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Old 09-30-2010, 08:57 AM   #15
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Note: GPS on an Airstream MUST go on the roof. The double aluminum skin blocks enough of the GPS signal to make any interior or below location unusable. Note these units require a clear, uninterrupted view of the sky - only glass and plastic are acceptable, and even then, some glass can cut the signal greatly.

The car dealers buy units that have transmitters that can return the location within 10 feet, if they can get the signal out.

http://www.northlanddealers.com/medi...2012-07-09.pdf

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The first one is a better plan/cost... The second one is a more advanced unit.
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Old 09-30-2010, 09:40 AM   #16
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@Dave Park: Is there anything extra offered by the "Informer Lite" that is really useful for trailer security/recovery? The Northland Tracker is WAY cheaper... $100 less up front and it includes 3 yrs of airtime. I can't tell from the PDF if the "daily auto reporting" cuts into the included "500 locates" or not, but if you can turn off the auto-reporting as long as it's within the geofenced area, it seems like $199 for 3 years of tracking is a smokin' deal.

Hopefully you'll get that Sovereign from Princeton and need the GPS tracker soon.
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Old 09-30-2010, 09:55 AM   #17
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Indeed, I have the first one in my truck, and I just log in to a website to get locates. I won't consider keeping a trailer without one now (plus a small solar panel to maintain the battery for it). It will fit nicely inside the AC shroud.

It's basically a custom cellphone with GPS, that is accessed by text message by the company, and texts back its position. Neat gadget. The one in my truck has line of sight to the sky through the dash and is accurate to about 7-8 feet - less than the length of the truck.

I'm not hopeful on the Princeton Sovereign, but if I am lucky, I'll post very detailed pics here! And fit a tracker!
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So you've already purchased one of the Northland ones? Does the unit come with environmental specs? I'm thinking the inside of the AC shroud is a fairly harsh environment for electronics when the AC is in use in a Texas summer. It's the most logical hiding place... someplace a filthy scumbag ...er... thief isn't likely to look as long as the AC is working, but if the AC cooks the thing it would be counter-productive.
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Old 09-30-2010, 12:48 PM   #19
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I've had one in a car in central TX heat for three summers with no problems and no ventilation - it still works flawlessly. I suspect in the shroud may get very hot, but with all those slits it'll never get up to the 160-170F of the car interior...

I test it with a ping each time I change my wiper blades (about 2x/year) and I pinged it a few times when I was loaning my car to a friend to make sure he was where he said he was (to make sure he was on time - not because I didn't trust him!)

All it needs to work is 12V and a clear view of the sky.
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Jammer - honestly I have used the search function on this site, and maybe I'm using it incorrectly, but it seems to spit out a ton of irrelevant posts that don't have anything to do with my original search terms. Searching "Stolen Airstreams" pulled up the following results as an example:


Probably a better way to narrow down searches though...


Anyway, thought this link might be helpful as this seems like a great way to deter theft without going to all the lengths for a GPS hooked to a solar system with a direct hard line to the pentagon etc.

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Nah. You just need a small battery maintainer solar panel so the GPS doesn't partially discharge and get sulfated. They're about $20.

Since it's widely agreed that a determined thief will come equipped, something is needed beyond a deterrent, so you know where it is when it isn't where you left it
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Nightwatch use the google search from the search page instead. The other one doesn't work very well.
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Jammer - honestly I have used the search function on this site, and maybe I'm using it incorrectly, but it seems to spit out a ton of irrelevant posts that don't have anything to do with my original search terms. Searching "Stolen Airstreams" pulled up the following results as an example:


Probably a better way to narrow down searches though...


Anyway, thought this link might be helpful as this seems like a great way to deter theft without going to all the lengths for a GPS hooked to a solar system with a direct hard line to the pentagon etc.

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Hi Nightwatch,

We're at some 46,000 members with over 880,000 posts, so chances are many questions have been addressed at some point along the way. Unfortunately digging through the archives can be time consuming and as you've discovered, sometimes frustrating.

Using the "Advanced Search" function along with the "Search Titles Only" feature will help narrow things down for you, but there are several internet search engines such as Google, Bing, Dogpile, etc that will yield excellent results.

Regardless, feel free to post your question(s) because chances are there are plenty of members that have the answer(s).

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