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Old 05-16-2013, 09:48 PM   #1
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So many locks

I've been trying to figure out what kind of lock to put on the tongue (is that even the right term?) of my camper, so it doesn't get stolen out of my driveway when I downsize to one driving vehicle, by searching the forums. It's hard to figure out what lock to choose for that, but then I am reading about locks to put in other places. While parked. While towing. On the hitch. For the generator. Battery. This. That. It's all so confusing.

Basically, what are the essential locks should I be using, where and why?

I did figure out putting a padlock to the left of the camper door in order to keep the roof shut during towing.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:52 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:36 PM   #3
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There is no fool proof lock just slows them down a bit........ fortunately it doesn't happen but it does happen........ I had a race with a friend we each had a #3 Master lock I had the key he had .... pick tools ... he got his to open faster than I did with the key.......


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Old 05-16-2013, 10:41 PM   #4
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I got so much locks and keys that goes with them but I use them to prevent the casual theft. I like the idea of locking the chains, I'll do that next time. Here are the locks I highly recommend:
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The bike chain around the battery is a must. The coupler lock and the red ball inside
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Lock the tire and a bike chain to lock the BAL leveler.

I got insurance for the rig just in case...
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:49 AM   #5
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Trimax Locks makes a nice stainless reciever and trailer tounge set of dogbone locks that are keyed alike. Along with a variety of other locks. After I bent the tongue lock by backing into it, it was replaced with an inexpensive tongue lock from Walmart because my Niagara was pretty old at that point.
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:13 AM   #6
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Locks just stop lazy crooks - luckily they are mostly lazy.
I found this one, and so far the trailer is still there.
Trimax UMAX50 Premium Universal 'Solid Hardened Steel' Trailer Lock (fits all couplers) : Amazon.com : Automotive
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:20 AM   #7
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X2 OldCoot, I did the same with my TT, cut off the threaded shank on a old trailer ball leaving a nub to grab hold of and just lock it to the coupler. A word of advice is to figure out how many locks you need and get them all keyed the same, will save time looking for keys......

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I picked up one like this at Northern Tools.

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Not a perfect solution but I think it helps us sleep better at night. I am just happy we live in a good neighborhood.
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Trimax Locks makes a nice stainless reciever and trailer tounge set of dogbone locks that are keyed alike. Along with a variety of other locks. After I bent the tongue lock by backing into it, it was replaced with an inexpensive tongue lock from Walmart because my Niagara was pretty old at that point.
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?
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Old 05-17-2013, 01:46 PM   #10
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To reduce keys, I use a combination code receiver lock made by Trimax. A keyed coupler ball lock is used when we leave campground to explore local area. I bought a battery lock but havent used it since whrn trailer not in use, is in the shop in backyard.
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