Posted October 26, 2017
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Monitor temperature in your RV from wherever you are
By Chuck Woodbury
When I heard about Blustream RV monitoring system I thought what a godsend it would be to pet owners. On a hot summer day, many RVers leave their pets in their RVs, cooled by the air conditioning, while they’re away for awhile — local sightseeing, a trip to the supermarket, dinner out.
In most cases there’s no problem: The A/C will keep Fido and Boots cool. But what if the electricity or air conditioner were to fail?
And that’s where the Blustream could prove a lifesaver. The small device monitors both the temperature and humidity inside your RV (or home) and streams the data to your Bluetooth-connected iOS or Android device. Through its app, it provides notifications when safe limits are exceeded, and can send alerts to your mobile device wherever you are.
It can be useful, too, when your RV is in storage, monitoring unwanted humidity, which can lead to damage. Other uses include monitoring the humidity in wine cellars, cigar humidors or anywhere else where the temperature is critical.
And it’s not just about monitoring heat. If cold temperature is a concern, and it drops too low, Blustream will let you know.
Two mobile devices and WiFi are needed for the Blustream to work, one in the RV, the other with you when you’re away. We used a Samsung tablet in the RV to communicate with Gail’s iPhone. The small Blustream device itself can be mounted on an RV’s wall, or simply placed out of the way. Setup is straightforward. Blustream’s support team will help if you need it.
The device sells for a modest $49.95. More information is available at its website.
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