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Old 03-18-2016, 07:16 PM   #31
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Sounds awesome!

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Old 03-18-2016, 07:50 PM   #32
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Another "enhancement" idea would be to create a fresh air vent near floor level that would kick on a fan run by the RV battery in the event of a power failure....
How about get one of the many home security cameras that you can view with your cell phone.
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I'm trying to find an app that will send me pics at specific intervals, like every 30 minutes... IMO a unused/old cell phone is smarter & more useful than WiFi security cameras, etc. since many CGs, like State Parks, do not have WiFi....

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Old 03-18-2016, 08:41 PM   #33
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I am interested.

i would be interested in this
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Our first tixi would be interestedpme out with the Georgetown last year, my wife panicked because we had the pets left inside while hiking and she imagined the power going out and then getting too hot inside. I thought about a way to solve that problem and I wonder how many other people might be interested.

I made a small device that allows me to check the temperature inside from my phone, send me alerts when the power goes out and send alerts when certain temperature levels are reached.

It works over the cellular network and there is no wi-fi to connect to. As long as you have a weak signal it will get out. It didn't really cost much to make and I"m going to have the app work on iPhone and Android.

I'd be interested in finding some people to help me test out my code and see how the "gizmo" works in other scenarios. Any frequent RV'ers out with dogs interested in this at all?

Attached is a picture of the device and a screenshot of my test app.
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Old 03-18-2016, 10:28 PM   #34
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Is it possible to build one of these myself. If so could you send me the info. Thanks.
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Old 03-18-2016, 10:38 PM   #35
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we are full timers and would be very interested.
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Old 03-19-2016, 08:55 AM   #36
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I too have concerns with our pet cooped up in our hot/humid climate and A/C failure or worse yet, power failure.
Considering the response popularity in responses this might be a Kickstarter project.
I looked at other devices that could accomplish this (one already mentioned) but don't have the confidence in them.

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Old 03-19-2016, 10:40 AM   #37
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[QUOTE=. My husband won't let me bring the poodles since he doesn't think they would like it. He thinks they prefer being home alone with his mom letting them out a couple of times a day. (I think they would prefer to be with us)

We have 2 standard poodles and a mutt, they travel very well. They're more excited about RVing than we are.

And yes I'm interested.
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Old 03-19-2016, 11:21 AM   #38
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I'm all for new inventions, but in this case I can't see a good reason to reinvent what already exists. Any wireless communication device will have range and obstruction issues so the existing cellular apps and camera options for home security already will do the job. You can take a look at the pups anytime and monitor a thermometer. If the power goes out and you lose communication then you know the AC is no longer working and you need to return. Just my 2 cents worth. I use a Arlo Wi-Fi wireless 1080P system that works great at our home and it could be adapted easily to an RV.
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Old 03-19-2016, 07:13 PM   #39
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Don't they already make thermostats that do this? (Nest comes to mind; there's a Honeywell versions, too, I believe.)

They do work via wifi, though, I believe.
Correct, those are great products but require a wifi connection and configuration. The idea with this guy is that it small, simple and you don't have to mess with it our configure anything. Just plug it in and theory you only mess with it when you want to remotely check or it lets you know something went wrong.
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Old 03-19-2016, 07:17 PM   #40
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Interested with a couple of questions.

1. I assume the cellular would need to be via subscription similar to tablet cellular as an additional device on a family plan?

2. Power outages would be indicated by abnormal temp changes where the device is placed?

3. What do you see as a target price for a device like this?

Sounds like a great multi-purpose device given a reasonable price point.
I've got it's own independent data plan connected with the SIM card inside. I'm working on making the data sent back and forth so minimal that it uses very little data. I'm comparing it to working on the Mars rovers.....different then any software I've done before!

I'm envisioning a $5/month plan. One time fee for hardware and then $5/month for it to be active and reporting. I'd like to make it in the app where you can turn it off and on so you can only for months you are going to be out camping.

I'm currently monitoring power outages by detecting loss of power to the device when it is plugged in and it switches to the battery backup.

I'm so early in this that I have no idea what hardware costs would be. I'm focusing on the software right now.

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