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gas stove Propane is one of the most convenient, energy efficient, portable fuels available.

Spring a leak and it's also one of the most hazardous problems you'll have to deal with on your boat or RV.

We can help reduce your risk with our propane detectors. Choose from 3 different models that range from a simple, self contained unit to one that monitors up to 2 remote sensors and shuts off your propane supply if a leak is detected.


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GS/3

 

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GS/7

Choosing & Installing Your Propane Detectors

Propane Detectors Keep Your Boat or RV Safe

Propane is, by far, the fuel of choice for its convenience, energy efficiency and portability - powering everything from fridges and hot water heaters to your stove and barbecue - sometimes even your vehicle. With some basic precautions, regular inspections and maintenance your propane system will deliver many years of safe, reliable service.

One of the simplest safety measures is the installation of a propane detector. These devices will detect a propane leak and warn you long before the propane reaches a dangerous level. Our model GS/6 and GS/7 will even shut-off your propane supply until you have corrected the problem. Download our PDF of installation tips.


Choosing Your Detector

GS/3

This simple, self contained detector is designed specifically for use in RVs. It constantly monitors the atmosphere and, if propane is detected, flashes a red LED and sounds a very loud pulsed alarm, warning you to shut off the propane supply, ventilate the area and correct the problem.

Most RV designs tend to cluster the propane appliances in one area. If this sounds like your floor plan, you can probably get all the protection you need with this effective, reliable, easily installed detector.

GS/5

If you are looking for additional protection, this model will monitor 2 remote sensors (3 with a factory modification) which can be installed in different locations. With this style, you have the option of checking for leaks in different compartments, or at different appliances, where a leak is likely to occur. When a leak is detected it sounds an alarm and flashes a warning, so you can shut off your propane supply until you have corrected the problem.

GS/6

This model automatically shuts off your propane supply if a leak is detected and will monitor 2 remote sensors (3 with a factory modification) which can be installed in different locations. With this style, you have the option of checking for leaks in different compartments, or at different appliances, where a leak is likely to occur. When a leak is detected it automatically shuts off your propane supply. This removes the owness from you to stop further discharge of propane when a leak is detected and requires you to reset the propane system before resuming normal operation. This model functions identically to the GS/7 but has an LCD display of functions.

GS/7

This model automatically shuts off your propane supply if a leak is detected and will monitor 2 remote sensors (3 with a factory modification) which can be installed in different locations. With this style, you have the option of checking for leaks in different compartments, or at different appliances, where a leak is likely to occur. When a leak is detected it automatically shuts off your propane supply. This removes the owness from you to stop further discharge of propane when a leak is detected and requires you to reset the propane system before resuming normal operation. This model functions identically to the GS/6 but has an LED display of functions.


Propane Is Heavier Than Air

Since propane is heavier than air, the detector or sensors should be installed within 6" of the floor. Any leak that may occur will usually fall immediately to the floor and gather in the lowest area of your boat or RV. The exception occurs when propane is discharged from cooking appliances. These usually mix the propane with air to help combustion and this mixture can remain airborne for some time before sinking.

I saw a good example of the weight of propane when my boat was anchored in Roche Harbour in the American San Juans. I watched the crew of a large sloop carry pails of "nothing" up from the cabin and carefully dump them overboard. The boat was equipped with propane which had leaked and gathered in the bilge. Rather than risk turning on blowers and creating a spark, they carefully ladled up the gas and carried it topside.


Avoiding False Alarms

Because of the way the sensor works, propane detectors can also be triggered by almost any flammable vapor. These would include paints, solvents, hair spray and fuels to name a few. False alarms can be minimized by keeping these substances away from your detector. For instance, if you enjoy painting your favourite wilderness scenic in oils, don't clean your brushes in the kitchen sink, where turpentine vapors could trigger a false alarm.

It's obvious when this occurs. Ventilating the area will usually correct the problem. Depending on your type of detector, you may also need to reset it to resume normal operation.


Legal Requirements

The USA and Canada both have mandatory legislation requiring every RV manufacturer to install propane detectors as original equipment and any used RV sold by a dealer to be retrofitted with a detector if it doesn't already have one. In the USA the same legislation applies to recreational boats.