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Wondering whats peoples thoughts are on activating Swift's tracker on a new caravan?

Is it worth the £95?

Will there be a drain on the leisure battery when in storage?

TIA

 

Tow car -  2019 MY20 G01 BMW X3 xDrive 20d M Sport 

Caravan -  2017 Compass Camino 660                               

85% On The 'Ratio'

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Bottom line is: will you "save" more than £95 and any annual subscription from your insurance premiums?

 

It's not going to stop your van being pinched although it may help getting it back. The ne'er-do-well's will know where the tracker is located and will quickly rip it out.

 

Yes, it will drain the vans battery,  subject to any top up from solar panels.

 

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Adding as many security features as you can makes it more time consuming for a thief to get around and hopefully reduce the chances of it being stolen unfortunately it does cost. As per previous post caravans are usually stolen by people in the know so the tracker will probably be ripped out. I do find it reassuring to be able to see the caravan is still on the drive when away for a couple of weeks without it.

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Unfortunately it's so easy to block gps signals these days it's probably not worth it. Unless your insurance company gives decent discount I wouldn't bother.

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We didn’t. My thoughts are that if the Nomadic Parasites steal it I really don’t want it back. 

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I've had some quotes in for insurance

Cheapest so far is Swift's Supersure insurance with their 1/2 offer to new 'van owners

The tracker saves me £125, so with the £95 subscription I'm still saving thirty quid

 

I am aware it won't stop it getting stolen, does anything really. If the ***** want it no amount of security will stop them stealing it

 

Personally I'm not going to worry about it. Going for a new for old policy & if they want it that much they ca have it, but I ain't gonna make it easy

 

Tow car -  2019 MY20 G01 BMW X3 xDrive 20d M Sport 

Caravan -  2017 Compass Camino 660                               

85% On The 'Ratio'

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With my current insurer no premium reduction for having a tracker which I think strange so once the subscription expires I will not renew.

 

As it is new for old, wouldn't want it back if it was pinched anyway.

Stay safe - Griff.  :ph34r:

Wheels at the front - Discovery 4. Wheels at the back - Bessacarr 845.

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14 hours ago, Bristle Hound said:

Will there be a drain on the leisure battery when in storage?

 

I would have thought that there would be a drain whether you subscribed to Tracker or not. The system has to be live for the tracking company to activate a subscription in the first place

Alan

 

2005 Nissan X-trail 4WD diesel and Swift Charisma 540 2012 Lunar Clubman ES  2018 Lunar Clubman ES

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18 hours ago, Bristle Hound said:

Wondering whats peoples thoughts are on activating Swift's tracker on a new caravan?

Is it worth the £95?

Will there be a drain on the leisure battery when in storage?

TIA

 

The Tracker is waste of space and as good as a wet paper bag as you have to notify them if the caravan is stolen.  Different story if it is reactive and notifies you if someone interferes with the caravan

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My Trackers have all been reactive and they notified me. I don't renew subscriptions though

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Alan

 

2005 Nissan X-trail 4WD diesel and Swift Charisma 540 2012 Lunar Clubman ES  2018 Lunar Clubman ES

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3 minutes ago, Durbanite said:

The Tracker is waste of space and as good as a wet paper bag as you have to notify them if the caravan is stolen.  Different story if it is reactive and notifies you if someone interferes with the caravan

 

BH's tracker is on a Swift as is mine on a Bessacarr (Swift) and  the tracker company are onto me in quick time.

 

Not sure if BH's is the same system as mine.

Stay safe - Griff.  :ph34r:

Wheels at the front - Discovery 4. Wheels at the back - Bessacarr 845.

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8 hours ago, Griff said:

 

BH's tracker is on a Swift as is mine on a Bessacarr (Swift) and  the tracker company are onto me in quick time.

 

Not sure if BH's is the same system as mine.

Bit of searching the tracker fitted is -

'Swift Command Tracker by Sargent'

 

Tow car -  2019 MY20 G01 BMW X3 xDrive 20d M Sport 

Caravan -  2017 Compass Camino 660                               

85% On The 'Ratio'

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46 minutes ago, Bristle Hound said:

Bit of searching the tracker fitted is -

'Swift Command Tracker by Sargent'

 

Our system is a Sargent Stinger 310 with an EC600 power system.

 

The main battery voltage drops faster with the main switch on the EC600 on.

 

Usually switch mine (the black button) to off.

 

Any questions on the system give Sargent a call on  01482 678981  they are excellent to deal with.

 

I had a problem with an over sensitive PIR, they sent me a upgrade replacement to fit myself without the need to involve my dealer.

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Stay safe - Griff.  :ph34r:

Wheels at the front - Discovery 4. Wheels at the back - Bessacarr 845.

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On 09/02/2020 at 20:28, Ched said:

Unfortunately it's so easy to block gps signals these days it's probably not worth it. Unless your insurance company gives decent discount I wouldn't bother.

However a decent call centre would let you know straight away that they are no longer receiving a GPS signal.  Our Phantom tracker records mileage, advises us if the battery drops below a certain voltage and also does the alarm and tracking.  If our Tracker helps catch just one toe rag, that is an additional benefit.  :D

On 09/02/2020 at 20:28, Ched said:

Unfortunately it's so easy to block gps signals these days it's probably not worth it. Unless your insurance company gives decent discount I wouldn't bother.

