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Old 04-24-2011, 07:56 AM   #29
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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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Amazon.com: Brinks 3020-057-2 Trailer Wheel Lock, J-Lock Style: Automotive
Even if you had cutouts in your wheels, you don't have leaf springs for the J part of the lock to hook around like shown in the picture.
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Old 04-24-2011, 10:54 AM   #30
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I guess you could go to a big city with parking cops and try to swipe a car tire boot.
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Old 04-24-2011, 10:57 AM   #31
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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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I was very surprised when I found out, (not too long ago), that cable is more difficult to cut than chain. Something about the fibers smashing and not cutting cleanly like with solid chain.
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Old 04-24-2011, 12:14 PM   #32
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Even if you had cutouts in your wheels, you don't have leaf springs for the J part of the lock to hook around like shown in the picture.
That's a double "DUH!" for me...


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Old 04-24-2011, 02:19 PM   #33
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Here is a link to a site that sells pretty much any lock you may wish to use.

etrailer.com - coupler locks

If you go to the bottom of the page you'll find video/reviews of various coupler locks, including Frederick's Master Lock and the Gorilla lock.

This is turning out to be a super informative thread.
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Old 04-24-2011, 02:28 PM   #34
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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!
Too bad about the trees, though.................Attachment 35317
I love Kimchi.

And since it looks like there is room for 2 whole campers, I'll join you next time I'm in that area.
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:18 PM   #35
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If only a coupler lock is used, a thief can easily tow it away to a secluded spot using the safety chains, where they then cut off the coupler lock. Multiple locks are best.
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:32 PM   #36
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When rebuilding my frame, I added these 1/2 links of chain welded to the frame in front and behind each wheel. I can easily run a cable or chain through the wheel rim and padlock to these frame anchor points. It will only require a short piece of chain or cable (minimal weight) and a padlock on each side. I will also use a coupler lock, and if I get real paranoid, lock it to a tree or other immovable object.
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:44 PM   #37
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I wonder just how many trailers are stolen each year?
I wonder the same thing-
Didn't Lizbeth have a Boler stolen?
I think she mentioned it in another thread, but no details given...
If it's still out there, we should all be keeping our eyes peeled

Lizbeth? You out there?

Do we need to put out an APB?

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Old 04-24-2011, 09:48 PM   #38
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I wonder the same thing-
Didn't Lizbeth have a Boler stolen?
I think she mentioned it in another thread, but no details given...
If it's still out there, we should all be keeping our eyes peeled

Lizbeth? You out there?

Do we need to put out an APB?

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I think that Lizbeth bought a Boler that was stolen.
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Old 04-24-2011, 09:53 PM   #39
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I wonder the same thing-
Didn't Lizbeth have a Boler stolen?
I think she mentioned it in another thread, but no details given...
If it's still out there, we should all be keeping our eyes peeled

Lizbeth? You out there?

Do we need to put out an APB?

Francesca
The question is: how many 20 year old Fiberglass trailers are stolen each year?

I have to laugh in that I started a thread on how to protect a $ 290 portable surge protector from thieves. Many responders stated that they are not concerned about having their Surge Protectors stolen in camp grounds.
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Old 04-24-2011, 10:12 PM   #40
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I live in a college town, and not far from campus, so I run a cable/lock from the frame to an anchored ring into the cement.... that should deter most drunk college kids who think it'd be fun to walk it down the street. The gorilla lock on the coupler is my next defense, and then lastly - neighbors who think it's a cool trailer! Hopefully all of that helps if it starts out the driveway via somebody else. (in fact, last night I was moving it around by hand do make way for some work I was doing - 2 lights went on and the neighbors made sure it was me! I appreciated it.)
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I think that Lizbeth bought a Boler that was stolen.
..............
??????????????????
How did THAT happen???
I'm more curious than ever ...
What was the outcome?
Did the seller get arrested?
Did Lizbeth have to return the trailer?
Did she lose her money?
Did the "stolen" part turn up in the title search???

If this isn't a cautionary tale for the ages, what is?

Lizbeth!
Enlighten us!
Please!

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Old 04-25-2011, 11:06 AM   #42
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Before the hack here there was a long thread about saga but it was in the section that disappeared forever. I have saved a thread about it from another board and I will copy it here as I am too lazy right now to type the whole thing out, it's also the board where I met Frederick.

From 2004;
"From: MSN Nicknameflygirl4x4 (Original Message) Sent: 3/21/2004 3:10 PM
I have a new project trailer but have hit a major snag with registering it. Here is the story, it falls under a "buy it now and ask question later" saga.

I've been researching and wanting a small fiberglass "egg" for year or so. Due to money issues I knew it would probably not happen soon. Plus living in So Cal these trailers are few and far between, making the chance of finding a cheap fixer upper very remote.

So I've joined some fiberglass rv boards, lurking and occasionally posting questions in hope of learning all that I can about them. I tend to research thing that catch my interest to death. In a post on one of the boards a man ( Bob) mentioned finding a very beat up Boler but passing it up because he feared registering it would be a nightmare (smart man) and plus he had already purchased another trailer. I knew Bob lived in So Cal so I contacted Bob to find out some info on the trailer. He had a phone # that turned out to be a motel and he didn't have a exact address but remembered how to get to the house where the trailer was located.

So off my husband and I went to see if we could find the trailer. The young couple that owned it were staying at this house (in a very bad area) with some friends before they moved to Ohio. I only talked to the young woman and her story was that the Boler had been given to her boyfriend as debt repayment from a friend of theirs a couple of years ago and that that friend had inherited it from his grandmother. The title had been lost but she had a bill of sale from their friend but had never registered it or changed the title to their name. I was not too alarmed as we have bought trailers and cars that had lost titles before.

The poor little Boler was in very bad shape. All the windows but the front are broken (the little kids that lived at the house had thrown rocks at it), it has spray paint on it, no cushions, fridge is broken, all the lights in and out need replacing, water tank is broken, wiring is a mess, no propane tanks, and it's dirty and smelly. Just what I could afford hehe. So we came to an agreement about a price. She wrote us a "bill of sale", was very nice about helping us get it out of the back yard and hooking it up. Then we drug it home.




I went to register it and it was still on the DMV rolls tho it should have rolled off a few years ago (my bad luck). It's registered to an INSURANCE COMPANY! ack!
So I sent off a registered letter with hope beyond hope that it would get returned unopened. Nope...the company called me and wondered what the heck was up and I explained the situation to them. She told me that it might be a stolen trailer that was never recovered, and that it would take them 24-48 hrs to research it...that was 12 days ago today. I called last Wednesday and they had no info yet and "that they would call me when they found something".

So I have a trailer that may not ever belong to me sitting in my driveway. I can not contact the people that I bought it from because they have left for Ohio (plus I believe she was telling me the truth as she knew it). In retrospect I should have made her go the the DMV with me to check the title. Hindsight is 20/20. Besides the possibility of loosing money that I can ill afford to loose I've fallen in love with it and so badly want to start working on it."


The rest of the story;
It took the ins. co. many months to determine that they no longer had the paperwork on the theft that appeared to have happened 10 years before. They sent an adjuster to see the trailer. He determined it had no value and it would cost more for the ins co to deal with than it was worth. At that point the ins co signed it over to me and the rest is history. So in the end my Boler has a great story.
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