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Old 05-01-2015, 09:04 AM   #1
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Remote Wireless Thermometers

I've seen several posts on this Forum from members who are using remote, wireless thermometers to monitor their refrigerator (and outdoor) temps. Anyone have a recommendation on a particular unit? Thanks in advance for any help provided!
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Old 05-01-2015, 09:38 AM   #2
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I use this one from Acurite. I suspect a lot of others use the same one. I have to use Lithium batteries in the sensors for them to work well for any period of time, especially the one in the freezer.
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:08 AM   #3
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Same as Leon, no complaints. Stuck it to the wall with 3M command strips.
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I use the same Acurite; it has magnets on the rear and I stuck it the side of the range hood.
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Got this at WalMart, I forget the price. (It's sitting on the countertop.) No problems.
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Old 05-01-2015, 11:04 AM   #6
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I have and use the Acurite with lithium batteries in the freezer sensor. They have worked well when the receiving unit is in the trailer, but I have never had any success using them when the sensor is in the tow vehicle. And unfortunately, from the tow vehicle they give no indication that they have lost the signal, rather they keep displaying the most recent reading, Once you move the unit back into the trailer the readings will correct themselves. At that time it may be too late.

Someone recently pointed out (I believe it was Reace) that the temperature sensor unit in the refrigerator works best when it is standing up. I believe he also had to locate the display sensor in the rear seat of the tow vehicle. I have not tried either of these recommendations.
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Thanks, fellas. Looks like Accurite will serve my needs. Appreciate all the feedback!
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Old 05-01-2015, 11:39 AM   #8
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I have been using the same for past 4 years. The nice thing is they will show a history, i.e. high and low setting for each remote locale. Thus one can tell if the refer flame went out while towing by the seeing if there was any rise in temperature. These set points can be reset at any time.
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I hate to be the naysayer, but I have not been impressed with the Acurite refrigerator linked above. Both the original & the replacement that Acurite sent me periodically lose the link between the transmitters & the base unit. Since there is no indication that the link has been lost (the readout remains on the last temperature sent) the only way you can be sure you have an accurate reading is to use a pin through the hole in the back of the base unit to reset it.

I'm using lithium batteries, and have the base unit on the range hood, just across the aisle from the refrigerator, so I don't think it is a distance problem. It may be interference from some of the other wireless stuff I use. In any case, it seems to be the only device like it on the market, so I keep using it.

I do keep a second wireless thermometer (one working on a different frequency) in the lower section of the refrigerator that works well from the tow vehicle (and flashes when the connection with the sender is lost).
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Sheesh, some things I'm just better off not knowing. Along with questioning whether my fridge is holding to a safe cold temp I have to question the thermometer I'm using to check it with is reporting anything at all... Anyone have an accurate analog thermometer with remote sensor?
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Old 05-01-2015, 02:01 PM   #11
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... Since there is no indication that the link has been lost (the readout remains on the last temperature sent) the only way you can be sure you have an accurate reading is to use a pin through the hole in the back of the base unit to reset it. ...
Thanks, Jon; that's good to know. I'll likely use Velcro to attach the base unit in the trailer and can use the reset function to ensure accurate reading. My 4.3 struggles to keep food cold but this weekend I'm hoping to install the new insulated door provided by ETI and want to monitor its contribution to improved performance.
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Well I guess aside from being a redneck I must be old school, this is the wireless thermometer I have been using for ages.

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Well I guess aside from being a redneck I must be old school, this is the wireless thermometer I have been using for ages.

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Definitely old school... but the wireless camera setup you need to see it while it is inside the refrigerator is definitely new school!
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Mine is Bios. Another fine product from Walmart ( Canada ). Cheap, but it works well enough. Runs on a AAA cells. Records Max and Min. No alarm.
I've never tried it in the car. I figure there are enough distracting things in the vehicle and I'd rather keep my eyes on the road.
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Guess its time to look for an iThermometer.

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Guess its time to look for an iThermometer.

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I had heard that Elon Musk had one in the works but I gave up and ordered the Accurite.
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Old 05-01-2015, 06:45 PM   #17
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I use a LaCrosse with 3 remotes. The base is Velcroed to the cabinet door over the dinette. There is a remote in the freezer, refrigerator and the propane tank locker. I can keep the freezer at +/- 3 degrees (F) no matter the outside temp. Not so much for the frig. The back of the frig will hold 40-45 in hot weather. The door shelves 50 - 55. I wish they would come up with a door solution for the 5 CF frig in the 5.0.
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I wish they would come up with a door solution for the 5 CF frig in the 5.0.
And in the 19 too! At the Bluebonnet Rally Steve and Cynthia mentioned the poor performance of the 5 CF fridge in their 19 once the temps went up.
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