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path1

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Posted: 01/13/18 12:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Neighbor says a trailer was stolen couple blocks away. I have cheap trailer ball lock. Would slow down thief maybe 20 seconds. Looking for better theft protection. All ideas welcome. What do you recommend?

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Posted: 01/13/18 12:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Trailer hitch locks


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Posted: 01/13/18 12:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

path1 wrote:

What do you recommend?


A Trimax Wheel Lock like this would make life difficult for any prospective thief. If you keep your trailer at home then parking your vehicle(s) in front of the trailer helps as well.

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Or a piece of chain run through the wheel spokes & padlocked.


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Normal precautions and insurance.

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There are videos on the net showing how those yellow balls are easy to pick. There are better looking ones available. A chain and padlock thru the wheels would also be easy off with a large bolt cutter. Either would probably deter a casual theif. But a good wheel lock would probably be the most secure.

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If you have the choice, a decent way to slow down a thief is to leave the trailer with the tongue pointing towards and close to your house or a wall. It's a lot harder to steal a trailer when you can't maneuver a vehicle to get the ball under the coupler.





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A case-hardened chain & lock will deter a set of bolt cutters. But a cheap-a## cordless HF cut-off saw is hard to stop.

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Should be covered by your homeowners policy if it is parked on your lot. I would only worry if I kept valuables in the RV that were not listed on my policy.

Simplest thing is to take a wheel off and add a locking lug nut. Of course do not leave the wheel or spare available.


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HOw about a GPS tracking device. IE a smart phone hooked to an on board charger, God for like 12 to 30 hours of tracking with the proper apps installed.

Won't stop 'em from taking it.. but might get it back for your. and as a bonus get them some free rides, and meals, and lodging. not that they will care for the lodging. (or the nutraloaf).


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