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Old 05-17-2013, 01:53 PM   #11
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If you don't cross the chains and lock them around the jack, the hitch locks can be useless. They can cross the chains under the tongue and pull the trailer off somewhere and remove the hitch lock.
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:04 PM   #12
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Where would I put these locks? I have seen links to other, similar-looking locks but I can't really figure out where they go. Is one supposed to go in place of the pin when I stick the ball hitch on my van? Is that for extra security while driving, in case the normal pin might vibrate out, or something?
The big one replaces as a hitch pin in the receiver. The smaller locks through a hole that secures the trailer coupler. They are stainless and would be the dickens to cut off without making a racket from using high speed power tools.
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:05 PM   #13
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Back to the OP, I would recomend a wheel lock and the cable on the battery box. An A122 could be taken on a flat bed pretty easily.

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If you don't cross the chains and lock them around the jack, the hitch locks can be useless. They can cross the chains under the tongue and pull the trailer off somewhere and remove the hitch lock.
I willl take that suggestion about the chains - I think I can fit them in the hitch lock.

How far can someone go on the chains? I had a truck in front of me hauling a boat once. First a huge nut came bouncing out from under them, next the boat started to make fast left-right moves. (Seems someone forgot to tighten the ball-nut.)

When the chains or hooks failed it went just left of an over-pass and down a hill and rolled.

It seems like chains can get you stopped, but not much more - when done right

(by the way, as an observer the pucker factor was 11)
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:14 PM   #14
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How far can someone go on the chains?
Far enough to get away to a less conspicuous location or get it loaded on a flatbed?

It seems like a trial of imagination to protect our trailers. I liked the idea of locking the chains, but imagine some forward thinking thief could just run their own chain set through the a frame and away they go. Fortunately most thieves are not too forward thinking or they wouldn't be thieves in the first place.
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:47 PM   #15
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Far enough to get away to a less conspicuous location or get it loaded on a flatbed?

It seems like a trial of imagination to protect our trailers. I liked the idea of locking the chains, but imagine some forward thinking thief could just run their own chain set through the a frame and away they go. Fortunately most thieves are not too forward thinking or they wouldn't be thieves in the first place.
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I don't worry too much about locking the camper but I do lock up my small trailers in the yard............

We had a thief break into a small local store had their car full of stolen stuff like smokes, etc. they would have gotten away but................... they ran out of gas in front of our house......... our old Lab a great judge of character (shes gone now) did not like them much so they asked for gas at the fence .....made a call to the local deputy & off to the slammer they went......

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Get a ball the same size as your hitch and cut the shank off and padlock the latch closed. That they will not be able to hitch it. They can still hook the chains unless you padlock the chains together around the jack.
Pretty darn good ideas, and now I know what to do with my spare 2 5/16" ball hitch!
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:11 PM   #17
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I don't care about someone taking the camper..........heck I would love it. What an excuse to get a new one. Plus....most insurance companies pay replacement cost or at the very least.......retail value plus sales tax. I just don't want the small break ins and steal the contents leaving the camper
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:19 PM   #18
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Regardless of all the locks, cables, chains, etc. A determined thief with a cordless grinder w/ cutoff wheel will get it in less than 5 minutes. Like the old saying goes, "locks only keep honest people honest"
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I don't care about someone taking the camper..........heck I would love it.
I didn't quite pray for someone to take may Niagara, but it was worth more as an insurance claim than as a sale, because of the replacement value in the policy. I couldn't bring myself to do anything that would have enticed thieves either because whatever financial benefit it might have been, getting your stuff stolen is ultimately not a good thing.

Now I did park under several potentially weak limbed trees while camping.....
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