Bob Jones Posted March 10, 2022 Share Posted March 10, 2022 Hi Folks! I realize a lot of motorhome owners are older so you may not be aware of Smart Plugs but they are really handy and I just saw a box of 4 for $20 CAD at Costco so I picked them up and gave some to my neighbors. What they are is just an electrical outlet that is controlled by WiFi. So once they are joined to your WiFi network you just install an app on your phone and then you can remotely turn on and off that outlet. You can label the 'plugs' on your phone to what they do, ie, Fan or whatever. In my unit I have most things using the phone as a remote control. I can turn the hot water tank on & off with the phone, a circulating fan, my dehumidifier has native phone control, and outside outlets such as the TV in the lower compartment, as well as my oil filled heater (on a separate remote). It's very handy, especially the Hot Water tank as I can turn it on when I'm lying in bed before I get up. That way the tank is fully hot for the shower. If you have a Google Phone they have a central app that will run most things on smart plugs. But at $20 CAD for 4, well, that's about $15 USD. So...not much risk there! Because my hot water tank has a 2,000 watt element I had to use a more expensive one for that. It was about $50 CAD. But that one includes a voltage and watt meter and also shows you how many volts AC are available. It's more sophisticated than the Costco ones. If you have the stock 1,400 watt element I bet you could run your water heater on the cheap Costco ones as well because they are rated for 15 amps..... Since they are integrated with your phone you can also schedule items to turn on or off at predetermined times. For instance, you can hit the Away button on your phone and turn everything off all at once and schedule things to turn on at certain times. It adds a LOT of versatility to living in a motorhome when you don't have to get up anymore to turn things on and off. But when I saw a 4-pack at Costco for that price, well, I wanted to mention it in case others have not heard about them yet. At that price you can give them away as gifts! 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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