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Old 07-21-2014, 07:50 PM   #1
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Since reading about all the egg thefts on this forum I decided I needed something more secure than a padlock. I have done some internet searching and decided to order a Brahma Wheel Lock. Does anyone have one of these?


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Old 07-21-2014, 10:00 PM   #2
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When camping I use wheel locks. Also bought black letters and numbers put the trailer license number on the roof.
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Now that is a good idea. A thief wouldn't think to look up there, maybe, but it sure would make your rig visible from the air. Of course, it wouldn't be as large as the ones on the LAPD cruisers.
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Now that is a good idea. A thief wouldn't think to look up there, maybe, but it sure would make your rig visible from the air. Of course, it wouldn't be as large as the ones on the LAPD cruisers.
It's not going to prevent your trailer from being stolen. And, I don't think the cops are flying around looking for stolen trailers.
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I had a neighbour that worked for a utility trailer maker as a welder. He changed out the coupler on his boat trailer to work like the 2" reciever on our TV's. Picture a reversed straight stinger that slides into the trailer tongue with the coupler ball on the other end. Always thought that was a pretty good design that would keep all but the most determend from stealing it.
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Old 07-22-2014, 04:13 AM   #7
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I use a tongue lock, and if I had to leave it in my driveway or somewhere that people might have access to it, I'd put a wheel lock on it also. I'm a member of several online camping groups and there have been trailers reported stolen in each of them.
If someone really wants your trailer, they'll figure out a way. But IMO, putting both a tongue and hitch lock will hopefully make them look for easier pickings somewhere else.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:19 AM   #8
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We bought insurance and a padlock .
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:42 AM   #9
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Insurance & padlock on the tongue.

If someone wants to steal it they will, no matter what you have on it to help prevent it.
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:05 AM   #10
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Cable lock through tire rim and around the axle
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Took off tongue jack handle (can't raise the front jack stand)
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Bolt through lowered rear stabilizer jacks ( can't raise rear stabilizer jacks until you take out the bolts)
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Tongue coupler lock
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I have the tongue of the trailer facing my garage(can't just back up a tow rig and tow away my trailer without turning the trailer around)
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Anything to slowdown the crooks
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ANYTHING CAN BE STOLEN
But the crooks don't like to take a lot of time doing it.
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I have insurance, and right now have not been using any anti-theft devices, though I do keep meaning to buy a hitch lock to replace the one I lost 3 or 4 years ago.

I would think a good cable lock through the wheels would be a good option.
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I think everyone needs to use whatever gives them comfort. There's somethings that can kill you by stress. Good insurance, good locks, etc. certainly help.

Right now, Ten Forward is stored in an RV storage yard (private), until I can get the carport raised two feet and bring it home. In the meantime, I also have several locks and good insurance.

I've also created a couple of decals. One for the frame under the loft and one for the door. I made up the company name. I printed on label stock and then sprayed with a sealer. Feel free to use these if you'd like.
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Remove one wheel and leave that side of the trailer on a jack stand.


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Remove one wheel and leave that side of the trailer on a jack stand.


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I'd have to remove two on a side
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Donna, Great Stickers !!

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Sometimes vehicles and trailers are stolen to order and, in some cases, storage yards can be the easiest place to steal from for reasons ranging from lax security to "Inside" help for the crooks. My Mustang convert was stolen out of a locked garage in a large, locked, storage complex.
If you remove the wheels, and your RV is on the order list, they will just show up with a set of wheels and tires and, in 10 minutes it's gone with the wind. RV's in storage yards can have the disadvantage that the perps have all the time in the world to scope out the property and work on their schedule. And if you take it out, they know it will be back.



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I really like Donnas stickers!
I was going to do the cable lock through the wheels until I ran across this. Sure if they are dead set on taking the trailer all they have to do is change the tire but if they are willing to go through all that then nothing would stop them.
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Since reading about all the egg thefts on this forum I decided I needed something more secure than a padlock. I have done some internet searching and decided to order a Brahma Wheel Lock. Does anyone have one of these?


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Just as a point of reassurance... Your statement is pretty close to right when you say you have read about "ALL" the egg thefts on this forum.
Pretty close to all of them have been reported here.
Considering the actual number of confirmed thefts... I would say that you should be at least a hundred times more concerned about keeping the window tracks clean!

If you are concerned though... Stamp a couple extra vin #s in inconspicuous places on the frame or elsewhere.
I would think one very likely thief might be someone who would "rebadge" the stolen trailer to match a title to an unrestorable trailer which they now own.
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I really like Donnas stickers!
I was going to do the cable lock through the wheels until I ran across this. Sure if they are dead set on taking the trailer all they have to do is change the tire but if they are willing to go through all that then nothing would stop them.
You can buy a lug nut lock set which would allow you to lock both wheels and the spare in place and have one lock left over!
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I had a neighbour that worked for a utility trailer maker as a welder. He changed out the coupler on his boat trailer to work like the 2" reciever on our TV's. Picture a reversed straight stinger that slides into the trailer tongue with the coupler ball on the other end. Always thought that was a pretty good design that would keep all but the most determend from stealing it.
How does this work? Isn't the weight of the trailer trying to pull the ball down out of the coupler? Or are they both "upside down"? Personally I just left the 1 7/8" hitch on my Scamp. I figure it will pi** off any thief enough that he will leave empty handed out of pure disgust. I do use a coupler lock (ball and yoke) and a padlock type lock as well. I figure most the stolen little trailers end up in the woods as hunting shacks. They are not out running the roads.
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