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Dometic Atwood RV Carbon Monoxide Detector Review

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Review of the Dometic Atwood RV Carbon Monoxide Detector

Hey guys. Today we're going to be checking out the Atwood RV Carbon Monoxide Detector with display. Now this little detector here will detect carbon monoxide up to 1500 square feet, that's the equivalent size of a house, so it's going to be more than enough for your RV or camper. Now in case you don't know how harmful carbon monoxide can be, I can tell you a little bit about it. It's a tasteless, odorless and colorless gas that's almost impossible to identify. It's caused by fuels not being burned completely, so you can get it from coal, propane, wood, any one of these can produce carbon monoxide, and it can be fatal.

How it works is it detects levels of carbon monoxide through measurements of PPM or parts per million. This one will detect levels as low as 30PPM. To give you an idea of where that stands, most people's carbon monoxide levels in their homes is anywhere between 0.5 and 5PPM. Most carbon monoxide levels of a modern vehicle's exhaust is around 1000PPM.We all know how dangerous exhaust fumes from a vehicle can be. Most people won't even experience symptoms from prolonged exposure from carbon monoxide from one to 70PPM.

Again, with this detecting 30PPM, it's going to let us know way early, before there's any harm. The onboard digital display will let us know our levels of carbon monoxide, starting at 30PPM. It'll go all the way up to 999, which is an extremely harmful level of carbon monoxide. It'll also let us know when we have low battery, it'll display LB, and it'll also tell us when we have an error, which will be ERR. Right here, we have a blinking green light, this is when it's operating correctly, and over here, it'll flash when there's low battery.

It'll also flash when the alarm is sounding. It features two buttons, the one down here is our peak level. This is going to let us view our maximum level of carbon monoxide that this unit has ever been through. As you can see, it's registering zero, it hasn't detected any levels of carbon monoxide, which is a good thing.The one up top is our test. I'm going to go ahead and push the test button, that way you can hear what the alarm sounds like.

I'm wearing a microphone, so you should have no problem hearing it. After sounding the alarm, I would like to mention that it does measure at 85 decibels at 10 feet away. Again, it's going to be very loud. You can rest assured that it's going to wake you up or notify you when there's an issue. It measures four and a half inches long, two and three quarters of an inch wide, and an inch and five eighths deep. Now it's recommended that you replace your carbon monoxide detector every five to 10 years after it's powered on. On this one, you can see there's a spot that we can write a date in, that way you can keep track of it. If you're concerned about your old one and you're unsure how old it is, you should be able to take it off and there'll be a date on it, and it's five to 10 years after that.Now in 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, or if 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, and I think it looks pretty straight, so I'm going to mark out my holes, and 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, and 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 screwdriver. I'm just going to start it out on our hardware just like I mentioned, there we go, grab my mount, and then again, it's a good idea to use a low torque setting that way you don't scrape anything out, there we go.Now it does come with batteries. As soon as we put in the last battery, the alarm will sound. On the display, it will show three A's, they will disappear within 10 seconds. I'm going to go ahead and put my batteries in. We'll just give it 10 seconds, and then they should disappear. Now we can place it on the wall and run the test. Now in fixing it on the wall, you want to be sure to come from the top down, line it up with the channels on each side, push down until it snaps in. Then when I push the test button, it'll beep once and then beep four times, then an additional four times and then chirp. Just as long as it ran through the test properly, everything will reset back to zero, and the green LED will flash every 30 seconds. Now that you've had a good look at the Atwood RV Carbon Monoxide Detector, and you understand how important it is to have one, we hope this was a helpful video.