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Old 02-04-2017, 06:46 PM   #1
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Keeping Pets safe when Interior Temps climb in RV

I am sure this has been discussed before on this forum, but I thought I would bring it up again to see what folks are doing today to keep their pets safe in their RV when going out sightseeing for a few hours.

Here's my story: A few years back we went to Newport, RI to do the mansion tours. It was mid-July and temperatures were in the mid-90's. My worst fear came true as we were set up in a campground with the motorhome, and took the toad touring to see the mansions. We left our 2 Golden Retrievers back in the coach for the bulk of the day in the a/c while we went mansion touring.

Sure enough, we got back to the campground, and it had an electrical failure local to the campground. The electric was off upwards of an hour.

When we returned, the interior of the coach was scratching 90F. Luckily the dogs were OK, as the temps were just starting to climb.

So here's my question to the pet owners in the forum: Is anyone using any kind of temperature alert system that will alert you when you are away from the RV and the interior temps of the RV climb unexpectedly, such as in the event of a power failure?

I am interested in installing some sort of temperature alert system which will notify me via my cell phone when 1) the interior temperature in the RV goes above a specified level (say 80F) or 2) there is a power outage in the RV.

So what are people using to guard your pets in this situation?

P.S. I did install an Onan EC-30 Auto Gen Start system. I'm looking for an active system which will warn me when interior temps rise, as a Fail Safe.

Thanks for your responses and ideas.
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Old 02-04-2017, 06:55 PM   #2
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We have a system called Marcell.

Very simple and will send an email if power goes out or temperature settings are exceeded.

We store our rig remotely and have a very special furry friend when we are camping.

We have only had it for 8 months but so far it has been awesome.
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Old 02-04-2017, 07:00 PM   #3
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May I ask what it costs to do the monthly monitoring?
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This one has no monitoring fee

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We bought dog collars with GPS. They claim to have ambient temp sensors, but I dunno how they're used or what their implementation is. As a bonus, know where your dog is... Hellonuzzle.com I believe (nuzzle GPS collar, at any rate). They're not shipping yet, unfortunately (a saga in and of itself).
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Marcella is cellular connection. $8.95 / month. Temp Stick is wifi. No monthly service, but needs reliable wifi connection. Often hard to come by unless you have your own wifi network with cellular backhaul connection.

Simplesafe is cellular alarm system that has low temp / freeze warning and power outage warning, but not high temp. Would be excellent if they would add high temp and some granularity to the warning thresholds.
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If you have AGS you could just program it for the generator to kick in when the temp rises above the threshold.
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Agree with Carefree. If your coach did not come with one I would research adding one. Most AGS can be tied to the main thermostat such that if there is no power and the thermostat calls for A/C the generator will start. It will run for two hours (selectable) and turn off and wait to see if there is another call for the A/C.
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If you have AGS you could just program it for the generator to kick in when the temp rises above the threshold.
The OP says he has AGS. He wants notification in addition.
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Agree with Carefree. If your coach did not come with one I would research adding one. Most AGS can be tied to the main thermostat such that if there is no power and the thermostat calls for A/C the generator will start. It will run for two hours (selectable) and turn off and wait to see if there is another call for the A/C.
The OP says he has AGS. He wants notification in addition.
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We bought dog collars with GPS. They claim to have ambient temp sensors, but I dunno how they're used or what their implementation is. As a bonus, know where your dog is... Hellonuzzle.com I believe (nuzzle GPS collar, at any rate). They're not shipping yet, unfortunately (a saga in and of itself).
Forgot to add, no monthly fee with these guys.
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This is what I use along with a hotspot from straight talk 1gig @ $15 a month.
http://www.acroflyer.com/images/Temp...e%20Sensor.pdf
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We leave the windows open. It's always cooler inside than out because it's shaded. 90+ is pretty hot, but all the wild animals seem to survive. We seldom get over 100 here, and it's a dry heat. Just leave lots of water for the little beast.
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Better to have the little guy uncomfortable than cooked because the power went out and I was out of cell range or the genset didn't start. At least he will be alive.
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