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Old 08-07-2013, 06:37 AM   #15
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If you decide to pull a wheel/tire off... don't forget to remove the spare too! If you buy a wheel boot, make sure it covers the lug nuts too. Even one lug nut.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:01 AM   #16
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I just read where one member painted an ID number on the top of his trailer.
It can be spotted from the air in the event of theft. Unbeno'nced to the apprehender.
Some trucking companies do this with their trailers. I worked at one place where we did it with large decals, after the fuel company next door had a tanker stolen. They hired a private pilot to search for it.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:16 AM   #17
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Most of the above mentioned locking ideas will usually discourage 95% of the thieves. But if someone really wants your FGRV they will figure out a way to get it.

I think that the most dangerous place to park is in an open air RV storage lot. Thieves have all the time in the world to prepare for the theft as, in many cases, would be thieves first rent a small unit to give them free access to the entire lot so they can take their time casing and preparing for their haul.

My own Mustang Convert was stolen out of a locked garage in a large storage facility, albeit with the help of an employee that got to spend some time as a guest of the county as a result. They even went to the effort of replacing the lock on the roll-up door with one identical to the one they cut off.

But, not being that smart, they left the cut off lock laying on the floor in the empty garage, with the afore mentioned employee's finger prints all over it.....

As I was once told... locks only keep your friends out of your house.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:27 AM   #18
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Well, precautions are always in order, but there are a lot of other things to worry about. Sharknados come to mind.
Great visual! Finally... A sensible idea for a horror movie
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:19 PM   #19
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Hi Bill. I went through a bit of a scare a couple months ago, when folks were showing up at my door asking about buying my trailer when it would be parked in the driveway. One guy showed up twice, telling me he was my neighbor. (yea right)
Anyway because I live in a mixed use area (commercial/residential) I started to become concerned about the same thing.
I bought a Trimax hitch lock and a wheel lock.
UNIVERSAL UNATTENDED COUPLER LOCKS - Trimax
and the wheel coupler
WHEEL LOCKS - Trimax

They may be overkill, but when I leave the trailer and take off. I feel secure enough to leave it.

I also have a tablet that has Lookout Mobile on it, that I leave in my trailer. It's a free app, although the paid version gives you more features.
https://www.lookout.com/

Interested in other/better solutions myself!
Better get the one that covers the lugnuts, otherwise it's just a tire change.

I bought some coated, vey high carbon chain (can't touch it with a hacksaw or bolt cutters). I loop it around the axle (on torsion ones, springs on the regular axles) and through the wheels, then put a hitch lock on it. The bumper pull trailers get the chains wrapped around the to the and padlocked, so they can't be used to drag it off. I figure I've done what I could at that point.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:04 PM   #20
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The hitch lock looks good....but if someone really wanted it, couldn't they just chain it up and haul it off?

Wouldn't a wheel lock be a good addition if one is really concerned?:
Trimax Wheel Lock, Trimax Adjustable Wheel Lock, Trimax Wheel Locks

there was a thread a few month back where someone was getting weird notes inquiring about her trailer while she was gone, she decided, I believe, to pull off a wheel. Being a Uhaul, they had unique wheels and weren't easily replaced.
All precautions only keep out the "honest" people.
Thieves can get around anything we do if they want it bad enough.

Thieves are also mostly lazy. So are given cause to reconsider the
more trouble we put them through.

I like the way construction crews hoist their generations, etc. high in
the sky with a crane. But it's still not safe. But it would rid me of any
temptation I might have.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:16 PM   #21
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Like I told my neighbor if when he asked if I thought my trailer was theft proof…"No, but why would they mess with that when yours is 6' away on the other side of the fence, and ready to take?"

He still never did anything about his, either.
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:43 PM   #22
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Insurance will cover theft.
Insure for replacement value. Take pictures and videos of your set up.
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:01 PM   #23
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Insurance will cover theft.
Insure for replacement value. Take pictures and videos of your set up.
I highly suggest you ask them what replacement value is...

For mine, it's about $8500 under what it should be. As soon as it's completely finished, I'm getting it appraised and going that route.

Even at that, it still won't cover the labor to make another one back to what mine is.
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:34 PM   #24
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To recover full value for a stolen FGRV in the lower 48 province's you have to request a "Stated Replacement Value" policy and not all carriers will write them.

With that you are insured up to "Your" stated value for replacement, but only if you can find comps to show that is the true value. In other words, if you insure a $5k Scamp for $20k because of sentimental value or what ever, Ya gotta be able to prove that there are like condition and age rigs selling for that price and/or prove your additional work made yours that valuable. The latter is impossible to do without an acceptable appraisal from before the claim was made.

I have been down this road many times with Toyota motorhomes and at least 75% of U.S. Ins. companies want to limit total value to what's shown in either KBB or NADA price guides. In the case of older Toyota motorhomes that's usually about 1/4th actual value and that creates a real hassle when they want to total the vehicle following a minor scrape.

Bottom Line: Insurance is a good back-up but don't expect it to be a solution if your rig is stolen. Be proactive and protect it as best you can, that's actually cheaper insurance anyway.
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:13 AM   #25
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I like that Tri Max thing. Where the Egg will be resting is not within eyesight and that worries me. None of my neighbors have ever lost any trailers or boats. But I don't want to take that chance. Also, going to paint a number on the roof. Thanks for all the tips!
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:05 PM   #26
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I use coupler locks on my Escape combined with a good insurance policy, and do not worry much about it. If you are really concerned, you could invest in a GPS system that would let you track your stolen FGRV directly to wherever it is at. Maybe something like one from these guys: Free Tracking Systems

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Old 08-08-2013, 01:47 PM   #27
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The hitch lock looks good....but if someone really wanted it, couldn't they just chain it up and haul it off?

Wouldn't a wheel lock be a good addition if one is really concerned?:
Trimax Wheel Lock, Trimax Adjustable Wheel Lock, Trimax Wheel Locks

there was a thread a few month back where someone was getting weird notes inquiring about her trailer while she was gone, she decided, I believe, to pull off a wheel. Being a Uhaul, they had unique wheels and weren't easily replaced.
That's what happened to our 2,100 lb pop-up in AZ. I saw a flat-bed truck driving around the county a couple days before. You could see that they drug it down the dirt driveway in front of the house and then the tracks disappeared. We had a heavy duty coupler lock in place so thought we were safe. Now we have one of the wheel chock lock things. We never even heard them and neither did the dog. A lot of people get things repossessed there so I'm guessing the skill of coming in like that might be more prevalent.
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Old 08-08-2013, 03:32 PM   #28
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I use coupler locks on my Escape combined with a good insurance policy, and do not worry much about it. If you are really concerned, you could invest in a GPS system that would let you track your stolen FGRV directly to wherever it is at. Maybe something like one from these guys: Free Tracking Systems
I think that the Garmin unit I linked above is a better deal.
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