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Old 06-08-2008, 12:34 AM   #1
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Wow, I am a total newbie when it comes to trailers! Every time I turn around I realize that there is yet again something I have no clue about... I am picking up a little 13' scamp... Lets say I go to my campground or rv park and want to leave my camper while I run to the store... can I lock it down somehow? I would really hate to come back to find that someone else has hitched and ditched!

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Old 06-08-2008, 01:54 AM   #2
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.........look at the mount itself (the device on the tongue end of the trailer that the ball fits into from underneath), there should be a place to put some sort of locking device onto it that will NOT allow the latching lever to be raised. This is also an eggsellent way to secure your trailer to the ball mount while traveling. Keeping the locking lever down keeps the ball securely cupped in the mount. Alot of folks use a padlock, your choice as to how expensive to go, or there is a commercially made devise which ISN'T a lock as such but more just a way to keep the lever down on top of the ball. It is easily removed when not needed, but offers NOTHING in the way of theft protection.
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Old 06-08-2008, 02:20 AM   #3
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does anyone have a photo of this mechanism? Do all trailers come with it?? I don't have the trailer here to look at...
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Old 06-08-2008, 02:42 AM   #4
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At the very least invest $10-20 in a lock for your coupler. You can also buy keyed locking pins for your receiver. Here's a picture of the lock I'm using, made by Master.
I'm not terribly confident in it, but at least it's something. After suffering a house break-in in February (after updating doorknobs and installing deadbolts), I wish I could buy locks that would put shrapnel into anyone who attempts to break in.

In the picture, the lock is the round silver thing through the coupler latch. It's released by using a key on the square part and pulling it off the shaft:


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The coupler lock pictured works to prevent the latch from being raised whether coupled to the TV or unhitched. There are some pretty stout locks out there for use when you are unhitched. My guess is try not to look like the easiest target!

Hope this helps
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Old 06-08-2008, 06:24 AM   #5
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Hi Lynn,

Here is a selection of coupler locks that might fit your needs:

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywo...sl_54pq1lip1d_b
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Old 06-08-2008, 07:29 AM   #6
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I just use an old ball and a lock. They could probably still steal it but it will take them a while.

When I hitch up I put the ( kinda greasy) ball in a plastic bag.

Using this system for 6 years so far so good.
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:06 AM   #7
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I got two of these for when I have the Scamp in storage.
They are a deterrent for sure.

http://www.amazon.com/Club-490-Wheel-Immob...r/dp/B000FN5O1C

I also lock the coupler and have a ball lock thingy too.

Master Lock sells a kit at WalMart with all three of their locks together and keyed alike.

If someone really wants one of these trailers I am not sure anything will stop them except the time and exposure it will take to get it.

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Old 06-08-2008, 08:30 AM   #8
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I use the # 19 shown on the link posted by bob b. Even tho i have the Scamp 5er its still a goosneck so its unlikey someone could tow it off easy around here...
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Old 06-08-2008, 12:59 PM   #9
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Thanks guys!! I saw a few tire lockers- does anyone use those?
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Old 06-08-2008, 02:03 PM   #10
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The one in my picture is #5 in BobB's link.
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Do a forum search with words like locking trailer -- Many threads on this subject.

I bought a set of four keyed-alike padlocks and put one through the coupler, one on the pin of the ball mount (after drilling hole for it), one on front of truck for spare tire and Hi-Lift jack and one on cable for roof-top kayak. Actually could use a few more, like on battery box, eyebolts inside tailgate and cable I sometimes use to lock tailgate and topper hatch.

Very useful and only need one key.
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Thanks guys!! I saw a few tire lockers- does anyone use those?
uh.....That is exactly what I linked to and one of the things I am using.
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Old 06-08-2008, 06:40 PM   #13
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Whoops, sorry Ed, I misspoke. Thanks for correcting me. I should have said, anyone ELSE?
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Old 06-09-2008, 03:33 PM   #14
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Wow, I am a total newbie when it comes to trailers! Every time I turn around I realize that there is yet again something I have no clue about... I am picking up a little 13' scamp... Lets say I go to my campground or rv park and want to leave my camper while I run to the store... can I lock it down somehow? I would really hate to come back to find that someone else has hitched and ditched!

-thanks again, you guys are great!
I use a padlock made of hardened steel, one of the best Ace Hardware sells when the trailer is parked, even in my yard. Otherwise, when on the road I prefer the spring-pin so that the trailer can be easily unhitched should an emergency arise ie: heaven forbid, a fire. Marg
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