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    Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Lest it's stolen. Cheers in advance.

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    you must drive a Ford Focus?

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    was it you who purchased a motorhome / campervan ? ? ?

    is it for that ? ? ?

    the better ones are subscription based, you can buy them with a sim holder, so it uses the mobile sim signal

    this one charges 20 quid a year, uses date which they say is fairly cheap


    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GPS-Track...sAAOSw4-teHaNm

    add to it the hard wire kit,

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hard-Wire...4AAOSwMnZc1WVb

    50 quid for the pair

    many in the old VW t4 scene, used to get a old phone ( put a pay as you go sim in it ), wire a charger in from a 12V feed from the battery, hide it all behind a panel, you can track that then, apple even do " find my phone " , yes they can cut the battery, but the phones battery will last a while

    depends on what you want to track and how much you want to spend

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton Blue Genie View Post
    Lest it's stolen. Cheers in advance.
    Buy a cheap phone, put the government's Covid-19 tracker on it.

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Quote Originally Posted by blue matt View Post
    was it you who purchased a motorhome / campervan ? ? ?

    is it for that ? ? ?

    the better ones are subscription based, you can buy them with a sim holder, so it uses the mobile sim signal

    this one charges 20 quid a year, uses date which they say is fairly cheap


    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GPS-Track...sAAOSw4-teHaNm

    add to it the hard wire kit,

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hard-Wire...4AAOSwMnZc1WVb

    50 quid for the pair

    many in the old VW t4 scene, used to get a old phone ( put a pay as you go sim in it ), wire a charger in from a 12V feed from the battery, hide it all behind a panel, you can track that then, apple even do " find my phone " , yes they can cut the battery, but the phones battery will last a while

    depends on what you want to track and how much you want to spend
    Yes, I did buy such a vehicle and ordered a second SIM from my mobile phone provider for 5 a month yesterday. I will only use the tracker when away from home on weekends as I live in a quiet and safe cul-de-sac. Thanks for the advice.

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton Blue Genie View Post
    Yes, I did buy such a vehicle and ordered a second SIM from my mobile phone provider for 5 a month yesterday. I will only use the tracker when away from home on weekends as I live in a quiet and safe cul-de-sac Thanks for the advice.

    That’s a “BLOCK END” here in South Wales

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton Blue Genie View Post
    Yes, I did buy such a vehicle and ordered a second SIM from my mobile phone provider for 5 a month yesterday. I will only use the tracker when away from home on weekends as I live in a quiet and safe cul-de-sac. Thanks for the advice.
    Just out of interest what camper did you buy ?

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    I user voda tracker and its 304 per year. I have no idea if that is good or bad

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxim View Post
    Just out of interest what camper did you buy ?
    It's not a thorough-bred camper, as such. It's a Mercedes Vito that someone converted. Nothing too fancy although it's in good nick.

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton Blue Genie View Post
    It's not a thorough-bred camper, as such. It's a Mercedes Vito that someone converted. Nothing too fancy although it's in good nick.
    has it got a kitchen pod in it ? ? ? most put a false back on the kitchen pod and slot a phone in that space, run a 12V feed from somewhere, fit a 12v port ( old ciggie lighter socket ) and plug in a usb charger, put it on silent and you are good to go

    or you in a cupboard you could put a false floor in that, loads of options

    wire this to either the van battery or leisure battery if you have one, you might have a small 12v fuse board for lights / sockets in the back

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Car-12v-P...QAAOSwstxU~GTY

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    TBG are you looking for an inexpensive tracker for a vehicle or a tracker for an inexpensive vehicle? just wondering?

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton Blue Genie View Post
    It's not a thorough-bred camper, as such. It's a Mercedes Vito that someone converted. Nothing too fancy although it's in good nick.
    Same here except mine is a Mk7 Transit.

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Quote Originally Posted by blue matt View Post
    has it got a kitchen pod in it ? ? ? most put a false back on the kitchen pod and slot a phone in that space, run a 12V feed from somewhere, fit a 12v port ( old ciggie lighter socket ) and plug in a usb charger, put it on silent and you are good to go

    or you in a cupboard you could put a false floor in that, loads of options

    wire this to either the van battery or leisure battery if you have one, you might have a small 12v fuse board for lights / sockets in the back

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Car-12v-P...QAAOSwstxU~GTY
    Thanks. The van has a leisure battery but wouldn't batteries be the first place that thieves would check for trackers? There's loads of hidey-holes if I use a gizmo that doesn't use one of the batteries.

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Best security is move your obd2 port and put a false one in its place.

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxim View Post
    Best security is move your obd2 port and put a false one in its place.
    In tomorrow's Which Magazine Expert Review Maxim will advise on the best swimming trunks and speedos to use if you have to take to the water in West Glamorgan in a hurry!

