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Postby oubliet » Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:16 pm

What's a good, secure lock to put on my trailer?

Surely, the typical long-shackled padlock is not very secure.

Aside from locking the trailer up in a garage or shed, what's the next best way to secure the teardrop from theft?
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Re: Security

Postby starleen2 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:20 pm

For the few trailers i have stored in my backyard - i take off one wheel - believe me - they don't want to have to take the time to find a wheel to place back on the spindle. If you are really THAT concerned about theft - maybe take a wheel with you when you leave the campsite - thieves will pass on by! if it's too much work for you to do to take it off - then its too much for a thief to do as well.
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Postby T&CLongmire » Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:21 pm

starleen2 wrote:For the few trailers i have stored in my backyard - i take off one wheel - believe me - they don't want to have to take the time to find a wheel to place back on the spindle. If you are really THAT concerned about theft - maybe take a wheel with you when you leave the campsite - thieves will pass on by! if it's too much work for you to do to take it off - then its too much for a thief to do as well.



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Re: Security

Postby GuitarPhotog » Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:16 pm

Mostly I just rely on the long shackle padlock on my hitch. If I'm going to have to leave the trailer for overnight and I'm not going to be there, I'll lock one of the wheel chocks to the wheel with a chain.

I figure if they can cut the lock shackle, they can cut the chain too. But perhaps it'll slow them down.

But frankly, I'm not worried about someone stealing my trailer, I'm more concerned about neighborhood kids vandalizing it in my driveway, and for that I have no suggestions.

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Re: Security

Postby PKCSPT » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:28 pm

I have a braided coated cable that is supposed to be cut resistant and a padlock that is supposed to be cut resistant and a padlock on the hitch. If they get through that they want it more than I do. I keep it garaged at home most of the time, vandals at home worry me more than when camping also.
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Re: Security

Postby glenpinpat » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:18 am

you can buy tongue locks that are specifically designed for them. We have one it came in a set with the hitch pin lock. If you have an extra hitch ball cut off most of the thread and then put the ball in the tongue cup before you lock the tongue latch, this way nobody can hookup unless they remove the lock.
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Re: Security

Postby slowcowboy » Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:51 pm

I just leave it hitched up to my suv when camping!

at home I park it and forget it. under a a wallmart car cover no one really know who comes into the yard what the heck the thing is.

pavillion, wyoming sure in the heck doesn't care!

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Re: Security

Postby synaps3 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:23 pm

After losing a key to a padlock and easily cutting it off my utility trailer with a set of $8 bolt cutters from Home Depot, I have no faith in padlocks anymore. :thumbdown:

Taking off a wheel is a good idea, I'll do that next time we go.
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Re: Security

Postby CliffinGA » Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:14 pm

I've got these for when at campsite and at the house
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fulton-Gorilla-Guard-Trailer-Lock-1-7-8-Couplers-ATP17-TP17-0103-/300734118203?hash=item460526793b&item=300734118203&pt=Motors_RV_Trailer_Camper_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr

I use a small hitch lock where the key screws the lock bolt thru the hitch release lever during travel also helps keep the hitch release from popping up during travel.

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Re: Security

Postby Richard A. » Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:33 pm

oubliet wrote:What's a good, secure lock to put on my trailer?

Surely, the typical long-shackled padlock is not very secure.

Aside from locking the trailer up in a garage or shed, what's the next best way to secure the teardrop from theft?


You didn't say *when* you want to secure the trailer from theft.

It can be stolen while hitched to your tow vehicle while you leave it in the parking lot to go in for lunch (or WalMart, or wherever)
All someone needs to do is have a tow hitch that will accept your slide-in draw bar (the part that you put the ball onto) Just pull out the hitch pin that secures the draw bar to your hitch. They unhook the safety chains and pull out the hitch pin and draw bar. Push the trailer over to their vehicle and slide the draw bar in and lock it with the hitch pin. Admittidly they need a lot of b**ls to do this. They can hook up the electric or not.

There are locking hitch pins to help stop this.

There are locks that attach to the trailer while parked. Some attach in place of the trailer ball and prevent the trailer from accepting the ball from a two vehicle. There are coupler latch locks that attach to the lever that closes the hitch around the ball (where some folks use a cotter pin)

I use both of the latter while the trailer is parked in my driveway and while parked at a campsight. I *should* get a locking hitch pin one of these days.
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Re: Security

Postby halfdome, Danny » Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:11 pm

All the locks mentioned in this thread won't stop a determined thief.
As I was looking for a new locking hitch pin it said on the package a determined thief could just un-bolt the ball and place it on his tow vehicle's draw bar, bye bye trailer :( .
They sell welded ones.
My ball is now welded all the way around the threads at the nut.
I lock the safety chains to the tow vehicle,use a locking hitch pin & coupler lock when attached to my tow vehicle.
When parked I lock the chains in a manner to make it difficult to swing the tongue wheel up and use a disk locked into the coupler.
Sometimes I'll lock the bikes to the tongue too.
The state patrol officer who inspected my teardrop suggested welding the Vin number on the tongue in the event some "crack head" decides to steal it.
I've been way ahead of him for years now.
Now I need to figure out how to put a high voltage charge to it :twisted: :lol: :D Danny
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Re: Security

Postby jeff0520 » Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:32 pm

I used to work for a contractor that used to leave VERY expensive trailer mounted speciality equipment on the jobsites over the weekend. They had lengths of hardened steel chain that they ran between the leaf springs and the frame, through the D holes in each wheel behind the axle, back through the D holes in each wheel and through the springs on the front side of the wheel and up to the tongue, where they wrapped the excess chain around the tongue tube and locked with a hardened high security disk type padlock. thieves couldn't get the wheels off, and the wheels couldn't turn. They never lost a trailer during the time I worked there.
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Re: Security

Postby Richard A. » Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:57 pm

halfdome, Danny wrote:All the locks mentioned in this thread won't stop a determined thief.


Very true .. but the harder they are to circumvent the more likely someone will pass on your trailer and move on to an easier target.
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Re: Security

Postby working on it » Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:41 pm

Have you read this thread http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=49055 concerning much the same ideas
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Re: Security

Postby BC Dave » Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:25 am

I use a bicycle U Lock through wheel spokes; that a chain goes through and around the leaf spring;

on the hitch; a small hitch pin screw lock on the hitch and have a cut off trailer hitch ball I insert into the hitch ball reciver .... 2 padlocks on CT door locks; I have tools stored there so am a little more carefull (or ...parinoid?)

I leave it for a while and trust that my neighbours are there and know Im gone ... but if theres a will theres a way ...

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