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Old 10-27-2010, 10:42 PM   #1
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Stolen Airstreams GPS Tracking & Deterrents

I'm mad that somebody stole my trailer. I'm even madder that a number of other fellow Airstreams have been "hit" lately especially here in Texas. But no matter who or where you are, I ask that that the community would put our heads together and come up with some solutions that work in tracking units, reporting thefts and prevention before more units get stolen. I've found that just Locks, Hitch covers, Chains, just don't do it. Don't let a false sense of security fool you. My trailer was probably gone in 30 minutes regardless of three locks and chains. Now I'm finding that for under $200 I could have put a GPS tracking unit on my trailer and could have the joy of meeting the police at the location my trailer is tracked to. You guys with the stores ODM, Vintage Parts -- Get these things in stock and sell them to us. Does anybody make decent Alarm systems for Airstreams? Is it an option on a new one that costs $80,000? Let's create some awareness among the tribe and come up with ways to protect our investments. Because you never know - you may be next!
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:44 PM   #2
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GPS Tracking Unit

Someone had posted this one but I'm not sure how well it works:

Informer Lite - Advanced GPS fleet Tracking Solution by RMTracking

Under $200 and you can activate the tracking as needed. But is it 100% accurate 100% of the time?
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:43 PM   #3
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This model is recommended in Europe by some camper clubs.

http://www.diytrade.com/china/4/prod..._child_Elderly

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Old 10-28-2010, 12:17 AM   #4
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The Smart Tracker looks good under $ 200 with backup battrry. The informer lite I posted above is more expensive.

Smart Tracker - Advanced GPS Vehicle Recovery System by RMTracking

You can order service daily, weekly or monthly only when you need it.

Haven't purchased one but may try it,
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I searched an English description....
It is about the MODEL, not about the supplier!
Great, one sees on Google Maps where the vehicle just is or where it goes!
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:35 AM   #6
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Here is one from Dewalt, a little more money but does more than just track.

DEWALT MOBILELOCK, Wireless Alarm System and GPS Locator
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:59 PM   #7
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Here's the Zoombak, $99.00 but the service plan is like buying cable. It seems geared for daily tracking of a car, or people. I like the idea of a generic black box that doesn't say GPS Tracking System on it.

Zoombak Universal Locator

Was thinking the fridge outside compartment would be a good location to place it as it could look like part of the fridge plus theres 12V there inside. Would be easy to check too when the trailer is in storage.
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Was thinking the fridge outside compartment would be a good location to place it as it could look like part of the fridge plus theres 12V there inside. Would be easy to check too when the trailer is in storage.
All of these devices use GPS--must be able to receive the signal from satellites--and the cellular phone network--must be able to communicate with cell towers.

For these reasons I don't think the refrigerator compartment would be a good location unless the tracking device was connected to external GPS and cellular antennas elsewhere on the trailer. The best bet wold be someplace on the roof, either disguised as something else by a plastic cover--not metal!--or inside the fiberglass air conditioner housing, as someone suggested earlier.
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Here is the one I think I am getting. It reports up to 4 times daily and you can set up virtual fences. A little more pricey but I think a better total value than the others I have seen.

Asset Protection Unit for GPS Tracking
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:52 PM   #10
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According to Casitaplaza, his Airstream was recovered due to the WMCCI numbers on the front. I'd say this is the best case for joining up. Though it won't prevent the theft like a pit bull would, it sure helps in the identifying part leading to recovery.
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I wanted to post an update to this thread. It's as cheap as $40 and $40 a year to maintain the text plan: Amazon.com: Vehicle Car GPS Tracker 103B with Remote Control GSM Alarm SD Card Slot Anti-theft: Everything Else

I am even considering a feature on here. It comes with a relay that you can shut off power to something. My thought there would be that it would be interesting to apply power to the magnetic brakes. For example, you see it stopped. You call the police, and then you apply the brakes. The trailer can't be pulled, and while they're trying to figure out what's wrong, you and the cops show up. It can also trigger an alarm. I'm thinking putting an alarm cone in the belly pan and making the marker lights blink.

My current trailer is on blocks with no wheels, so I think it's okay for now...

I could easily hide this module in any number of crooks and crannies in my trailer.
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I am thinking big red numbers on the roof would be a good idea too.
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Check out ''Spytec gl300'' on Amazon. Cost $50.00. Add pelican case for waterproofing. You can buy a wiring kit for continuous power. Use this for your Trailer. I think $25.00 per month fee. From personal experience, this tracking device worked great. robwok's device looks interesting post 11. I see a add for TRACKR which is the size of a quarter on this forum.
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Stolen Airstreams GPS Tracking & Deterrents

Whatever happened to LoJack? Is that viable for an RV? (On edit...) You used to be able to buy a new car with LoJack as an option - can you still do that? Is there a reason you can't do that on an Airstream?
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