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Old 06-26-2022, 05:11 PM   #1
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Security tracker for motorhome

I did a couple of searches and didn't find anything so I hope this is a new topic. I was wondering what members have done in the way of anti theft, tracking devices. I see a lot of reasonably priced GPS tracking systems that use the standard vehicle rectangular OBD plug and a cell phone. They have features like motion sensor activation, set distance trigger, alert signal, travel history memory.

Our coach is parked in a storage unit 15 miles away so I can't run down and look but does the 2017 Allegro Bus have a rectangular OBD plug or just the round one that Cummins and others access for failure codes. (unfortunately I know about THAT plug). I don't know the proper designations / names for each.

After reading about the Canadian owner that had his Washington stored coach stolen and sold a year before he knew anything about it (couldn't check on it due to Covid -19 travel restrictions) I started thinking about a remote activated camera or tracking system.

Maybe something like the LANDAIRSEA 54 with the hardwire wiring harness?
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Old 06-26-2022, 05:44 PM   #2
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The Tiffin Bus will have the round J1939 connector.
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Old 06-26-2022, 07:12 PM   #3
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Read the same post and was about to start the same search. My coach stays on my property and not too worried about it now but will be taking a trip in September and will be leaving it parked in a campground for a couple of days while I take a side trip. May want to set up something but not a Tech guru.
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Apple air tag is something else to consider. Small easy to conceal, will possibly work even if coach is parked in a metal building, or underground which blocks most GPS signals.

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Old 06-26-2022, 08:27 PM   #5
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The Tiffin Bus will have the round J1939 connector.
Then am I correct to assume that it does not have the rectangular OBD plug that automobiles, light trucks and the locators like the LANDAIRSEA 45 use?
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Old 06-26-2022, 08:51 PM   #6
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Apple air tag is something else to consider. Small easy to conceal, will possibly work even if coach is parked in a metal building, or underground which blocks most GPS signals.

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From what I am reading the Air Tag has something like an 800 foot range. Is that correct? If so it wouldn't help finding a vehicle miles or states away.
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From what I am reading the Air Tag has something like an 800 foot range. Is that correct? If so it wouldn't help finding a vehicle miles or states away.
The Air Tag will connect to other Apple devices which will send its location to the cloud where the owner can access its location.
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Old 06-27-2022, 01:02 AM   #8
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Airtag is a possible solution (would certainly be better than nothing). Once nice thing about it is that you could probably place it somewhere that a thief would never find. Yes, you would get "pings" anytime a person with the proper device/app walks by (...I'm not sure if it is ALL Apple phones, or if it is ALL phones that have the Airtag app enabled...).


On all my RVs I use an inexpensive solution by Vyncs.com. Costs about $89/yr with a one time activation fee of I think something like $30-40. Uses the OBD port and 4G cellular technology. Gives location, speed, and also reads for error codes and battery health which is VERY useful. You can also set up geofences to get alerts. It also alerts you if there are high G or high braking events, etc. GREAT if you let others (ie. renters) use your RV. If installing this, you REALLY want to get their Y-cable so that you can hide the actual unit under the dash and whoever is driving (ie. thief) will never know it is even there.


Questions welcome. Good luck!
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Old 06-27-2022, 04:11 AM   #9
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The FOB to our motorhome is really expensive. We added an Apple Tag to them in case we lost them or left them behind. Just a month or so later, my wife dropped hers while we were hooking up one morning. We used the Find app on our phones and were able to see that they were next to the fire ring at our site in the last campground we were at in rural Maine. We contacted the office and they found them right where the app said they were and mailed the keys home to us. We were able to track them all the way from the campground office, through the mail, to our local post office. For $30 with no subscription, seemed to work pretty well.
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Old 06-27-2022, 06:22 AM   #10
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I have used a SPOT gps tracker on several vehicles. If I was doing the RV I would hard wire to one of the sets of batteries and it would never run down. I have mine set up to alert on motion, so anytime it moves I get an email.
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I have a TILE in the MH. If i'm lucky the MH will go by someone with a tile app.

I got the tiles for our keys and Joyce's purse. I then decided to get a few more tiles for the dogs and camper. I figure if I lose them they might go by someone that the tile app and report the last position. Small chance.
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My 37 PA had an anti-theft chip on the ignition installed by the previous owner, it disables the ignition with the swipe of a small chip on my keychain. I have not used it but will start.
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This is what my friend had to put in his pleasureway for the insurance company
Seems like magic to me
Must use satellites.
No connection to battery so can't be disabled easily
We asked but they wouldn't divulge how it worked.
Hard to find, unlike the odbii plug-in
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I use https://www.wheresafe.com/. Notifies the moment the RV is moved.
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