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Old 08-16-2019, 09:20 AM   #41
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if you have a manual jack with top crank, removing the crank handle is very easy to do, ... replace the handle screw with a safety pin and then remove the crank handle, ... while it may not be a guaranteed 100% stopper(just like all the other ideas), it would probably present the thief with an unexpected road block that he would have to deal with, ...
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Old 08-16-2019, 09:37 AM   #42
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if you have a manual jack with top crank, removing the crank handle is very easy to do, ... replace the handle screw with a safety pin and then remove the crank handle, ... while it may not be a guaranteed 100% stopper(just like all the other ideas), it would probably present the thief with an unexpected road block that he would have to deal with, ...
Maybe. A pair of vicegrips would make a quick handle.
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Maybe. A pair of vicegrips would make a quick handle.
yes, ... IF he brings vice grips, they sure would, ... and IF he brings bolt cutters, all those chains would be of no use, ... and IF he brings four new tires, the trailers with tires removed wouldn't stop him, ... and IF he brings a blow torch, those fancy wheel locks won't stop him, ... and IF, IF, IF, .......
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I keep good insurance on it, don't keep anything stored on it that is worth anything and don't worry about it.
What he said!
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I bought a 8ft chain and run it over the axle and through the rim. Also got a high security lock that I lock up by the axle. If they take mine they are going to have to work hard and make a lot of noise.
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Old 08-16-2019, 01:31 PM   #47
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yes, ... IF he brings vice grips, they sure would, ... and IF he brings bolt cutters, all those chains would be of no use, ... and IF he brings four new tires, the trailers with tires removed wouldn't stop him, ... and IF he brings a blow torch, those fancy wheel locks won't stop him, ... and IF, IF, IF, .......
Just saying vicegrips are pretty common - unlike bolt cutters, 4 spare tires or a blow torch.

I'll bet everyone of us has the former, and very few, if any of us, have the latter.
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Just saying vicegrips are pretty common - unlike bolt cutters, 4 spare tires or a blow torch.

I'll bet everyone of us has the former, and very few, if any of us, have the latter.
why do you find it necessary to criticize my post #40, ... it's a suggested idea, just like the two dozen others that have been suggested, ... I didn't say it was fool proof, in fact I said it wasn't(did you read the post?), ... your posts #3 & #18, are implying to the OP, that "doing nothing" is just as good as any of these ideas that these folks are giving you, they just don't know it, ... the OP asked for suggestions for best securing his rig, you've now made 4 posts and have yet to offer one, ... that is, unless "do nothing" IS your contribution to the discussion, ...
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why do you find it necessary to criticize my post #40, ... it's a suggested idea, just like the two dozen others that have been suggested, ... I didn't say it was fool proof, in fact I said it wasn't(did you read the post?), ... your posts #3 & #18, are implying to the OP, that "doing nothing" is just as good as any of these ideas that these folks are giving you, they just don't know it, ... the OP asked for suggestions for best securing his rig, you've now made 4 posts and have yet to offer one, ... that is, unless "do nothing" IS your contribution to the discussion, ...
Sorry I have offended you; it certainly was NOT my intent. (But I sort of felt your Post 42 was criticizing MY post 41, so maybe we're even.) I was simply trying to point out that removing a handle isn't much of a fix when lots of folks have vice grips.

I don't believe the guys stealing rigs just show up with NOTHING but their bare hands. They may not have blow torches and bolt cutters, but that doesn't mean they have NO tools at all.

But you're right, MY contribution IS do nothing, but I get the impression that you don't find that acceptable. I simply lock my coupler and I walk away. If they want to steal it, I have insurance. Since most stolen rigs end up as meth labs, I sure don't want it back. And no matter what happens with it, I can tell you the DW won't want to live it again.
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Old 08-17-2019, 04:51 AM   #50
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The talent level on the professional criminals is scary ... I say make an effort and have good insurance ... when these pros came thru and hit the storage lots where we parked our lawn maint trailers locks meant nothing ... I use to back the rigs up to each other so there was no way to put the ramp down and bar the side doors with 2x6's from the inside that helped some till they just peeled the corner of the door open like a can of tuna ...
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Old 08-17-2019, 06:56 AM   #51
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BOTTOM LINE: If they want it, they're gonna find a way to take it. Got to work last Wednesday and several areas were warmer than normal. Management called HVAC company. Tech comes in and tells manager to come with him. Go on roof....thru two locked and chained gates. 3 HVAC units completely stripped of copper. Coils cut out with Saws All. Review security video and they were on the roof for 2.5 hrs.
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Old 08-17-2019, 07:19 AM   #52
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Burglary tool of choice that replaced bolt cutters is a cordless cut-off wheel. Bolt cutters that can cut hardened stuff are hard to conceal, the construction industry has solve that problem for thieves. They cut the parking "Boots" off all the time, parking enforcement comes back and finds their boot laying in the gutter and the car gone.
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As many others have stated, and I myself do, get good insurance, don't leave valuables in it and save your money that would otherwise be spent on theft deterrents. If "they" want it "they" are going to find a way to get it. If that happens, I DO NOT want it back.
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Old 08-20-2019, 01:23 AM   #54
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My sister had her TT stolen from her yard. It had a hitch lock on it which the person cut off, drove it off property dragging the jack until they got to the street and then cranked it up.
My question to you all is this: I’m planning on putting my 32’ travel trailer in my yard shortly as I’ll be done using it for a while - what is the best locking mechanism for the hitch and/or wheels? I will be putting at least 2 of the 3 slides out as a deterrent.
Put a cover on it! What they donít see then donít mess with.
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