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Message posted by simon5918/10/2007 at 8:32pm
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Is it really worth spending all that money on a tracking device it only brings the insurance down by about 30.00 per year  the tracker is about 300.00 plus 130.00 yearly if you dont have it you are still insured. comments please Simon.

Message posted by Ratty18/10/2007 at 8:42pm
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there are a couple that don't need annual subscription, here they are:

http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/articles/view.asp?id=196

http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/articles/view.asp?id=198

I have the latter of the two and so far so good.

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Message posted by andyscrooge18/10/2007 at 9:10pm
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yes i agree they are costly but for the peace of mind they are well worth it plus hopefully if heavens forbin your beloved vehicle is stolen at least youve got a better chance of getting it back and maybe the thieving b"$%rds might just get caught.you say that that you are still insured and yes you are but would you get enough back to pay for another motorhome.

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Message posted by Vbennett21418/10/2007 at 11:09pm
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I have been questioning the value of a tracker and personally I feel that if I am spending a substantial amount of money on a Motorhome then my first concern is to make it as secure as I can from thieving gits!

The fact that I may save money on insurance is secondary,I agree with andyscrooge if it gives you some peace of mind and a chance of recovering it then it's worth every penny to me but I appreciate not everyone will consider a tracker essential.

Val


Message posted by simon5919/10/2007 at 10:39am
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Thanks everyone for the info I will get a tracker asap Simon.

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Message posted by happybonzo19/10/2007 at 2:22pm
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Funnily enough I don't question the costs of a Tracker type device. I might query the cost of it but it's method of operation is a different matter.

What I do query is the insistence of fitting a "Thatcham" type alarm. The people who steal Caravans, Motorhomes, cars etc are not deterred by an alarm. Do you ever take any notice of of when it goes of - Come on now, be honest. As for the immobilising part of that's a total joke because that's not much use when your pride and joy is being winched onto a tilt back recovery lorry


Message posted by Teversal19/10/2007 at 2:30pm
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Hi Simon,

I have recently bought a M/home and had a Tracker Fitted. It was only after I had driven 200 miles that I realised that neither had i turned it off nor had I  received any calls from Phantom syaing that my vehicle was being stolen. I bought it for the same piece of mind as the other replies are saying but this case was not helping to rest my mind!!!!! Having taken it back to the dealer who fitted it we found that it had been mounted onto a convienient rubber mounting in it's secret location and the rubber mounting was preventing the unit from noticing that the vehicle was moving. Just a thought, but when you have yours fitted leave it on every once in a while to make sure that they phone you if the vehicle's moving without you intending it to!!!

Cheers - Hertford_Camper


Message posted by enodreven19/10/2007 at 5:35pm
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Hi,

On The subject of Trackers,  I'm not sure if it was stolen that I would really want it back,  I remember when I had a car stolen several years ago the state of it when it was returned was unbelievable and it was never the same afterwards ??

And as for the alarms why if they are so effective aren't they mandatory on new vehicles,  it seems that the only item that insurance companies all require is an immobiliser and as one of the posts above they aren't much good if the vehicle is taken away on a low loader. 

 

 


Message posted by dave5319/10/2007 at 5:50pm
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Any security device can be beaten eventually by a professional or determined thief, all we can do is make it as difficult as we can for them.

I suppose removing the battery from your vehicle would stop the majority of thieves?



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Message posted by Jax36520/10/2007 at 10:48am
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I was watching 'Poilce, Camera, Action' the other night and it was all about the theft of vehicles and what you can do to make yours secure.

They recked that the single, most useful and most effective anti-theft device is a stop-lock on the steering wheel as they cannot be broken inside 3-5 minutes, so most thieves will not even bother trying and go somewhere else and leave alone if one is fitted to your steering wheel! Approx 40 and well worth having IMHO!!

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Message posted by happybonzo20/10/2007 at 5:14pm
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There are two types of theft that we need to consider. the first is the opportunist thief who will be after laptops, cameras, handbags, contents of a glove box, ender the seats etc. They will not be deterred by a vehicle alarm becaus ethey aim to in, out and gone in under 2 minutes

The second type of theft is the whole vehicle: Again, an alarm certainly won't deter them and as for the various steering locks, whether built in or external, they are not much use when your P&J is being hauled onto a recovery lorry with a 12T Dial-Mec winch.

Now for the first type of theft we are probaly all agreed that a Thatcham type alarm is a total waste of money and also for the second scenario as well. Whereas the Tracker gives you half a chance of the Wicked People being caught and you getting your P&J back


Message posted by Ina21/10/2007 at 12:56pm
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Some insurance companies insist on a Tracker being fitted, this is usually for models costing 40k plus as far as I am aware. Our last Hymer had one already fitted, and when we got our current one, which didn't have one, the dealer swapped it from our old van to the new one. We had to get used to a different way of undoing the alarm when setting off in the new van, and until we did, the number of times the alarm went off, and the number of phonecalls from Phantom, saying that our vehicle was being moved, was embarrassing! Still, at least we knew the system worked!!

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