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Old 03-02-2016, 12:09 PM   #11
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How many out there are using a trailer hitch lock at a campsite when trailer is unattended? If so, what type of lock is the best? Has anyone actually had their trailer stolen from a campsite with a trailer hitch lock? Has anyone that does not use a hitch lock have their trailer stolen?
Hi I lock the hitch with a padlock made for locking up a tow behind. The lock is made so it fits tight around the latch. If the lock dose not fit tight around the latch it is easy pickings with a bolt cutter! I also went to Walmart and picked up a cheap china 2 5/8 ball. I have cut the bolt off the bottom of the ball so it can not be bolted to a hitch. I put this in the TT hitch when I lock up at site of storage. 2" ball will not work now and hopefully they will look for more easy pickings. I always lock the Hitch when I am towing. Have read about not so nice people unlatching the hitch
at rest stops or gas stations. Have a friend who did not lock TT came unhitched safety chains kept the TT behind him but TT and TV were a mess. lucky no one was hurt!

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Old 03-02-2016, 12:36 PM   #12
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In 20 years, and five different towables, mostly in California, I have never used a lock.
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Old 03-05-2016, 08:30 AM   #13
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I use a lock for safety when it is hooked on the car. On a campground, I leave the lock there, so I don't lose it, it is free. If the camper is stolen and the insurance adjuster asks if the good was locked, I can always say YES, even if I know that a good battery-powered grinder can get through the lock within 15 seconds.

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Old 03-05-2016, 07:35 PM   #14
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I carry a lock if i ever have to leave the trailer on the side of the road...thats it
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Old 03-06-2016, 10:07 AM   #15
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I use a hitch lock and hitch pin lock at home. I use the hitch pin lock while towing. It's mostly a mental thing.. if the hitch pin goes through I know the coupler is properly seated on the ball. I use the hitch pin while camping so I know where it is when I get ready to leave.
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Old 03-06-2016, 10:28 AM   #16
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We use a hitch pin lock when towing, camping, and in storage. When camping or storing, I have an old 2 5/16 ball with the shank cut off that I insert into the hitch and lock in place. No one can use an undersized ball to hook up with my "plug" in place.
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Old 03-13-2016, 05:27 PM   #17
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Old 03-14-2016, 09:23 PM   #18
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I use a fairly simple four digit combination lock on the coupler while towing and when at camp. It could probably be broken with a good crowbar. This draw bar has a solid locking pin.

The coupler lock is there to dissuade opportunistic thieves, the kind that think something that is not locked is there for the taking.
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Old 03-14-2016, 09:38 PM   #19
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Nope do not use or have one. They want it they will get it. That's what I pay insurance for. Later RJD
^^^I agree completely^^^
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Old 03-14-2016, 09:48 PM   #20
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30 years of camping never locked a camper hitch in a camp ground never heard of a camper being stolen from a campground. I am sure it has happened.......but I am not worried about it.

I had a friend that could pick a master lock faster than I could open the same lock with a key............ Locking the trailer hitch would just be a mental thing........ no need........ Campgrounds would be the last place I would worry about the trailer being stolen.

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