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3 dog nights

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Posted: 09/05/20 06:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Anybody using a hitch lock? It's either in my driveway or in the campsite. Wife is afraid of someone stealing the camper while the dogs are in it. If we are out to diner or shopping. If you use one, which, & why?


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Posted: 09/05/20 06:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just use a standard padlock to lock the hitch latch down and I lock the WD bars to the trailer frame with the chains around the frame. The padlocks are all keyed the same.


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Just a hitch lock? I also padlock my safety chains toward the propane tanks, use a ball lock and run a cable through one set of tandem wheels. You can steal my TT but the neighbor’s TT is easier.


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Yes, I use a lock through the hitch latch down and usually a regular hitch lock. I don't know the name of it, but it is silver and slides over the hitch. Reading on FB sites, so many campers are being stolen... from owners yards and storage yards. Haven't heard of one from a campground yet, but I have to lock, so usually put it on.

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My thought?

If you're camping in a place where you are worried about getting your trailer ripped off you're camping in the wrong campground.


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Turtle n Peeps wrote:

My thought?

If you're camping in a place where you are worried about getting your trailer ripped off you're camping in the wrong campground.

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In 25+ years of owning travel trailers I have never used a lock. If I felt that I needed one, it would be a boot that covers the wheel lugs.


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RICK-ards Red wrote:

I just use a standard padlock to lock the hitch latch down and I lock the WD bars to the trailer frame with the chains around the frame. The padlocks are all keyed the same.


The problem with that is someone could probably still drop the coupler onto a 2" or 1 7/8" ball and drive away, at least far enough to cut the lock.

You could lock a spare ball into the socket to minimize that chance but even with that or one of those wrap around locks, a thief can still just hook the safety chains up the slack removed and take off.

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When you get right down to it locks just keep the honest people honest. If a crook wants to get in or steel it al together they will.

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I have a Hensley hitch that stays attached to the trailer's coupler. One would need a stinger to tow the trailer. If anything, it may deter thieves and move on to the next trailer.

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