Real-Time GPS For Added Vanlife Peace of Mind

Another fundamental shift in focus trickling out of the pandemic is a demand for safety and security solutions, at home, work, in public spaces, at the cabin and on the road. The vanlife is no different.

Leading up to and especially during the pandemic, van life has experience explosive growth. More people are experiencing this lifestyle, than at any other time. Housing is often too expensive, people are wanting to get out of urban areas, and modern connectivity has made working remotely a possibility. This all equals more vans are being customized, traveling across North America and being featured online and across social media. Positive or negative, it really is impressive to see how widely van life has flourished.

Another fundamental shift in focus trickling out of the pandemic is a demand for safety and security solutions, at home, work, in public spaces, at the cabin and on the road. The vanlife is no different.

Given the realities of the pandemic and some recent negative news in the vanlife world, safety and security have similarly become a focal point. All kinds of products exist, to keep you warm, nourished, protected from accidents, wildlife, crime or even the sun. One technology that should be included for vanlife safety and security and overall peace of mind, is real-time GPS tracking.

In general, GPS technology is seen as a business tool for fleets tracking or for theft recovery purposes in the consumer space for cars, boats, RVs, ATVs, trailers, and all manner of personal assets, including vans. This is an obvious use given how GPS works, with a tracker installed (simply by magnets) in an asset, that speaks to a mobile app via satellite and cellular communication to provide real-time location.

Other key functions, from a provider like WhereSafe GPS, is the ability to allow multiple users access the easy-to-use mobile app. Often vanlifers can be far away from home, in remote areas and perhaps have not contacted loved ones for days or weeks with travel updates. This functionality allows trusted users, like a family member(s) to simply open the app to know exactly where their loved one is.

This goes for parents and children. What we mean here is, if your college aged child is on the road, you can feel safe knowing where they are. Similarly, adult children can keep tabs on older parents who are vandwelling or RVing in their twilight years.

The system allows for users to create custom geofences. This is essentially a virtual boundary drawn around a predefined location (a campsite, a city block, a city or bigger). The app will alert users in real-time, by text and/or email, as soon as the van has entered or exited that geofence. So, the user can know exactly when the van has reached its destination safely. And, if the vanlifer is away from the van (or home for so many) and all their belongings, on a hike for example, if the van leaves a geofence of the campsite, they will get an instant notification.

Regarding the growth in the sheer number of people who are living full time or spending long stretched of time in vanlife, the value associate with a van and its contents are making the need to protect personal property greater than ever. Always knowing exactly where it is, for the owner and those other who care, can take some major stress out of being on the road where, in the grand vanlife scheme, there could be much to lose.