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Old 02-29-2008, 04:39 PM   #15
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I bought one of these.

http://www.trailerlock.com/
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Old 02-29-2008, 04:47 PM   #16
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I have one of those. Do you use it?
I found that I used it a few times but then found it just too much trouble to use.
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Byron, I use it when "necessary"-- a judgment based on my gut-feeling for a particular situation. Like you, I find it a bit of trouble to hook up. The wheel is always in the wrong position! But I just lift up that side of the trailer with one hand and spin the wheel to the correct spot with the other. :^0

I also use ball- and hitch-locks.
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Old 02-29-2008, 05:59 PM   #18
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I purchased some plastic covered wire rope (Cable) at Home Depot and Lowes along with the heavy aluminum crimp(s) and have a crimper and made cables that secure the LP tanks, LP low fuel devices, Battery and other stuff to the camper frame using a matched set of brass padlocks.

The cable is so strong that it requires me to use a bolt cutter to cut.

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Old 02-29-2008, 06:04 PM   #19
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Byron, I use it when "necessary"-- a judgment based on my gut-feeling for a particular situation. Like you, I find it a bit of trouble to hook up. The wheel is always in the wrong position! But I just lift up that side of the trailer with one hand and spin the wheel to the correct spot with the other. :^0

I also use ball- and hitch-locks.
When camping my BAL leveler provides some tow away protection. I use it even when the site it level. Snug it up against the tire and it makes a great chock and some tow away protection. I also use a hitch lock, one that goes where the ball goes.

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When camping my BAL leveler provides some tow away protection. I use it even when the site it level. Snug it up against the tire and it makes a great chock and some tow away protection. I also use a hitch lock, one that goes where the ball goes.
Having double axles provides a good way to immobilize the trailer. A tire locking chock.

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I have 2 locks on the hitch. A coupler lock, and a padlock to lock the bail closed.

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Old 03-01-2008, 09:52 AM   #21
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I hate to sound naive, but are you talking about theft security in campgrounds? Is it really necessary? Where we live (on an island) theft is not a real issue because there are only certain times anyone can leave (ie, when the ferry is running). It's also not uncommon for people to leave the keys in their vehicles at stores or at home.
One of my favourite images is someone putting "The Club" on their steering wheel while the car was on the ferry. There's somewhere someone will take it?
But I wasn't aware that campgrounds are so insecure.
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I hate to sound naive, but are you talking about theft security in campgrounds? Is it really necessary? Where we live (on an island) theft is not a real issue because there are only certain times anyone can leave (ie, when the ferry is running). It's also not uncommon for people to leave the keys in their vehicles at stores or at home.
One of my favourite images is someone putting "The Club" on their steering wheel while the car was on the ferry. There's somewhere someone will take it?
But I wasn't aware that campgrounds are so insecure.
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I would only do that at home with security if i was inclined. When on the road if the area i am to stay does not feel good i move on. I really am not to concerned to much.

A "CLUB" on steering wheel while on ferry. Thats a good one.
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I hate to sound naive, but are you talking about theft security in campgrounds?
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One of my favourite images is someone putting "The Club" on their steering wheel while the car was on the ferry. There's somewhere someone will take it?
For me, it's all about developing a habit. The most important thing is to have my trailer secure while it's in storage. But, like putting "The Club" on my steering wheel (Which I also do), engaging the locks on the trailer is a do-it-every-single-time habit.

The [b]ONE time I did not install the club on my car was when I dropped it off overnight in front of my then-mechanic's garage for early morning service the next morning. I got a phone call the next morning telling me it had been stolen.
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I once saw a guy park his car at the post office and use his key to lock the door.

It was a convertible with the top down.
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Old 03-01-2008, 07:42 PM   #25
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I've heard of trailers being stolen by crooks using large bolts in place of a ball to bypass the standard coupler lock. A buddy's boat was stolen by switching out the bolt on coupler. Obviously, safety chains have been used to tow trailers away. A recent theft I've heard of was the use of a chainsaw to cut an outboard from a boat, OUCH!

Anti-theft devices are really only deterrents. A hacksaw is all that is needed to get around a club. I still use two coupler locks on each of my trailers but if they really want it they'll get it. I know it's only piece of mind but at least my trailers aren't sitting at the end of the driveway with free signs on them.

To me, insurance is worth the money over complicated security devices. Not only would it be useful if your camper was stolen but if it was damaged from a storm it would be covered. Here, our homeowners wouldn't cover it.

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Old 03-02-2008, 05:42 AM   #26
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Not to make lite on the whole subject and around here in Maine we do not worry too much about the problem but in the summer time I leave the TV parked infront to the my Boler and while camping I make friends with my neighbors and if anything fishy goes on I hope they will see it while I am gone.
Now in the winter I need not worry at all as good old Mother Nature keeps all thieves away.
She even supplies a disguise for me. (Yes that is my Boler, Lady-Bug)
As said not to make lite of the problem but I need some relieve from all the stress this winter and wondering if I will be able to keep the May 1st reservations for clean up weekends.
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