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    Re: Safety miss by Heartland, my dealer, and me

    Quote Originally Posted by dieseldogsdad View Post
    I think what MikeR is referring to is most 9 volt connectors look like this
    and the battery terminals would not plug into this connector backwards. Your CO detector must have some type of slip in blade setup.
    I've actually had some 9-volt battery items (radios, microphones and such) with this type of connector where the battery would fit backwards into the contacts.

    Seems strange, I know . . .
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    Re: Safety miss by Heartland, my dealer, and me

    Has it been ascertained that Heartland installs the batteries in the detectors. If a rig sat on a dealer's lot for months, with the detector active, the life of the battery would be diminished by the time it's sold.
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    Re: Safety miss by Heartland, my dealer, and me

    That's why you change out the batteries after the PDI. They must work for the PDI but change them out for fresh batteries as soon after delivery as possible. Then you KNOW when they were installed.

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    Re: Safety miss by Heartland, my dealer, and me

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDar View Post
    Has it been ascertained that Heartland installs the batteries in the detectors. If a rig sat on a dealer's lot for months, with the detector active, the life of the battery would be diminished by the time it's sold.
    Since the batteries last at least a year, and they usually come with the detector, I am pretty sure that the factory installs them, not the dealer.
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    Re: Safety miss by Heartland, my dealer, and me

    Our new 2015 came with batteries installed.....now the kicker....they had a thin plastic film between the terminals and detector so the detector would not have gone off in the event of a fire....or the wife's cooking LOL.

    This thread reminded me I did not do the one in the bedroom. AND it was the same as the hall. Notice the plastic between the terminals/detector.

    I'm not a lawyer, but I would think in the event of a fire and a person could prove the fire detectors were disabled from the factory..........the manufacture, Heartland and the selling dealer would be in a world of hurt.
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    Re: Safety miss by Heartland, my dealer, and me

    Quote Originally Posted by BouseBill View Post
    Our new 2015 came with batteries installed.....now the kicker....they had a thin plastic film between the terminals and detector so the detector would not have gone off in the event of a fire....or the wife's cooking LOL
    That plastic means the batteries were factory installed by the detector manufacturer. This is a relatively recent technique. Usually there is a sticker advising you to pull the plastic out. It's a way to assure the batteries aren't exhausted before you actually use the detectors.
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    Re: Safety miss by Heartland, my dealer, and me

    Bob, you are correct, but one does not know the plastic is in there unless you take the cover off. Which "I" should have done. The warning to pull the plastic is written on the plastic..if you look closely you can see the writing on the plastic..which is under cover

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    Re: Safety miss by Heartland, my dealer, and me

    Quote Originally Posted by BouseBill View Post
    Bob, you are correct, but one does not know the plastic is in there unless you take the cover off. Which "I" should have done. The warning to pull the plastic is written on the plastic..if you look closely you can see the writing on the plastic..which is under cover
    There was probably a label advising you to do that. I bet that either Heartland or your dealer removed that label in an attempt to give your trailer a "finished" look.
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    Re: Safety miss by Heartland, my dealer, and me

    Exactly. Also, normally the battery area for a 9v is only large enough for a properly connected battery to fit into the area (box). Don't forget a 9v battery and steel wool makes a great fire starter.
    Quote Originally Posted by dieseldogsdad View Post
    I think what MikeR is referring to is most 9 volt connectors look like this
    and the battery terminals would not plug into this connector backwards. Your CO detector must have some type of slip in blade setup.
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