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Old 11-21-2013, 04:11 PM   #1
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Securing a generator

When I'm camping I have a 20' cable that I put through the handle on my Honda 2000 that has a steel cover and I run the other end around the back bumper or the front hitch area or through a shackle between the tires. 2 days ago they caught a low life in our parking lot with a battery powered sawzall cuting catalic converters off some toyotas. That got me thinking about a better place to put the cable. I would hate to find a shackle cut while I'm 400 mi from home. Friends have warned me to not drill a hole in the frame as it migh give me a weak spot. One friend that goes to the dunes all the time where thieft is high said he has seen a lockable clamp that goes on the frame and the cable was secured to it. Does anyone know of this or a better Idea to safely secure a cable to the frame. Thank You Mike
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Old 11-21-2013, 04:58 PM   #2
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Isn't it trivial to just cut the cable no matter where it's attached?
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:05 PM   #3
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Regardless of where you attach it or what you use, cable, chain, whatever, if they want it, they'll get it.
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:40 PM   #4
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I have seen gens attached to service trucks. Some had a flate plate made that the gen could bolt to and that would fit into the resse hitch that had a locking pin. This I might work if you have a hitch on the back of yours.
As far as drilling a hole or welding a ring to your frame. You can go by a local metal fab shop that prefabricated structural items and stairs. They will know the calculations on what can be done.
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Old 11-22-2013, 03:51 AM   #5
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I know if they want it they will get,I just got to make it hard for them.The cable and lock I have are very strong,Special from a company that makes them for the goverment.To cut this cable it needs to be in a vise and you will need a grinder. My generator has a hardened steel handle cover that honda sells so I think the rear bumper would be easier to cut if I'm not around. I boondock in the AZ desert and leave the trailer all day while I prospect.I was just looking for something that bolts on and clasps the frame. I can fabricate and weld but I was looking for something easy.my friend saw it on a toy hauler so maybe offroad shops might have something.some say bolt it to a plate and put the trailer tire over it,maybe a weaker cable so they don't cut my frame.thanks for the replies Mike
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Old 11-22-2013, 05:16 AM   #6
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I think they'd still go for the cable over a solid frame. Today's battery powered grinders are pretty powerful and will have little trouble with stranded steel. Solid steel channel / bars are a little much for them.

It's layers of protection your after. Make it too difficult or too dangerous to take. Sometimes that's not possible if you're in an are too remote.
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:53 AM   #7
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Secure generator as best you can to trailer and then you can add this to help in theft prevention......or you can make your own system.

LockAlarm: Secures and Alarms any large items from theft in seconds [E TIP, Inc.]
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Thanks for the link fonzie, I will be buying one of those,maybe 2 , one for the bicycles also . Mister you are right on the steel frame but the bumper is thin wall tubing and a sawzall will zip through that and the shackles arent much thicker. we had to cut down a cable for a certain application with a 4 1/2 Dewalt grinder and we broke 2 cutting disks before we got through.A lot of very fine tempered strands that just seem to pinch cutting disks and saw blades. Mike
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Thanks for the link fonzie, I will be buying one of those,maybe 2 , one for the bicycles also Mike
Fonzie beat me to it

In my experience, these things work - and at $30 or so a pop are inexpensive as well! When the LOUD alarm goes off, it is sure to attract attention in the campground!

And if I am around when the alarm goes off, my Glock 23 makes a great backup theft deterrent
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I run my cable thru my wheel. Hopefully deters taking the geney or trying to hook up and taking the whole trailer.
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