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Old 02-03-2019, 12:59 PM   #1
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Anyone use GPS Tracker?

Hey guys- I would like to leave my trailer on forest service land during the work week but Iím obviously worried about the trailer walking off. Anyone have a suggestion for a gps tracker or some sort of device that would tell me where the trailer is? Thanks.
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Old 02-03-2019, 02:39 PM   #2
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The cheapest option is probably to buy a basic android Tracphone with a minimal data plan and turn on location sharing in google maps, and connect it to a usb charger powered by the deep cycle batteries, if you have a solar panel to maintain the charge that would be best.
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Old 02-03-2019, 05:45 PM   #3
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I think Forest Service requires you to move after 14 days. How far you have to go depends on the Forest. Cell phone is a great idea. I'd connect to a 12v source in a not so obvious location.
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So, where is this going to happen, in which NF?? I'm more "worried" about going into a NF and finding a trailer just sitting in a nice site with no one around until the weekend or whatever. Have run into that many times, and it is really a piss-off to find one sitting there, empty into or through the weekend, and still there and empty going into the next week.

You should read the dispersed rules for the NF where you are considering doing this. There ARE RULES!!! Most NF sites I'm familiar with require someone to be with the trailer, and/or not unoccupied for more than 24 hrs. There has been a lot of "squatters" out west, and they don't improve the area!!
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Are you talking about going to work then coming home to the trailer, or for you to leave it there and come back to it on the weekend?

The best is for a cheap phone with a location service activated. Most likely it will not have service till it comes out of the woods, my experience camping on NF. As stated, it will need to be hooked up to a power source, and preferably hidden.

My suggestion is to buy a trail cam. If anything was missing it would most likely be your batteries, when you return. Our trailer has slides so they would have to break in to put the slides in before moving. Then pick up all the things stored underneath, unchain the generator, put it on the rack, find the stabilizer crank, get the touchy power tongue jack to work, well you get the idea, it would take them awhile to to hook up and tow off.

National forest and most BLM and state forests only allow 14 days camping before you have to move. Each area is different so you need to look up where you are going.

If you are someone who puts there trailer on a spot to save it for the weekends, then Shame On You. That was not the original intent and purpose of dispersed camping. First come, first served is for those actively using the area, not so you can poach the spot on Tuesday and only use the area 4 days out of the 14 allowed so you can come up during the weekend. Oregon Elk season has taught me I can and will park right on top of you if you are not present.

Hopefully this isn't your situation and we can all enjoy the wonderful camping in National Forest.
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Thanks for the advice on the phone and location sharing. A trial cam might also be a good idea. And Iím completely aware of the rules in our area. I donít save a ďsweet spotĒ as itís a huge parking area. Iím more tired of dragging my trailer home during the 3 work days and then dragging it back up.
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Cell phone is a good idea, but if you think that won't work as well as you'd like SPOT and LoJack have devices and services for this.
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I have one of these wired in as sort of a DIY LoJack: https://www.optimustracker.com

It's $20/mo and uses AT&T as the backing carrier. You can activate it on a month-by-month basis, the only negative of not having it active all the time is no location history.
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