5 Best Pet Temperature Monitors for RVs / Campers [2020]

Posted on October 14, 2020 by Daniel Renfro in Appliances

The Quick Pick
Best Cellular RV Pet Temperature Monitor
MarCELL Cellular Temperature/Humidity Monitor
Best Wifi RV Pet Temperature Monitor
Temp Stick Wireless Remote Temperature & Humidity Sensor
Best RV Pet Temperature Monitor With Camera
Geeni Smart Home Pet and Baby Monitor with Camera

Nothing is more heartbreaking than having to leave your pet behind before you go on a long trip. So, it’s no surprise that more than 60% of RV owners prefer to travel with their pets. After all, one of the greatest advantages of being an RV owner is that there’s room for everyone in the family, including the furrier members!

But there are times when you’ll have to go out, and your pet can’t tag along. Maybe it’s a quick trip to do some grocery shopping, or a nice dinner out with some friends. In those cases, you’ll need a pet temperature monitor.

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How to Pick a Pet Temperature Monitor

To make sure we’re on the same page, a pet temperature monitor is a small device you hang in your camper, trailer, or RV that will record and monitor temperature changes. Most devices come with a mobile app that you can use to track how hot or cold it is in your RV. With an internet-ready temperature monitor, you can check up on your buddy and know she’s comfortable even when you’re out.

So, how do you know which pet temperature monitor is right for you? I wish I’d asked myself that question when I bought my first monitor! I learned the hard way that, although most temperature monitors offer the same basic functions, it’s the small things that matter. Here’s a quick rundown of the things you should consider before making a purchase.

Wi-fi vs. Cellular

Pet temperature monitors connect to the internet in one of two ways — your wi-fi connection or through a cellular network.

Wi-fi pet temperature monitors are dependent on a ready, stable wi-fi internet connection. If your RV or trailer is mostly fixed in one location, like a mobile or trailer home, then you might already have a wi-fi connection set up by your Internet Service Provider. But if you’re the type who’s often on the road, then you likely don’t have constant internet connectivity. In the latter case, a wi-fi pet temperature monitor would only work when you’re parked in a spot that’s nearby a wi-fi connection, such as a cafe or mall.

Cellular temperature monitors have built-in cellular capabilities; all you have to do is pop in a standard cellular SIM card with a data plan. Since cellular pet temperature monitors connect via a mobile connection, they can stay connected wherever your provider has a cellular tower. The reliability and speed of your connection depend on your provider and the data plan you’re subscribed to.

If you’ve already bought a wi-fi monitor but want the constant connectivity of a cellular network, there’s a workaround. Purchase a cheap, internet-ready smartphone with hotspot capability. Then, tether your pet temperature monitor to your new hotspot phone to keep it connected even when you’re on the move. You can always turn it off when you’re in an area with a strong wi-fi connection.


Think about the cost of the pet temperature monitor and your budget. Some monitors are completely functional after a one-time, up-front fee, but an increasing number of monitors require a monthly, paid subscription. Also, don’t forget to include cellular data or internet costs in your calculations. If you’re often on the road, you’ll need to be subscribed to a mobile data plan to stay notified of temperature changes.

App Quality

Not all apps are created equal. Most pet temperature monitors offer the same basic features. The quality of its app determines how easy your monitor is to use. A low-quality app makes for a frustrating user experience. A quick scan of app reviews will give you an idea of its quality — if users often complain about lag, delays, or regular crashing, you might want to consider an alternative monitor.

Don’t forget to make sure the temperature monitor’s app is compatible with your phone! While most temperature monitors support both iPhones and Android devices, a few are exclusive to one or the other. Once again, user reviews are your friend here — even apps that claim to support both platforms may have issues with some devices.

Power Source

Nearly all pet temperature monitors plug into a wall socket, but since this will be used in your RV or camper, you should look into monitors that are battery-powered. This way, you’ll continue to receive temperature reports even if the power goes out in your RV.

Notification Options

Make sure the app on your pet temperature monitor allows for alarms and notifications. It’s not enough to simply be able to view temperature readings when you want; your monitor should also keep you regularly notified of the conditions in your RV.

The app for your monitor should let you set warnings for when it gets too hot or cold for your pet. Ideally, it should also allow you to create custom notifications, so you know if your monitor is running low on battery or has internet connectivity issues.

Extra Features

Some pet temperature monitors come with extra features beyond simple temperature monitoring and recording. These include things like:


This is an important feature if you prefer to actually see how your pets are doing on top of receiving temperature readings. Note that a live camera feed can put quite a strain on your internet connection, so you could end up paying much more for your cellular data plan. And if the internet in your RV isn’t great to begin with, you’ll only get choppy footage with a significant delay.

How Hot is Too Hot for Certain Types of Pets?

Every species of pet has its own range of temperatures that they can tolerate. There can also be other variables that affect an individual pet’s heat tolerance, such as health and age. Remember that your pets are accustomed to the temperatures that you live in — after all, they’ve been living with you! So, here’s a good rule of thumb: if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pet.


As long as there’s plenty of air circulation and water in your RV, your dog should be fine in temperatures up to 85-degrees Fahrenheit.

Dogs regulate their body temperature through panting; so, breeds with breathing problems (like pugs) won’t be able to cool themselves as easily. Thick-furred breeds that come from cold climates will also have difficulties dealing with heat. Additionally, if your dog is very young, very old, or obese, it will also be at risk in above-average temperatures.

In any case, always be sure to leave out a bowl of water for your pup. Park your camper or RV in a shaded area whenever possible to prevent quick heating from direct sunlight.


Since most pet birds originally come from tropical areas of the world, it’s easy to assume that they’re more resistant to high temperatures. But even parrots in the wild make an effort to avoid too much direct sunlight and humidity, so why would your feathered friend be comfortable in a stuffy camper? Most birds can tolerate temperatures in the range of 40 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit but are most comfortable in 65 to 80 degrees.


Cold-blooded pets, like reptiles, tend to be more tolerant of higher temperatures. Your pet reptiles will be quite happy in temperatures between 68 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Beyond that, they’ll overheat.

Guinea Pigs/Hamsters/Rabbits

Small mammals like bunnies, hamsters, and guinea pigs prefer temperatures between 55 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. While your hamster or guinea pig can tolerate temperatures up to 75 degrees, anything beyond that will cause severe overheating and increase their risk of heatstroke.

In Summary

Now that you know what to look for in a pet temperature monitor for your RV, you’re probably excited to go out and buy one right now. Just remember that it’s the health and safety of your pets at stake here, so take your time and do your due diligence in researching the right product for you and your animal buddy.