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Old 04-23-2011, 06:02 PM   #15
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The idea is to make stealing just hard enough so that would be thieves would go onto the next trailer.

I think that a really good lock for your tongue hitch would help a lot. Gorilla locks have a great reputation.

I also think that an older trailer would be overlooked by thieves.

To tell you the truth my concern is someone breaking into the trailer and stealing audio, TVs, cameras and other valuables. So, I really don't plan to have the most up-to-date entertainment system.

Not much else other than a motion alarm system.

Please update with any findings your research unearths.

Good luck!

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Old 04-23-2011, 06:17 PM   #16
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Anybody ever try one of these?
It looks pretty simple and not too bulky to stow...
EDIT UPDATE... 5 minutes after I posted this...
I went outside and looked at my trailer... this lock would be pretty simple, all right ... IF I HAD CUTOUTS IN MY WHEELS...



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Old 04-23-2011, 06:33 PM   #17
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Master Lock makes a cable with the lock built in at the end and you can slide it in the lock and cinch the lock as tight as you want then lock it...... I put this thru the spoke of the wheel and then around a frame section and pull tight and lock it...... not perfect but it will slow em down as cable is tougher to break than chain as that cable is pretty thick...
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Old 04-23-2011, 06:36 PM   #18
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The original owner of our trailer modified the tongue so that we can remove the coupler by pulling a pin. The coupler can then be locked up.
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Old 04-23-2011, 06:41 PM   #19
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Anybody ever try one of these?
It looks pretty simple and not too bulky to stow...
EDIT UPDATE... 5 minutes after I posted this...
I went outside and looked at my trailer... this lock would be pretty simple, all right ... IF I HAD CUTOUTS IN MY WHEELS...



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Exactly, you have to have some kind of cutout even to just use a chain. I too have solid wheels.
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Old 04-23-2011, 08:09 PM   #20
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My Son the Comedian suggested that I simply take along a gallon jar of my favorite condiment: KIMCHI
He says the smell alone will quickly deter any would-be thieves, if not kill them outright.

I'm grateful, as I'm sure my potential camping neighbors will be, for all of your less-lethal suggestions...

...........
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The Kimchi may also reduce the number of people requesting tours of your trailer, which may be good or bad depending...
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Old 04-23-2011, 08:40 PM   #21
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O.K. this one will probably lead to a lot of comment but it is extremely affordable and as effective as any anti theft device. It is what I do if in an area that concerns me (customarily I just avoid such areas) but if unavoidable here is what I do. Block the trailer appropriately, remove the spare and one tire and take them with you in your vehicle. I know, it is a lot of trouble but it is effective and cheap (I know a little labor intensive, but actually only takes a few minutes) Lee
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Old 04-23-2011, 08:50 PM   #22
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I wonder just how many trailers are stolen each year?
How many from homes?
How many from campgrounds?

Mine is pretty easy to prevent, I simply can park a car in front of it when at home.
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Old 04-23-2011, 09:36 PM   #23
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... Ah thank them's fightin' words, pardner...
No kidding. Although i am thankful he thinks so... Otherwise i may be without the boler... And i loves it so much!
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Old 04-23-2011, 10:33 PM   #24
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A couple of thoughts ... yes, if they want it bad enough they will get it. as already said, the key is to make your's less appealing/too much work to a would-be thief.
you can remove the tongue but if they have a flat-bed tow-truck style rig, then its just a few minutes more. i am still looking at tire boots - not the city commercial types - but a more affordable version. they sell around $80-100 on eBay.
great idea from a buddy who had a nice trailer in LA: he took a cardboard cylinder (the kind you use to pour concrete into to make piers for a deck) just big enough in diameter to stick your arm in, buried it almost 2 feet, but first - below that, he poured a lot of concrete mix and set up a huge eye bolt in it. he would run a steel cable all throughout the tires, axle, frame - wherever - then run both looped ends down to the eye bolt and lock with a huge master lock. why? you certainly couldn't cut the cable with bolt cutters and the tube was too deep to access the lock with the bolt cutters. pretty interesting solution.
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Exactly, you have to have some kind of cutout even to just use a chain. I too have solid wheels.
I have 2 locks for the coupler,
2 locks for the door,
and 2 sets of locking chocks for the wheels (I also have solid wheels) that work with double axles.
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:44 PM   #26
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I have 2 locks for the coupler,
2 locks for the door,
and 2 sets of locking chocks for the wheels (I also have solid wheels) that work with double axles.
I also have locking chocks for my tandem trailer.
But I'm not sure they would work on single wheels.

I just replaced my coupler with the model you have.
What is the make/model of your silver coupler lock?
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What is the make/model of your silver coupler lock?
Master-Lock/377DAT
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The Kimchi may also reduce the number of people requesting tours of your trailer, which may be good or bad depending...
This campground was once a lovely oasis with a lush green forest........many campers frolicked in the verdant surroundings.............then one day a mysterious stranger arrived with a gallon jar of kimchi.............she opened the door to her trailer and............................. ... Now she has the campground all to herself!
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