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  1. Hi Thanks for letting me join. Id like to share something i did using a spare mobile phone as a tracker. I,m sure i,m not the only one that has thought of this. AndI know this method isn't recognised by insurers, but it works, and for £5 per month (in my case) i have a fully functioning tracker, thanks to one of multiple apps available to track your kids and family. The one i chose alerts me if our caravan is moved out of the perimeter of 200 meters, either when at home or storage, within seconds may i add. It logs the speed, and route if moved, plus real-time location. I have a small 10w solar panel, and this keeps the caravan battery topped up. Stay safe everyone, and happy camping
  2. Hi can anyone help. Found this on Caravan Guard web site "Owners of Tracker Monitor systems fitted to Bailey Unicorns between 2010 and March 2015 should be aware that these devices won’t be supported after 31st March 2018. Also the device has an internal back up battery which kicks in if power from the caravan’s leisure battery is cut – bear in mind this back up battery will only last between 3 and 5 years." Does anyone know if this is correct if so does that mean I haven't been covered by Tracker since 2018 even though I paid for 5 year cover in 2015. Any help would be appreciated
  3. I have been checking costs for insurance and some are insisting I have tracker as van is stored on drive e.g. Caravanguard. As van is coming up to 5 years old the Swift manual says at this time the tracker unit must be replaced. Has anyone done this? What would costs be for instal, then there is ongoing yearly charges. Not sure if this is worth it to save on insurance costs or stay with CMC cover which is more expensive but doesn't have this stipulation. With CMC I also have to go for super cover to keep new for old over 5 years which also increases costs. Any thoughts TIA Andy.
  4. I am making / installing an automatic on-board water tank filling system to my 2009 Bailey Senator Arizona. I made one of these for my Lunar Delta about 20 years ago. Now I have another Caravan with an onboard tank I find it annoying how complicated Bailey have made it to fill the on-board tank. I have to remove the cushions from the rear locker, lift the rack, "set" two change-over valves, (correct combination, depending if I am using external, internal or filling internal from external). Then switch the electric pump to "fill", wait until it's filled, and then switch the valves as required for "operation". I looked on the market – there is NOTHING, nothing on Ebay, Nothing on “The Web”, nothing on YouTube, nothing in the Forums on how to do this… No gadgets, no advice, no discussion – maybe I’m the only one that wants this ???? I have added an Carver / Truma Crystal filter inlet into the side of the caravan directly next to the on-board tank. I will use my old Truma external pump to fit this fitting. This will fill the tank directly. I am fitting a relay (in a small plastic box to be neat) along with an "audible" alarm to warn me the external pump is operating. As my tank already has a "low level" sensor and a "high level sensor" (to stop the on-board [in fill mode] pump when full) it will be an easy job to do. I am fitting 2 switches - 1) Off/Fill to High Level 2) Fill to low level only (reserve level). If anyone is interested, I am going to document this fully with Photos on my Blog as it will be too detailed (and the photos) for here: https://tony-sparks.co.uk/blog/2019/09/13/automatic-on-board-water-tank-fill-system-tracker/ You will need to cut a hole in the side of your van to fit a Truma (or pump interface of your choice). You will need to be "capable" with 12v Electrics, and able to wire a 12v relay and a couple of switches. I *may* consider making the "control" boxes when I have finished mine - if there is any demand- but I may not! BTW: While you are about it (Bailey Senator Only) - I will tell you how to change the "ancient" battery on your (Secret Location) Tracker / Alarm system (mine was 10 years old and bulging - and was down to 2.2v!). Replacement battery - £14.50 delivered from Ebay! Any Comments ?
