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Old 02-19-2008, 09:37 AM   #1
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<span style="color:#800080"><span style="font-size:10pt;line-height:100%">Moderator's note: This topic originally formed part of the thread about a rather unique, but stolen, Casita. (This Casita is unusual because it was made in Backus, MN.) The discussion on theft deterrent ideas was lost there, and the focus on the actual theft was also dropped. Hopefully the subjects are better served by having their own threads.</span>
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Did you have a lock on the trailer hitch? Was it, stored outside? What day of the week was it stolen? Just curious on how I should keep mine safe.
I did have a lock on the hitch, but that didn't stop them. I kept it in my driveway by the garage outside. We do have an alley garage so it was partially hidden from view. Still, we have neihbors on either side of the alley and it was taken during the week in the daytime. It took a lot of guts! I think the safest bet would be to block it up and take the wheels off.
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Old 02-28-2008, 09:08 AM   #2
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SHAME ON THEM!!!! Sorry to hear about the theft. Being a new "egg" owner myself, I wondered what precautions I should take. The amount of curiosity that arose just having my 1977 13' Scamp parked in the driveway for 3 days was AMAZING. Several inquires to purchase AND 2 notes left on the door when I was not home. I will be much more careful in the future. Even though I am in Appleton, Wisconsin, I will keep my eyes peeled.
I am sorry to hear about the theft as well, should get the hitch lock back on there. It is the only item in my yard that someone has left a note looking to purchase (wish they had done that with the old cars I had). Currently, mine is chained to the snowblower (or other way around), guess if someone wanted either one, they would then have a bonus of the other
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Old 02-28-2008, 09:42 AM   #3
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I hope you are able to locate it. I've been wondering the best way to secure mine as well. Blocking it and pulling the wheels isn't an option as its always camping season here. After reading this thread I decided to buy THIS today. I'll be a bit more relaxed while I am away from home now since mine is in the sideyard and easily accessable.
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Old 02-28-2008, 09:49 AM   #4
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I was wondering if a person could put those car wheel locks on. Maybe one on each wheel. And a hitch lock, and chain it to something. I hate thieves.
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Old 02-28-2008, 09:59 AM   #5
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I was wondering if a person could put those car wheel locks on. Maybe one on each wheel. And a hitch lock, and chain it to something. I hate thieves.
I know someone that owns a Denver Boot (I think thats what you are talking about) They swear by it. Problem is that they sell for hundreds of dollars. My father recommended setting a metal post in the ground with a ball on top then hitching to it with a lock. I think that anything that will slow them down would help. I'm going to use the hitch lock I mentioned in my last post as well as the post lock that goes through the latch. If they get through that and are still able to haul it away...I figure they have earned it.
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:33 AM   #6
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I do three things to help secure my trailer. I put a hitch lock in the receiver, remove the safety chains, and padlock a chain around the axle and through one wheel. Of course, a determined thief can overcome all this but it would take time. I think the ultimate would be to chain the frame to a ground anchor but I've not taken that step yet.

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Old 02-28-2008, 11:47 AM   #7
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I do three things to help secure my trailer. I put a hitch lock in the receiver, remove the safety chains, and padlock a chain around the axle and through one wheel. Of course, a determined thief can overcome all this but it would take time. I think the ultimate would be to chain the frame to a ground anchor but I've not taken that step yet.

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I have a bar that goes onto the lug nut and wraps around behind the wheel with a supposedly hard to cut lock. I bought it thru cabelas and a simple master lock through the hitch coupler. i hope that is enough to at least trhem down for a bit. if they really want my trailer they will most likely find a way to get it.
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Old 02-28-2008, 02:47 PM   #8
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Out goose-neck hitch Scamp 5th wheel setup is unusual enough that I barely even worry about someone having the right hitch to hook up to our trailer, let alone steal it, but our plans do include getting a smaller trailer someday.

When we do get our small trailer I'll buy a car-alarm tilt/motion sensor and descretely wire it in to the brakes with its own, independent battery supply and a concealed on/off switch. When turned on the brakes will lock before the trailer even moves. The system banks on the crook not being smart enough to recognize that the electric brakes are locking the axle and not some other problem, but I suppose I could add in a car alarm siren that would draw unwanted attention to the theif's activities. Total cost . . . probably $50-$75.
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Old 02-28-2008, 02:55 PM   #9
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I think the ultimate would be to chain the frame to a ground anchor but I've not taken that step yet.
That's what I would do first if parked beside home. Get a big trailer anchor from home despot and one of those monster motorcycle cables with a serious, warranted lock. Screw the anchor into the ground (angled away from road) and lock the frame to the anchor. Take photo for warranty.

The problem with any kind of coupler lock is that all they have to do is use your safety chains to attach it to their hitch and drive away.

Alternative is a steel pipe or piece of rebar with hole at each end for padlock. Slip through wheels and lock. Portable.
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Old 02-28-2008, 03:29 PM   #10
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If they used my safety chains they might get a real surprise.
I really should replace them this year. Note to self, replace chains or cables.
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Old 02-28-2008, 04:38 PM   #11
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I use heavy chain and lock the wheels to the axle brackets on the frame.
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Old 02-28-2008, 04:41 PM   #12
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i'm planning to design some kind of theft deterrent wheel-locking device into my frame/axle...
i might even think of making some kind of remote GPS tracking chip/device that would be wired into the solar panel, so that i could locate it if it was stolen...
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Old 02-29-2008, 08:33 AM   #13
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<span style="font-size:10pt;line-height:100%"><span style="color:#800080">Find the topic from which this was split here: Stolen 1981 13' Casita.</span></span>
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Old 02-29-2008, 11:14 AM   #14
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A lock will only slow them down. (All locks can be picked or cut very easy)
A alarm is much better at getting them to leave. Something like a tilt alarm.
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