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Old 07-12-2019, 09:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone using a GPS tracker for their trailer or rig??

Hey, I recently had my trailer stolen (and fortunately recovered). Is anyone using a GPS tracker they suggest?
I've seen the dewalt mobilelock, but it looks like it has terrible reviews. Looks good in theory. You can set tamper alarms, perimeters etc to alert you if your item moves while armed.
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Old 07-12-2019, 10:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Personally I think a simple GPS that you can use to check where whatever is would be the most effective.

I had a tamper/perminiter/all that jazz alarm on one of my motorcycles for a bit and it was generally more hassle than it was worth. Something where I could pull it up from the computer and say "yup, there it is" would be the most dependable simple solution.

that said, I would only put it on the buggy as my trailer is comparatively cheap and covered against theft by insurance, so pretty easy to replace.
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What kinda of trailer? Enclosed or flatbed? They work pretty good for most common thieves. Pros will just jam it steal whatever it is and either locate the device or wait for battery to run out. Either way they'll get it. Just depends on how much you want to spend a month vs just spending that on insurance for example. Most trailer thefts around here morons leave them unlocked and meth heads drive off with them. If the hitch is locked it will deter the guy just backing up and taking it. Easiest way is to remove wheels and tires and they will drive on past you.
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I'm planning to put these on my trailer.

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We use SPOT trackers on equipment at work. Does require a subscription for monitoring.

Transmitter is about 2"◊3"◊1" and stays dormant until it senses movement. https://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=128
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Old 07-12-2019, 03:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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ya'll know GPS signals can easily be jammed? any tracker will be able to tell you its on, but wont know where the hell it is.
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It's a flatbed trailer. It was double locked on the tongue. Looks like the tweaked wrapped the chains and dragged it down the road into the desert to cut the locks off. I like the spot idea. Would have alerted me when it moved and told me where it was before they found it and took it off. Dewalt looks ideal on paper, just seems like the reviews are not so hot.


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What kinda of trailer? Enclosed or flatbed? They work pretty good for most common thieves. Pros will just jam it steal whatever it is and either locate the device or wait for battery to run out. Either way they'll get it. Just depends on how much you want to spend a month vs just spending that on insurance for example. Most trailer thefts around here morons leave them unlocked and meth heads drive off with them. If the hitch is locked it will deter the guy just backing up and taking it. Easiest way is to remove wheels and tires and they will drive on past you.
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ya'll know GPS signals can easily be jammed? any tracker will be able to tell you its on, but wont know where the hell it is.
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I use Milwaukee tickís on mine. Itís better than nothing.

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Old 07-12-2019, 06:24 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Did a alarm on my buddys trailer with a tilt/shock sensor
When it moves more the a few feet the lights start flashing,semi horn under it tied to the 60gal air compressor goes off and 12v goes to the 4 brakes
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Old 07-12-2019, 06:49 PM   #10 (permalink)
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We use SPOT trackers on equipment at work. Does require a subscription for monitoring.

Transmitter is about 2"◊3"◊1" and stays dormant until it senses movement. https://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=128
I have been using the Spot since my last cargo trailer was stolen in 2015.
I didnít bother hardwiring it in since the lithium batteries typically last about 6 months and the transmitter sends me a message at least a couple of weeks before the batteries die.
Overall I have no complaints with the unit and like the fact it sends me an email every 24 hours advising its working properly.
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I have a few of the track4 off amazon, can hardwire or battery.

Around 5.00 a month each, I use them for trailers, cars I loan out, my race car when parked, my classic truck, work truck and when I fly I put one in my checked baggage or bag in case it ever gets lost or stolen.

My last checked bag got lost by american and they couldn't find it.. I was able to show them exactly where it was in the wrong city
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Tile. It's 16 bux and lasts about a year.
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Tile. It's 16 bux and lasts about a year.
Only works within Bluetooth range of someone running the app who leaves Bluetooth on. Tweaker in the desert? Not likely.

This looks good to me. Gps, cell communication, $150 up front with no monthly, $15-$20 activation when you need it.
https://rmtracking.com/vehicle_recovery/smart-racker/
I haven't coughed up yet, though.
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Only works within Bluetooth range of someone running the app who leaves Bluetooth on. Tweaker in the desert? Not likely.

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That's how the Milwaukee ticks work also. Works well in cities, but that's about it.

The company I work for has them on all thier trucks and equipment. All the foreman and project managers have an app on thier phone that they can see where everything is at all times. I don't know much about it, but I can ask. I'm going to assume it's probably not realistic for 1 guy with one trailer. Maybe this is a good excuse to do a group buy type of deal?

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That's how the Milwaukee ticks work also. Works well in cities, but that's about it.

The company I work for has them on all thier trucks and equipment. All the foreman and project managers have an app on thier phone that they can see where everything is at all times. I don't know much about it, but I can ask. I'm going to assume it's probably not realistic for 1 guy with one trailer. Maybe this is a good excuse to do a group buy type of deal?
Rocky Mtn does fleet stuff too. Probably $$$$
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Tile. It's 16 bux and lasts about a year.
I have those too, but they are not as popular as the tool company ones like Milwaukee or dewalt. Every little bit helps though.

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That's how the Milwaukee ticks work also. Works well in cities, but that's about it.

The company I work for has them on all thier trucks and equipment. All the foreman and project managers have an app on thier phone that they can see where everything is at all times. I don't know much about it, but I can ask. I'm going to assume it's probably not realistic for 1 guy with one trailer. Maybe this is a good excuse to do a group buy type of deal?
We ask all of the contractors we work with to put the appís on their phones. Most already have it, though. Tools are stolen all of the time off job sites, these little passive gps have already helped a ton.
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I use svr gps units. $150 and no subscription fees. Good for 3 years iirc.
Dude told me you just throw the old one away and plug in a new one at 3 years pretty much.
https://www.svrtracking.com/index.html
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