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Old 03-17-2014, 05:07 PM   #1
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5th Wheel Informal Survey

I am interested in knowing if you use a padlock through the locking lever of your fifth wheel hitch. I have heard stories of a passerby teenager unlocking the fifth wheel while you are away from the rig for awhile, causing disaster when you try to pull away later. If there are enough responses, I'll figure a percentage and post it.

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Old 03-17-2014, 05:08 PM   #2
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Using the web site, you can make an actual poll.

I don't lock. I understand why you would, I just don't.

2 of the 4 delivery drivers I interacted with did lock.

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Old 03-17-2014, 05:11 PM   #3
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I padlock and have a full bed hard cover tonneau cover on while towing and the cover won't lift high enough to get to the handle anyway.
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Old 03-17-2014, 05:13 PM   #4
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We don't lock, but we do have a bungee cord we use to keep the handle down so that it does not interfere with the operation of our rolling hard cover.

I will usually take the metal "U" of the bungee and put it through the lock hole just as a added measure of security.

If we stop and leave the unit unattended, DW and I *always* do a walk around before hitting the road.

Having said all this though you have me thinking it might not be a bad idea to put a small combo lock on the reese just to be on the safe side...
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Old 03-17-2014, 05:20 PM   #5
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It would be easier for me to pull the handle off than to padlock it.

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Old 03-17-2014, 05:25 PM   #6
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If I know I'll be stopping for fuel or a rest stop I put a lock on it. For short local camping trips I don't bother.

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Old 03-17-2014, 05:33 PM   #7
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I do not lock. I'm not usually away from it for very long, I have a retaining pin in it and the truck is high enough it's not something you can just very easily reach in to unlatch, my handle is always pointed down also because of my toneau cover.

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Old 03-17-2014, 05:43 PM   #8
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My Pullrite does not have provisions for locking. Anyway there is no way to pull the handle if the rig isn't raised off the truck.

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Old 03-17-2014, 05:49 PM   #9
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My Pullrite does not have provisions for locking. Anyway there is no way to pull the handle if the rig isn't raised off the truck.
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Old 03-17-2014, 05:58 PM   #10
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I do not put a lock on mine. I do use a hitch pin with a integral spring clip though.

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