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7 Gadgets To Super-Charge Your Cargo Van

THE PURCHASE OF THE NEW CARGO VAN IS COMING CLOSER AND I STARTED THINKING ABOUT SOME OF THE BASIC ELECTRONICS, THAT SHOULD BE INSTALLED SOON AFTER I BRING IT HOME.

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Some can be included in the purchase as an option, yet most can be installed cheaper as an after-market product with more flexibility of choice.

Dependent on requirements, I will consider:

Vehicle Tracking System
No insurance against theft, but makes recovery of your vehicle much more likely. Three ways of tracking, starting with the most expensive:

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Parking Sensors
Small proximity sensors in your rear bumper beep with increasing frequency when you backup toward solid objects behind your car. Cheap and simple to install and best to use in combination of a rear view camera. Additional sensors in the front may make parking in your garage a breeze.

Rear View Camera
Often available as a high-priced accessory in a new vehicle, these tiny camera’s are simple and cheap to install yourself. Certainly with cargo vans, these gadgets make life a whole lot easier and safer when parking or hooking up a trailer. If you plan living in your van or enjoy long vacations in your vehicle, you may think about installing a four-camera system; it would prevent you from leaving the vehicle at night, when you’re parked in a lonely spot and are wakened up by unfamiliar noises.

Car DVR
An easy way to record while the van is in motion. Attached to a switched 12V outlet, it starts and stops when you start your car. Looping will continuously record video and a built-in GPS records the journey and speed. A good low-light camera allows for nighttime recording. Good for insurance purposes, when in an accident, but I would primarily use it to record video of the approaches to my favorite hiking, camping and kayaking destinations. You might even catch a falling meteorite!


GPS Navigation System
Indispensable in an RV, these little screens have been a welcome addition in any vehicle. Improved systems use your smart phone for the same information in addition to road information such as accidents, slow traffic and the occasional speed trap. I’ll probably will end up using my wifi-tablet with off-line maps, while it is being charged, each time the van moves.

Car Anti-Theft System
Theft deterrent devices for your new van are available in a wide variety of gadgets, from rude devices like tire, hood and steering wheel locks to the more elegant electronic systems, each with its own deficiencies. Generally, basic precautions should first be considered: never leave your keys in the ignition even for a quick errand, park in a garage or well-lighted area, keep your valuables out of plain sight and always lock your van. Never leave your registration and insurance information in your car.


Additional USB Outlets
One or two USB outlets are probably included in the dashboard of your car, yet as there will be numerous gadgets, that need to be charged while driving, I’d like to add several 1 amp and 2 amp sockets.

After researching the described components, I can buy these specific items as soon as I drive my van home.

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