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Old 08-25-2015, 08:11 PM   #1
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How can we prevent theft of our FGRV?

Those of you who have great solutions, I hope you will add them to this thread. If there's an older thread with this info, let's link it. News about that stolen Boler is very disheartening.

My trailer came with a lock on the hitch, but I'm not confident it would prevent a theft. Any thief worth his (or her) salt would carry a heavy duty bolt cutter. Is there something else that can be done? I've even wondered about removing one of the wheels (and the spare) if it's going to be parked by itself for any length of time.
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Maybe it would be better to move to a low crime neighbourhood?
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Those of you who have great solutions, I hope you will add them to this thread. If there's an older thread with this info, let's link it. News about that stolen Boler is very disheartening.

My trailer came with a lock on the hitch, but I'm not confident it would prevent a theft. Any thief worth his (or her) salt would carry a heavy duty bolt cutter. Is there something else that can be done? I've even wondered about removing one of the wheels (and the spare) if it's going to be parked by itself for any length of time.
Or a battery powered grinder . Used one last week to cut off a lock
Took a whole 15 seconds.
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How can we prevent theft of our FGRV?

I keep a coupler lock on ours and it sits up on jack stands. Whenever we are gone overnight without the trailer, I park our second vehicle to block access to the trailer. If both cars are going to be gone overnight... we pay our premiums and take our chances.
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Maybe it would be better to move to a low crime neighbourhood?

I think it's reasonable to assume most people are living in the best neighborhood (whatever that might mean) that their circumstances allow. Precautions make sense even in "good" neighborhoods.
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How can we prevent theft of our FGRV?

In reality, there is little you can do to prevent an unattended trailer from being stolen, if some low life wants it badly enough. A lock or two simply ain't gonna protect it. The better question is how can you recover it if it is stolen, and make sure the thief/thieves get prosecuted to the full extent of the law (or handled by the mob if you have the right connections!). And the best answer is some sort of GPS based electronics like LoJack. It is, however, somewhat expensive peace of mind, but the chances of recovery and capture of the perpetrator(s) are greatly increased.


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If my trailer were stolen, I wouldn't want it recovered ( after likely being trashed ). I have full replacement insurance and use a cheap coupler lock, mostly to ensure I'm securely hooked up, but since I have it I also use it when I'm away from the trailer.
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If my trailer were stolen, I wouldn't want it recovered ( after likely being trashed ). I have full replacement insurance and use a cheap coupler lock, mostly to ensure I'm securely hooked up, but since I have it I also use it when I'm away from the trailer.

Most thieves steal trailers in order to sell them, not to trash them, and nobody is going to purchase a trailer that has been trashed. The purpose of fast recovery is to get it back before it can be transported a long distance and sold. And full replacement insurance is not going to replace the year or more of camping you miss waiting in line if you plan to purchase another Escape to replace the one that is stolen.


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I think it's reasonable to assume most people are living in the best neighborhood (whatever that might mean) that their circumstances allow. Precautions make sense even in "good" neighborhoods.

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Well, oddly, I wasn't speaking of my trailer being stolen from my neighborhood. It is sitting behind a locked gate, but of course, even locks can be snipped or ground off.

I'm more worried about parking the trailer at an RV park, or camping in a somewhat remote location, and then driving out to the store or to dinner. If we're only there overnight, removing a wheel would be OVERKILL, obviously.

But what other precautions would be advisable?
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A bright yellow hitch lock makes a good visual deterrent and will slow the bad guys down, but as long as the wheels still turn, they will find a way to drag it down the road or winch it up onto a drop-bed trailer. I tend to feel a bit more comfortable leaving a trailer/camper unattended when I also cable-locking at least one wheel on each side of the trailer to the axle. Take a "robust" 6 foot long bicycle cable, pass one end through the spokes of a wheel, wrap that end of the cable over/around the axle, pass it back through another spoke gap, then use a "robust" padlock to lock the two cable loop ends together leaving the padlock visible as more deterrent. Repeat on the other side. Even if they try to remove a wheel to put the spare on, they will still have to deal with the original wheel cable locked to the axle dragging under the trailer and the suspicion that would raise going down the road. And with two wheels locked, and only one spare on the trailer, they would have had to think ahead and bring a second spare with them and now be dragging two. Hopefully, when someone bent on stealing a trailer sees the hitch lock and multiple wheels padlocked to the axle, they will look elsewhere for something easier to steal. Others on this forum, in similar previous threads, have suggested purchasing the same kind of wheel lock that police put on cars with too many parking violations, but those things are expensive, heavy to haul around and large/awkward to store when not in use. In contrast, a couple of 6' cables and a pair of padlocks are relatively inexpensive, light and easy to store when not in use and can be used to secure other things, like bicycles and grills, when not being used to secure the camper. Just my two cents....
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I've actually read of people removing a wheel at camp. Or, using a removable coupler. I've seen people using the "boot" type wheel locks, too.
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Well, oddly, I wasn't speaking of my trailer being stolen from my neighborhood. It is sitting behind a locked gate, but of course, even locks can be snipped or ground off.

I'm more worried about parking the trailer at an RV park, or camping in a somewhat remote location, and then driving out to the store or to dinner. If we're only there overnight, removing a wheel would be OVERKILL, obviously.

But what other precautions would be advisable?
Having a trailer stolen while camping is something I've never heard of happening. The best if you're in a campground or an RV resort is get to know the neighbors. Other than that a simple hitch lock is about all you can do. As they say paranoia will git ya.
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Oh, and in addition to the previous post, we also have an electric tongue jack with a kill switch inside the camper. Once set up at an RV campsite with some weight on the two rear stabilizer jacks and some on the front electric tongue jack, and power turned off to the electric tongue jack from inside the camper, the camper wouldn't be easy to move. Attempting to do so would surely bend the jacks and make a ruckus that should draw someone's suspicion/attention (if others are camping nearby). But again, in reality, it's all just a matter of deterrence. Bad guys intent on doing bad things will find a way, but they will usually take the path of least resistance. So the more resistance you can put up, the better your chances of keeping your camper - unfortunately at the expense of someone else less prepared.
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