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Old 06-25-2009, 12:13 AM   #1
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So I got everything loaded up, truck, trailer, dog, backed the truck up pretty close to the trailer to hitch up and got out of the truck and went back see how close I was. Stood there and looked... square pipe at truck... round coupler on trailer... square to round...round to square...looked at it for a couple seconds, thinking to myself, "It's only been a couple months since I've been out, why can't I remember how to hitch up?" And then I suddenly realized my truck hitch was gone! Now, I realize most of you are smart enough to store yours everytime after you return from a trip, but I wasn't. I live in a small town where people usually leave things alone. So, unload the dog (who is very confused by now) and put her in the house, pull up the truck, close the gate, and off to Auto Zone for a new hitch. My neighbor suggested that hitches are heavy enough to be worth stealing for scrap metal, or maybe for reselling at the swap meet. So, now I'm taking mine off every time.
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:50 AM   #2
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We have an equalizer hitch now, so too darn big to leave on. SO it comes off every trip.
But with our Boler we left the hitch on always. BUT, it was locked on to the vehicle.... So they would have to try harder to get it off--would at least take more time.. Just a good quality padlock and then I felt more secure with the hitch too.....
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Old 06-25-2009, 06:38 AM   #3
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Grrrrrrr, I HATE thieves. I never take the hitch and ball off my truck, but it's locked on. The lock is not only to keep the receiver from growing legs, but it's to help prevent anyone from messing with the trailer hitch area when I'm under tow and parked someplace... like stopping for lunch! I of course, check the coupler before I pull out anyway.

See if there's anything here to help. You can buy this stuff at any RV parts place, WallyWorld or at a lot of auto parts stores: Trailer Hitch Locks
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Old 06-25-2009, 06:42 AM   #4
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I use both a hitch lock and a coupler lock. I lock them when hitched for safety reasons and when separated for security reasons....and peace of mind.
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Old 06-25-2009, 06:49 AM   #5
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Hi: Lisa M... Too bad someone felt they needed your "Stinger" more than you. I just hope they weren't on their way to steal someones unlocked trailer!!!
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:12 AM   #6
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I use a hitch lock and a coupler lock, too. It's the only way to go--you never know what someone will steal.
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:12 AM   #7
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Trust Jesus but Lock Your Stuff Up.
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:16 AM   #8
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I ALWAYS took the ball mount out of the receiver (before we went to the 5'er.)

AND I keep a spare ball mount and ball (and pin) too - **just in case**
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:12 AM   #9
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Get the locking hitch pin from Wally World, about $15.00 bucks, like all locks its just a deterrent but it works well. I leave mine on my Odyssey as a safety net for rear end collisions and also I don't have a lot of storage space.
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:34 PM   #10
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A nut and bolt of the proper size will deter most thieves as effectively as a locking pin, at a much lower cost.

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Old 06-26-2009, 01:22 PM   #11
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I hope they bump their shins on it really hard!
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Old 06-26-2009, 04:29 PM   #12
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Dan is actually right - MOST of the thieving is "opportunity" - if you toss even a SMALL obstacle to many, many of the bad guys, they will just move on to easier pickings.

AND the BEST lock will not deter the bad guy who is REALLY intent on success.




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Old 07-06-2009, 11:19 PM   #13
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I quite using locks. They have a habit of getting dirt & other crud in them and I ended up cutting them off. Not worth the hassle.
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Old 07-07-2009, 03:54 PM   #14
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If it sticks out from the bumper more than 8 1/2" here in Sask. you can get a ticket, although I have never heard of anyone getting one. If you leave it in over our winters with the snow and salt it will rust in and nobody can get it out!
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