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Old 01-30-2015, 06:05 PM   #101
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HI all, We've been considering purchasing a "GPS" type product to be installed on our Escape in case it is ever stolen (despite precautions we take). Apparently, it is something like when your pet is "chipped" and can be located. Does anyone else have such a thing? THanks for your help.
I use this type of system in my Boler, If the trailer is moved you are notified and the trailer can be tracked. It does not prevent theft but the stickers may deter it and the system gives you a better chance for recovery.
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Old 01-30-2015, 06:18 PM   #102
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Have not read through all the posts so someone might have already mentioned these GPS tracking tiles.

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Old 01-30-2015, 06:22 PM   #103
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I use this type of system in my Boler, If the trailer is moved you are notified and the trailer can be tracked. It does not prevent theft but the stickers may deter it and the system gives you a better chance for recovery.
A system like that makes sense for Buttercup since it's a one of a kind. With the full replacement cost coverage on my Escape, if God forbid anything should happen to it, a new one can always be built to replace it.
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Old 01-30-2015, 06:27 PM   #104
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There's not much difference in using it on the trailer. A circuit is a circuit. Doesn't matter if it's a window, a door or the trailer. Break the circuit and the alarm goes off.

I've thought about doing it but I'm in a pretty secure situation so I haven't pursued it. The only negative I can think of is that it's sort of after the fact. For that type to work the thief has had time to hook up and would already be rolling before it triggered.

I like motion sensors for the reason that they light up the potential thief before they even get near the trailer except they wouldn't do much for a day time thief.

It seems to me the best option, short of a tracking system, would be one that is triggered by any motion of the trailer or the hitch latch being opened.

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Old 01-30-2015, 07:52 PM   #105
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I use this type of system in my Boler, If the trailer is moved you are notified and the trailer can be tracked. It does not prevent theft but the stickers may deter it and the system gives you a better chance for recovery.
The stickers may be a deterrent, in which case maybe all that's needed is the sticker On the other hand, the sticker tells the thief to look for the tracker to remove and thus disable it. Maybe you need a sticker, a real tracker, and a dummy tracker which is more easily found than the real one?

Does anyone know if the SPOT and similar GPS-based trackers get enough signal through the trailer shell to work if mounted inside (presumably inside a cabinet, near the ceiling), or do they need to be on the outside (and thus easily seen and removed)?
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Old 01-30-2015, 11:40 PM   #106
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Does anyone know if the SPOT and similar GPS-based trackers get enough signal through the trailer shell to work if mounted inside (presumably inside a cabinet, near the ceiling), or do they need to be on the outside (and thus easily seen and removed)?
According to Gearjunkie:
"The Trace comes with a mounting bracket. You can hide it on a boat or vehicle in certain places — the device will transmit through fiberglass, fabric, and glass, Spot cites."

Tiny SPOT GPS Unit Serves As 'Anti-Theft Satellite Tracker'
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:08 AM   #107
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The stickers may be a deterrent, in which case maybe all that's needed is the sticker On the other hand, the sticker tells the thief to look for the tracker to remove and thus disable it. Maybe you need a sticker, a real tracker, and a dummy tracker which is more easily found than the real one?
They may look Brian, but I am confident they will not find the GPS unit.
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Old 01-31-2015, 09:04 AM   #108
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I always thought the best place to put something of value would be the stinky slinky tube
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I always thought the best place to put something of value would be the stinky slinky tube
Yeppers, that is where I keep my gold plated, diamond encrusted, sewer pipe.
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Old 03-05-2016, 01:13 PM   #110
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Anyone using the MegaHitch lock?

It looks very secure..... and can be had for $114 delivered if you surf the web a bit for dealers.

It would NOT be our only security device.... just an additional one.

A pal had her Aliner stolen..... really was a drag for her.

I don't think she had beefy security things in place, though.
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