  5. Hi for those of you out there that are having phantom tracker ringing you saying your alarm has been activated. .. I have a Lunar Clubman 2017 model. Every time I come back from a trip I started getting calls from phantom. The caravan was on my drive and no alarm was heard, even at 1am. After trying a few settings it was still the same and ended up telling phantom not to call unless is was moving! This got worse and went off 9 times in week from my last trip. On speaking to phantom they confirmed it was a PIR activation, even though I had covered it up as a part of my own checks. The siren was also quiet which I only heard once Apparently Phantom say there are faulty PIRs from Sergeant on 2017 and 2018 Lunars and Swifts. They said to contact Sergeant who will replace it. They say the fault is with the PIR, I noted it does not activate the alarm anyway and the siren is almost non existent. On speaking to Sergeant they say the extra power for the tracker interferes with the PIR, anyway they are sending a replacement. Hope this may help someone else, cheers 😉
  6. This is a 2 4 1 post, you are all so lucky! I will explain how to fit your own tracker and you get a remote start for your heating. I had trouble with my S1 unicorn valencia battery going flat, found out it was the tracker battery dragging it down, there is also a small lithium batery that was at the end of its life. Not wanting to subscribe to tracker due to the expense and zero discount on many insurances, i was inclined to remove it. However the Bailey alarm is integral to the tracker system and the PIR in the living space is wireless connected to the same. On removing the batteries, i found the alarm still worked, which I wanted. I bought a TK104 GPS cell tracker. This came with a giff gaff sim card. loaded with £5 I topped it up to £10 giving me £15. So in a nut shell how this works, although i dont want to go into too much detail on this unit, this is about the application. It has magnet so you can just stick it under a steel chassis, it has its own built in anntena for GPS and Cell phone. It has movement sensors, it has a 6AH battery which lasts 4 months. Comes with external antenna for GPS and Cell phone. Relay for mainly use on a car for cutting the fuel pump. OK, so mounted this in the van, its hidden away but because its a unique system doesnt have to be as well hidden as a tracker. .. isnt! as a theif wouldnt inherantly know where it is, conversley all unicorns will have a tracker in the same place! So I connected it to the 12v system but it would power itself If I removed the leisure battery. You assign it a main phone and 5 others, no other phone can then control it. You can set 3 levels for shock sensor. You can set it to alert you if it moves any distance, say 10 metres. You can set it to a coral measurement. ie if it moves out of a imaginary box say 5 metres square, it alerts you. You can set it to constantly alert you if it moves so you can track it, but its response is usually within 3 secs. Finally, and the best bit, if fitted to a car and it alerts you its moving, you can send it a command to stop the engine either immediately or when it drops to 20mph. This is via a relay. I used this relay to connect to the external start on the Alde system. So on my control panel, I enable ext start, set the temp. Then if we go out and we are late or whatever situation and we decide we want the heating on in the vam before we get back, I simply text the unit, 'Stop' it operates the relay and brings on the heating, brilliant, and the proce for all this, I got mins with a sim card for less than £80.
  7. Fitted a TK102 Mini Gps tracker to the unicorn 3 this week-end. Available from many Ebay people. at the sort of money that a round of drinks costs. Arrived in 24 hours. Simple to set up in its basic form. I only need the location - move - shock working at the present time and that was easy. Downloaded app to I phone I have not bothered with some of the more sophisticated stuff it can do. Hidden in the Unicorn in a place that will entail many hours looking, and dismantling, Hard wired via the car charger gismo, So how does it perform. Very well so far. Tested the Shock - Movement and location functions and works as advertised. App on I phone makes it all very simple to interrogate it. Unicorn body is GRP so signal is fine. No idea if an alloy body would block it, but it's so small you could fit it underneath or in the gas locker etc I suppose. Will play a bit more some dark winter day. You can set a GPS fence for example but as far as I can see the movement function would alert me without that being set anyway. SWMBO will sleep a little better now. Report back in a few months
  8. Go on to Bailey's website parts section and look under security you will find the fob that will suit your van for sale at the extortionate price of £66. 99 (was £56. 99 five days ago when i had to order one because my dog decided to chew it) As for your other Question i very much doubt that you will get an answer on the forum as it is to do with security of a number of vans
  9. Hi All. Hoping for some help with wiring etc on the van. Its a series 1 unicorn valencia. I have issues with the leisure battery going flat. I have found the tracker and its 2 batteries. The lithium battery is at 6VDC so had it, the dry cell alarm battery is at 10VDC so not good and is dragging the leisure down i suspect. I would like to remove the tracker and its batteries, I have got a TK104 to install and would like to instal this along with the alarm and I am going t use it to remote start the alde heating. However on unplugging te tracker, I find the alarm doesnt work, the unit which is labelled caravan tracker unit, has a small relay in and appears to operate when plugged in, during arming and disarming to chirup the sounder. So, it appears the tracker 'unit' which is made up of 2 circuit boards in 2 separate housing is, the alarm unit complete. I could remove the tracker batteries and use it as it is and it would be fine, I intend to instal the tk104 and maybe use a trigger from the alarm to trigger the tk104 as it has door open inputs etc, to then text me, if the alarm triggers. Is there a wiring diagram on the web for the van? Or, could i get one from bailey? I did a quick bit of investigation this afternoon before it got dark, but I did think that the master switch turns off power to the tracker, thereby forcing it to run on its own battery, but I could be wrong on this one.
