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Old 04-25-2011, 12:56 PM   #43
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..............If this isn't a cautionary tale for the ages, what is?

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Lizbeth,

WHEW!

Ten years later, and still in the system......

That story belongs at the Top of the For Sale Forum with a pushpin in it

Glad it turned out all right for you!

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Old 04-26-2011, 01:19 PM   #44
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I wonder just how many trailers are stolen each year?
How many from homes?
How many from campgrounds?
Update to this question and this thread:

I did a Google search (keyword:"stolen") of the FGRV site and posted some of the results to another thread discussing the possibility of an "Amber Alert" type trailer recovery system based on US- the members of the forum.

New thread can be found at
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...tml#post246774

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Old 04-27-2011, 07:44 PM   #45
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The question is: how many 20 year old Fiberglass trailers are stolen each year?
Does it really matter if it's 1 or 1,000? If YOU are the 1.... it would be one too many To me, this is a case of statistics being meaningless. I HOPE to never be the ONE.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:02 PM   #46
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Does it really matter if it's 1 or 1,000? If YOU are the 1.... it would be one too many To me, this is a case of statistics being meaningless. I HOPE to never be the ONE.
Boy howdy, you said a mouthful that time, all right.
I spent the afternoon amusing myself by designing the scariest possible sticker for my trailer, though.
Hope tempered by a bit of prevention never hurts, as my G-ma was fond of saying...

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Old 04-27-2011, 08:10 PM   #47
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You used to be able to buy a fake alarm at auto parts stores, it came with a fake key hole and a fake sticker, it was kinda cool until everybody had the same fake alarm.
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Old 04-27-2011, 10:20 PM   #48
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You used to be able to buy a fake alarm at auto parts stores, it came with a fake key hole and a fake sticker, it was kinda cool until everybody had the same fake alarm.
That's just the trouble with the off-the-shelf "deterrence" stickers. Pretty soon everybody has one, and everybody knows they're fake.
The trick is to design a sticker that's REAL, or at least convinces the bad guys that it is.
Bad guys are born paranoid, and if you can play off that, you've got it made
I think my design is on that track...

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Old 04-27-2011, 11:02 PM   #49
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Hello, all!

I'd appreciate input from the group on what if any measures folks take to secure their trailers when parked, whether at home or (especially) while camping.
I mostly camp in undeveloped areas, and sometimes leave the trailer unattended; my husband thinks I'm a bit paranoid on the subject of potential thievery, especially since the trailer's insured.
Like THAT would replace-in-kind a trailer made 40 years ago!

What think you all?

Thanks!

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Francesca:

We are using this Coupler Lock:

Amazon.com: Reese Towpower 72783 Universal Coupler Lock: Automotive

We also use this Latch Lock:

Amazon.com: Master Lock 2847DAT Stainless Steel Adjustable Coupler Latch Lock: Automotive

These are relatively inexpensive and should discourage all but the most determined thief.

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Old 04-28-2011, 10:51 AM   #50
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Walk around your camper and think like a criminal. How could you steal it? Then minimize or eliminate those possibilities. In the event it is stolen, have serial number in additional hidden locations in/on trailer; photos and info in TV for police, write down any unique aspects of your camper that would identify it as well. Hey, why not add a few things that do this -- decals, paint, mods? Thieves are also less likely to take when so easily spotted. When I had some welding done on my cargo trailer I had my initials welded into the tongue. Even if the raised letters are ground off a "shadow" would remain.
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Old 04-28-2011, 11:30 AM   #51
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Walk around your camper and think like a criminal. How could you steal it? Then minimize or eliminate those possibilities. In the event it is stolen, have serial number in additional hidden locations in/on trailer; photos and info in TV for police, write down any unique aspects of your camper that would identify it as well. Hey, why not add a few things that do this -- decals, paint, mods? Thieves are also less likely to take when so easily spotted. When I had some welding done on my cargo trailer I had my initials welded into the tongue. Even if the raised letters are ground off a "shadow" would remain.
I'm gonna do ALL that!
Here's the 7x7 decal I just ordered:Click image for larger version

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The colors are a lot brighter in the original......And every word is TRUE!

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Cool that's cheaper than two Rottweilers. lol
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:13 PM   #53
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We use a locking hitch coupler as described by an earlier poster, that fits a ball up into the couple and a steel bar over it. We also have a trailer boot that locks one wheel. Both are painted bright yellow. I rarely use the trailer boot, but have used it occasionally.

That said, the yellow paint for easy identification is our main safety feature. If a person really wanted to steal the trailer, they could tow it by chains instead of the hitch coupler, and put wheels under it like tow trucks do, without a lot of trouble. Our deterrents are mainly to encourage casual thieves to spare us their attention.
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:14 PM   #54
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All good ideas, unless your local thief owns a rollback.
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:40 PM   #55
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All good ideas, unless your local thief owns a rollback.
A what?
Isn't that something Wal-Mart does to its prices?

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I have 2 of these:

Amazon.com: The Wheel Club Immobilizer: Automotive

They may not be much but someone would need to make some noise getting them off,I even make noise putting them on!

They also prevent the trailer from rolling like onto a rollback for relocation.

I also use the 2 coupler locks and I have a very thick long cable I loop around the axle on one end and an immovable object on the other if I can find one.

It would take a determined thief to get mine moving and though my neighbors may appreciate his sentiment they would intervene as I would for them.


Oh and Darnelle,you are welcome,I still have not put a deadbolt on the Casita.


These little Smiley things just crack me up too!!!
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