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Old 04-20-2014, 11:15 PM   #1
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How do I secure my portable Satellite Dish

Looking for suggestions to secure my winegard 1518. We go on day trips when we're camping. We're worried that during a day trip, that our portable dish might wander off. It comes with 50 ft of coax and 12volt cable. Is there a method (cable/chain?) that would help deter theft? It doesn't need to be Fort Knox, just enough to deter. Thanks in advance for help.
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Old 04-20-2014, 11:21 PM   #2
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I had a Carryout stolen last summer. It was secured with aircraft cable. They must have been at it for a while. I replaced the dish and use a 40 piece of chain and padlocks now. I have the stand and bolt the dish to it as well.
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Old 04-20-2014, 11:41 PM   #3
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padlock and a chain...mines chained to our tripod pin support....but like my grandad used to say...locks keep honest people honest, a thief will just use a bolt cutter :/
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:00 PM   #4
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Try one of these -

Kryptonite KryptoLok Series 2 Integrated 37.5 in. Chain - LeatherUp.com
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:36 PM   #5
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Why not just unplug the power cord, undo the cable and lock the carryout in the basement? Or just set it inside the camper when you go....super easy to set it back up. Only drawback might be that you have to wait for it to reload the receiver, but that only takes a few minutes
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:08 PM   #6
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Never lock anything but the door. I also guess I have been lucky. The basement is never locked and the Tailgater just sits where I left it. Sure hope nobody gets sticky fingers but its a pain to lock everything also.
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I had a Carryout stolen last summer. It was secured with aircraft cable. They must have been at it for a while. I replaced the dish and use a 40 piece of chain and padlocks now. I have the stand and bolt the dish to it as well.
A couple years back I had a thick aircraft-cable lock securing my bicycles. The padlock just up and stopped working. We borrowed a hacksaw and we were AMAZED at how quickly that cable was severed. I think a hardened chain might take longer?
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:01 PM   #8
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What size chain do you suggest?
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:17 AM   #9
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I didn't like the idea of leaving the cable on the groung. Little one playing around canper might be a trip hazard. I took a aluminum plate mounted my dish on that then mounted to the top of camper. Only had one time when I could not get reception. Been there for 2 seasons.
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:33 AM   #10
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Thick Galvanized chain and a large Master padlock keeps our bikes and fishing cart secure at night.
My fellow campers make fun of me but I haven't had anything walk off on it's own in the middle of the night.
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