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I'm thinking about getting a couple of pad locks to lock my tow bar setup. These locks (2 or maybe 4) would be used for boon-docking situations (like at a Walmart) or when I need to be away from the RV and toad for a few hours.

I naturally would take the ignition key out of the toad and lock the doors before leaving but I thought as an extra measure, the pad locks might make sense to help prevent theft of either vehicle (RV or toad).

Do any of you experienced RV'ers with toads use pad locks instead of quick pins on your tow bar hook ups?

The pad locks I've been thinking about are the Master Lock 4 digit combination type pad locks that Walmart has.

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Posted: 11/16/11 12:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use the locking pins available as optional for the Blue OX. I Never leave home without them locked, one moron pulls one pin. A prescription for a bad day.

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I haven't yet, because I didn't need to use them. However, I carry locking pins in the event I want to use them.


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OpenRoadsUSA wrote:

I use the locking pins available as optional for the Blue OX. I Never leave home without them locked, one moron pulls one pin. A prescription for a bad day.
That's a good point! I didn't think of that possibility. I was more concerned of a vehicle theft situation. Just having a pin or two missing would make a bad day for sure.

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I use LOCKS.


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I have my towbar locked to my MH and my brackets are locked to my Jeep. I do not use locking pins because in the event I need to disconnect in a hurry (think fire) I do not want to worry about a lock. I check my towbar everytime I stop before driving away again. The only way someone could pull a pin would be at a stoplight and I am usually looking in the mirrors and rear view camera so I think I would notice if that happened. If someone can run fast enough to pull the pin while I am going down the road I might have a problem.

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I use the 4-pack keyed-alike locks for my toad setup plus a locking hitch pin. Don't know if I would go with the digit type locks. They get awfully dirty and may be hard to operate after awhile.


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zigzagrv wrote:

I use the 4-pack keyed-alike locks for my toad setup plus a locking hitch pin. Don't know if I would go with the digit type locks. They get awfully dirty and may be hard to operate after awhile.
I hadn't thought of that either. And, the fact (now thinking) that one key to open the 4 pad locks is easier than turning the 4 dials on 4 locks makes sense.

I already have a locking hitch pin...

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Locks stay on mine always.


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Locks you suggest may not prevent someone from stealing the toad, if it's a BlueOx base plate. The inserts can still be turned and removed from the toad. Not so easy with tow bar still attached but can be done.

Do you worry about the toad being stolen when you drive it somewhere and park it? It's easier to steal it that way then when still attached to the MH.

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