  10. Thanks to those who have recommended this tracker on here, I've managed to fit one to my new van this weekend. (It's had a big effect on my insurance) I've even managed to get to grips with the Android App, takes a bit of reading of the instructions but makes operating it a bit easier than sending sms each time. So a recommendation from me as well, those of you who are CC members get a discount - lucky you
  11. Hi all, recently bought a Valencia S1. It has a tracker on, the previous oowner told me to just ring them and they will transfer owner ship to me, new phone number for me etc, as he had paid for the life of the van. On ringing them. ... not the case. They want £30 to transfer membership of the van to me, £89 for 1 year cover and £199 for 2 year cover, I believe they do a lifetime cover for about £400 but wasn't given this option. Its a tracker monitor, so, with my van in storage, if it goes off, it alerts them, they ring me and ask if my van is being stolen, I wouldn't know but take a guess at yes, because it will only go off it the van moves, not just if someone breaks in. For them to track it, I have to confirm its been stolen and give them a crime number, how long does that take before I finally ring them back to say yes its been stolen and here's the crime number, they then activate the tracker and I assume the police are then given the details to find the van. I know this has been discussed on another thread and I couldn't find it, so not looking to revive that. I rang my insurance the other day as we had just taken deliver it was in storage and we were about to go away. The increase in my premium from the previous, a 20 yr old swift was so small, I couldn't believe it, I asked for various quotes, This included and excluded the inclusion of the tracker. ... it made no difference ! The most important addition was the alko wheel clamp and hitch lock, with those on there is no further discount to be had. The other option was new for old or market value. We chose new for old as in a couple of years it will be 5 years old and the only option then is for market value. To me its a no brainer,I will not be activating the tracker, I agree with some views against the tracker. With new for old, I just get a new van, I would not want my van. If a scum bag nicks my van they will not care, if they get £4k for a £13k van at the docks that's a bonus for them.
  12. Coincidentally, I've been working on a ‘cheap as chips’ caravan security tracker myself for the past month or so, slightly different to ribs99 in that I am making mine from component parts rather than buying/upgrading a cots product. I’ve just about finished off my requirements (help please!) and have identified the components, most of which I now have. Components SIM908 GSM/GPRS/GPS module PCB style quad band GSM antenna (ufl) Patch-style active GPS antenna (ufl) AVR (ATmega328P) microcontroller 1,200mAh LiPo battery + charging circuit Rocker switch (12V supply power) 5V buck-converter AGC electret microphone 8 ohm speaker Big red push-button (SOS) Vibration sensor JST connector pair (12V supply power + alarm trigger) ABS Enclosure 90mm x 66mm x 30mm (to fit GSM antenna internally) Free Vodafone PAYG SIM Requirements Battery save / anti-detect mode – GPS off, GSM on set time 10mins per hour If power cut, send text alert & battery status every hour If caravan alarm activates, send text alert, enable GPS If vibration detected, send text alert, enable GPS If GPS outside geofence, send text alert, enable GPRS, begin logging GPS to web If GPS track lost (jamming), send text alert If device called, open call to listen in on microphone If SOS button held 3 secs, call police If receive location request text, send (1) GSM mast location & (2) GPS location If receive battery save mode off text, enable GPS, enable GSM Send ‘status’ text every 30 days (battery, GSM mast loc, GPS loc) – prevents SIM expiry Do you think I've missed anything? What else would be useful as a caravan security device? Edit: forgot the vibration sensor, added. Added SIM module too.
