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Old 08-11-2016, 04:39 PM   #1
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Anti-Theft Tracking - SPOT Trace - Sale 50% Off

I have just purchased and activated the SPOT Trace which provides theft-alert and tracking if the trailer is moved. I got mine from WM for CA$ 118 and I will receive a rebate of 50% with mail in form. There is a yearly fee for US$99.

It needs a clear view of the sky so I am thinking of putting it on the dome for the Fantastic Fan. The AAA lithium batteries will last for up to 24 months, but if the trailer is moved the tracking function is triggered by the movement and the unit will send tracking information every 5 minutes for between 9 and 24 days. You could also hook it up to a 5V source (micro USB) that is connected to the trailer battery for longer tracking times.

I have tested it and even a small movement will send an alert to my phone (via email or SMS.)
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I am curious how many actually have some form of a tracker in their AS. I believe ours would be a bit difficult to steal with an ABUS 83/80-300 S2 Schlage 80mm Solid Steel Padlock with 1.5-Inch Shackle for the tow chains and a MegaHitch Lock Coupler Vault Pro.


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Do we know which cell provider it uses?
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Spot doesn't use cell technology. This is satellite hence the need for clear sight to sky.
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SPOT sends your GPS location and data to orbiting commercial satellites.


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Do we know which cell provider it uses?
It doesn't use cell coverage, but rather it sends GPS coordinates directly to the Globalstar satellite network. The text or email that you receive that the trailer has been moved comes from the SPOT company (so you need to have your smart phone on and within cell range to receive the messages.)

You can log on to your account and follow the breadcrumb trail and report the location of the trailer in almost real time to the police.
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Coupler Locks Don't Deter Professional Thieves

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I am curious how many actually have some form of a tracker in their AS. I believe ours would be a bit difficult to steal with an ABUS 83/80-300 S2 Schlage 80mm Solid Steel Padlock with 1.5-Inch Shackle for the tow chains and a MegaHitch Lock Coupler Vault Pro.
An interesting thing with 'professional' thieves is that they don't bother hooking the coupler onto the ball - it takes too much time. They just use a chain wrapped around the A-frame and under the jack and then around a pintle hook on the back of their truck - similar to the way your safety chains would work if your TT became unhitched. They want to get away as quickly as possible and often don't even bother hooking up the lights and brakes until out of sight.

This is a good Australian video of the process (hence the use of caravan instead of trailer)
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I am going on my second year with the Trace. I love getting the daily text and email everyday at the same time telling me it is working properly when it is storage. I just put mine under the fan cover. It is weather proof.

They did add a server fee for $10 this year.
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I am going on my second year with the Trace. I love getting the daily text and email everyday at the same time telling me it is working properly when it is storage. I just put mine under the fan cover. It is weather proof.
Did you stay with the lithium batteries or use a 5v power source?
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This is something I was looking at for my golf cart but should work well for the airstream too. It needs a 12v source. $3/ month

http://www.ajaxgolfcarttracker.com/

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Just thought I'd post this regarding the rebate.

"Rebate Payable in Canadian dollars for Canadian Residents. Not valid in the USA."
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Just thought I'd post this regarding the rebate.

"Rebate Payable in Canadian dollars for Canadian Residents. Not valid in the USA."
Interesting. Last year they were free with activation in USA. Maybe a new deal will come up soon.
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Did you stay with the lithium batteries or use a 5v power source?
When I bought it I still had the Bambi and I tapped into the Fantastic Fan wiring. You have to buy the power cable to do this ($35?) but on the 2012 I just placed it under the cover without hooking to the trailer power.

You will start receiving messages about the batteries when they need to be replaced.

My batteries weren't lithium? It uses 4 AAA regular batteries.
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Sorry. I was thinking 'rechargeable' batteries. I see that is an option but I am not sure why we would want to go to that additional effort.
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