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What have you done to keep your trailer from being stolen

Postby Ron Dickey » Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:41 am

We are in the age of GPS. Helping the police help us catch a stolen trailer.

I am still working on my trailer, with life getting in the way.

I read of stolen trailers from yards to safe storage areas.

We as teardropers read of it here on this forum and others.

One person said they made the trailer design stand out.
One added a car alarm
one etched his windows with the vin. #
Wheel locks
better tongue locks to removable tongues to swing away tongues.

I am thinking of a GPS chip built in. Do they last for ever.

With the internet thieves are becoming wiser and be taught how to get around things.

What are you doing to keep your baby safe. :roll:
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Re: What have you done to keep your trailer from being stole

Postby Ron Dickey » Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:04 pm

google images of many devices.
https://www.google.com/search?q=trailer ... Sw#imgrc=_
trailer mag.
http://trailridermag.com/article/preven ... heft-15405
google this
how to keep your trailer from being stolen

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Re: What have you done to keep your trailer from being stole

Postby 3GKnight » Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:07 pm

So my axles have flanges with unused bolt holes, near the hubs. I haven't done it yet but the plan is to make a bracket with a large hole to feed a locked chain through. That chain will go through that bracket and one of the wheels. I know it's a redneck way to do it, but I'd only do that if it were to set unattended out in the open. Otherwise, it'll be in my garage or in the mountains.

I was curious about the cost of LoJack, which is nuts expensive, and ran across a homemade setup. http://lifehacker.com/5984220/build-your-own-lojack-clone-for-a-fraction-of-the-price
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Re: What have you done to keep your trailer from being stole

Postby GuitarPhotog » Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:43 pm

I lock the hitch, and I run a piece of heavy chain through a hole in one of my wheel chocks and through an opening in the wheel itself. Locked with the largest padlock I could buy.

Frankly I'm more afraid of someone stealing it out of the carport than stealing it while I'm camping. I'm thinking of embedding a ring bolt in concrete in the driveway to lock the wheel, chock, and chain to.

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Re: What have you done to keep your trailer from being stole

Postby tony.latham » Thu Jun 16, 2016 2:48 pm

removable tongues


I've seen a build or two with a removable tongue. That'd make a damn-hard to steal trailer. If I lived or camped in high-crime areas––and I don't––that's the direction I'd go.

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Re: What have you done to keep your trailer from being stole

Postby Tomterrific » Thu Jun 16, 2016 2:53 pm

The simplest theft deterrent I can think of is to remove a wheel, maybe both wheels. It really isn't much work to remove a wheel and then what is a thief to do?
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Re: What have you done to keep your trailer from being stole

Postby DrewsBrews » Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:59 pm

I had planned to attach the chains to the coupler bolts... Remove the 2 coupler bolts then they have no coupler and no chains to use.
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Re: What have you done to keep your trailer from being stole

Postby PKCSPT » Fri Jun 17, 2016 1:12 pm

I have a cable that is supposed to be cut resistant 2 padlocks that are supposed to resist tampering. I run the cable through the wheels and the frame or large tree. One padlock on the safety chains so they are harder to use and a lock on my hitch at the campgrounds. Locked in a garage at home. $40. if they really want it that bad they will get it, just hoping it isn't worth the effort to them. Now to figure out how to lock my towbar. If I stop somewhere someone could just undo the towbar and insert it in their reciever and bye bye.
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Re: What have you done to keep your trailer from being stole

Postby Andrew Herrick » Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:53 pm

I'm with the other members in this thread. Things like coupler locks, security chain padlocks and so forth are deterrents. They'll keep away 80% of thieves, those with small brains and cheap equipment. The other 19% you can keep away with bigger equipment like wheel locks - and their redneck equivalents, of course! :lol:

And then there's that 1% that will show up with a car hauler and a couple of hydraulic jacks and steel dollies and a plasma cutter. And it's that 1% why you should insure your camper :R I do like the idea of a locator beacon, though.
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Re: What have you done to keep your trailer from being stole

Postby Socal Tom » Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:20 am

I have a master lock tongue lock. They are easily defeated, but at least it slows them down. Mine is stored in the garage usually. When camping, I leave an iPhone inside, hidden and plugged into a charger. That's my GPS if it disappears.
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Re: What have you done to keep your trailer from being stole

Postby CAJUN LADY » Wed Sep 21, 2016 12:53 pm

Pray hard that they break both legs and arms in the process and pray I find them trying to crawl their scumbag bodies away while holding a wooden, not aluminum, bat! Yep! :D
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Re: What have you done to keep your trailer from being stole

Postby Ron Dickey » Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:58 pm

there seem to be many out there. this one is a RV site so they are thinking more like us.

http://www.rvgeek.com/tag/tracker/
These could even be used by groups of campers wanting to find where the group is camping if they get lost.

Maybe one day camp site will have GPS finders so we do not turn down the wrong road :lol:
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Re: What have you done to keep your trailer from being stole

Postby doug hodder » Sat Sep 24, 2016 7:12 pm

I always lock the coupler, and I also NEVER leave it without a parked vehicle, locked, in front of it. My out buildings won't allow someone to pull it around the parked car. Long term over the winter, I'll pull the wheels on the MobilGlide as it won't fit in the garage. The Kamp King is going to be for sale, but it's stashed at my sisters house, and isn't visible from any point of view, locked. They also have 6 dogs, for an alarm. The tear is in another garage, out of site. Thing is...if someone really wants it...they will probably figure out a way to get it. All you can really do is take precautions, and make sure it's insured. Doug
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Re: What have you done to keep your trailer from being stole

Postby Shadow Catcher » Sat Sep 24, 2016 7:36 pm

We have gone thbike locks rough this exercise a number of times. What it boils down to is that if they want it badly enough, they will get it. Anything you can put a bolt cutter on is toast. Check Youtube for bike locks
The only tongue lock I could find fits only a Bulldog hitch
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Re: What have you done to keep your trailer from being stole

Postby clip » Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:01 am

How about a sticker

This vehicle is equipped with;
Motion sensor alarm
GPS tracking device "You figure out where it is"
Digital camera monitoring

All 3 are very do able too
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