Tuesday 29th September 2020

The smart RV brings convenience to the open road

Published on December 24th, 2019

Thanks to the advances of technology, the open road sees more and more nomads taking to roads less travelled. The global RV market will reach $64.25 billion (€57.95 billion) by 2024, according to market trends.

While there are quite a few caravan parks that accommodate travellers and provide great amenities such as full hookups, showers and laundry facilities, caravaners have to rely mostly on the amenities provided onboard their motorhome.

Thanks to technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT), campers now have access to a connected set-up that allows them to enjoy the comfort of amenities even if they’re out in the middle of a moor.

Ramp up your security

IoT can be a great help for those who need to keep their motorhome safe while they’re in the middle of nowhere. A simple CCTV and smart device setup that makes use of mobile data will allow travellers to rest at ease when they use a different mode of transport to explore their surrounds or have to leave the RV alone for an extended period. This is also handy for those who have pets and need to keep an eye on them while running errands.

Exterior cameras can also be used for other safety measures, such as backing up out of tight spaces or navigating through dense thickets or on tricky roads.

Take advantage of the convenience options

Jocelyn Brown

Owners can take advantage of the convenience aspect of IoT for motorhomes by configuring their setup to up the convenience game. This means linking lighting, gas supply, and even the thermostat to the network in order to keep an eye on all of it from a central location.

While this may not seem like much, every added convenience in an RV can make a difference after spending the whole day on the road. It also helps to know that there are different classes of motorhomes, which means that the basic conveniences will change from one class to another.

The Wi-Fi coverage has other benefits too

One of the first steps for RV owners to hook up to an IoT network is to have access to a good mobile Wi-Fi network. While this is a necessity for an IoT network, it also allows travellers to be connected to the internet even in remote locations. This may not be foolproof, as even the most reliable internet provider might not reach more remote locations.

In this instance, it’s important to create a system that allows the devices to still function even if the IoT network is offline. However, when drivers are within range of a network, it allows them to spend time in the great outdoors without worrying that they’re missing out on news back home.

For RV owners, the level of tech and interconnectivity to an IoT network is on the rise. From safety monitoring to simply adding layers of convenience, it’s a no-brainer for those who have access to a mobile WiFi network.

The author of this blog is Jocelyn Brown, a freelance technology writer

About the author

Jocelyn Brown is a freelance writer and mother. She loves the freedom that comes with freelancing and the versatility it allows her in covering many different topics and themes. When not at work she enjoys running, hikes in the country and making the most of family time.

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