Please be careful as to where you store your travel trailer or fifth wheel. Our 2014 Coachmen Freedom Express 305RKDS travel trailer, which we bought last December 2013, was stolen on November 11 from the truck parking lot in an area owned by the company my husband works for. We had a hitch ball lock in place, but that didn't deter the thief. I was so devastated as our personal belongings were in it, and a few of them are non-replaceable. A week later our trailer was found 20 miles out in the country hidden behind a barn! We got it back, as well as our personal belongings; however, we had several items missing. The thief and a boy were living in our TT for a week and messed it up. They slept on our bed, used our bathroom, ate our food, watched our TV, etc. They were practically into every nook and cranny of our trailer, violating our personal space and privacy. Our TT was no longer our "home sweet home." Last Saturday, we traded this trailer for a new 2015 Heritage Glen 302FK.
When our trailer was found and brought home, I immediately bought a padlock for the coupler latch, another hitch ball lock, and a tire boot lock (the store had only one left, we plan to get another one). When we bring our new TT home, we will definitely lock it up. I am now waiting to hear from our insurance agent as to whether we should add a GPS tracking device. The thieves are definitely pros as they will steal within minutes.
I learned during this experience that stealing travel or fifth wheel trailers is the norm. Thieves want them as meth labs, live in them during hunting or fishing seasons, or free housing.
~~Mark & Peggy~~
2014 Coachmen Freedom Express 305RKDS (stolen, found, and traded)
2015 Heritage Glen 302FK
pulled by 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel