Monitor a recreational vehicle parked in front of a house or in the driveway with affordable home motion sensors and save hundreds. In researching the best home motion sensors for home security, it became evident that individuals are finding creative uses for motion sensors by experimenting with monitoring parked cars. While it might not be 100% effective as a total security solution, this post will go over special cases for monitoring the RV with these low-cost alternatives ($7 and $16) vs. high-priced RV alarms.
Types of Motion Sensors for RV monitoring
There are two basic types of motion sensors you can use to monitor your RV. One type uses a wifi signal to send an alert to your phone, and the other type sends an alert to the hub that is plugged in nearby. Both work great, and the advantages and disadvantages will be discussed below.
Motion Sensor With Wifi Advantages
The Kangaroo Motion Sensor will alert your phone. If you like the control with your phone, arming and disarming with your phone, this is the motion sensor for you. Additionally, it does not have a hub to communicate with. In theory, if there is a wifi signal coming from an RV office, and the RV is parked within range of that wifi signal, you could leave your RV armed with a motion sensor within the cabin, and monitor it from anywhere. The sensor/ hub (non-wifi) motion sensor does not have this option.
- Phone notifications
- Phone arming and disarming
Non-wifi Motion Sensor Advantages
The Govee Motion Sensor comes with a hub plugs into the wall. It does not require wifi, and there is no app on the phone. It does require the user to pair the sensor and the hub. Once it is paired, you arm the sensor by flipping the switch on the sensor. The hub will alarm when there is motion. Since there is no app to control the on/off, unplug the hub before entering the RV to avoid false alarms.
Another possible use is monitoring activity outside your RV while you sleep. Even though they are rated for indoor use only, the user can experiment with weatherproofing and temperate weather to monitor a campsite or perimeter.
- Good range
- No wifi signal needed
For more information – Govee Motion Sensor vs Kangaroo Motion Sensor
Best Use – Monitor RV In Front Of House Or In Driveway
When monitoring your RV with a motion sensor outside your house, the owner places the motion sensor inside the RV where it is protected from the elements. These sensors are inexpensive, and only rated for indoor use. Make sure the sensor is within reach of the wifi signal (if required) or the hub signal (if required). These IR sensors will only trigger when someone enters the space of the sensor, about 10-15 feet, which is perfect for small-space-monitoring like a recreational vehicle. Possible uses listed below
- Monitor RV outside home on the street or in driveway.
- Monitor RV outside RV office with wifi signal (remote monitor while RV is in storage).
- Monitor area around RV campsite (weather permitting).
Disadvantages of RV Monitoring with Motion Sensors
This is an affordable “hack” using a low-cost alternative to RV alarm systems, so there are some disadvantages.
Range of Signal
In both monitoring cases (wifi sensor and non-wifi sensor) the sensor needs to be within range of the signal. In the case of the wifi sensor, the RV needs to be parked close to the wifi signal. The owner could pair the sensor to the home’s wifi while it is parked on the street or in the driveway. Unfortunately, once on the road or in storage, the user will need to find a wifi signal to continue monitoring.
For the non-wifi motion sensor, the user needs to be within range of the hub (about 300 feet). Even though wifi is not needed, the hub needs to be within range to work and plugged in.
These motion sensors are strictly rated for indoors, so if the temperature in the RV drops, the sensor might not work. The low price is tempting to experiment with outdoor monitoring. It might not work in direct sunlight, rain, or cold, so you are on your own if you want to experiment.
Car owners have found home motion sensors to be a great security system alternative, so RV owners might have the same success. Leave a comment to share some creative motion sensor uses.