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Well, I've decided that I would rather be on the side of doing too much to prevent theft and vandalism while on the road... I think this will bring a peace of mind while on the road.

Today, I bought 4 pad locks for my set up. Two larger locks for the base plate piece and two smaller ones for the pins that hook the toad to the tow bar - similar keyed for each set of two locks.

Originally, I had bought 4 of the larger (same keyed) pad locks but of course I discovered that that particular size was just a bit too large to fit in the holes within the pins themselves.

I tried out the locks this afternoon. I think I am finding that it is quicker to lock / unlock the locks than to fiddle around with the quick pins. Interesting...

It seems most respondents here do lock their tow bar set ups.


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"It seems most respondents here do lock their tow bar set ups."

Perhaps the lock users are more willing to talk about it than the non-users.


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mowermech wrote:

"It seems most respondents here do lock their tow bar set ups."

Perhaps the lock users are more willing to talk about it than the non-users.
You could be correct about that.

I made my decision based on the responses to my original topic question here on this forum. $15 for the 4 locks is a small investment to prevent huge problems down the road. That's good enough for me.

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Until now, I thought that I was in the minority because I have always locked my tow bar. I lock the tow bar to the MH and I lock the pins that connect the tow bar to the toad's base plate. My Jeep Wrangler, with a soft top, does not use a smart key. I have to leave a key in the ignition to keep the steering wheel unlocked. If I overnight in a parking lot, I always want to be able to leave quickly if there is a problem. Therefore, I leave the key in the ignition which could allow someone to steal my toad if it where not locked to the MH. I am a little concerned about the time it would take to disconnect the toad in an emergency, but I only use two keyed-alike locks in the pins that may only take a small amount of time to unlock. I realize, a real thief will get my toad no matter what I do; however, I have more peace of mind using the locks. Even with the locks, I always inspect the tow bar and toad after each stop.

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I always padlock my towbar connections...had a Roadmaster that needed 4...all keyed the same....have a BlueOx Aventa II and only need 2 now....it's a nice feeling knowing that no one will tamper with the bar when stopped somewhere, or steal a component from it, leaving you with a non towable toad...some folks worry about disconnecting in a hurry if there's a fire...the way these coaches burn, I dont think I'd want to be working at the rear for very long...and I'd just let er go up too


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Keyed alike padlocks. And it isn't to keep the car from being stolen. It's to keep the pins from disappearing.


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Bobbo wrote:

A real life saver, and worth every cent of the $3 they cost:

http://www.lowes.com/pd_120648-29318-162........__s%3FNtt%3Dtowing%26page%3D3&facetInfo=
Almost lost the hitch on my car using those.

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docj wrote:

I thought it was worth noting that I don't have to remove the key from the toad because I use a "dummy" key that can't start the car. I had a local locksmith make a copy of the key without the "chip" needed to make it work. So anytime the toad is hitched to the MH, the key is in the ignition. One less thing to have to think about.

Me too, but I got mine at the local hardware store. They had blanks in stock and were able to cut them. Only a dollar fifty.

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wny_pat wrote:

Bobbo wrote:

A real life saver, and worth every cent of the $3 they cost:

http://www.lowes.com/pd_120648-29318-162........__s%3FNtt%3Dtowing%26page%3D3&facetInfo=
Almost lost the hitch on my car using those.

Could you provide some details?


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Bobbo wrote:

wny_pat wrote:

Bobbo wrote:

A real life saver, and worth every cent of the $3 they cost:

http://www.lowes.com/pd_120648-29318-162........__s%3FNtt%3Dtowing%26page%3D3&facetInfo=
Almost lost the hitch on my car using those.

Could you provide some details?
Can't tell you except I found the hitch with about a 1 1/2" to 2" still in the receiver and that pin and clip were missing. Someone may have pulled the clip out, I don't know. Discovered it missing about 35 miles from home.

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