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Old 04-10-2012, 03:28 PM   #1
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Do you lock your coupler when you leave your trailer?

I'm curious how many of you feel a need to lock the coupler on your trailer when you are away from your camper. It seems like it would be pretty brazen to just hook up and take off with a camper, but people have been stealing copper from live wires around here, so apparently nothing is off limits.
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Old 04-10-2012, 03:33 PM   #2
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Yes mine is locked even at home or on the road, for the two seconds it takes to lock. Looking at what construction sites lose a trailer seems easier.

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Old 04-10-2012, 03:53 PM   #3
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We lock ours while driving and when parked.
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:00 PM   #4
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The better question would be: Why don't you lock your Coupler?

And just like Norm and Ginny, we lock ours all the time.

A couple of years ago it was reported that people were finding that someone had tampered with the coupler while the owners were on the road and away from their vehicle.

Be Safe, Not Sorry.
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:01 PM   #5
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yupper's! I am not gonna make it easy for someone to just take the trailer. Even at home stored in the barn, it's locked! This is like mine, but a heck of a lot cheaper than what I paid. Found this example on Amazon.
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:07 PM   #6
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If you are not morally opposed to shopping WalMart, they sell a simple brass hitch lock. About $8.00.
I have mine locked all the time.
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:08 PM   #7
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You really should have a crosspin in the latch anyway so how hard is it to use a crosspin with a lock. However I don't use the big ball and bail shown above; I think that casting is about as easy to break with a BFH as my little tinpot lock would be to cut with a bolt cutter. Guess you could jack it on bottle jacks and store at least one tire and rim inside but then some Peckerwood or Peckerwood Jr. would knock it off the jacks onto the hubs. I actually worry more about chock removal on pads that have some incline, say downhill to a lake!! Trees make good backup stoppers I suppose. And I worry about the same thing at home on my inclined driveway. So far I haven't put anchor blocks iin the ground but I've thought about it.

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Old 04-10-2012, 04:11 PM   #8
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yupper's! I am not gonna make it easy for someone to just take the trailer. Even at home stored in the barn, it's locked! This is like mine, but a heck of a lot cheaper than what I paid. Found this example on Amazon.
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?
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:16 PM   #9
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Always, even at home. Also the two utility trailers that are there, actually they are probably more likely to be stolen.
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:20 PM   #10
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U bet . If thay want it ther going to have to work for it
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:24 PM   #11
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Lil, ChinaMart has an el-shaped x-pin which is locked with a small weather-sealed cylinder lock which engages grooves in the pin and they have a simple steel x-pin with a wire bail which prevents it from sliding out of the latch. I have both but only use the locking crosspin now. Eastern Marine has the pin with the bail. I am at peace with those who use the Reese boat anchor; if it's as sturdy as it is heavy, it may be OK but I'll bet the all-brass version mentioned above is tougher. Locks remove temptation for honest men and slow down the rest.

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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?
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:01 PM   #13
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Yes. I use the kind Robin pictured. Why provide temptation?

Tom, not positive but I think that over-the-top kind will still work with yours. The bar doesn't have to go over the hand nut; it might be long enough to go behind. If you find one you can borrow to try on, that would be best.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:02 PM   #14
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Tom, I have the lock that Robin G shows above, got it from Uhaul when I ordered some hats & mugs, price was about $25. I thought by now you would have designed a locking device we can use while towing, been thinking about it myself. Maybe something to fit over the knob that we can lock down. Or maybe we don't need one. All my other trailers have the flip down latch, and I put a padlock through them, more as a safety thing than anti-theft. Bob
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