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Old 04-13-2021, 05:36 AM   #1
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I am thinking about the possibility of having security cameras to show activity outside my 2017 Airstream Interstate. Would hope to have something small that had solar charging or at least a long battery life that would send info to my phone.
Any suggestions ?
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I am thinking about the possibility of having security cameras to show activity outside my 2017 Airstream Interstate. Would hope to have something small that had solar charging or at least a long battery life that would send info to my phone.
Any suggestions ?
You mean while it's in storage? You would need Internet service in the trailer so you could access the camera from your phone. If there is no free or other available service close by you could get something like a Verizon Jet Pack for service and then any of an assortment of wireless cameras available at Best Buy or Amazon. You would be able to connect to the camera from your phone and usually those cameras have an internal MSD card for recording.

Power for both of those is your next consideration. If your AS doesn't have solar then you would need something portable (steal-able) to keep the AS batteries charged. Unless you want to constantly run the inverter you would also have to modify the power supplies for both the Jet Pack and camera to use 12 volt instead of 115 volt.

So the answer is yes it can be done but without onboard solar you take the risk of your portable solar panel getting stolen. You would also have to make modifications to the equipment. If you have just the one camera you get just one view out of the window. If you put the camera outside then it too becomes a target for a thief.
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:54 AM   #3
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I am thinking about the possibility of having security cameras to show activity outside my 2017 Airstream Interstate. Would hope to have something small that had solar charging or at least a long battery life that would send info to my phone.
Any suggestions ?
Expounding on the reply above --

1. For what purpose(s)? Storage, on-the-road, or both?

2. Are you chiefly concerned with theft, or the safety of your person?

3. Do you want gross warnings only (e.g., "someone is near"), or detail sufficient to identify people? This makes a big difference because it's dictated by camera resolution.

4. With or without recording capability?

5. How much does price matter to you?

6. Do you have technical skills, or would you require a turnkey system?

All these questions are necessary for perspective because the market is woefully underdeveloped in this area. There are systems that can be kluged together to render some degree of information for specific concerns. But there is no easy answer, or cheap answer.

A few historical threads on this topic:

Vehicle Security - What have you done?

Comprehensive DVR and security camera system

Security while boondocking (Class B Forum)

Here is an example of a context-specific solution. We have used a Verizon hot spot coupled with a Canary camera to keep an eye on our dog while she was alone in our Interstate. The video feeds back to my phone, assuming I'm in an area with cell coverage.

This type of solution is entry-level, costing about $75 for the Canary and $50/month for the hotspot, plus this installation required running another branch of DC power for the Canary. Obviously this shows the vehicle interior only, and at poor resolution. Prices rise astronomically from this type of installation.

Here's a screengrab from that Canary (red arrow points at dog):



At the other end of the investment spectrum, here is a pic showing a comprehensive multi-camera DVR security system installed in a vehicle that sells for around a half-million dollars. I have not managed to engineer a comparable system to date (it would take a lot of money and time to design and implement):

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This worked for me.

We park the trailer in our driveway. My son gave me a set of YI indoor security cameras for my birthday. They were maybe $100 for 4 of them. I put a camera in a window in a bedroom that looked out to the trailer. The camera sees through the glass just fine. The subscription for 5 of the cameras was less than $100 for a year. I run a router in the house year around. I love the system. I love being able to see that the trailer is still there and that no limbs have fallen on it.
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Yes - if you are able to base your video system in a structure that has electrical power and WiFi, it becomes infinitely easier to accomplish this goal.
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Any way to utilize the build in Interstate outside cameras for monitoring outside conditions while at a camp site inside your van? Just to be able to see what's going on outside while having your blinds down, etc would be helpful in the case of staying at a rest stop, etc.
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Any way to utilize the build in Interstate outside cameras for monitoring outside conditions while at a camp site inside your van? Just to be able to see what's going on outside while having your blinds down, etc would be helpful in the case of staying at a rest stop, etc.
Are the Interstate cameras closed circuit or do they require Internet and a phone app? Most cameras do unless they are closed circuit, everything is contained within the camera system
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There is a security company that offers cameras, and access through cell towers (no WiFi needed) with a $25/mo or so subscription. We have never tried the cameras ourselves. It’s all easy to look up at Simplisafe.com.
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There is a security company that offers cameras, and access through cell towers (no WiFi needed) with a $25/mo or so subscription. We have never tried the cameras ourselves. Itís all easy to look up at Simplisafe.com.
Sure, there are several similar vendors - but how can a stick-and-brick system be adapted to a trailer or motorhome? That one primarily uses conventional glass break and entry sensors, not video monitoring as the OP was asking about.
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We added 2 Blink cameras to our trailer shelter (so they're up high and can't be easily reached) after someone appropriated one of our aluminum propane tanks last fall. The Blinks are on batteries, which have lasted so far since October through a very cold spell in February here (minus 25 degrees for a 2 week period.) Resolution is good, we can see from our phones what is happening and talk through them to someone there by the trailer. They can be wired in.



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Minus side: they can be overly sensitive. If we get a very windy day, such as 30mph winds, cameras can be set off.
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