom with a tape measure. Of you'd just like to eye it up like I'm going to do. I know I want it in this position. I've got a pretty good idea of how I want it. I think it looks pretty straight, so I'm going to mark up my holes. Then I'm going to use the included hardware to get it started, throw the mount back up there, and then run it all the way through.Here's a look at the hardware that it came with. You can see the two screws there. It also comes with some anchors. I don't think we're going to be needing the anchors. We are going right through some wood, so we'll just use a light torque setting on our screw gun.I'm just going to start it out with the hardware, just like I mentioned. There we go. Grab my mount. Then again, it's a good idea to use a low torque setting. That way you don't strip anything out. There we go.Now, it does come with batteries, so you want to be sure and put those in correctly. As soon as we put all of them in, it is going to beep. Once they're all in, we're ready to slide it in place. Start from the top. Line it up. Pull it down until it clips in. We're all set.Once everything's installed, we want to run through a quick test, so as soon as I press the test button, it's going to beep. Then it's going to beep four times, then beep another four times, then finally chirp. That's how I know it's working properly. Another way we know it's working properly is it flashes green right here on the operate side, every 30 seconds. Let's go ahead and wait a second, and see if we can get that to show before we test it. Oh, see you can see it happen right there.Again, we know it's working properly. Let's go ahead and press the test button and make sure we can hear that alarm sound. Okay, so that's perfect. You can see how at the very end there, it flashed green. Again, we know it's working properly. It ran through its test. We're all set.With everything installed and tested out, now you've got a good understanding of the dangers of carbon monoxide and why it's important to have a detector. I hope this video was helpful.