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton Blue Genie View Post
    Thanks. The van has a leisure battery but wouldn't batteries be the first place that thieves would check for trackers? There's loads of hidey-holes if I use a gizmo that doesn't use one of the batteries.
    no, i mean run the 12V power lead from the leisure battery

    cut the end of this, add it to the connection on the leisure battery ( so it doesnt stand out )

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Car-12v-P...QAAOSwstxU~GTY

    then hide the ciggie lighter end and a phone in a hidden place


    If you were worried about someone tracing the cable, you could add one of these close to it so they thought it was heading to that


    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Campervan...YAAOSw5UFb~q0s


    Infact if you were that way inclined, you could even cut a hole behind that fake socket ( above ) and hide the lot behind that

    dont forget you need to use the phone every few months on a Pay as you go sim to keep it active, so you need to be able to get to the phone

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyril evans awaydays View Post
    In tomorrow's Which Magazine Expert Review Maxim will advise on the best swimming trunks and speedos to use if you have to take to the water in West Glamorgan in a hurry!
    I'm a wealth of knowledge.
    I currently hold the Townhill land speed record on a e bike.

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    To stop it getting driven away, if it’s got one, take the rotor arm out

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    What about simply using a second mobile phone with a SIM in it (which I have already) as a tracker by using Google maps?

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton Blue Genie View Post
    What about simply using a second mobile phone with a SIM in it (which I have already) as a tracker by using Google maps?
    The trick is to stop them stealing it not to trace it when its stolen.
    I have sent you a pm.

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxim View Post
    The trick is to stop them stealing it not to trace it when its stolen.
    I have sent you a pm.
    TBG. If it asks for your post code best ignore it!

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyril evans awaydays View Post
    TBG. If it asks for your post code best ignore it!
    Well Cyril i live in the hood and my camper is safe.

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxim View Post
    Well Cyril i live in the hood and my camper is safe.
    Best place to hide an acorn is in an Oak tree I suppose!

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyril evans awaydays View Post
    Best place to hide an acorn is in an Oak tree I suppose!
    Are you lonely or what ?

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton Blue Genie View Post
    What about simply using a second mobile phone with a SIM in it (which I have already) as a tracker by using Google maps?
    Generally it is very hard to steal a modern vehicle without the keys. Full blown campers do get towed away as they have decent values.
    The tracker Blue Matt mentioned sounds very cheap . We have them on some of our rental vehicles and the subscriptions are around 10 a month.
    Camper vans are going to be all the rage in the coming years, not only corona virus driven, people are enjoying the great out doors .
    Corona-virus will keep some people holidaying here in the uk .
    I have a full blown camper VW T4 transporter which is beautiful.
    I just bought a 2013 accident damaged T5 . It has a full caravelle interior ( back seats fold into a bed ) I am going to use as a day van for cycling , walking etc .

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Quote Originally Posted by blue matt View Post
    has it got a kitchen pod in it ? ? ? most put a false back on the kitchen pod and slot a phone in that space, run a 12V feed from somewhere, fit a 12v port ( old ciggie lighter socket ) and plug in a usb charger, put it on silent and you are good to go

    or you in a cupboard you could put a false floor in that, loads of options

    wire this to either the van battery or leisure battery if you have one, you might have a small 12v fuse board for lights / sockets in the back

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Car-12v-P...QAAOSwstxU~GTY
    Ta.

    Next camper van I steal I know where to look.

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Quote Originally Posted by dembethewarrior View Post
    Ta.

    Next camper van I steal I know where to look.
    the hidden phone idea has been around for years ( since everyone was converting t4's ) its not the perfect answer, but gives a little bit of peace of mind

    I used to have 2 in my VW splitscreen, hidden behind panels, i then tried to track the phone with a website i paid for ( 10 tracks for a fiver ) the area the phone could be in was massive, this was about 15 years ago and mobile phone pinging has improved alot now and it pinpoint to a house

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    At this rate, the tracker will be worth more than the charabang

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Quote Originally Posted by blue matt View Post
    the hidden phone idea has been around for years ( since everyone was converting t4's ) its not the perfect answer, but gives a little bit of peace of mind

    I used to have 2 in my VW splitscreen, hidden behind panels, i then tried to track the phone with a website i paid for ( 10 tracks for a fiver ) the area the phone could be in was massive, this was about 15 years ago and mobile phone pinging has improved alot now and it pinpoint to a house
    My cousin's dad used it when they went Moto X years ago

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    Re: Any recommendations for an inexpensive vehicle GPS tracker?

    Quote Originally Posted by BLUETIT View Post
    At this rate, the tracker will be worth more than the charabang
    My thoughts.
    Why are people so concerned with tracking a camper van and not their cars? It seems they don't track their cars because if they did they'd know how to do it.
    whats the difference?

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