We just bought our first camper and we're super excited to join the community. In 2 weeks we will have a brand spankin new 2013, 13' scamp (no bathroom). We've got 2 little ones and a Great Dane to squeeze in and hit the road from time to time.
So, we're accessory shopping already
We want some way to lock it up when it's outside like a hitch lock or lockable boot/ leveler and a cover. We've shopped around online a little but would love to know what you all recommend or to steer clear of. Recommendations? Opinions?
Thanks so much!!
Hitch Locks can be two edged sword. If you lose the key for some you could be in big trouble. For that reason we keep a spare key hidden inside our trailer. I'd tell you where we hide it, but then I'd have to order yet another hit and I have already used up this months pre-paid allowance.
Latch locks can usually be bypassed simply by disassembling and reassembling the hitch.
We have a Fulton Gorilla Guard on our Lil' BigFoot, and it's fine for our home parking space and at campgrounds. However, I think that it can be easily defeated with brute force and would not suggest using one in a storage area where you might not see your trailer for weeks or months at a time.
BTW: Most storage facilities offer little or no insurance against theft or damage to your trailer when parked therein. Be sure to ask them and your ins company.
I too havve the cover sold on Ebay. I think its good quality for the price. The first time I used it, it was a PITA to put on. Also, the "front" tag should have been in the back of the trailer. After the first use, I folded it a certain way when I took it off. Then when putting it back on in the reverse order, it was no problem getting it on. It has 2 web straps and a cord that go under the trailer and attach on the opposite side. So its pretty secure.
Just as an FYI here is Texas there has been some issues where they sweep by in a pick up truck that has no tailgate and two people or so (Im not guilty so can give you an exact amount) and they pick it up by the tongue and just haul it away thereby defeating that lock. The storage guy here said to run a big chain around the wheel so it cant be toted away by rolling if you are going to store it on someone else's premises.
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Hi Gillian, welcome to FiberglassRV... we're glad you're here!!!
Your screen name is PDXCamper. I'm also from Portland and live in "breezy" east county... and that puts it mildly! IF YOUR TRAILER isn't perfectly CLEAN when you put a cover on... ANY COVER that touches the gelcoat and you live (like I DO) in a windy area... all the dirt/dust/twigs that get embedded in the soft underside of the cover will scrub the gelcoat... like sandpaper. Just letting you know.
Oh! Really good info! We'll be storing on our property in our own drive but we'll look into some of these options. Hmmm... Maybe we don't need a cover than? It will be in our drive most of the time and sheltered from wind but not rain. We're considering just fixing the carport up for her...
We're actually getting it delivered. We really wanted the road trip but only without little ones, so factoring in flying in gramma, renting her a car, our gas and food for 4 days blah blah blah it was WAY more than to have it delivered. Plus I want to save my days off for some scamping!!
We visited a model in Corbet oregon before buying so we're really excited!
And we just got the call they should be delivering around 9 am tomorrow! So bummed i'll have to wait till 5 to see it after work. Wish I had some vacation to burn so I could wait at home for it
If you don't have a lock you're happy with I have one I'll sell you pretty cheap. For this one you remove a lug nut, put a small bracket on then there's a bar that goes from lug bracket to edge of tire and around the tire. I've believe made by the same company that make "The Club" for steering wheel locking. You can see the trailer lock here. I see etrailer price is about $90 plus shipping. I'll sell you mine for $30 if you want to drive to Salem to get it.
Most trailer thefts happen in driveways. I've not heard of any problems when in a campground. In hookup I have locking pin that holds the tow bar into the receiver on the tow vehicle. I learned the hard way to always, I mean always put a lock on the hitch latch when I connect it to the tow. In camp I just simply lock the latch closed most of the time. Some times I'll use lock that prevents the hitch from being used.
Byron & Anne enjoying the everyday Saturday thing.
I bought a three-piece keyed-alike set much like this one- one each for coupler latch, ballmount, and a big honkin' plug-type that goes inside the coupler when unhitched. Link
The set comes with three keys, but I also immediately had a couple of spares made. I keep a whole extra set of car/trailer keys hidden, just in case.
Supposedly got blown off the road. I'm worried about non visible damage... Am I being silly? I guess an RV place on the way told the driver the gash was "repairable"....BUT he had the hose section repaired already on the way. Ug.