However a decent call centre would let you know straight away that they are no longer receiving a GPS signal.  Our Phantom tracker records mileage, advises us if the battery drops below a certain voltage and also does the alarm and tracking.  If our Tracker helps catch just one toe rag, that is an additional benefit.  :D

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2 hours ago, Durbanite said:

However a decent call centre would let you know straight away that they are no longer receiving a GPS signal.  Our Phantom tracker records mileage, advises us if the battery drops below a certain voltage and also does the alarm and tracking.  If our Tracker helps catch just one toe rag, that is an additional benefit.  :D

However a decent call centre would let you know straight away that they are no longer receiving a GPS signal.  Our Phantom tracker records mileage, advises us if the battery drops below a certain voltage and also does the alarm and tracking.  If our Tracker helps catch just one toe rag, that is an additional benefit.  :D

Maybe I should have said 'it's very easy to block gps and mobile phone signals' !!!! Scary but true. I wont post links but devices exist for less than £50!!

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15 hours ago, Griff said:

I had a problem with an over sensitive PIR, they sent me a upgrade replacement to fit myself without the need to involve my dealer.

Same with us with our 2020 VIP, Phantom kept calling to say alarm had been set off, after 3 calls in the same night, well very early hours of the morn, I finally called their tech team next morn they sent out new pir got it next day, paired it to the system, no false alarms since, we must give credit where its due when service is good. Dont know why things take so long when warranty work goes through dealers, 🤐

2013(13) Sorento KX2 2. 2 Diesel Manual, (With smelling clutch) Glittering Metal (Metallic Grey) dragging a 2020 Coachman VIP 520 with a Powrtouch Evolution Motor Mover (Towing @ 80. 0%) :)

 

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We have it on our 2018 Swift but I will not be renewing the subscription this year.  It saves me £35 with the CMHC insurance so I'm ~ £60 worse off.  As we have a twin axle I hoped it would give some additional security, but when I forgot to switch it off before travelling last year I did indeed get a call from them to see if I had moved the caravan.  The problem was we'd been travelling for nearly an hour before they rang, a thief could have been a long way away in an hour.

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there are 2 types of trackers, the first is the one where you have to inform the tracker people that your van is missing and the other one they tell you. When we has a Swift ,  about 1o years ago they installed the first one, which IMO is a waste of space

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Our van is now 5 years old (where did that go?) and we activated the tracker when it was new. Tracker have just sent a letter inviting us to renew the subscription. I'm pretty certain that the type fitted to caravans is battery powered from an internal battery, not the van's supply. That suggests to me that it's not just renewing the subscription but replacing the whole thing that is required. I was in two minds. The van is, as I say, now 5 years old, and either on our drive boxed in by at least one car and stout electric gates or we are out in it, so it's not terribly easy to steal.  The Tracker website is terrible and I can't find anything about renewing the system or crucially how much it costs. At present, of course, it's impossible to get through to most companies on the phone. 

 

There is still the Stinger in case it is moved or broken into. I don't see why I should chase them around to give them money for a dubious benefit, so I'm not renewing. 

Enjoy every minute of every day. It doesn't last nearly as long as you'd like, and there's no guarantee of coming this way again.

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I removed the Phantom Tracker from my Lunar as it was draining the battery within 14 days - your Swift may be better.

2015 VW Touareg 3. 0 V6 TDI + 2013 Lunar Clubman ES

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30 minutes ago, Black Grouse said:

I removed the Phantom Tracker from my Lunar as it was draining the battery within 14 days - your Swift may be better.

Surely your 2013 Lunar had a solar panel fitted?  We have the Phantom and did not use the caravan between Dec and March with no issue however we do have a solar panel.

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43 minutes ago, Durbanite said:

Surely your 2013 Lunar had a solar panel fitted?  We have the Phantom and did not use the caravan between Dec and March with no issue however we do have a solar panel.

 

No solar panel on 2013 Lunar Clubman - maybe the Delta got one.

2015 VW Touareg 3. 0 V6 TDI + 2013 Lunar Clubman ES

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On 09/02/2020 at 16:44, Bristle Hound said:

Wondering whats peoples thoughts are on activating Swift's tracker on a new caravan?

Is it worth the £95?

Will there be a drain on the leisure battery when in storage?

TIA

 

 

The OP should do two things:-

1 Find out how much Tracker charge through the CMC - it is often cheaper.

2 Look at the lifetime charge, i.e. for as long as you keep the van. It is usually about twice the cost of a one year subscription.

 

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9 hours ago, Woodentop said:

 

The OP should do two things:-

1 Find out how much Tracker charge through the CMC - it is often cheaper.

2 Look at the lifetime charge, i.e. for as long as you keep the van. It is usually about twice the cost of a one year subscription.

 

Not a problem for me now Woodentop as I bought a 2017 Compass Camino 660 instead ;)

Tow car -  2019 MY20 G01 BMW X3 xDrive 20d M Sport 

Caravan -  2017 Compass Camino 660                               

85% On The 'Ratio'

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On 20/05/2020 at 21:53, Bristle Hound said:

Not a problem for me now Woodentop as I bought a 2017 Compass Camino 660 instead ;)

Does the Compass come standard with a Tracker.  If not and you do want to buy a tracker I can recommend the Phantom Tracker which we have fitted into our Elddis product.  The unit came standard with the Tracker Retrieve which is useless as you need to notify them that the caravan is missing and this may be several hours after it has disappeared.  Enjoy your new to you caravan. 

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