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Protect your RV and its contents with Guardzilla

Arm and monitor your RV from anywhere
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  • Arm and monitor your RV from anywhere
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  • Last modified: May 29, 2016

Summary:

People who live and work in their RVs, and even those who like to use them on vacation, will appreciate the security offered by Guardzilla. The device costs less than $100 and features a camera, infrared camera, alarm and speaker.

When connected to the Internet, it allows users to access an Android or iPhone app and see streaming video of the RV's interior. Whenever Guardzilla detects motion, it sounds a high-pitched alarm for as long as 10 seconds, but also immediately takes three high-quality images and texts them to the owner. That way, even if the device is stolen, images of the thieves are retained.

Users have the option of capturing streaming video and storing it on an SD card inserted into the Guardzilla device. Best of all, users can use their smartphone app to speak directly through the device to scold naughty kids, reassure a pet or spoke a would-be thief.

There are no monthly fees associated with Guardzilla, and it uses a very minimal amount of data, if hooked up to a Mi-Fi device. Data is used only when sending an alert or when the owner wishes to view streamed images. However, one of the settings allows users to determine the image quality, and thus, the amount of data required.

The only downfall to the device is that it must be connected to the Internet to transmit video and photos. Therefore, it can't be used in long-term storage situations because it requires electricity and Internet to work. The app includes an auto-arming feature, which I was not able to get to work. But, it's easy enough to use the app to arm and disarm the system.

However, for people who are living full-time in their RVs, Guardzilla is a very affordable security option.

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Pros

  • Futuristic looking device can rest on any shelf or table, but works best when it has a view of the entire RV interior, especially the door.
  • Optional 100-decible siren with five time settings from 5 to 120 seconds.
  • Infra-red camera captures adequate images even in no-light situations.
  • When motion is detected, the device immediately takes three images and sends them by text or e-mail to the registered owner.

  • Owners can insert an SD card into the device to capture live video.
  • Five motion sensitivity settings ensures that pets can’t cause false alarms.
  • Setting to turn off LED indicator so as not to draw attention to the device when armed.
  • Device comes with a “Protected by Guardzilla” sticker for the RV door to further discourage would-be thieves.
  • Multiple devices can be added to protect other areas of the RV.
  • Video recording setting allows continuous recording, or capturing video in 30-, 60-, 120- or 240-seconds increments
  • Includes 6-foot power cable
  • Takes less than five minutes to set up from the box
  • Built in speaker and microphone allows users to communicate through the device or listen for activity.
  • Costs less than $100 and includes no monthly fees.

Cons

  • It would be nice to have a setting for the camera to take more than three images. In testing some of the images turned out blurry and it would be nice to have more to choose from.
  • The device needs a volume setting for audio communication. The volume is too low for people to hear if they are less than five feet away.
  • If Guardzilla looses an Internet connection, it cannot be disarmed without unplugging the device. Once plugged back in, it will immediately alarm upon detecting motion.
  • Because it runs on electricity, its mounting options in an RV are limited. A battery-operated device would allow it to be placed in more inconspicuous locations.
  • Available online or only through Best Buy.
  • Company does not list a physical address on its website. All support is completed via e-mail or phone.

About Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber is the editor of Let's RV and the editor of RV Daily Report. A Wisconsin native and father of three grown daughters, he is now based out of Arizona and travels the country in his Winnebago Adventurer motorhome interviewing industry professionals and interesting RVers alike. He can be reached at editor@letsrv.com

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