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GPS Tracker Enhances Awareness and Security for RV Enthusiasts

Published on May 31st, 2021 by Camper Report
This post was updated on December 12th, 2023

Several RVs in covered storage facility.

GPS Tracker Offers Next Generation Awareness & Security

As any iPhone or Android user will tell you, GPS tracking isn’t all that mysterious. No longer the exclusive domain of covert operations or spy novelists, a GPS tracker is fairly commonplace in automotive applications…just ask your insurance carrier. WhereSafe is looking to do even more by providing several interesting options for keeping track of your RV, your power toys, and even your kids.

Why A GPS Tracker is Perfect For RVers

Safety On the Road

WhereSafe GPS tracking can be a road safety game-changer for RVers. The ability to receive continuous updates on the exact location of your RV ensures that you are always in the know, offering a proactive approach to potential risks. Whether it’s monitoring for unexpected detours, ensuring compliance with speed limits, or being instantly alerted to any unauthorized movements, GPS tracking empowers RV enthusiasts to respond swiftly to any issues.

Knowing your precise GPS location proves invaluable in emergency situations, enabling quick assistance during breakdowns, road collisions, accidents or adverse weather conditions. In the event of an emergency or breakdown, quickly send a tracking link to emergency responders or the roadside service so they can easily get your exact location. RVers can embark on their journeys with greater confidence, knowing that they have a vigilant and responsive ally ensuring their safety throughout their adventures.

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Great for Renters

An RVer’s greatest material asset (next to a primary residence) is of course their motorhome, 5th wheel, or travel trailer. When they are not using their RV, they are either renting them out or storing them. For those RVers that are listing their RV through Outdoorsy or a similar peer-to-peer service, keeping track of that rental unit with a GPS tracker is a nice way to keep everyone honest. Should there ever be an issue, it’s one more asset to use in the event of an insurance claim, mechanical breakdowns, speeding violations, a crash, and unexpected costs such as toll road payments. Renters can also keep track of mileage during rental periods, and get alerted if the RV enters restricted areas or crosses borders it should not. This data can be key in real-time or to look back at historically.

GPS Tracker for Storage

For the rest of us that are storing our RV when not in use, you don’t always have the luxury of storing it on your own property. If you do store your RV offsite, be it in a field, a temperature controlled warehouse, or anything in between, a simple GPS tracker lets you know if that RV is being moved, or has been moved for any reason. Even the most secure RV storage facilities have issues with theft, so having some extra peace of mind while you are not with your RV is welcome stress relief for any RV owner.

RV Thefts Are On The Rise

Due to the popularity of RVing and the demand for RVs, thefts have increased as well. Storage facilities that were previously adequate are now vulnerable and unsuitable. A very secure RV storage facility often comes with a steep price tag, making it unaffordable. Knowing the moment that your RV moves is key to a quick recovery, and/or a quick insurance claim. WhereSafe offers a variety of GPS hardwired, plug-in, or portable/rechargeable trackers that can provide this security.

A GPS Tracker for Toys and Kids

RVers often travel with ATV’s, boats, motorcycles, golf carts, e-bikes and other items that can’t always be watched with an eagle eye. A small GPS tracker can be discreetly added to these items to locate them in the event they get misplaced or “borrowed”.

For families that RV, letting kids safely enjoy the campground amenities is a throwback to simpler times. Some campgrounds properties are huge, and while you may be perfectly comfortable knowing they are safe somewhere, it wouldn’t hurt to know exactly where that somewhere is. Being able to toss a GPS tracker in their backpack or attach one to their bike is an easy way to show them you care and put your mind at ease so you can enjoy camping.

The WhereSafe smartphone app keeps in constant contact with your tracker to provide access and updates at a glance or by push or email notifications, you can build a custom boundaries (geofence) on a map and receive alerts on entries and exits to that specific location. Perhaps you want to know if your kids leave or enter a certain part of the campground, or if you are home, go beyond certain boundaries in your neighborhood, or just exactly where they are on the trails. Perhaps you have a speed limit threshold set for your teen driver, or want to know if they are driving at night or arrived at their intended destination.

Real Time Tracking vs Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Tracking

In the GPS tracker space, WhereSafe really shines on the strengths of two components, their mobile app, and their real-time tracking. Real-time tracking means that their small GPS devices ping back every two minutes, so your app is always up to date with accurate continuous location data, and if you want even more pings, they can do that for you. Compare this to Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices such as Apple AirTags which are limited to a range of up to 100 meters, perfect for a wallet or set of keys.

However, highly restrictive for individuals who require broader tracking coverage for their RVs or other expensive assets. AirTags require to be within a close proximity to an Apple device (eg. iPhone) that has bluetooth activated, in order for it to be tracked. Therefore, if no iPhone is within 100 meters, it will not provide a location. GPS coverage on the other hand is global and provided by satellites orbiting Earth. 

Using WhereSafe’s highly developed and simple to use mobile app, you can keep track of any of the assets you have attached one of WhereSafe’s GPS trackers to, and the result is never more than two minutes old. Perhaps you aren’t as worried about your snowmobile as you are your 13-year old, but either way, you get real-time tracking.

