Losing your rig to theft is any owner’s worst nightmare, but as we recently read, an inexpensive GPS tracker can be the difference between getting your UTV back and losing it forever. Here are a few ways you can easily keep tabs on your expensive side-by-side and sleep better at night.
A few notes and a word of warning: Most tracking devices worth their weight are hardwired into your vehicle’s 12-volt system. This means they will pull constant juice from your battery. If you park your UTV for extended periods, you’ll want to keep a battery tender hooked up to ensure they won’t stop tracking when the battery eventually dies. As with all modes of technology, your mileage may vary, so make sure you also hold a reputable form of insurance on your expensive asset.
This cellular-dependent device is hardwired into your vehicle’s 12-volt system. It doesn’t need constant power from your onboard battery to run, however, thanks to a built-in battery that lasts months. While Trak-4 has self-powered versions, we like this unit the best to ensure it’s always on and connected.
The device itself is $119, but is often on sale for half that price. It will also require one of three subscription plans to hook up service, ranging from $12.99 to $18.98 per month.
Each plan includes email and text alerts, geofencing options, and low battery warnings. You’ll also get unlimited data, sharing, and no contract of any kind.
Read more about the Trak-4 devices here.
Here’s a fleet device that you truckers may be familiar with. MasTrack offers a handful of plug-and-play and hardwired cellular tracking solutions. The portable GL300 GPS tracker we like rings up at $124.99. The optional battery case will cost you an extra $149.99 to extend the life of the device up to 60 days.
Basic service and premium service plans are available for either an annual or monthly fee.
Read more about the MasTrack devices here.
Here’s a side-by-side-specific cellular tracking solution that’s been crafted by UTV owners for UTV owners. The devices use the Verizon network of towers.
Two different categories of devices let you pick the options you need. The non-waterproof GT900 rings up at $109. The upgraded GT1400, the most popular solution, costs $150 before any optional extras. Both trackers have built-in 400 mAH batteries, but can also be hardwired into your vehicle.
Service plans are based on the device. GT devices renew for $24 per year.
Read more about the RZRtracker here.
Here’s a company that knows a thing or two about asset protection. LandAirSea has a slew of devices to help you track your UTV. We like its small LAS54 cellular device with optional hardwire kit. It’s easily concealed, meaning thieves will never even know it was there.
The hardwired kit will cost you MSRP $54.54, but you can also opt for the basic device at a cheaper price of $39.95.
The company offers a host of different pay-as-you-go service plans that range from $19.95 per month all the way up to $599.40 per two years.
Read more about the LandAirSea devices here.
This is the most unique addition to our list in that it doesn’t use any kind of cellular or satellite service. AirTags rely on ultra-wideband technology and iOS devices to pick up and repeat the signal. Anytime one of these little coin-sized trackers comes in contact with an iOS drive it’ll ping back to Apple HQ with its current location. You can track that location right from your Apple device.
AirTags run off standard internal CR2032 batteries that can be replaced as they drain down. They typically last around a year.
Pricing for the AirTag itself is fairly reasonable at $29 for one, or $99 for four. It’s the subsequent access into the Apple universe that’ll cost you the most, as you’ll need an Apple iPhone to set up and track your tags.
Read more about Apple AirTags here.
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