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Old 08-13-2013, 05:57 PM   #43
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[QUOTE=JDo I put a lock on my trailer? Yes I do. Do I worry about it being stolen? No.[/QUOTE]

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Old 08-13-2013, 06:43 PM   #44
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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
I don't DO all that, it was a list of what had been suggested across several posts. My point was doing some or all of it won't stop a thief with a $100 portable grinder, only discourage them from trying, or increase the chance they get interrupted.

GPS or cell phone tracking offer a window of recovery, but that would depend on a bit of luck. I guess how attractive that option seems would depend on how custom your camper was. Or a willingness to pursue catching the blankity blank thief so they might learn from their errors. Gotta admit there is a certain special satisfaction that comes from seeing those folks get busted.

"Well officer despite what that fellow says the GPS tracking device on my stolen trailer indicates it's right there in his garage, does that count as probable cause to take a look-see?"

I go with insurance and a lock on the tongue latch. And I never ignore the fact that the dog thinks something out there is worth barking at. I go look.
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:38 PM   #46
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I don't DO all that, it was a list of what had been suggested across several posts.
So then, you are not as crazy as I thought you were?
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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?
That would also reboot a phone that hung up at some point.
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I agree that if a thief wants your trailer there is nothing you can do. My theory is if you make it really difficult they will find an easier trailer to steal. My solution is to use the ball coupler lock and a lock on the latching lever



I also lock the wheels to the frame. I have welded anchor loops on the frame (you can see it just behind the wheel), I run a 3/8" coated cable through the wheel and the anchor loop and secure with a Master lock. With this my wheels are locked to the trailer so the wheels won't turn and they are not easily stolen.

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Old 08-15-2013, 07:58 AM   #49
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Try a portable motion sensor alarm and mound in underneath the trailer,then if moved without disarming you'll get an alarm.
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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.
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That assumes that the cops have nothing better to do than fly a chopper around at $1,500 an hour, looking for a $6,000 trailer.
Depends on where you are Glenn. Most the major highways near me have lines painted on them for the cops to catch speeders, with appropriate warning signs. Around here all the police cars, taxi's and buses have their numbers on the roof. Not to mention there are news choppers, flying clubs etc.

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Another way if you have electric brakes is to turn them on, but when battery dies you are sol.
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And how long do you think the battery will last if you do this? I mean in minutes.........
Mitchell might be onto something there Thomas. Mod the idea a bit using a breakaway switch and the brakes can come on when the trailer is moved.
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Mitchell might be onto something there Thomas. Mod the idea a bit using a breakaway switch and the breaks can come on when the trailer is moved.
That could work.....or could go horribly wrong.......my luck, the latter.
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That could work.....or could go horribly wrong.......my luck, the latter.
You could manually switch the circuit from inside. Sort of like turning your home/office alarm on.
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Just buy insurance, anything else will not keep it from being put on a trailer and hauled away, if they want it they will get it.
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Just buy insurance, anything else will not keep it from being put on a trailer and hauled away, if they want it they will get it.
Amen.
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Just buy insurance, anything else will not keep it from being put on a trailer and hauled away, if they want it they will get it.
Yeah but don't forget the sage words of Kingfish...
"Yes suh Amos,Ya know the big print giveth and the fine print taketh away!"
If you buy theft insurance you'll never know if the premiums are just theft until you file a claim!
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You could manually switch the circuit from inside. Sort of like turning your home/office alarm on.
I'll look for your patent.
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