How to Choose an RV Sensor

If you know about using a sensor in your RV to keep your pet safe, you know how important they are. Unless you have a reliable backup plan, these sensors are the best thing you can do to protect your pet. Now, you’re probably wondering how to choose an RV sensor. 

Don’t worry, we know it’s a complicated process, and there’s a marketplace full of different sensors you can use. 

Here’s how to choose the best sensor for your RV:

What to Look for in a Temperature Sensor

The best way to choose the right sensor for your RV is by knowing what to look for, and weighing which features are important to you (and your pet). Check out these factors to make sure you’re getting a good fit:

Wi-fi vs. cellular connection

All sensors need some kind of connection to get you the information you need. The most common types work either by wireless internet or mobile (cellular) data connection. For most people traveling in an RV, wi-fi is one of the most reliable options, especially if you’re staying in an RV park. Wireless internet is a common amenity in RV parks, and since you probably won’t be leaving your pet alone when you’re on the road, it’s a good option. Of course, it’s also a good idea to make sure that the park you’re staying in offers it. However, if you already know the park you’ll be staying in doesn’t have wi-fi, cellular data is a good alternative. 

Reading frequency

If you’re leaving your pet alone in the RV, sensors that provide frequently updated readings are absolutely crucial. It might stay cool inside the RV when it’s cloudy outside, but once the sun comes out, temperatures inside the RV can get much hotter, very quickly. We recommend a sensor that constantly monitors the temperature. In an ideal situation, you can see conditions in real time to make sure your climate control system, whether heating or cooling, is working properly. However, if you don’t go that route, at least get a sensor that will take readings frequently (with only a few minutes in between). 

Alerts

Having a temperature sensor to monitor something that won’t suffer if conditions change is one thing. However, your pet can go through serious health problems or worse if you don’t know there’s a malfunction in your RV. That’s why an alert system is one of the most important things to look for in a temperature sensor for your RV. Sensors with alerts will let you know as soon as temperatures fall outside of optimal or safe ranges. How the alerts are delivered varies, but they should be accessible to you at all times. Whether it’s email alerts, SMS messages, push notifications on your smartphone, an application, or a handheld device that alerts you, it’s important to know when your pet could be in danger. 

Reliability

A sensor in your RV doesn’t do you any good if you can’t count on it. Finding a reliable sensor to keep your pet safe is one of the hardest parts of your search, but it’s also one of the most important. This is where you need to find a sensor from a company that knows how to work with the technology and create quality products that will last. That doesn’t mean you need to look for the big name brands, but you do need to get sensors from a company that has a thorough knowledge of sensor technology (and the quality materials to build and maintain it). Make sure you look for warranty and guarantee information. It’ll help you find a company that’s confident enough in their products to stand behind them. 

Budget 

Often, people think that the more expensive a product is, the better it is. That’s not always the case, but there’s a reason there’s a saying you get what you pay for. Of course, there are plenty of affordable RV temperature sensors that will do the job and keep your pet safe. What you really need to look for is balance. Balance your budget with the features you know you need, and if there’s extra cash leftover, look for the features you want. You might be tempted to go for the lowest priced sensor you find. However, you should also consider the importance of your pet’s safety. A little more can go a long way, and it’s worth it.

Do You Really Need a Temperature Sensor in Your RV?

Just because you have a temperature sensor in your RV doesn’t mean you need to use it all the time. However, if you plan on leaving your pet alone, you really should invest in one. You might think you (and your pet) are safe simply by leaving on the air conditioning. Unfortunately, you can also experience equipment malfunctions, power outages, inclement weather, and more. And any one of these things can derail the controlled climate in your RV. In the case that any of these should happen, you’ll know when your pet is in a potentially dangerous environment.