Carbon Monoxide Detectors For RVing & Camping

RVing and camping are fun activities.  Occasionally, they have a tragic ending due to a death or injury from carbon monoxide poisoning.  The worst part is that CO poisoning is preventable, no matter where it occurs.  A carbon monoxide detector, working properly, will alert you to unsafe levels of carbon monoxide, and enable you take action.  We have several carbon monoxide detectors for RVing and camping that we recommend.  Choose one of these and use it whenever you out in the great outdoors.

 


 

Carbon Monoxide Detectors for RVing

We refer here to any vehicle or trailer if you use it to camp in. Usually, these camping “homes” are like your regular home in terms of indoor environment, with one difference. Many RVs employ propane gas appliances while cooking and heating, and a good number also have an electrical generator that runs on gasoline. All of these are potential sources of carbon monoxide, and especially the generator. In addition, the environmental conditions inside the rig exhibit wider fluctuations than your home due to periods where you are not using it.  These temperature and humidity extremes could be deleterious to some CO detectors.  In fact, the warranty could be voided on some products if they are used in conditions outside of what the manufacturer recommends.

Many people camping in an RV do so in a campground or RV park, but others prefer “boondocking”. In any case, if RVs are parked close together, the occupants may be at risk from CO being produced by somebody else. A good carbon monoxide detector is your best defense against CO poisoning while camping in an RV. Here are the ones we recommend:


 

Sensorcon CO InspectorSensorcon CO Inspector

A slightly larger portable unit, this detector is rugged and versatile.  It is waterproof and dustproof, and can safely operate in a wide range of temperatures and humidities.  It will display the ambient CO level from 1 ppm, and will alert you with sound, lights, and vibration.  It will work well in an RV as well as many other applications.

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Pocket CO DetectorPocket CO with keys

This tiny, portable low-level carbon monoxide detector is a serious entry into the market. Its small size and weight make it ideal for use in travel – driving, flying, going anywhere. It can be attached to a set of keys or clipped on your clothing. Despite its name, it is not designed to be used in your pocket. It needs to be exposed to the air you breathe to work as intended. It does need to be calibrated once per year, or returned to the factory for a full refurbishment. A handy, unobtrusive, vigilant device that works well.

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors for Camping and Backpacking

Anyone who spends time in a tent knows how little air exchange exists between the outside of the tent and the inside. That is, in fact, why tents work as well as they do. Unfortunately, when it comes to carbon monoxide, the lack of air exchange means that if there is a source of CO in the tent, the CO level can quickly build up to a dangerous level. How many of us have run a gas or propane device, such as a stove or a lantern, inside a tent?

The obvious remedy is to stop doing it, but people will be people, so the next-best choice is to have and use a portable carbon monoxide detector. Given the range of environments that backpackers and campers experience, a rugged, waterproof device would seem to be the best choice, so we recommend the following:


Sensorcon CO Inspector Sensorcon CO Inspector

This detector is small but capable. Its electronics are waterproof and dust-proof, and it is rated to operate in a wide range of temperatures and humidities.  You can turn it on when you need it, then turn it off when you don’t to save batteries.  It will alert you with audible and visual alarms and vibrate when unsafe levels of CO are present.

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Pocket CO DetectorPocket CO with keys

This tiny, portable low-level carbon monoxide detector is a serious entry into the market. Its small size and weight make it ideal for use in travel – driving, flying, going anywhere. It can be attached to a set of keys or clipped on your clothing. Despite its name, it is not designed to be used in your pocket. It needs to be exposed to the air you breathe to work as intended. It does need to be calibrated once per year, or returned to the factory for a full refurbishment. A handy, unobtrusive, vigilant device that works well.

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