RV Storage Plan

For folks that are storing their RV or other important items over a long period of time, particularly those living in the northern regions where your camping season might only be April through September, you might go with a Seasonal Plan from WhereSafe. In the seasonal plan, you only pay for 8 months of tracking. The other 4 months tracking is suspended. You can have those 4 months be the active summer vacation months, where you are frequently utilizing the RV and don’t need to track it during that time.

GPS Tracker Devices

There are a variety of personal GPS trackers offered by WhereSafe. The XTracker Solar is WhereSafe’s most popular GPS tracker for RVers because you both the option using it with or without a power source.This waterproof and rugged GPS tracker has an internal battery which can last up to 4 years on a single charge, which makes it ideal for long term storage without the need to trickle charge it. Not only that, but the XTracker Solar has a solar panel built into the case, which, if exposed to sunlight, will use sunlight to recharge itself. Alternatively, seasoned RVers prefer to trickle charge the XTracker Solar with the 12v trickle charging cable and wiring it up to a 12v battery – this install method is the most popular for RVers as it removes the need to recharge the XTracker Solar ever again. 

Magnetic GPS Tracker

Another popular solution for RVers is using an independent rechargeable magnetic GPS tracker which can be mounted almost anywhere and utilize rechargeable, long lasting lithium-ion batteries. The WhereSafe MagTracker includes an optional adhesive mount for non magnetic surfaces, allowing the owner to attach the GPS tracker to any surface and still use the tracker.

OBDII Tracker

The simple plug and play WhereSafe OBDII tracker uses any vehicle’s OBDII port to power itself. The WhereSafe OBDII Tracker is a great option for owners of Class A, B, C motorhomes, cars, pickup trucks, camper trucks, new teen and elderly drivers in your family.

Wired Tracker

The WhereSafe Wired Tracker is a small hard wired GPS tracker which can be installed on any asset with a 8V to 30V power source. The number one GPS tracker for power sports vehicles, motorcycles, boats or any other asset which has a suitable power source.

WhereSafe Service Plans

Service plans offered by WhereSafe are offered as 1 or 2 Years Prepaid and a Seasonal 8 month of real-time tracking with 4 months of suspended service. All plans are in addition to the purchase of the WhereSafe GPS tracker, and include built-in alerts right on your phone. It also includes these important features:

  • Unlimited Geofencing – A Geofence is a custom size virtual boundary drawn on a map around a specific location such as a storage location, car parking spot, city, town, state, province or entire country and everything in between. Entry and Exit notifications can be set up to inform the RV owner of all movements.
  • Notifications – RV owners can receive an array of notifications for Geofence Entry/Exits, Speeding, Movement Detected, Power Disconnect, SOS/Device Removal Battery Level. 
  • Route History – 2 days of routes driven and stop duration history with time and location
  • Multiple Users – Up to 3 separate individuals can have their own user profile and settings. Have the peace of mind knowing you have a second set of “eyes” on your RV, even when it’s in storage.

Excellent Add-on Features 

WhereSafe provides some great add-on features to help you get even more out of your GPS tracking experience. Perhaps you want to include other caregivers, family members, employees or staff with private and secure access to your vehicles’ live location details. Or, you want to receive 1 minute updates from the GPS tracker. Additionally, you can purchase more customized Geofences for around your home, where you store your RV, or even an entire neighborhood or city. You may even wish to have a location history report emailed to you each day. These add-ons and more are available on the WhereSafe Add-on page.

Conclusion

If you have an RV or any other asset you want to keep track of at all times, WhereSafe has a GPS tracker and a reasonable service plan for you. Visit WhereSafe at WhereSafe.com.

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10 thoughts on “GPS Tracker Enhances Awareness and Security for RV Enthusiasts”

  1. Neither your $20 cell phone nor your dog tracker will do you any good if you are off the grid – beyond cell coverage.

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    • It uses satellites, not cellular networks. To see the rig’s location on your phone though, you’d need to have at least 1 bar of cell signal. I’ve used a competing product called Drone for several years and love it. It shows me the exact physical address, on a map, where my rig is.

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      • It uses GPS satellites to determine it’s position, but to send the position information to your phone (via the Internet) the tracker needs a cellular connection.

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  2. I don’t understand how a GPS receiver will work. It’s NOT a transmitter unless you embedded a cell phone in it, did you?

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  3. I hate to be a downer on this, but there are better options. I do not really like the inReach system and how much it costs per month, but after seeing this, it looks like the inReach is better deal, because not only do you know where your rig is, you get a solid Topo map when you are hiking, plus, the ability to send an SOS if you are in trouble and let others know where you are. What good is a system that only tells you where your rig is, when what’s more important is to get help if there is a problem? If you really want to know if someone has moved your rig, leave your inReach in your rig, and then set the inReach to send a check-in point once a day. But in the high season when you are using your rig, take the inReach with you for emergency use on the trail, or on the road.

    Again – I’m not selling the inReach, and I have a lot of concerns about the cost, but the inReach is a lot more useful than what they are “offering” here (which looks to me a lot like an advertisement for an inferior product).

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  4. Is this an paid advertorial?
    It would be nice to provide a disclaimer for your readers so we can judge content accordingly.

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    • Hi Ken, this one was not a paid content piece. It was as much about it being a new service as anything. We do provide a prominent notice of sponsored content if applicable, usually above the hero image at the top. That is not to say that this article and others might not have affiliate links that draw a small residual income. That disclaimer is just above the title.

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