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Old 08-08-2013, 04:38 PM   #29
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Something I've considered is re-purposing an old, WiFi-enabled Android cell phone for use as a GPS tracker.

By de-installing everything else on an older phone, installing a GPS tracker app and software that automatically connects to public WiFi hotspots (mine auto-connects to Starbucks, McDonalds, and many others), then placing a charger and the phone in a back corner, you can get periodic updates on your trailer when it gets close to a hotspot. Alternately, if you have a "friends and family" plan you could pop for the $10/month to add the tracker phone to your plan, and know exactly where your trailer is all the time.
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:18 PM   #30
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Garmin makes a tracker called GTU10 that can be wired to the trailer battery that will allow you to track it anywhere in the US. About $150 plus $1 a week for service.
The problem is the Garmin tracking software servers are down frequently. This was a great idea poorly implemented.

The best option, IMHO, is a cell phone hard wired to trailer power with a tracking service with your cell phone service. That's about $10 a month. Even that might need to be restarted from
Time to time.
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:00 AM   #31
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I also like the idea of hard wiring a cell phone to the trailer battery. That's what I like about this group, so much good advice. I'm pulling out all the stops to make sure I get an Egg and I don't want somebody to just drive away with it. I go to sleep and wake up thinking about this Egg! My gosh, I've got it bad don't I?
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:07 AM   #32
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Bill, you have been bitten...........LOL
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Old 08-09-2013, 01:05 AM   #33
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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.
What Donna says is the cheapest way to do it. Another way is to add a very heavy chain, one separate chain thru each wheel then use two pad locks. My neighbour uses a very expensive locking device on his coupler, and then he keeps a vehicle parked usually in front of the coupler (garage is behind the trailer). When I get a egg I will keep it in my garage (8' 3"" opening allowed by the city).

Another way if you have electric brakes is to turn them on, but when battery dies you are sol.

I personally think the boot lock and a coupler lock combination is the best way.

I just went online to see what kind of boot lock I can buy. Crap these are not the kind the police use. They can be easily be broken by forcing the build in lock or drilling it out.
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The problem is the Garmin tracking software servers are down frequently. This was a great idea poorly implemented.
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I've owned the GTU10 for two years and use it on my dog. I have not had any problems with server being down, when I check it on a regular basis. How long have you owned yours?
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...........Another way if you have electric brakes is to turn them on, but when battery dies you are sol............
And how long do you think the battery will last if you do this? I mean in minutes.........
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Insurance will cover theft.
Insure for replacement value. Take pictures and videos of your set up.
This is the route I take. We are covered for full replacement value. I believe contents are part of our home policy.

The only time I worry at all is when i am travelling with it, and would be in a bind if it were stolen.

I used to use a hitch lock until I left it open on the tongue when I drove away. I guess I should at least replace that.
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My uhaul has one of those hitch lock thT is a bolt instead of lock lever, i just remove te assemby and install a bike ulock trough the bolt hole...depending on where i am i can easily add a chain to attach around a tree or the wheel
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My uhaul has one of those hitch lock thT is a bolt instead of lock lever, i just remove te assemby and install a bike ulock trough the bolt hole...depending on where i am i can easily add a chain to attach around a tree or the wheel
Here is what I did on my UHaul.
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:48 PM   #39
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  • Insurance with appraise/specified replacement value.
  • Lock on tongue to discourage "snatch and grab" thief.
  • Chain to solid object, if I was inclined I would dig a post hole, put cement and eye-bolt just below ground level so I could mow over it.
  • Lock wheels with chain or "boot".
  • Provide tracking device. Cell phone or GPS but bear in mind battery requirements.
  • Store out of sight, or with decent lighting and visibility.
  • Put a note or business card in a few locations inside stating that you are the current owner. Places a purchaser would look but not the thief. Might trip them up at resale when buyer is poking around in storage areas, or provide rapid on the scene proof of this being your trailer to law enforcement.
  • Position so it's not as easily hooked up to. You have all the time in the world to hook up at a sharp angle, thief wants to back up and go.
With a 4" battery powered cut off wheel one can go through pretty much any metal lock or chain. Noisy, creates sparks, but pretty darn quick.

Seems to me forcing thief to take time, and be exposed while committing the theft is the best one can hope for when it comes to discouraging theft. Having to cut off a hitch lock and a second chain or boot is more time and might be good idea.

You could also if so inclined take a 100 yard target out to the range, put about 5-10 shots through it (I suggest using wadcutters for nice clean holes) tape the used target in the window of the camper with the words "Think Honest" on it in black marker. It's sometimes the personal touch that gets through to people.
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Here is what I did on my UHaul.
Thats a good idea tom,

Iill do that to lock it to the car when parked!
But i will keep the ulock for the other times.
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  • Insurance with appraise/specified replacement value.
  • Lock on tongue to discourage "snatch and grab" thief.
  • Chain to solid object, if I was inclined I would dig a post hole, put cement and eye-bolt just below ground level so I could mow over it.
  • Lock wheels with chain or "boot".
  • Provide tracking device. Cell phone or GPS but bear in mind battery requirements.
  • Store out of sight, or with decent lighting and visibility.
  • Put a note or business card in a few locations inside stating that you are the current owner. Places a purchaser would look but not the thief. Might trip them up at resale when buyer is poking around in storage areas, or provide rapid on the scene proof of this being your trailer to law enforcement.
  • Position so it's not as easily hooked up to. You have all the time in the world to hook up at a sharp angle, thief wants to back up and go.
With a 4" battery powered cut off wheel one can go through pretty much any metal lock or chain. Noisy, creates sparks, but pretty darn quick.

Seems to me forcing thief to take time, and be exposed while committing the theft is the best one can hope for when it comes to discouraging theft. Having to cut off a hitch lock and a second chain or boot is more time and might be good idea.

You could also if so inclined take a 100 yard target out to the range, put about 5-10 shots through it (I suggest using wadcutters for nice clean holes) tape the used target in the window of the camper with the words "Think Honest" on it in black marker. It's sometimes the personal touch that gets through to people.
Puts my efforts of thinking of maybe starting to lock the tongue latch to shame. Methinks my stress level is likely much lower though, as I just get myself bothered to worry that much. Criminals probably like my type though. LOL
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:24 PM   #42
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I'm glad it's not that way in Canada.
In our case there is the www.escapeforum.org that pretty much lists what the replacement value is by listing what other Escape trailer owners are buying and selling their trailers for.
Because Escape Trailers has sold many, if not most, of the mods to their customers there is also a paper trail as to those values. www.escapetrailer.com
Of course there will be a deductible but isn't this why we are told to read the fine print?
Do I put a lock on my trailer? Yes I do. Do I worry about it being stolen? No.
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