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Old 08-07-2017, 07:53 AM   #57
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Most trailers are stolen while they are stored, not while they are in use.

Full replacement insurance is available if you have a newer unit. For a restored vintage unit, an agreed value policy is an alternative, but it may take some wrangling (and possibly an appraisal) to get an insurer to agree to an acceptable value. For the rest with ordinary actual cash value policies, some thought to security is prudent.

A heavy duty cable and lock from the axle to a ring mounted in concrete is probably the best security for a trailer in storage, but it's not always possible.

Several layers of security are better than a single device- wheel boot, coupler lock (the kind that blocks the ball opening), and safety chains wrapped and locked. Pretty much any security device can be defeated, but the goal is to slow thieves down enough to convince them to move on to a softer target. In addition to other measures, we always have one vehicle parked blocking the trailer, so they'd have to deal with it first.

On the road a small lock on the coupler latch (as Glenn shows) and a locking pin on the drawbar are good to keep things together and to deter petty vandalism. I also use my coupler lock when I'm unhitched in a campground, although that's probably the least likely place for a trailer theft to occur.

All this may sound compulsive, but I didn't spend a lot of money, and the devices I have are simple to use. I certainly don't lose sleep over the possibility of a theft.
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