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Old 06-11-2014, 12:41 PM   #15
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Old 06-11-2014, 01:55 PM   #16
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I don't know why anyone would want to steal a camping trailer....
I've read they make great meth labs. If used to cook meth it becomes a haz-mat site and I wouldn't want it back.
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:02 PM   #17
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Trailers have been stolen-to-order for use as hunting and vacation cabins in the deeeep woods, never to be seen again. Neighbors in those parts "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". Is there a lot of that kind of country in BC?(LOL)

Where's Sgt. Preston, King and Dudley Do-rite when you need them?
We live out in the sticks in-and-amongst a lot of private and commercially leased deer hunting property. In the Fall, when the leaves are off the trees, it's not uncommon to catch sight of a small camper setting way off out in the woods. Any curiosity to check a VIN number is quickly dampened by the thought of someone sitting inside (or up a nearby tree stand) with a high power rifle who might just shoot first then tell the judge he thought you were a deer. And he'd probably be back in the deer stand by morning light with the judge as a new hunting buddy. Well, it's probably not quite that bad - but you get the idea why a lot of country folk "don't ask, don't tell". Heck, the G-men are still busting moonshine stills every few months around here, and it's best for your health to not get caught trespassing on private property when there's mash boiling...
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:06 PM   #18
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Remember, the trailer was stolen in Canada, different rules, different mindset (thankfully) fewer cowboys.....
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:12 PM   #19
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Really sorry to hear of your parents misfortune. Hope they get it safely back home. And the thieves come down with a reoccurring case of systemic poison ivy!

There have been discussions in the past on securing trailers. Generally speaking it comes down to how difficult can you make it. A battery operated 4 inch grinder with a cut off wheel can go through pretty much any lock or chain in a minute.

The options I recall are:
Secured location - fenced back yard, garage etc. can't get to it easily makes it harder to steal. Harder it appears to be to get to less interesting it is to a dishonest person.

Hitch lock - deters casual or impulse snatch and grab. Helps but won't stop a thief prepared with cutting tools or prevent flat bed winch.

Tire locks - Cable or chain rims to axle or springs so they won't turn. Slows them down and if the thief is using a flat bed they may not have a grinder to cut the lock. There are also commercial tire locking devices.

Anchor to fixed object - Chain or cable axle to sunken concrete, fence post or other fixed object. Do not leave enough slack that the trailer can pick up speed and "yank" on the chain. That can pull off your axle. Slows them down, prevents winching onto flat bed without cutting tools.

Noise maker - cable lock a bunch of tin cans or other items to the axle with enough slack that they drag behind the trailer making noise.

Lo-Jack or other GPS tracking - won't prevent but may help recover.

My own thinking is making it so there is defense in layers is best. Thieves may get frustrated and leave if they keep running into an obstacle that is taking more time. Or it may increase the chances of someone spotting them.

I have had success putting a 100 yrd. target up full of bullet holes with "think honest" written on it with black magic marker. Don't know if it was the sign or just lucky but ....

This is also the time of year to be copying trailer for sale ads with prices on our older eggs as documentation of the real value for insurance if our camper is stolen. Insurance company may not want to pay what 20 year old trailer is worth without some documentation of market value.
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:30 PM   #20
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Denver Boot?

Wouldn't a Denver Boot on a trailer wheel slow thieves down?
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:10 PM   #21
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Deep woods hunting camp is exactly what I thought of for a stolen unit. Must be lots of deep woods that far North! Very sorry for the loss, damn thieves.
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:39 AM   #22
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We just got our 13' Scamp last week and a couple days later I had a "hitching post" made from steel tubing. Now the post will go in the ground (mounted in concrete like a fence post) with a hitch ball on it to which I will attach the trailer when not in use. Until I get the post in the ground I've got the Scamp locked around a big pine tree with some heavy duty cable locks, wheel lock, and hitch ball lock.

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Old 06-12-2014, 07:04 AM   #23
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Having a "Hitching Post" sounds like a good idea if only because it makes it difficult to pull the trailer forward and away. But it sounds like a bear of a problem for parking.

As I recall there was a movie title about hitch locks, cables etc..... let's see... was it "Gone in 30 Seconds"?

One might do what the highway department does to keep it's sign trailers from being stolen, they take the wheels off. Cheap and easy peasy, and you don't have weight or sun on the tires.....

I saw one trailer where the owner replaced the wheels with square aluminum plates, machined to fit on the drums, when parked at a storage yard. An old set of bare rims might work almost as good as a deterrent.. You don't have to be theft proof, just harder to steal than other opportunities.
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:18 AM   #24
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RogerDat, Thanks for the great information! I have not heard of the Lo-Jack, but that would be a excellent idea. Just get it and put it in the camper. That would be one sure way to locate the camper! Because I think this will be a growing problem!
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RogerDat, I looked up Lo-Jack, the device sounds great, but the MSRP is around $695 dollars. Do you have any suggestions on where you can find one at a better price?
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$100 / year for a pay as you go cell account.
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$45 from China:
SPY CAR Vehicle Realtime GPS GSM GPRS S​MS Tracker Tracking System Device TK103 | eBay

$100 / year for a pay as you go cell account.
David, Thank you for the information!
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:42 AM   #28
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$45 from China:
SPY CAR Vehicle Realtime GPS GSM GPRS S​MS Tracker Tracking System Device TK103 | eBay

$100 / year for a pay as you go cell account.
Cool device. The seller's site says:

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Suitable for cars, vans, trucks, bikes, etc.
You this Purcnase is Real Time GPS Vahicle Tracker Drive Include Free Use Latest GPS Tracker Software.
No Contract, No Activation Fee, No Software use Fee.
Can Remote control car power and oil
More safety and convenience, by (running on a personal computer) remote control software can cut off the vehicle oil and the circuitalso can be connections the original vehicle are vibration sensors and automotive door control switch.
It can help you track anything such as your car, boat and other vehicle in time. You will not worry about losing them forever.
It is working based on existing GSM/GPRS network and GPS satellites, this product can locate and monitor any remote targets by SMS or internet. Please visit my store to buy it now.
I was a bit surprised to see that you can remotely cut-off the oil to your vehicle. I guess they want the ability to stop thieves by having the car engine seize up and stop.
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