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Old 08-01-2007, 04:23 PM   #15
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Anything you can do to slow them down will help. Regarding locks, chains, and cables... use a heavy braided steel cable. They're almost impossible to cut with a bolt cutter. That makes the lock the weak point. Use one of the cylinder locks that has no exposed hasp, and it will cause them to have to torch the lock off or use some other extraordinary measure... they're not just going to knock it off or cut it. The odds of your trailer being stolen, though, are significantly less than the odds of your 4WD pickup being stolen. I have a Master hitch lock on my 25' Bigfoot, mostly for show. While there are trailer thefts occasionally, I wouldn't get too excited about the whole thing. The odds of it happening to you specifically are only slightly less than you being hit by lightning or winning the lottery. Both of those happen to someone. Just not to you. Usually.

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Old 08-01-2007, 07:13 PM   #16
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Here's what I would do, for max effect at min cost:

As suggested above, get a large, screw-into-the-ground anchor, like the kind used for mobile home anchors, in the biggest size you can find. Screw it into the ground near the front of the trailer, with the top angled away from the street. That will make it extremely difficult to pull out because the shaft will bend first.

Get a large motorcycle cable and lock, the kind that are quite resistant to cutting. The good ones come with a loss warranty, so take some photos of the finished installation just in case. A serious chain would also work and cost less, maybe...

Lock the cable through the A-frame right near the coupler, so the setup is obvious to the dumbest thief. That way they won't take off and rip the axle or bumper off. They can't unscrew the anchor with the cable through the eye on the shaft.

After you have the new egg crate built, you can reuse the anchor to hold Fido and convince your wife you need a motorcycle now that you have a cable to keep it safe
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Old 08-02-2007, 12:06 AM   #17
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Thanks everyone for the great suggestions. I may pursue Pete's idea with the large screw in anchor, my dog WILL be able to use that after the fact! The way I'm picturing what you've described Pete, this would only work if the trailer was parked for an extended time, but if I'm taking it in and out of the parking area the anchor would need to be removed each time?

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The odds of it happening to you specifically are only slightly less than you being hit by lightning or winning the lottery. Both of those happen to someone. Just not to you. Usually.
Too bad about the lottery part, you are right, it happens to someone, just not me!

Canadian tire has a Tire Lock for $89.99
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Old 08-02-2007, 11:24 AM   #18
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...I may pursue Pete's idea with the large screw in anchor, my dog WILL be able to use that after the fact! The way I'm picturing what you've described Pete, this would only work if the trailer was parked for an extended time, but if I'm taking it in and out of the parking area the anchor would need to be removed each time?
No, I assume that Pete means to screw in the anchor and leave it there permanently. It could be removed any time the cable is not attached to it, but it would be a lot of unnecessary work.

I left a low-profile anchor (for the dog) in my back yard for a couple of years and mowed right over it; the style you would want in this case would have just a steel loop showing above the ground, as shown in the spec sheet which Yves linked in his post. To move the trailer, you just unlock the cable, which can then be stored elsewhere leaving only the loop of the anchor showing. That loop is both the place you insert a bar to screw in it or out of the ground, and the place you run the cable through to lock the trailer.
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Old 08-02-2007, 01:27 PM   #19
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What Brian said!!
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Old 08-21-2007, 07:43 PM   #20
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Canadian tire has a Tire Lock for $89.99
Canadian Tire has it on sale for $76.49 this week and they have a printable coupon for $10 off anything over $40.

That brings it down to $66.49 plus you get funny money back! I should post this on Red Flag Deals
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