  13. We have only been away in our new Clubman for 3 nights so far, quite a bit of that time trying to get the phantom tracker up and running. I was not over impressed with the help provided by Phantom, mainly as I had a poor mobile signal and during the day the only once tried to call me back, that meant I had to start over with a new technician each time. It turned out, after finding the thing, that Lunar had not plugged it in properly. Though all was OK. It seems to track location and voltage but not distance travelled. 9 days after returning I had a text at 10 pm to tell me that my battery was running low and that someone would call shortly. No one called and I did not check my text till 6 pm the following day. Looked at the app, seems I was down to 7. 5 volts. I called them, no techs, all gone home. Told that I had received a standard computer generated text. And they don't contact unless the van is moved. At 7 pm they text me followed by a phone call to say it had shut down. I said that if they had called me as their text promised it would, I could have done something about it. So, why don't Phantom properly inform customers of a problem? Why did my battery go from 13. 5 to 7 (or less), with a very quick dive towards the end? Why aren't such things checked before delivery? Moan over, unless I discover more problems tomorrow. Also, battery won't last when all turned off and we are going away on Friday for 5 night off hook up. Got a19 watt solar and a spare battery. John I will investigate further tomorrow.
  14. Hi Folks, I'm shortly to take delivery of a new van which comes fitted with a Tracker retrieve. I don't rate these so plan to get my Phantom 111 unit out of my old van installed in the new one. I'm having some trouble getting in touch with the Central Scottish approved fitter to get a price and meantime thought I'd ask if anyone on here has had a re-install done and what did it cost. Then I'll have a better idea if I'm being quoted a reasonable price. Thanks and Best Wishes
  15. Hope someone can help. We have to replace a lost key fob to our tracker. These have been supplied with no instructions. We can details of how to program the fobs, however, we are unable to locate the actual tracker unit in the caravan! Does anyone know where it is? Thanks in advance
  16. Hi, I have just purchased a new swift and it comes with 3 month free tracker subscription, what are peoples opinions of whether the sign up for the 5 year deal for £199 please cheers
  17. The two tracker systems I'm aware of make use of either GPS or triangulation via mobile network & radio signals. The main unique advantage of the radio system appears to be that it's very difficult to mask the homing signal compared to a GPS signal that is essentially lost by moving the 'van indoors. The main advantage of the GPS system is that it doesn't require a guy with radio triangulation device to pin-point the location. Both systems are about the same price for both the unit and subscriptions. So any views out there? GPS or radio? p. s. The two systems I am currently looking at are the C&CC Club Secure (ApelloGEO) radio system and the Phantom Proactive iii GPS system.
  18. I would like your humble advice I have a 2011 bailey unicorn Barcelona and the standard tracker/alarm which is free and 12 month free on purchase was found to be faulty not for want of telling them Was convinced that towing along the A12 with alarm sounding for 10miles should have got a phone call from the response centre. so we got a new tracker fitted free and 12 months was up so I switched over to PHANTOM for £250. 00 plus subscription. here we go again set off alarm no response from call centre tow for a short distance same again got engineer to call and was told that the alarm was wired wrong for 10 months so would not activate system to warm of theft was offered 6 month free subscription so took it and went on my way now last week we arrived at our caravan to find 2x 120 amp batteries less than 3 months old flat with a 100 watt solar panel capable of 4 amps an hour no call for low battery warning not even 1 call they blame solar panel now I feel that what with the 1st installation being faulty which they full except and now this flat battery with no phone call that enough is enough they say they have sent experimental software to the tracker but i don't want to be a guinea pig not with my 2 year old caravan. I have asked for my money back (sale of goods act etc) anyone with similar story or dealings with phantom please let me know what you think
  19. Help is on the way? http://news. bbc. co. uk/1/hi/programmes/click_online/9578867. stm
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