Temperature Alarm Prevents Pipe Freezing
Every RVer fears freezing weather and the frozen pipes it brings. With a remote temperature alarm you can sleep a lot easier at night!
With Fall weather creeping in each day, an RVer’s thoughts turn to
pumpkin spice frozen pipes. For all the joys that full time life on the road brings, temperature extremes are our arch-enemy. Sure, air conditioning is important, but nothings strikes dread in the heart of a camper like the thought of freezing temps. We insulate. We heat tape. We pull up the jacks and head further south. No matter how much we prepare, somewhere in the back of our brains a little voice keeps asking, “I wonder how cold it is in the basement?”
How can we get some sleep at night and not worry about the pipes?
We wanted a simple and reliable way to monitor the temperature in the basement. Our KeeKit Refrigerator Thermometer has exceeded our expectations.
- 2 remote sensors and a base unit
- Monitor the temperature at the water hookups in your convenience center. . .the most vulnerable spot inside the RV.
- 2nd sensor for monitoring another location. We keep an eye on the outside temps.
- A base station with an easy to read display that will fit in our pocket.
- Incredible battery life. The batteries lasted over a year.
The base unit is about 3×4 and a half inch thick with nice, large black lettering. The display can be backlit for 15 seconds at a time, so you can check if from your nightstand. It displays 3 horizontal groupings, one for each sensor and the bottom group shows the temperature at the base unit. Each grouping has the current temperature, the high and low for the last 24 hours and whether or not you have an alarm set for that sensor.
You can set a minimum and maximum temperature for each of the 3 sensors. If it reaches that setting, the base unit will begin a loud, high-pitched beeping. We don’t set an alarm for the outside thermometer, but we do for the base unit and for the sensor in our basement. Our minimum temperature is set well above freezing, so we have enough time to fire up the furnace or space heater.
The first sensor is mounted to the wall in our convenient center with Velcro. That way it’s easy to remove and replace the batteries. This location had the most pipes along an outside wall, the openings for the water hose to enter the rig and a large basement door that I can’t imagine seals out the cold.
The second sensor is usually hanging from our fifth wheel’s pinbox. It’s out of direct sunlight, but still exposed to the cold. On travel days we sometimes place it in our residential refrigerator so we can check quickly on the temperature of our food. The sensor comes with a small hole on the back for hanging it on a nail. I used that hole to ziptie a carabiner to it. This allows me to quickly hang it on our pinbox. . .our my belt loop when I’m setting up camp.
It’s convenient to have the indoor, outdoor and basement temperatures in front of me throughout the year. It’s helped us establish at what outdoor temperature we need to turn the AC on. No more waiting for our bedroom to become Hell’s toaster oven before we close up the windows.
The sensors also had an added benefit. Heading home for Christmas last year, we left the balmy Gulf Coast and made our way towards the Ozarks. Stopping for diesel, I was doing my usual walk around when I could hear a beeping. In the last few hours it had become overcast and chilly. . . and our basement was at 37 degrees. It was in the upper 80’s that morning and we had full hookups that night so I never dreamed I’d need to winterize. ~ Freezing Temperatures. At Christmas. Miracles never cease.
BONUS: They now offer a unit with 3 remote sensors. So if you have another location you’d like to monitor (freezer, skirted underbelly, bathhouse or well) these transmit up to 328 feet.
Coming soon, I’ll be reviewing our WiFi enabled temperature monitor that we use when we’re away from our fifth wheel. It’s great for checking up on the AC when the dog and cat are back in the RV.