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Old 10-07-2007, 09:05 AM   #15
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I do a lot of disperse camping and am away from my rig for hours at a time, hiking or mountain biking. I run two heavy motorcycle-type cable locks through my trailer rims and around the axle. It might help. It will at least slow them down.

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Old 10-07-2007, 11:05 AM   #16
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Old 10-07-2007, 12:37 PM   #17
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So, Frederick, with those locks and chock, what's your answer to the original question:
do you think your trailer would be difficult for someone else to tow, without special preparation?
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Old 10-07-2007, 10:34 PM   #18
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So, Frederick, with those locks and chock, do you think your trailer would be difficult for someone else to tow, without special preparation?
I'm hoping it would make someone look for an easier mark elsewhere. Not actually difficult, but a little time consuming.
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Old 10-11-2007, 12:50 PM   #19
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I think the more popular these lightweight trailer get the more we will see them stolen. In my restoration I made my coupler removable. I guess a thief could use the safety chains to hook it up no matter what we do to the coupler. All we can do is deter or slow down a would be thief if he really wants to steal it, he'll find a way to do it.
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Old 10-11-2007, 03:24 PM   #20
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I'm assuming that most of these precautions are being done when it is in storage or parked at home. I'm in the garage group, so not needing these things so much there. What about when you're in the RV Park or campsite? Do you use these devices there as well?
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Old 10-11-2007, 03:54 PM   #21
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If we were away from our Boler while it was in a campsite, a thief would have no problem hooking it up to tow it away, assuming that they were willing to retract stabilizers and disconnect services. That would seem quite blatant to any neighboring campers who might be paying any attention.

If I remembered to lock the coupler, the thief would need to use a narrow stud rather than a ball, or cut off the padlock... otherwise the hookup would not be difficult.
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Old 10-11-2007, 07:04 PM   #22
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Someone who did repos posted in one of the forums that he could repo any trailer, with any locks, as long as it had wheels.

I'm thinking, since my Casita has an electric jack, that I could install a hidden cutoff switch which would require a thief to have the manual crank with them, which is unlikely.

Then there is the tilt switch and siren idea.
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Patrick, I like your cutoff switch idea!!! No to my electronic genius neighbor for some help(being electrically and elotronically challenged)...maybe a key setup...hmmmm. Great idea! Chuck
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Old 10-11-2007, 08:38 PM   #24
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I still believe that a piece of chain or motorcycle cable between the wheels, perhaps looped around the axle would work both at home and at camp, plus the chain/cable might be useful under other circumstances, like for towing. Of course, that won't work for Frederick right now, but maybe his next trailer will have holes in the wheels
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Old 10-11-2007, 10:40 PM   #25
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Hmmm. It occurs to me that a trailer with electric brakes could be made very hard to steal. An on/off switch connected to a car alarm motion sensor connected to the brakes would lock the brakes anytime the trailer was moved.

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Old 10-12-2007, 04:32 AM   #26
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I assume that a Lo-Jack could be installed. Anyone know or have one?

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Old 10-12-2007, 08:46 AM   #27
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In the early eighties I had an automobile franchise. One of my services was to have towing capability. One of the nifty things about a tow truck is that they can move about anything. We had a wheel dolly that went the full width of the vehicle being towed that allowed it to roll no matter what the tire condition was.
I think again a resourceful thief could do anything if he wanted to go to the trouble. I think just being cautious and prudent mixed with a lot of luck will work, after all life happens. lol
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Old 10-12-2007, 09:30 AM   #28
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I have three devices which reduce the ability for theft:

1) electric tongue jack with switch inside a locked compartment
2) have a lock (u-bolt type) on the tongue
3) have Rotochoks tandem wheel locks. See http://www.rotochok.com

I also have insurance if all else fails.

I can't have someone take my new trailer without me having a chance to use it myself
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