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Old 03-17-2016, 10:16 PM   #1
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Pets and hot weather & lost of shore power

If you do not have AGS (Auto Gen Start), it's 90+ outside and lost shore power. What do you do when you leave your pets in your RV for a day trip that may last 8 hours? Run your Gen while you are away in case you lose shore power or do nothing and hope for the best.

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Old 03-17-2016, 10:33 PM   #2
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We spend the summers in Parker AZ, for the river, only one time in July did the park loose power we had a boat load of people so we left Izzie , the spoiled pup, home when we returned the power was out inside the coach was over 100 but with plenty of water Izzie was fine. On the boat she would have been in over 100'. Water is the key. Now in a car the temp would have been much more and been a problem🍻

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Old 03-17-2016, 11:07 PM   #3
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George and Julie,

I feel the same way. We used an alerting system when we started camping with our two Samoyeds in a Fifth Wheel almost six years ago. We now have a Motorcoach with Automatic Gen Start...but we still use the alerting system. It's naive for us to think that there is no chance of multiple failures. The nice thing about our system is...we can call in anytime for a status report. Just to make sure everything is okay. I made a little blog that details what we use. It's very economical...and works great. If we have internet nearby...we also have a booster and repeater inside the coach...that will take a distant wifi signal and create a hotspot inside the coach. To that...we logon our Samsung SmartCam (webcam) so we can check to see what they're doing anytime from our smartphone. The webcam is an extra...the freeze alarm is our primary alerting system.


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Old 03-18-2016, 04:12 AM   #4
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We use a cheap Motorola security camera (Focus66). It has sound, movement and adjustable temp notification to a smart phone via the web. It doesn't have a battery backup, but we could always use an inverter circuit. However, if it ever loses power I figure it's time to head home anyway. We connect it with our Verizon Jetpack mobile hotspot, but can also use a campground wi-fi if cell service is nil.

The camera works well in low light and it's easy to check in on our pup through a third party web server. Of course that is also a drawback, as you must depend on that service. It has worked well for us so far even though we only use the free service of notifications and live viewing. There is a paid option for archiving video, helpful for breakins, etc. There is no memory card.
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Old 03-18-2016, 06:36 AM   #5
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A simple solution is to leave a window cracked and a 12V roof fan on, and A/C off. Think boondocking.
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Old 03-18-2016, 07:21 AM   #6
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My rig has two fantastic style fans (high volume)..with those on and windows at the four corners cracked there is a significant breeze and my battery bank will support those for days. Basically what l1v3fr33ord1 said. Boondock style...
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Old 03-18-2016, 08:24 AM   #7
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As mentioned previously, motor homes do not heat up like automobiles do. Unless you're parked in Death Valley, I wouldn't be concerned about it.
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This is what I use, It allows you to set a low temp and high temp warning via text and or email notification. It will also notify you of a power interruption in your rig. Also does GPS so if your rig stolen you can track it. The device runs on Verizon [you do not add it to a personal account] cost is $14.99 a month. Has a phone app so you can check temps any time you want, also has a web app. pay only for the months you use it.
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