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Old 07-31-2007, 04:47 PM   #1
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First of all, I know securing our trailers has been discussed and I did read the other threads, but I would love a bit of advice about a temporary security measure.

I don't want to spend a whole lot on a locking device that may only be needed for a few months. I am hoping to get a garage built by winter with a 9' high door to store the trailer inside, then I'll just lock the hitch as an additional measure.

For now I'm not comfortable just putting a hitch lock onto a lightweight trailer stored outside. I think it would take two guys only about 10 seconds to lift it onto a bumper and drive off if they really wanted to, lock or not. So, I am looking for another option to use instead of/in addition to a hitch locking device for a minimal cost in the interim.

What about locking the wheels to the frame with chain/cable to immobilize (in addition to a padlock on the hitch)? Seems like an easy way to lock up and I read that some members are doing this. Could a thief not cut the chain/cable with a wire cutter?
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Old 07-31-2007, 07:01 PM   #2
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http://www.nrgsystems.com/store/files/2053_specs.pdf

I've heard stories of hitch locks that were defeated in just about 30 seconds... They're worth next to nothing, if you want to protect a valuable trailer. Dont take any chances.

I prefer to use use an anchor that can be screwed in the ground, using a 8 foot 2x4. This anchor has a 2 1/4 X 4 1/4 square hole, instead of a round one, like the one pictured in the above link. And this anchor does not damage anything, when removed. It takes about 20 minutes to install , but I can assure you that only a very motivated thief, could steal your trailer. You can buy these square anchors at a good hardware store. They cost about $20 - $25.00 + the cost of a good galvanized chain and a sturdy stainless steel padlock. Keep the chain as short as you can, preferably wrapped over the rear bumper.

I have put a lot of TLC + $$$ in my trailer, so, thieves wont be able to get away with my trailer, easily.

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Old 07-31-2007, 07:55 PM   #3
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Would Putting it up on blocks and take the wheels off of it be secure enough????
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Old 07-31-2007, 08:02 PM   #4
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Would Putting it up on blocks and take the wheels off of it be secure enough????
My thoughts too, only I was thinking perhaps removing the spare and one wheel/tire...
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Old 07-31-2007, 08:58 PM   #5
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Removing the wheels would be a good deterrent! ...but not something I really want to do (but may consider if I don't have another option)

Yves - your concept makes sense to me, but I would worry about a thief with bolt cutters, wouldn't they be able to get through the chain?
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Old 07-31-2007, 09:04 PM   #6
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As Lainey has been to my home,she may have noticed i keep a vehical in front of my trailer.This is ok if you have a spare vehicle which is not in use.Thats how i do it.
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Old 07-31-2007, 09:15 PM   #7
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Yes, keeping a vehicle parked in front makes it darn near impossible to get the trill doesn't it? BTW Ches, I am impressed with how shiny it really is in person!

This is my trailer parking spot,
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(okay, it did take a little while... but what with my neighbour's truck and the fence on the other side of the alley, not bad in the end)
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Old 07-31-2007, 09:28 PM   #8
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[quote]Yes, keeping a vehicle parked in front makes it darn near impossible to get the trill doesn't it? BTW Ches, I am impressed with how shiny it really is in person!

This is my trailer parking spot,
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That backing up job looks good to me.
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Old 07-31-2007, 10:22 PM   #9
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If they want it, they'll get it no matter what you do. The only real defense you have is to increase the amount of time it will take them to abscond with your rig.

Pulling the tires, while a pain, is likely the best bet for the money. If you use the trailer frequently, you may want to come up with something different. If it gets used maybe twice a summer, then pulling the rubber would also allow you to store them out of the sun to increase longevity.

Whatever you do, make sure it's obvious. Having a hood leave your trailer behind because a HUGE chain ripped off the axle will still leave you with your trailer, but also a big repair.
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Old 08-01-2007, 12:43 AM   #10
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yup,x2 on the removal of the tires.Or a couple of 100lbs.+ Rottis might also work its worked pretty good for me so far
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Old 08-01-2007, 07:43 AM   #11
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A thick cable with built in lock is much harder to cut than chain with bolt cutters......... while anything is possible if in a bad area i cable thru the tires around the axle and to a tree if possible (if no tree then alot of bicycles or something similar to make noise if they decide to drag it away) I use a good hitch lock w/ ball inside and then crank the trailer up high so that it is too high to pick-up and drag away and use the safety chains locked around the crank handle... I don't do this at home but had it in storage once in a very bad neighborhood.
This system is not foolproof but it will really slow them down
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Old 08-01-2007, 08:45 AM   #12
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Auger a 4+ foot deep hole behind or beside the trailer by the fence, insert some 6 inch thick iron pipe, fill hole and pipe with cement. Paint pipe yellow. Wrap 5/8" grade-8 chain around the base of the pipe and axle of the trailer so short they can't lift the chain over the top of the pipe without lifting the whole trailer up. Get a good padlock..

You just need to make the trailer down the street look easier to get but you also want the pipe to be readily obvious so no one just hooks up and starts to drive away, ripping the axle from underneath the trailer leaving you with an expensive repair.
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Old 08-01-2007, 03:49 PM   #13
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I think I know how you feel. Have you thought about something like the tire boot? There are several of them out there.

Here's just one example. Trying googling for Tire boot or trailer tire lock. Three qre quite a few out there and prices all over the board.

NOTE: The link I gave has very expensive ones for larger applications. I did rumble around and found one for $180, I think. Finding different brands, etc, would probably result in some better prices.
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