GPS Odometer for Camper

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 19:14
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I'm looking for an odometer for my camper to tell me how far it's travelled so I know when a service is due. Hummingbird have one costing around $320 and does everything I'm after but I'm wondering if anyone has found something else suitable. There seem to be quite a few on ebay which are a speedo and happen to have an odometer function but that's all.
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Reply By: RMD - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 19:44

Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 19:44
Rod.
Maybe I am missing something but if you tow it don't you therefore, know how far you have towed it? Apart from a periodic bearing check/adjust ànd brake lining/magnet replacement "if needed". I presume you frequently wobble the wheels sideways to often check if any unexpected wheel bearing looseness has appeared. Can also be more easily done if that whel is off the turf. Because of heat/ distance/speed/varying terrain and load, I cannot see how having a distance register is of any advantage.
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Follow Up By: Rocket Rod - Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 19:56

Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 at 19:56
That's only if you keep meticulous records of all your towing activity will you know how far your trailer has actually travelled. I'm not just talking about one trip. The reason is some manufacturers will say you need to service every 10,000kms as an example so I'm looking at a simple device to tell me when I've done that 10,000kms. I will do all the standard checks anyway before any big trip.
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Friday, Jun 04, 2021 at 08:02

Friday, Jun 04, 2021 at 08:02
I have to agree with RMD, it is not rocket science. Most vehicles these days have trip meters with their odometer. It is simply a matter of “zeroing” the trip meter at the start of your trip, and noting the the total at the end. I do not see the point of spending money on something that you already have.

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Follow Up By: RMD - Friday, Jun 04, 2021 at 14:08

Friday, Jun 04, 2021 at 14:08
Rocket Rod.
Buy a cheap $30 bike computer.
Fit a small magnet to the hub near the brake shoes. Glue it on.
Place magnetic proximity pulse sensor on home made bracket so sensor detects each revolution of wheel.
Extend sensor wiring so the computer can be fitted inside or outside in safe place, if preferred.
Ensure sufficient battery size to run it all the time and last a couple of years, it does sleep when not used but, long time no see applies.
Can be done by fitting a large, 1.5v or 3v if that is used, dry cell to computer battery contacts.
Set wheel size/circumference in memory of computer.

"Problem solvered" for 1/10th price mentioned.
PS. To fit sensor, you may have to drill a small hole in brake backplate to enter brake area.
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Follow Up By: Member - David M (SA) - Friday, Jun 04, 2021 at 15:21

Friday, Jun 04, 2021 at 15:21
What, no Bluetooth connection to the tablet to enable a spreadsheet.
Lift ya game RMD.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Friday, Jun 04, 2021 at 19:45

Friday, Jun 04, 2021 at 19:45
David M
Sorry David, very remiss of me. I admit I didn't think of Bluetooths or WiFi's. If so, it could data log wheel rotation, bearing temp and if vibe sensor capable it could detect bearing failure as it happens. Great idea.
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Reply By: Member - Bigfish - Friday, Jun 04, 2021 at 06:02

Friday, Jun 04, 2021 at 06:02
10,000klms of dirt is totally different to 10,000klms of bitumen. I,d just ensure it got a good yearly service and wheel bearing check before every long trip. Simple really. Not very hard to keep a written record of distance travelled if your really concerned about servicing.
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Reply By: Member - Peter M121 - Friday, Jun 04, 2021 at 07:36

Friday, Jun 04, 2021 at 07:36
I use a Gator GPS tracker in my car for remote shutdown etc and it records a log etc. I intend to put a GPS tracker in my new camper when it arrives (16 week build time) as it was asked on my insurance quote if there was one installed. Hopefully its a discount option. I use an Aldi sim and put $20 on it some 12 months ago and still going. The online tracking has an odometer. Not sure if thats accurate enough for you
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Follow Up By: Member - Suitcase (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 06, 2021 at 15:56

Sunday, Jun 06, 2021 at 15:56
Hi Peter
What kind of Aldi SIM did you use - just data or an ordinary phone one (talk, text and data)
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter M121 - Monday, Jun 07, 2021 at 00:21

Monday, Jun 07, 2021 at 00:21
Not sure for the SIM although it rings me if it detects the car moving without ignition being on so it must be both. I have the aldi app on my main phone and just checked it (in at work on a callout) and it says PAYG15 is my plan.
The gator I use also has a relay function I can operate via SMS if I want.

Also on a side note, I have a dual sim backup phone in my car with a sim from an optus network carrier ,Amaysim and again and Aldi sim for Telstra.


As for the tracking I used to use an old mobile phone with a tracking app and simply powered the phone all the time. I am sure there are oddometer apps for phones as well but not sure how accurate
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Reply By: Batt's - Friday, Jun 04, 2021 at 15:25

Friday, Jun 04, 2021 at 15:25
The simplest device or devices is a pen and small note pad write down the km when you do a trip it's pretty inexpensive and easy.
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Friday, Jun 04, 2021 at 15:48

Friday, Jun 04, 2021 at 15:48
Also unless you only drive on road forget the 10,000km rubbish manufacturers claim you need to do as you may need to do it more regular if you drive off road in dust, corrugations, water crossings and in sand. There is no specified service interval that suits all campers it's up to the owner to have some basic comprehension of what is going on with there equipment and to maintain it to greatly reduce the chance of a breakdown in an inconvenient location. Also to carry a few basic spare that can be replaced like a bearing if needed.

Another good idea if your keeping the same vehicle and camper for a reasonable time is to have the same stud pattern on the camper as the tow vehicle with all tyres the same size then you'll have 2 spares.
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Reply By: Rocket Rod - Friday, Jun 04, 2021 at 15:52

Friday, Jun 04, 2021 at 15:52
I understand what everyone is saying about just make a record of it, it's really simple, but what about if
lend or rent the trailer to someone (which I do), or stay at a caravan park or free camp and drive the car extensively. Do all that over the lifetime of the camper and the bookkeeping can really add up. I guess I'm a bit of a gadget guy and was looking for a technological solution. I've found these devices on eBay which will probably work fine. https://www.ebay.com.au/p/15039416828
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Follow Up By: Member - Soft-Trailer - Saturday, Jun 05, 2021 at 20:28

Saturday, Jun 05, 2021 at 20:28
Mate, get a $75 GPS bike computer. It activates on movement. Found that out when I put the kids bike of the roof and he boasted to all his friends how his top speed was 108km/h and covered 139km in a day.
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Reply By: Rocket Rod - Saturday, Jun 05, 2021 at 22:49

Saturday, Jun 05, 2021 at 22:49
I intend to have this mounted inside the camper so I presume bike computers won't work due to lack of line of site?
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Follow Up By: Member - Soft-Trailer - Tuesday, Jun 08, 2021 at 17:17

Tuesday, Jun 08, 2021 at 17:17
Hmmmm my kids bike computer works from inside my canopy.... but you're probably right.

What about on the Draw-bar, in a Go-Pro style clear plastic container? I only suggest this as you seem to rent it out - perhaps then you can put a $/100km figure on the rental or similar?

The good thing about a bike computer is that it won't log where you go (at least, not my $75 cheapie), saving potential concerns of customers. Just the speed/ ave kms and distance.

That's about all I have to offer sorry.

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