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Old 11-26-2006, 11:30 AM   #1
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I saw a piece on RV Today in which they suggested using a battery powered Weather Station with a remote temperature sensor placed in the refrigerator. This would allow checking the temp at a glance while driving down the road. Seemed like a nice idea but I'm a bit skeptical about the ability to read the remote sensor while placed in the refer. Has anyone tried this? Any recommendations for a specific brand of Weather Station.

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Old 11-26-2006, 11:30 AM   #2
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I saw a piece on RV Today in which they suggested using a battery powered Weather Station with a remote temperature sensor placed in the refrigerator. This would allow checking the temp at a glance while driving down the road. Seemed like a nice idea but I'm a bit skeptical about the ability to read the remote sensor while placed in the refer. Has anyone tried this? Any recommendations for a specific brand of Weather Station.

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Old 11-26-2006, 11:41 AM   #3
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Seemed like a nice idea but I'm a bit skeptical about the ability to read the remote sensor while placed in the refer. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The sensor is in the reefer, the read out panel can be mounted on the dash panel or any where else convienient.
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Old 11-26-2006, 12:06 PM   #4
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We have been using a wireless remote sensor in the refrig for quite some time...works well.
Have occasionally put a sensor in the freezer just out of curiosity what the temp runs when refrig is optimum.
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Old 11-27-2006, 03:06 AM   #5
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We too have wireless thermometers in both the freezer and food compartments. Some types have greater ranges than others but all will transmit up to the dash area so we can keep an eye on things as we travel down the road. We recently had major cooling problems with our 4 door Norcold(eventually had to get the entire cooling unit replaced) and I am probably a little paranoid.

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Old 11-27-2006, 12:30 PM   #6
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Yes, it works like a charm! We've been doing this for some time now and wouldn't do it any other way now. We have ours on a portable system (those that you can get at Camping World). When preparing for a trip, I will leave the readout portion on the floor near the entrance door so I can go check and see how the refrigerator doing when we turn it on 2 days prior to leaving.

Also...we have a 2nd sensor to put outside in the compartments to see what the outside temps are doing at night. This way we know to leave a light on in the water compartment if it's getting too cold outside around bedtime.

Hope this helps!
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Old 11-27-2006, 03:35 PM   #7
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I would be interested in brand names for these gadgets---I need one!! Thx.

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Old 11-27-2006, 05:24 PM   #8
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Ours just says "The Weather Channel" on it down at the bottom. It's made by La Crosse. Here's a link to the ones we have. (if it doesn't come out as a link..just copy and paste into a browser).

http://www.idealtruevalue.com/servlet/the-74058/Detail

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Old 11-28-2006, 01:14 AM   #9
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Thanks for the great information. Seems like a good (and easy) thing to do.

Thanks again
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Old 11-29-2006, 03:41 PM   #10
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I would be interested in brand names for these gadgets---I need one!! Thx. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thudman I'v been using "Radio Shack" remote for years, one in refrig, and one by my water holding tank, third by hot water heater. Mainly for leaving Minnesota in the winter, and hopefully not returning in freezing weather.

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Old 11-29-2006, 06:40 PM   #11
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indyrv--we use an "atomic clock" with remote sensor for the reefer. Clock cost about 20.00 @ Sam's Club and indicats time of day, day of week, date, phase of moon, temp, and remote temp. Been using it about 6 yrs-works great. Be difficult to mount where it can be read from the drivers comp but once you get used to it mounted above door or wherever I think that you will agree that mounting in dr comp isn't necessary. You will get used to checking reefer temp every time you check time of day or any other reason you check the clock. Hope this helps..
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Old 11-29-2006, 07:22 PM   #12
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I have a Oregon Scientific BAR888NA with three sensors. One which I place in the refrigerator, one outside, and one in the kitchen lower cabinet buy the pipes and water tank. I got mine about 7 years ago from Costco but don't see it on the website. I have the Main thermometer on the wall above the furnace/air switch. Too bulky to put on the dash. In the winter I take the main unit into the house where I can see how cold the motorhome is out in the driveway. Sensors can be moved around.
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Old 11-30-2006, 02:10 PM   #13
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Thudman I'v been using "Radio Shack" remote for years </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I am returning the Radio Shack unit I purchased about 2 weeks ago. Did not place the remote in the fridge; just wanted outside temp. Distance is 3 feet (thru glass window). System operates intermittantly, mainly inop. Oh well.

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Old 11-30-2006, 04:45 PM   #14
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We picked up a chaney Instrument model 00985 unit this summer and it works fine. I haven't tried placing the receiver in the driver's area, but it works great on the refrigerator - monitors both refrigerator and freezer. Here is a link: http://www.ambientweather.com/ch00985.html
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Use the Chaney too. Works well. It's a few bucks cheaper at partshelf.com versus ambientweather.com.
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Old 12-03-2006, 04:49 PM   #16
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I was at Gander Mountain yesterday and they had the remote thermometers for $9.99 with one remote sensor.
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Old 12-03-2006, 04:57 PM   #17
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I have been using the Radio Shack theometer and 3 remotes for years. I never had any problems at any time except dead batteries. I now use the rechargeable ones that I use in My digital camers. I got the charger and batteries from Tiger direct. At the present they are In my house(freezer) and remotes in the MH and unattached garage.
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Old 12-04-2006, 05:29 AM   #18
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I have a small unit made by AcuRite. It comes with one remote and you can buy others. It will connect with up to three. It has a temp alarm function. I have one in the service bay and one in the refrigerator. Cost was about $19 at Walmart.
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Old 12-04-2006, 01:20 PM   #19
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Wow, chief! We got ours at Sam's too! Got 2 of them...one for home. Best $20 invested. Woodgrain clock above door looks classy too.

We saw the same RV Today show....they have good ideas turned in.

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