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Old 08-17-2013, 10:00 AM   #57
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I'll look for your patent.
Think A:B battery switch and either a hook onto a spoked wheel or tent peg or something heavy on the ground with a loop. For example I've got one of those huge wheel chocks meant for trucks to limit the trailer in its parking spot.
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The idea is not foolproof but will thwart the hasty hook and haul humans.
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:36 AM   #58
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Think A:B battery switch and either a hook onto a spoked wheel or tent peg or something heavy on the ground with a loop. For example I've got one of those huge wheel chocks meant for trucks to limit the trailer in its parking spot.
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The idea is not foolproof but will thwart the hasty hook and haul humans.
I like it. Just use another breakaway switch underneath.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:30 AM   #59
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Hi Jared, was just reading posts on securing our eggs. I have a SD17 and I'm not sure what you were saying as to a bumper pull trailer. Are you saying thru the wheels and up to the coupler? If so what kind of connection at the ball do you mean? Also where would I find the kind of high c chain you mention, don't think Home Depot carries high tech chain.
I'm not to concerned about theft were I live, a very small town in the desert but traveling would be different. Heck, I left the keys in the drivers door by accident for 30 days on my 3/4 t pu in plain view of the street. First time for everything but then who's going to steal a 460 ci at 7 mpg in todays world? Dave
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:44 AM   #60
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Through the wheels, and around the axle if you can. I used a separate piece of chain for each side. I also lightly ground the link on one end, so it could soon through the link on the other end, then put the padlock through. That way, you aren't relying on the strength of the padlock to hold it together.

I also wrap the safety chains around the tongue and padlock them so they can't be used to drag it off, and lastly, put a coupler lock on. There's not much you can do after that.

I found the chain at a surplus store. It requires a cut off wheel to cut it.
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:40 AM   #61
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I found the chain at a surplus store. It requires a cut off wheel to cut it.
Since portable electric 4" grinders have cut off wheels.... it won't stop a thief using one but it will stop one with just bolt cutters. And does require a brief burst of noise and sparks.

In a residential location this might be enough to deter a would be thief, in a storage lot where thief can wait for privacy not so much.

Having a second less obvious method to secure that "suprises" thief and forces an unexpected delay is a good strategy.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:17 AM   #62
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At what point does taking reasonable precautions to prevent theft turn into paranoia ? My insurance agent (My daughter) informs me that I am not required to take any extraordinary steps to prevent theft such as alarms or cabling or adding any anti theft device beyond what was factory supplied
I pay for insurance to cover my loss in case of theft and do not feel the urge to apply 20 different locking devices every time I park my trailer.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:24 AM   #63
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We live in a wicked society which creates a paranoid society.

If we have insurance, a tongue lock is just because one doesn't want
to file a claim unless he has too. And it's not so much bother.
And it will keep friends and relatives from "borrowing" it.

If a thief wants it [whatever "it" is] the thief will get it.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:53 AM   #64
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How many trailers have we heard about being stolen? Not very many, 2 last year from the same place.
Where were they stolen from, campground or storage? Storage.

How many people got struck by lightening? A lot more than had trailers stolen.

Is this then solutions looking for a problem?
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Is this then solutions looking for a problem?
Are you new here? Obsession over what might happen is half the scarey fun.
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Are you new here? Obsession over what might happen is half the scarey fun.
Ya! I'm aware.
Not only here most of the world or so it seems.

No let's see where did I put that tin foil hat?
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An open door may tempt a saint they say, but I think someone that steals a trailer by cutting a chain or hitch lock off is pretty much determined to steal it. Different situation than someone that picks up a camera or laptop left briefly unattended in a public place.

That said I think it is easy to go overboard in "solving" a problem that may not warrant or reward the effort.

I know someone could break into my house through a basement window, I drop a dowel in the track, and planted a nice big thorny rose bush in front of the window to make it less attractive and easy, then I pay my insurance every month. Hanging fish hooks on clear line just inside would be paranoid (plus illegal) unless it was to hang small painted parts to dry hmmm.
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We live in a wicked society which creates a paranoid society.

If we have insurance, a tongue lock is just because one doesn't want
to file a claim unless he has too. And it's not so much bother.
And it will keep friends and relatives from "borrowing" it.

If a thief wants it [whatever "it" is] the thief will get it.
I use a tongue lock because it is simple, easy and was supplied with our new trailer . I did not think about someone who would tow a $20,000 or $30,000 trailer without insurance. I would then be more concerned with the personal liability issues than theft. . If my trailer is stolen I know exactly how much money I will be out but If I cause an accident with injuries only God Knows
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I have an 8' wide 56' long front deck that I park our small stickie trailer on backwards. I pull it onto the deck with our tug, leaving just enough room to pull the tug ahead and back out. Then I take a trailer dolly and move it to the end of the deck where there is a steep drop off. And I hide the trailer dolly. Also, there is no way to easily get the trailer off the deck there, as the front lawn slope steeply up. Then we always have at least one car, if not two, parked at the other end of the deck where we can drive up.

While we do this primarily so guests (like our grown children) can stay in the trailer when visiting and have the door of the trailer facing the house, it has often occurred to me that the old stickie would be very difficult to steal.

Just a thought...

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I use a tongue lock because it is simple, easy and was supplied with our new trailer . I did not think about someone who would tow a $20,000 or $30,000 trailer without insurance. I would then be more concerned with the personal liability issues than theft. . If my trailer is stolen I know exactly how much money I will be out but If I cause an accident with injuries only God Knows
At least in the states I've lived in, your vehicle insurance covers your trailer for liability. Any theft/damage/etc. is not.

Is it paranoid to lock it all up? Maybe. Do I want to try and find another one for the price and spend 9 months redoing it again? Hell no.
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