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SAVE 50% on Waggle Pet Monitor

It can take less than 30 minutes for an RV or car to reach unbearable levels of heat on a hot day. Record temperatures have been felt across the U.S. and as pet owners, making sure our pets are safe whenever we are away from our RV is a priority.

There are many types of pet monitors

Pet monitoring systems aren’t new. There are many which provide video access to watch your pets or alert you when your pet barks. Some even allow you to toss a treat. But what if your pet walks out of view – what if it just looks like they are sleeping?  Your pets could be in distress, but those systems can’t convey that.

Monitoring your pet’s environment

Rolling blackouts, power surges and equipment failures could put your pet in a dangerous situation. Imagine your air conditioning shutting off during a heatwave….or running out of propane and your heater turning off during freezing weather. Wouldn’t you like to know about temperature spikes in the environment your pet is in so you could react BEFORE it became dangerous? The Waggle Pet Monitoring System can do just that.

The Waggle gives you peace of mind

The Waggle Pet Monitor isnโ€™t the traditional type of monitoring system. Itโ€™s better. Waggle gives you real time temperature and humidity level updates as well as the heat index. It syncs right to your phone (both android and iphone compatible) and will notify you at the levels you select. No wifi is needed as it operates off its own 4G wireless connection through a subscription supported through Verizon. 

Everything you need is included

Your Waggle arrives with the monitor, a wall mount and the charging cable. A very easy to follow guide to set your Waggle up is also included. We mounted our unit in our RV in a central area and while it is reported it gets 4 days on battery, it has been our experience to go several weeks on a charge. Charging time takes about 7-8 hours. 

Choose between two models

There is a choice between the 4G Lite  and the 4G GPS. The difference between the two is that the 4G GPS has an enhanced digital display on the unit and it allows for GPS tracking.

๐Ÿ•-Real-Time Temperature, Humidity & Heat Index Updates.

๐Ÿ•-Text/Email Alerts of RV Power Loss & Power Back.

๐Ÿ•-Text/Email Alerts when Temperature Is Too High/Low.

๐Ÿ•-Uses Verizon 4G Cellular Network. No Wi-Fi Needed.

๐Ÿ•-Rechargeable Battery Lasts Up to 4 Days!

๐Ÿ•-iOS and Android applications for remote monitoring.

Save 50% now using code ROAM50

The 4G Lite has a regular price of $199 and the 4G GPS $299. We bought our 4G Lite unit a few months ago using a discount code and we have asked the folks over at Waggle if we could offer our readers a discount as well.

Use the code ROAM50 on checkout of either unit to save 50%

Setting up your subscription

 You will need to sign up for their subscription plan so the monitor can send the messages to your phone ( it can send messages up to 5 phones). This fee is in addition to your monitor. When you register online, a guide will walk you through the subscription service; you get a choice of an annual, half year or quarterly subscription with prices starting from $12.50/month.

Risk free and a 1 year warranty

Waggle comes with a one year warranty. If for some reason you change your mind and the Waggle is not what you thought – they do have a 21 day refund policy. No worries about the subscription plan – if you return your item, you will get a refund for that as well, minus the cost for the days the service was used. 

Don’t just take our word for it

Here are three of our favorite, informational and review videos we have found on the Waggle.

This article has been sponsored by Waggle

Finding the perfect RV

Whether you are looking to upgrade your current RV or thinking of purchasing your first RV, you have a lot of choices. While having choices can be good, it can also be overwhelming. Is there such a thing as the perfect RV? Finding an RV that has everything is nearly an impossible task. So how do you decide?

Determine your style of RVing

One of the great things about RVing is that there is no one-size fits all. However, knowing how you will be using your RV will best help you narrow down your choices to find the ‘perfect’ one for you and your family.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Will you be RVing full-time or part-time? Full-time RVers have different needs and often require more from their RVs than the occasional camper.
  • Do you prefer to park at traditional campgrounds or in remote places? If you like to get off the beaten path and want to go for days off-grid your options will be vastly different than if you want to camp at luxury RV resorts in popular tourist spots.
  • Do you want to camp at National Parks? There are length restrictions at many National Park campgrounds.
  • What is your comfort level driving and parking RVs? Does driving something the length of a semi-truck scare you? Do you hate backing in trailers? Identifying these things will quickly narrow down your list.
  • If part-time RVing, do you have a place to store your RV when not in use? Many neighborhoods have restrictions on parking RVs in front of or on site. If yours is one, finding a good storage facility should be part of your planning.
  • Will you be traveling with children or pets? As you consider RVs, think about the space you would be occupying during inclement weather…because bad weather does happen. Would you and your family be comfortable?
  • Do you plan to do a lot of entertaining or prefer to keep to yourself? There are some great RVs out there with outdoor kitchens and entertainment areas but if you a
  • Will you need to buy a new vehicle? Depending on your budget, this might make a significant difference in your RV options.
  • Do you prefer new or used? New might get you a great warranty, but used typically have already had warranty issues taken care of.

Know RV classifications

RVs for sale are segmented into two main categories; motorhomes and towables. If it has a motor it’s a motorhome and if you tow it, it’s a towable. But within those categories there will be classifications such as Class A’s, B’s, C’s etc. Check out this great post on RVing 101: Types of RVs for detailed information on each class.

Set a realistic budget…and stick to it

This can be the hardest to do. As you delve into looking at RVs for sale, you are going to find many attractive options. But remember, owning an RV is only part of the cost. Make room for maintenance, insurance, repairs and accessories as these costs can quickly add up.

Make a list of must-have features

I remember a must-have for me when we bought our RV, was an oven. Guess what….we don’t have an oven. And i’m fine with it. The point is, something I thought was an absolute, was something I could actually do without. But there are some things that you can not budge on. For example, we have friends who need to have an outlet in near the bed for their CPAP machine.

Make a list of things you really want in your dream RV. Now go back and put whether each item is a need or a want and separate them into two lists. Finally, rank each list in order of importance. This exercise will really help keep you focused as you narrow down your choices.

Watch videos and tour RVs

RV shows can be a great way to tour many RVs at once. Another overlooked benefit of RV shows is the accessibility to talk directly with the manufacturers. Check out our RV Show Schedule to find one near you.

But what if you can’t get to a dealer or show? There is no shortage of RV related videos on YouTube. They are a great resource to see not only what certain RVs look like, but more importantly real-life feedback from current owners as well. Pay attention to both positive and negative information to best educate yourself in your RV purchase decision.

Take, for example this video:

Now, we absolutely love our Little Guy Max. That being said, there are still features that we dislike. We cover which items we were able to address and a few items we could not. More importantly, we also mention how the manufacturer has responded to issues. That was a big factor when we decided on which one was best for us and we are pleased to say we have had a very positive experience. Through videos like this, you might learn about features that you would have otherwise missed.

Do a test run

Once you think you have decided what RV you want, we suggest renting one to see how you like it. Websites like Outdoorsy, RVShare and Cruise America offer great prices and options on RV rentals. Do a test run as well and compare units before you commit to a large purchase and it could save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Get the best price

Prices can vary greatly from dealership to dealership. Use tools like RV Trader, RVT and NADA RV Guide to give you an idea of what the RV you are looking for will cost.

In the end, there is no perfect RV. But it is possible to find one that fits many of your needs and wants and will make you very happy, making it perfect for you…for now. Remember, what is perfect for you now may change in the future. Thank goodness there are plenty of options ready and waiting for you when that happens!