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Old 06-11-2014, 04:46 PM   #11
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I have never camped in a trailer so this Escape will be my first venture into RV land.

I have poured through the boards looking at things people have done, e.g. a nifty LED for knowing when the water heater was on near the switch.

However, I am not certain which items really need remote control and monitoring (from an application on my phone).

If you could turn something off or check the status of things with a phone/table/wall mounted touch screen either camping or from your home, what would do you think would be useful?

Right now I have:

1. Water heater on/off.
2. Tank Levels.
3. Furnace/AC Settings.
4. Remote control of vent.
5. Interior/exterior lights.

Did I miss something?
You will have to ignore some of the luddites commentary, but if this is what you want and works for you go for it. Now on to my thoughts:
1) Search around you can find a discussion thread on securing / security of your Escape. Possible remote monitor when in storage or when away from it while out camping.
2) Temp inside and out side ties into your furnace / ac settings when In storage a lot of folks use a small electric heater to keep the unit inside temps above freezing and use some form of dehumidifier product. When your out camping and away from the unit you could warm it up before you get back though, this might be dangerous with no one actually monitoring heaters etc.
3) Remote fire alarm monitor your out camping you go hiking and something go awry in the trailer wiring, appliances or something plugged in you could be notified and call the fire / rv park etc.

About all I can think of at the moment.

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Old 06-11-2014, 04:47 PM   #12
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No problem. You do have the Honda 999,999 watt inverter-based portable nuclear gene-modified current bush with the coal-fired supplemental boiler don't you?
Haha, yes, but I opted out of the supplemental coal boiler since coal is hard to come buy in this neck of the woods!
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Old 06-11-2014, 05:41 PM   #13
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Old 06-11-2014, 10:11 PM   #14
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Something that might be handy to measure remotely, if you are parking by yourself and don't have a partner to yell at you: trailer level, both front/back and side/side. Ideally your sensor and software would be able to tell you how much you need to raise/lower a side or the nose to achieve level.
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:26 AM   #15
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Something that might be handy to measure remotely, if you are parking by yourself and don't have a partner to yell at you: trailer level, both front/back and side/side. Ideally your sensor and software would be able to tell you how much you need to raise/lower a side or the nose to achieve level.
I have never level one and this sounds like it would be a pain flying solo and something that would be quite easy to do. I think I'll start on this since I won't have a trailer for sometime and I'll just make each puck battery operated... Are their levels on the trailer or is it something most people add?
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:18 PM   #16
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I have never level one and this sounds like it would be a pain flying solo and something that would be quite easy to do. I think I'll start on this since I won't have a trailer for sometime and I'll just make each puck battery operated... Are their levels on the trailer or is it something most people add?
They come with 2 very small levels, one by the entry door and one by the spare tire. We added 2 more.

A remote monitor would be REALLY nice for initial side/side leveling from the driver's seat. After that you have to walk around anyways to adjust things so it would be less useful.
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:52 PM   #17
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A remote monitor would be REALLY nice for initial side/side leveling from the driver's seat. After that you have to walk around anyways to adjust things so it would be less useful.
This makes sense, but the usual way to handle this is just a really big level, placed to be visible in the tug's interior rear-view mirror (if your tug as an appropriate line of sight). Less technically interesting than a remote monitor, of course.
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Old 06-12-2014, 04:26 PM   #18
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Old 06-12-2014, 05:44 PM   #19
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Cheap and works but the light is sometimes hard to see. Uses button batteries that will cost more than the original device. Also batteries go in at the top and after you have mounted it you have to try and fish them out. I'd keep looking.
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:35 PM   #20
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Cheap and works but the light is sometimes hard to see. Uses button batteries that will cost more than the original device. Also batteries go in at the top and after you have mounted it you have to try and fish them out. I'd keep looking.
Good to know, thanks! This forum is better than YELP!
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