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Message posted by John470329/12/2019 at 9:07pm
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I saw an advert for a Vodafone V-Auto tracker. It seems as if it does loads it is described as "A tracker that helps you find your car, keep record of your car journeys and gives you a driver safety score."
It seems that with a car it simply plugs into some socket already fitted to the car, but I was wondering if it is possible to fit it to a caravan. Does it need anything more than a 12-volt supply. How easy would it be to make up a connection? The idea of having a record of how far my caravan has travelled appeals and if it stolen, I want it back. This is the tracker

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Message posted by The Folding Man via mobile 29/12/2019 at 9:17pm
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I cannot see that you could fit this in your caravan it is designed to plug into the OBD port (On Board Diagnostics) in a vehicle.

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Message posted by John470329/12/2019 at 9:28pm
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Quote: Originally posted by The Folding Man on 29/12/2019
You cannot fit this in your caravan it is designed to plug into the OBD port (On Board Diagnostics) in a vehicle.


Thanks, I did wonder if it needed more than a simple 12-volt supply. I had not heard the term OBD port until you told me it.
I live and learn.

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Message posted by spiritburner30/12/2019 at 8:05pm
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I have the v-multi from Vodafone which costs me 2 per month. I haven't looked at using it as a logger.   I have it attached to a hidden usb socket so don't need to take it out to charge it. I get quite a few false positives re movement but the app quickly shows if the vans moved or I can look out the window. The tracking is good though.   I surprise the Mrs when I tell her where she's been.

Message posted by Thorgrim11/1/2020 at 2:11am
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If you just want to track the van look at the pet trackers.

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Message posted by John470311/1/2020 at 10:42am
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Quote: Originally posted by spiritburner on 30/12/2019
I have the v-multi from Vodafone which costs me 2 per month. I haven't looked at using it as a logger.   I have it attached to a hidden usb socket so don't need to take it out to charge it. I get quite a few false positives re movement but the app quickly shows if the vans moved or I can look out the window. The tracking is good though.   I surprise the Mrs when I tell her where she's been.



I like that as you say it is powered by a USB. Most of the trackers that I have seen are battery powered and need recharged frequently. I cold put in a hidden USB charger off the leisure battery.

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Message posted by spiritburner11/1/2020 at 6:35pm
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It does have battery for normal use but I couldn't be arsed with digging it out after however many days it lasts to recharge.

Message posted by cabravieja12/1/2020 at 12:28pm
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II have used this https://www.rewiresecurity.co.uk/gps-tracker-tk-104-vehicle-car-tracker
It can be hard wired to a battery but the internal battery will last a month on stand by, longer if it's set to report once a day. You can set a low battery alarm.
The movement alarm was too sensitive and set off by the satellite movements but the geofence (out of zone) alarm was invaluable, thefts were reported as in progress to 999 and the thieves currently awaiting trial. it's a strong magnet and wont't be dislodged. It can send push notifications to your phone.

Message posted by John470312/1/2020 at 5:23pm
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Quote: Originally posted by spiritburner on 11/1/2020
It does have battery for normal use but I couldn't be arsed with digging it out after however many days it lasts to recharge.


I've spent a good part of this afternoon putting in a 12v supply to where I plan to put the tracker - well hidden - but I'm not posting on a public forum where I will be hiding it :-)

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Message posted by blueexpo9713/1/2020 at 6:25am
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Spoilsport.

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Message posted by woodman213/1/2020 at 4:07pm
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Quote:
I've spent a good part of this afternoon putting in a 12v supply to where I plan to put the tracker - well hidden - but I'm not posting on a public forum where I will be hiding it :-)



Oh, go on.

We won't tell anyone.

Message posted by John470313/1/2020 at 6:21pm
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Quote: Originally posted by woodman2 on 13/1/2020
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I've spent a good part of this afternoon putting in a 12v supply to where I plan to put the tracker - well hidden - but I'm not posting on a public forum where I will be hiding it :-)


Oh, go on.
We won't tell anyone.


OK Woodman, it is under the new top bunk that I've added on the roof. As it is a three tier bunk I need to avoid low bridges, high winds and wind up merchants :-)
The hard part was cutting holes in the side wall to make a ladder, I don't think it will cause damp or make the warranty invalid.



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