caravan & car
plug & play Vehicle
Unfortunately most stolen camper trailers are never recovered & to
make matters worse are usually packed with camping gear collected
over the years & ready to head off on the next trip. So how long does
it take to steal a secured camper..... watch this video.
video courtesy CCA Vehicle
The Caravan & Car Alarms Vehicle Tracker is a self monitoring GPS
tracker that can be placed in your camper trailer, caravan, vehicle,
boat or bike & relay to you the GPS co-ordinates of its location.
The original concept was developed for use in classic & muscle cars.
The Vehicle Tracker has been tested for more than four years over
our outback corrugated roads perfecting a product that will suit
Australian conditions. The software has been edited numerous times
to make it the most cost effective, user friendly product on the
The CCA Vehicle Tracker is about the same size as
a mobile phone with a high temperature
resistant plastic hard body to suit our Australian climate. It works similar to a mobile phone, sending
& receiving SMS messages from up to three authorised numbers
operating off a $2 pre-paid SIM card. The credit amount can be
maintained for as little as $30 per year with no monthly fees or
contracts, operating on any Australian SIM card via a GSM, 3G or Telstra
Next G networks.
You simply call the device from your mobile
phone, let it ring twice & end the call.
Within a few seconds a return SMS will be forwarded to your phone
with the GPS co-ordinates of the trackers location. Of course your
phone & tracker need to be in mobile phone range to talk to each
other. If the unit is out of range it will reply when it returns
back into coverage, the same
as your mobile phone does.
The Vehicle Tracker must be connected to a 12volt
power supply & features an internal backup lithium battery to run
the unit for up to thirty-six hours if the power supply is cut or
low. The program monitors the host battery as well as its own & if
either battery drops below a preset voltage you will receive SMS
messages at one minute intervals with an alert to a low battery
along with the GPS co-ordinates. As a built in defence should the
host battery be disconnected or the battery cables cut, you will be
alerted with three messages along with the GPS co-ordinates. The
unit is now in defensive mode & you have up to thirty-six hours to
The Tracker has a minimal battery draw thanks to a vibration sensor which switches
the GPS chipset on & off. While your trailer or vehicle sits stationary it
goes into sleep mode & consumes only 0.01amp. Any vibration will
wake it & while active draws 0.03amp, but then only draws 0.04amp when
the GPS chipset is
sending or receiving an SMS. After five minutes sitting
idle the Vehicle Tracker will go back into sleep mode. The high
quality components used in the vibration sensor assembly will not give false alerts during thunder storms.
There are two models available, a plug & play
version using a cigarette plug & a hard wire unit. The hard wired model features the ability to switch a relay.
With a SMS the vehicle's ignition can shut down. If fitted on a camper it
can be wired to lockup the electric brakes.
in the field
sms reply with
It is easy to see where the Vehicle Tracker is
located by entering the co-ordinates into Google Earth to view a
map. In my all steel garage at home the co-ordinates were within two
metres so it would be no trouble locating a stolen camper that may
be hidden in a similar garage. Out in the open the co-ords are spot
on. If the unit is mobile it will give
you the direction & speed as well as the GPS co-ordinates.
The hard wire unit retails for
$295 & the plug
and play version for $345.
Shane Hudson can be contacted via his website
information supplied by Shane Hudson from CCA
article by Rob