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Old 01-21-2016, 03:05 PM   #1
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Security Enhancements - Theft Deterrent

I plan to purchase a locking pin for my draw bar (ball mount) and also a locking hitch coupler pin. But there's nothing to prevent someone from removing the two bolts that hold the hitch coupler to the trailer tow bar, replacing it with their own $15 coupler, and driving away with my new trailer. Can I simply replace one of the two bolts on the hitch coupler with a locking pin instead? I donít want to a buy a wheel chock lock or wheel boot, especially.
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Old 01-21-2016, 03:25 PM   #2
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...the two bolts that hold the hitch coupler to the trailer tow bar...
I'm not sure what bolts you mean. On my late-model Scamp the coupler is welded to the tongue. I use three locks (which I bought as a set, keyed alike, from Reese): the padlock on the coupler latch, the yellow coupler lock (both shown) and a locking pin on the drawbar. I carry the yellow coupler lock with me and use it whenever I'm unhitched.
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Old 01-21-2016, 04:26 PM   #3
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Besides a coupler latch lock you might want to consider an Atwood coupler ball lock.
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Old 01-22-2016, 09:43 AM   #4
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I can say that a lock is only a visual deterrent. Down here and probably elsewhere if the conditions are right they simply arm wrestle your hitch upon a bumper and chain it down and take off bypassing all physical locks on the hitch. Seeing a Gator or other device tells them its easier to move onto a trailer with less protection. JMHO. I do have the trailer wheel lock but only for storage and not daily use. I would suggest YouTube and search on Trailer Hitch Security and watch a few of those videos too. I know you will get a hundred suggestions; mine is just one.
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I'd simply go have it welded .
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I'm not sure what bolts you mean. On my late-model Scamp the coupler is welded to the tongue. I use three locks (which I bought as a set, keyed alike, from Reese): the padlock on the coupler latch, the yellow coupler lock (both shown) and a locking pin on the drawbar. I carry the yellow coupler lock with me and use it whenever I'm unhitched.
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Me too, but I also wrap the safety chains around the tongue and lock them down with the padlock on the latch. If somebody's going to chain it to his bumper he can use his own chains.
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I'm not sure what bolts you mean. On my late-model Scamp the coupler is welded to the tongue. I use three locks (which I bought as a set, keyed alike, from Reese): the padlock on the coupler latch, the yellow coupler lock (both shown) and a locking pin on the drawbar. I carry the yellow coupler lock with me and use it whenever I'm unhitched.
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Jon, I have the same Reese set up you have, and I wrap my chains and clip with the padlock when leaving the trailer. One thing I found out was going to WalMart you may find extra padlocks like that sold separately. You can read the code numbers or you can try your key in many locks. Ultimately as I traveled I found 2 extra locks that fitted the same key. So my utility trailer has the same Padlock / key and I have one for a spare. It may take time to find an extra lock but it is a bit of a game, and I don't think thieves would ever find keys that fit as there are many, many code numbers. Also, now Reese may have moved on to other code numbers.
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