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TNGW1500SE

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Hey I'm with you but you're going to get some idiot on here saying that you shouldn't leave your dog. Skip the post or just tell em' where to go [emoticon]

Anyway,, I have it covered the best I can,

I have a USB dongle I got off E Bay that sends an E mail or text if the temp goes over a preset limit. It's got about a 3 foot cord with a sensor on the end of it. I stick it in the A/C vent. I don't recall the brand. I bought it years ago. 30 bucks if I recall. Came with a disk to load the software.

Maybe this one: USB sensor with software

Remember that doesn't do anything if the power is off and/or the WiFi is down so I use the "teamviewer" app on my phone. It's free. I just run the USB temp reading software on the PC before we leave and log in with teamviewer on my phone and check on them that way. If I can't log on, the power could be off or the WiFi is down. I'd go back and check.

I also always set the temp way down too. You're main problems with A/C (other than a power failure) are at start up. I stick it on 60 and leave. I don't think it ever shuts off. It gives them a "jump" on the heat it the power was to fail. Might be a little cold but they're dogs and cold is better than dead. Search E-bay for USB temp sensor. Teamviewer is free at the app store. Load it on PC and phone.

Another thing I do is stick a digital thermometer in the front window and ask some nice neighbor to glance at it if the wouldn't mind. Then we give them our number. People are mostly animal lovers and don't mind. Last time we camped, a nice lady would text us the temp about every hour. Overkill but very nice of her.

Amazon sells a 12 volt alarm that closes a built in relay that you wire up and program. I have one hooked to a buzzer that's mounted under the font grill. Might pizz off a few campers it they had to listen to it for a while but might also save my dogs. I can always say "sorry"
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As has already been mentioned, having reliable WIFI or cell service availabl and having it available if you loose power will determine what you can use. Either system from Marcell or RV PetSafety use a cellular network (Verizon or AT&T) so no WIFI is required and are subscription based so there is an ongoing cost so if considering this technology, compare features and costs and see what works for you.

Other options that are available if you have reliable WIFI include temperature monitors that will connect to your own WIFI network. The advantage with this type is that there is no ongoing subscription costs. A recommended unit is the GOVEE Temperature device. Read David Bott's Review. Disadvantage with this is that it does not notify if power is lost-just when temp and humidity are out of the desired ranges. I have AGS so power is restored automatically via the generator if electrical loss creates a demand.

I have used both the RV PetSafety and the GOVEE Temperature units and can attest that each work as advertised and will perform the function(s) you are asking about. You must look at what your needs are and then look at the technology that works in your situation.

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Solo wrote:

Disadvantage with this is that it does not notify if power is lost-just when temp and humidity are out of the desired ranges. I have AGS so power is restored automatically via the generator if electrical loss creates a demand.



For those of us not having something in the rig that will auto start the generator when power is lost, I would sure be more comfortable being notified right away when power is lost, rather than only when the temp reaches an out of range point. Then I could head back ASAP before the temps get out of range. Units that run on AC but have a battery backup (like the Marcel) can provide this feature.

I wonder how long the battery life of the GoVee is and if it notifies you ahead of time that the battery needs to be changed.
The article/video did not have this information.

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jcpainter wrote:



I wonder how long the battery life of the GoVee is and if it notifies you ahead of time that the battery needs to be changed.
The article/video did not have this information.


I have only personally been using the GoVee for a few weeks and so cannot comment on whether a low battery alert will be sent-I do not believe it will however. The battery life can be stretched some by setting it's monitoring function at a less frequent interval. But, the app does show a "battery level meter" which does give you some idea it appears of the unit's power left. No question the subscription based cellular systems work well as my RVPetSafety unit on the Verizon network has worked without a hitch whenever temps/Humidity are out of range or if onboard 120v has been lost. Bottom line, there are good options available to send alerts and different ways/costs to make it happen.

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jcpainter wrote:

Solo wrote:

Disadvantage with this is that it does not notify if power is lost-just when temp and humidity are out of the desired ranges. I have AGS so power is restored automatically via the generator if electrical loss creates a demand.



For those of us not having something in the rig that will auto start the generator when power is lost, I would sure be more comfortable being notified right away when power is lost, rather than only when the temp reaches an out of range point. Then I could head back ASAP before the temps get out of range. Units that run on AC but have a battery backup (like the Marcel) can provide this feature.

I wonder how long the battery life of the GoVee is and if it notifies you ahead of time that the battery needs to be changed.
The article/video did not have this information.


Excellent point. Being alerted when shore power is lost is very important to me also so I can react before the temperature rises. The RV Whisper system and Power Watchdog surge protectors work together to do that.

The Power Watchdog (from Hughes Autoformers) surge protectors monitor shore power and come with a bluetooth phone app. The RV Whisper system talks to the Power Watchdog over bluetooth and provides WiFi based email and text alerting.

I plug my RV Whisper system into a USB port that is powered from my RV batteries, and my ATT WiFi router has an internal battery that lasts for about 6 hours.

When I unplug from shore power, I get an email and text message right away warning me that shore power is disconnected. The RV Whisper system came with 3 temperature sensors so I monitor my indoor temperature and the fridge and freezer temperatures also.

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