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Old 01-08-2017, 07:28 PM   #1
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Is 10PM dark in winter. Do you know if you AS is freezing?

1. Verizon Jetpack
2. Dlink wireless camera
3. Wireless digital thermometer with indoor and outdoor remote sensor.

In motion detector mode, it also lets me know if anyone breaks in. Not winterized and we are spending a few days away.

2 ceramic space heaters. Furnace set at 60. 2 heat lamps under the water tanks with a 'box' built around them to direct the lamps' heat to the tanks.
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:25 PM   #2
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It's 11 degrees and my AS is covered with snow. I can see it out my back window. It doesn't look like it's shivering.
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:54 PM   #3
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1. Verizon Jetpack
2. Dlink wireless camera
3. Wireless digital thermometer with indoor and outdoor remote sensor.

In motion detector mode, it also lets me know if anyone breaks in. Not winterized and we are spending a few days away.

2 ceramic space heaters. Furnace set at 60. 2 heat lamps under the water tanks with a 'box' built around them to direct the lamps' heat to the tanks.
Just taking a swag at this but... you're not in Ft Lauderdale, are you!? If so, you've got bigger issues...
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Old 01-08-2017, 09:06 PM   #4
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It is 7:00 pm in Portland OR, give or take. I have 8 inch icecicles hanging off the eaves of my house. There is a half inch of sheet ice on the roads.

This is why we winterize.

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Old 01-08-2017, 09:21 PM   #5
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I'm a little bit north of Lauderdale. Went down to 38 degrees. No concern about freezing. It's the reason we're in Florida.
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Old 01-08-2017, 10:00 PM   #6
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8 in Billings,Mt. as is winterized, no icesicles on anything as it hasn't thawed in over a month,
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Old 01-08-2017, 10:10 PM   #7
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The camera/thermometer is an interesting way to get at the problem.

I just got my AS, and it's in the driveway. But I find using a network-connected thermometer to be a more convenient choice. I have a Z-Wave thermometer/hygrometer in my AS which monitors the inside temperature and humidity for me. That way, I get an alert when it's below a specified level (34F) or above a specified humidity (70%). No checking cameras!

I do appreciate the satisfaction of a "look in" using a camera, though. We had a vacation home for a while and I really liked being able to see exactly what was going on with my own eyes.

Cool setup, either way!
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I like your Z wave alternative.

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The camera/thermometer is an interesting way to get at the problem.

I just got my AS, and it's in the driveway. But I find using a network-connected thermometer to be a more convenient choice. I have a Z-Wave thermometer/hygrometer in my AS which monitors the inside temperature and humidity for me. That way, I get an alert when it's below a specified level (34F) or above a specified humidity (70%). No checking cameras!

I do appreciate the satisfaction of a "look in" using a camera, though. We had a vacation home for a while and I really liked being able to see exactly what was going on with my own eyes.

Cool setup, either way!
I searched for the appliance you installed but did not find it until you mentioned. I will get it, thanks for the link. What a camera additionally provides is a view of the rig, detection and alarm pushed to the user on intrusion. It also allows two way voice communication: you can talk to the intruder/visitor/occupant and they can talk to you.
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Which Zwave hub to use with your thermometer appliance?

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I searched for the appliance you installed but did not find it until you mentioned. I will get it, thanks for the link. What a camera additionally provides is a view of the rig, detection and alarm pushed to the user on intrusion. It also allows two way voice communication: you can talk to the intruder/visitor/occupant and they can talk to you.
I understand that and other appliances (alarms, cameras, locks, etc.) require a hub to connect them all to the internet gateway. Which one you chose please?

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Old 01-09-2017, 08:39 AM   #10
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I'm a little bit north of Lauderdale. Went down to 38 degrees. No concern about freezing. It's the reason we're in Florida.
They exists because different folk have different tastes, including enjoining different sports, landscapes, lifesyles, etc. While some enjoy 'glamping' on a narrow window of weather, others enjoy year round or even prefer winter as we admire snowy landscapes and skiing. Nobody is better, just different.

Again, as some of us mock those of us who venture into subzero temps in the comfort of our fully winter capable Airstreams, it is a matter of personal choice. The wider the window of enjoyment, the more freedom an Airstream provides for that enjoyment, fewer limitations because of weather, etc.

Simpler put: some think/say we are crazy but most of us (and I see plenty of Airstreams and SOBs along the Rockies driving over snow) are just having fun.

Of the few accidents I saw on these mountain roads, none involved an RV. You can check accident reports.

Utiimate comfort and safety is in a sofa in your living room. Or a coffin. To each their own. Got to go, the slopes are waiting.
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I understand that and other appliances (alarms, cameras, locks, etc.) require a hub to connect them all to the internet gateway. Which one you chose please?
I use Z-wave throughout my house, so my setup is potentially more extensive than you'd like. I use an old Mac Mini to run Indigo 7. I have an Aeon Labs Z-Stick on the Mini.

The nice thing about Indigo is that it controls my Hue lights, my Sonos speakers, all of my Z-wave appliances, my Lutron switches, etc. It's a good hub. But again, potentially overkill for your application.
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We had a couple of brief periods- 2-3 days- of temperatures in the teens and 20's.
I'm glad I winterized, and I'm glad it will be warm for the next 2 weeks...
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Kudos to you for taking precautions while away.

The FaN is my driveway sleeping quarters/woman cave/office, but I have not slept there for three weeks. Been sick and couldn't run back and forth to the gas station for propane. (The electric heater just couldn't keep up during this cold snap). So, moved back into four walls and a roof...for now. (And I don't like it; makes me feel too "normal").

The FaN looks kinda bleak and lonesome. (It's winterized, though).
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