RV Monitoring

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Stay connected to your RV, even during the long storage months. 

Detect damaging conditions and avoid costly repair bills

Rodent Infestation

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 Battery Under-Voltage Alerts
&
Solar Monitoring

Motion Detection
with
Brightness Level

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Temperature Monitoring
at
Every Sensor Location

 

 "RV Owl alerted me of a low battery condition, and it turned out to be a bad charge controller on my solar system. It already paid for itself, since I caught it before my four RV house batteries were drained down and damaged."


RV Owl detects rodents moving around in your RV 

 Get alerts before they infest | Set traps and know when to clean them out 

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Sensitive motion detection technology in the RV Owl Multi-Sensor picks up the movement of rodents in your RV. Simply set the battery-powered multi-sensors around your RV, along the floorboards or on counter tops. When a rodent runs by, motion counts will be transmitted to the hub. Next, set an email alert threshold for motion events and get notified when movement has been detected.

 

Did you find mice? Convert your sensor into a mouse trap sensor by drilling a hole in a trap and sticking the sensor on top. Then just configure an alert to be sent when motion counts are greater than 20. A mouse in a trap generates a bunch of motion counts.

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RV Owl battery voltage monitoring

Get alerts when voltage gets too low | Track your solar productivity

Replacing RV batteries can be very expensive and millions of RVer's every year let their batteries drain too low during storage, which usually means they need to be replaced in the spring before the RV is used. RV Owl alerts you before your battery voltage drops below a critical level, so you can take action. 

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The graph above is of a Class A that has a solar charging system. You can see about 5 days of data, with charging in the morning, maintaining voltage during the day, and decay at night without the sunlight. 

The hub measures your RV's house battery voltage about every 15 minutes. In the cloud, you can be notified when there is a low battery voltage condition, or you can view very detailed graphs of your voltage---if you are tracking your solar performance.

  


HOW IT WORKS

Below is a diagram of how the system works. In the box on the left, you see the things that go in your RV (wireless sensors and a hub). The only wiring is connecting two wires from the hub to your RV's house battery---everything else connects wireless. This connection is how the hub measures your RV's battery voltage.

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Sensors and hub all run on internal batteries (AAA for sensors, and AA for the hub). The hub will use the RV house battery when connected, but it only draws 200 microamps of current on average, which is not noticeable for your house batteries (it would literally take many years to drain a RV battery with a hub by itself). If you pull your house batteries in the winter, the hub will run on its internal AA backup batteries for up to 6 months (depends on data traffic). 

 

The hub uses an internal cellular modem to periodically transmit collected sensor data to the Rocky Mountain Sensors cloud server. It does this about every hour when in active mode and about ever four hours when in low power mode, so data is not instantaneous on this system. The system is designed to be low power and used for applications where delays in receiving data is okay.

Use the Data Portal on our site to view your data and to set custom email alerts. 

 


HOW TO GET SETUP

Here is how you get an RV Owl in your RV:

  1. Purchase the RV Owl Starter Package and a Data Subscription

  2. Suggestion: Install the batteries and test the system at your house for a week, before installing into your RV. It will get your familiar with how the hardware and cloud software work together.
  3. Install the system in your RV.

  4. Place one sensor on your main runway in the RV (along the floorboard) and the other sensor in the bathroom (or wherever you want to detect). We suggest just using velcro to attach the sensors to the wall, so you can move them around easily to different locations.

  5. Connect the included wire to your 12V RV battery system and then plug into the hub. (If you take your RV battery out in the winter, the hub can run on AA's.) If you are not comfortable connecting to your RV battery, please call a local RV repair service to help you.

  6. At home, log into: user.rmsensors.com and create your account. 

  7. Set alerts in your account and wait for the data to show up to view graphs (if you're really techy).

 

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How many sensors can be added per hub?

A: The current monthly subscription covers 15 sensors per hub. 

 

Q: Is it easy to buy and add more sensors.

A: Yes! Simply push the "Add Sensor" button the hub and press the "Join Network" button on the sensor. You will see the lights blink on both, then go solid when the new sensor joins. New sensor data will be available automatically on on the cloud under the hub.

 

Q: Do the sensors report in, even if there is no motion?

A: Yes. They send a health update about every hour, which includes temperature, light level, RSSI, and its own AAA battery voltage. So, you can view graphs of temperature over time in the cloud, if that interests you.

Side note for techy types: If you are into radios and really want to get in the details, you can view RSSI of your sensor links to the hub (sensitivity is approx -108dBm). If you don't know what this means, don't worry about it.

 

Q: Is Rocky Mountain Sensors going to build different types of sensors in the future?

A: Yes. We have a few different types of sensors on the road map. You will be able to add these to your hub once they are launched. 

 

Q: What other ways can I use the sensors, besides looking for mice?

A: Here are some other ways the sensors have been used:

  • Put them the fridge and freezer to track the temperature, and to keep a count of how often the fridge is being opened during the day. This is why using velcro strips is nice, because you can move the sensors around based on what you are doing.
  • Place them storage cabinets to track movement. Note: the light level % is very telling if an external storage compartment has been opened during the day.
  • Set alerts for temperature to remind you to winterize.

 

 

Advanced questions for technical people and those that love to tinker:

 

Q: Sensors have RSSI info, what is the sensitivity threshold?

A: Sensitivity is -108dBm. It's good to have your links >-95dBm for robustness.

 

Q: Can I build my own app leveraging bluetooth wireless capability on the hub?

A: Yes, just drop us a email and we will send you the data packet structure you will see sent on the bluetooth link. Whenever a sensor sends data to the hub, and bluetooth is enabled on the hub, that data gets transmitted locally to a phone that is connected. We use transparent serial UART with a Microchip module (RN4871-V/RM118). If you want to play with a connection, download the JTech BLE bluetooth app on your iPhone and make a connection to see the data packets. If you build an app and publish it, please let us know. We may link it from our web site. Here are some things you can do with your local bluetooth connection while camping:

- Put your sensors in the fridge and freezer and track their temperature while you are on the road. 

- Keep an eye on your RV battery voltage at the campsite.