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Old 03-02-2013, 10:24 AM   #1
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Help with hitch lock

The guy I'm buying my Scamp from next week told me to be sure I bought a hitch lock. Here's what he said to buy:

"A lock for the hitch. This keeps thieves from driving off with your trailer, but is also necessary for driving, so the hitch can't accidentally open while traveling."

There are so many different hitch locks on Amazon. Can someone please provide an Amazon link to the kind of hitch lock my seller is likely referring to.

Thanks so much.

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Old 03-02-2013, 10:58 AM   #2
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A Padlock.
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:05 AM   #3
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Does this one from Amazon look okay?

Master Lock 187XD Titanium Padlock, 2-5/16-Inch Wide, Black - Amazon.com
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:11 AM   #4
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Preferably something that cant be easily cut with bolt cutters.

CURT Manufacturing | CURT Manufacturing - CURT Coupler Lock #23022
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:12 AM   #5
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Thats a very safe lock, but might not fit on the coupler.
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:18 AM   #6
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There are 3 types of hitch locks.

One is used when the camper is not connected to the tow vehicle it is the yellow one at the site below.

A padlock type when it is connected to the tow vehicle.

And the Pin one that locks your receiver ball part to the tow vehicle.

Look here:

hitch lock from Northern Tool + Equipment
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:30 AM   #7
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"A lock for the hitch. This keeps thieves from driving off with your trailer, but is also necessary for driving, so the hitch can't accidentally open while traveling."
If your coupler is such junk that the lever might flip open and release while driving, then placing a pin though the lock hole in the lever is a good idea. There is no need for this to be a lock (such as a padlock or the many latch locks offered by eTrailer) - it can be a snapper pin if only towing safety (and not theft resistance) is required.
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Old 03-02-2013, 12:09 PM   #8
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If your coupler is such junk that the lever might flip open and release while driving, .
I don't think that's the only reason for a pin or lock. It confirms that the latch is down and locked.
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If your coupler is such junk that the lever might flip open and release while driving, then placing a pin though the lock hole in the lever is a good idea. There is no need for this to be a lock (such as a padlock or the many
The coupler is just a spring catch- any good bump could open up even a brand new one.

Why do you think off road trailers use pins or pintles?
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Old 03-02-2013, 12:49 PM   #10
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I just ordered this one.

Curt Manufacturing 23022 Coupler Lock Brass 2 Keys Included Packaged : Amazon.com : Automotive

Thanks all for your help.

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A few years back a family stopped to eat. They had a pin through the latch to keep it in place. They returned to the vehicle and down the road their camper came unhitched when they hit a bump. They swore that someone removed the pin and lifted up the latch while they were in the restaurant. That was their story and they stuck with it.

Regardless, I always padlock the latch so it can not be messed with.
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There are lock sets that will lock your stinger in your receiver and lock your trailer on to your stinger. Usually Master Lock has these sets, but there are 2 kinds of locks for the trailer hitch, a thin and a thick one, I'd wait and see which one you need. I know I have several in my garage from various trailers. Master Lock Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock and Coupler Lock Set - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches Master Lock Locks,Hitch Accessories 3794DAT
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:08 PM   #14
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Well, the seller (a cop in Kansas) sent me an email and told me to buy a few things before we hooked up in Oklahoma for the trailer/title transfer. I quoted in first post exactly what he said. If what I've bought is wrong, I'll have to head to a walmart (there's one close to our meet-up) and make it right.

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