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Old 04-10-2012, 05:12 PM   #15
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........ I thought by now you would have designed a locking device we can use while towing, been thinking about it myself. .....Bob
I guess I could weld on an upright bracket next to the coupler screw handle and put a long shank padlock between that bracket and the handle. That would work parked or hitched.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:20 PM   #16
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I have the Reese Coupler Lock on my Scamp sitting in my side yard. I keep it locked all the time when it's not hooked up to the minivan. I'd hate to lose my little baby.

I don't have a locking mechanism when I'm towing tho. What's available/preferred for that situation?
Both Master Lock & Dead Bolt are two names I'm sure there are others.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:22 PM   #17
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Lock your chains also. All they have to do is wrap the chains around their ball hitch and off the go.All they have to do is drive 1 block away then work on all the locks.
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:23 PM   #18
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Thomas, I agree with Mike, I think it would work.




I do lock my coupler under tow as well. just a small lock so it won't flip up and jump off the ball.
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:43 PM   #19
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But what about the hitch? Without a lock on the hitch, all they have to do is pull the cotter pin and pull out the hitch pin to take the trailer.
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:53 PM   #20
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Wow! Thanks for all the replies thus far.

I have a UHaul, which uses a screw type coupler as opposed to the over center type. Any recommendations for the best lock for this type of coupler?
Look at the square knob on coupler... there may be a hole in one corner in which to attach an ordinary padlock which is intended to prevent unscrewing it.
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Look at the square knob on coupler... there may be a hole in one corner in which to attach an ordinary padlock which is intended to prevent unscrewing it.
Made me look.

There is no hole, but there easily could be. I could run a padlock between a hole in the coupler and the safety chain.
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But what about the hitch? Without a lock on the hitch, all they have to do is pull the cotter pin and pull out the hitch pin to take the trailer.


Well isn't most of the hitch attached to the vehicle? Are you talking about the ball part of the hitch?

This is kinda what I have, works well! Not same brand but same design.
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I also lock mine when it's not in the garage, even while on the SUV. If I can move it around by hand, I figure anyone else could take it off, move it to their vehicle and steal it without to much work.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:48 PM   #24
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Tom, I too used the above pictured lock on my UHaul before i sold it. it worked just fine for once I was un-hitched, but I didn't have a solution to lock it in place while on the hitch. now i have the latch like Bob which I like for insurance (to keep that latch down while in transit). hopefully you can figure out a fix for that.

for the record, i have the tongue lock, the latch lock, and then a 20' cable with master padlock that i have run around the axle and under a buried fence post whenever i back the Play Pac into its portable garage in the back. the cable stays at home but the others are always in use when we are out and about. a little paranoid perhaps - but i REALLY like our little old Play Pac! As mentioned above, a determined person will get whatever they want, but i sure as heck wont make it easy!
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:56 PM   #25
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I lock at home and on the road. It is worth the extra 20 seconds to me.
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Yes,
We use that Reese ball lock thing. Maybe it wouldn't slow down a determined thief too much, but it gives me some peace of mind when I leave the little precious alone.
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Masterlock makes a 5/8" lockable pin for the drawbar or "stinger" which is a bigger version of the lockable crosspin for the coupler latch.

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Always locked, both when towing and when parked in the carport. I also lock the ball into the receiver. My utility trailer, when not behind locked gates, I lock the safety chains around around a post in the carport.
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