If the trailer IS taken by someone who wants it more than you do, at least theres a good chance that any law enforcement officer might pull this 'offender' over for inspection and, ......???
.....hhmmm No plates/no regi????
Well, I can tell you firsthand that won't work. My plate fell off just as we were leaving the state last summer. We travelled 9,000 miles, into Canada and back out again, even got pulled over in Texas (for speed zone....er...issue) and no one ever asked for my trailer registration
. All the Texas officer wanted to know was, "Did you go to all those places THIS trip?" referring to the U.S. sticker map on the back of the trailer....just above where the plate should have been.
My dad has a Masterlock Coupler lock
which he uses for the tongue, PLUS he uses a VERY heavy chain which he wraps around the wheel and locks to the tie-down on his trailer. Given a chance, he also locks the trailer to a fixed object with another chain and lock. It seems like overkill to me. On the other hand, he still has his trailer.
My trailer coupler (like this one
) either had a pre-drilled hole or the previous owner drilled a hole which allows for use of a standard hasp lock. I initially used the lock as insurance that the coupler would not bounce open, but found that I felt more secure about the trailer when we left it in camp if I locked the coupler closed. You could probably get one like this