All RVs carrying the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) seal will be required to have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed effective Jan. 1.
The RVIA board determined at its meeting Sept. 26 at the St. Regis Hotel, Aspen., Colo., that the matter was so important that it took the unusual step of circumventing the traditional manner in which standards are established to issue the regulation.
Usually regulations are reviewed by the Standards Steering Committee and subjected to scrutiny within the industry before they go into effect.
“There have been a few cases where people using generators were hosing CO into a neighbor’s RV who didn’t have a detector,” said Bruce Hopkins, vice president of standards and education. “The board thought the best way to deal with that was to require all RVs to have CO detectors. It was a safety issue that needed to be addressed right now.”
Previously, CO detectors were required in motorhomes, truck campers and towables that had generators or were prepped for generators to be installed.
Hopkins estimated that 150,000 and 175,000 towables currently are sold without CO detectors installed.