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Old 05-30-2017, 11:39 AM   #15
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I came close to losing my custom teardrop a few years ago. Thieves broke the jack in the process. I am now VERY careful my new Scamp.

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Old 05-30-2017, 01:32 PM   #16
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I have heard of safety chains being used to tow away. A wheel boot would sure deter and/or slow them down for sure. I must consider that for my little 13' Boler when not safely stored in my garage!!
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Old 05-30-2017, 01:42 PM   #17
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We keep our Parkliner under a big metal carport, and over the late fall and winter, usually into spring, the wheels and tires are off and locked in my shed. Actually I meant to put them on this past weekend, but had too much going on.

It serves two purposes anyways. It keeps weight off the bearings, which is really why I do it.

We also keep our trailer covered in a custom Sunbrella cover that doesn't leave anything, even the power tongue jack, uncovered. When the cover is on, you can't tell the wheels are off.

I'm glad to hear you recovered your trailer so quickly. Thanks to Facebook really. It is an amazing social network!

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Old 05-30-2017, 01:52 PM   #18
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SO glad to hear you were able to find it quickly and with minimal damage! I would be devastated if ours disappeared! Yay!!
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Old 05-30-2017, 02:34 PM   #19
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Hitch was locked so it had been towed by the safety chains. The jack was left down so it was destroyed but no other damage. Feeling lucky! May start locking the safety chains too!
Happy to hear you found it.

On my boler American we've attached the safety chains using those threaded chain links. We can easily remove the chains when the trailer is parked.

I also put a female trailer harness on the trailer so the wiring can be removed. When we tow, I use a length of cable with 2 males on it. One end connects to the tow vehicle the other to the trailer.

No chains and no lights makes it just a little bit more challenging to steal and not get noticed.
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Old 05-30-2017, 03:08 PM   #20
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Happy to hear you found it.

On my boler American we've attached the safety chains using those threaded chain links. We can easily remove the chains when the trailer is parked.

I also put a female trailer harness on the trailer so the wiring can be removed. When we tow, I use a length of cable with 2 males on it. One end connects to the tow vehicle the other to the trailer.

No chains and no lights makes it just a little bit more challenging to steal and not get noticed.
I can always come with my own chain, wrap it around tongue and steal your trailer. No lights doesn't bother me. Looks like wheel boot covering lug nuts is the only good solution.
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Old 05-30-2017, 03:08 PM   #21
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Happy for you!

Every morning it's the first thing I do, look if it's still in the entrance, even if it's well-barred, jack up, truck in front ...
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Old 05-30-2017, 03:23 PM   #22
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...truck in front ...
That is also one layer in our security plan. Whenever we're gone for any length of time, we leave another vehicle parked blocking access to our trailers (Scamp and utility trailer). A thief would have to move the car before getting at the trailers.

The boot is probably best, but even then... I read here about a tent trailer stolen by dragging it across the front yard (with one wheel chained to the axle, IIRC) and onto a flatbed vehicle hauler using the winch.

Crazy world. Safest place for an RV... is in a campground!
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Old 05-30-2017, 05:50 PM   #23
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Crazy world. Safest place for an RV... is in a campground!
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Old 05-30-2017, 10:45 PM   #24
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locking up a trailer

I made the mistake, during the year I searched for a trailer, of watching every youtube video I could find on how easy it is to steal a trailer.

Result
forget the boot - saw how easy it is to just drag it until the boot falls off,
forget any lock on the hitch - saw how you can crowbar or hammer them off in about 3 minutes, tow it away with the trailer chains (or they bring their own chains so locking your chains up doesn't help), or they can remove the front of the hitch (many times the front part of the hitch is just bolted on and especially if you have a bolted on swing back tongue),
forget conventional locks - can be picked or drilled out in about 3 minutes.

I like what Wayne Winton from Wayne's Lock Shop in Colorado says about locking a trailer. You need a Peweg Security Chain With ASSA Stanley High Security Lock Padlock run through the wheel and around the trailer frame.
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Old 05-31-2017, 08:35 AM   #25
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There are two kinds of thieves. Casual, opportunistic thieves will likely be put off by several layers of conventional security- boots and coupler locks, for example. As to a well-equipped professional thief targeting my trailer, that's why I pay my insurance premiums.

I have seen those videos, and most seem to be pointing you toward some "unbeatable" (but expensive, naturally) upgrade. I suppose we each have to decide for ourselves, taking into consideration the local environment, financial investment, and personal tolerance for risk, how far we're willing to escalate this battle.
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Old 05-31-2017, 09:12 AM   #26
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My brother has his enclosed snowmobile trailer stolen (with 2 snowmobiles inside) one night. The trailer was backed up his driveway, and hitched up to his pickup truck. He had a lock on the coupler.
They broke the lock, unhitched, swung the trailer aside, backed up their own truck, hitched up and drove off.
My brother was home when it happened. Nobody noticed anything. All was left was the broken lock. He never saw the trailer nor the sleds ever again.

The following spring he sunk a 6ft concrete post in his driveway, with a metal loop on top of it, flush with the ground. Then he got this big chain and a huge padlock with a strange type of key (never saw a padlock like this before!). He loops the chain around a wheel or the axle of his trailers (camping or snowmobile trailers), and attaches it to the post. The post is almost under the trailer, not very obvious to see.

Now if some thief tries to pull the trailer but doesn't notice the chain, he's in for a big surprise. He's not going anywhere. Or he's going without an axle.
It would take some time to get rid of that lock or cut that chain.
So i'm thinking about doing the same at home for my trailer.
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Old 05-31-2017, 09:47 AM   #27
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The cops here use small trailers with radar mounted on them, then display your speed as you approach. They move the trailers around in neighborhoods. To prevent "unauthorized" moving of the trailers, they run a steel bar under the trailer through slots in both trailer wheels. They padlock both ends, or one end has a tee or disc welded on it. It is simple, but may not be sold commercially. The bar prevents the wheels from turning. Like any lock, it could be defeated. But it makes towing by hitch chains much harder.

It may be better suited for units in storage, than when you are travelling.
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Old 05-31-2017, 11:15 AM   #28
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Here, people don't bat an eye at car horn alarms. They might throw a rock if they have one. Search wheel boot. As said before, make sure it covers your lug nuts.
Chains? They can bring their own. But, if yours is harder than the next trailer, that's half the battle.

This is interesting, others for $99 on eBay:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Universal...WSY/980775385?
Tom, the horn wakes me up and if I am fast enough to get outside, I may be able to stop the theft. Who wants to steel something when an old man is running outside half naked, screaming? I might even grab a shovel to smack 'm.
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