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kennyd63

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Posted: 03/31/12 09:39am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This will be my first time going to a camp ground should I invest on a spare tire lock or not. I assume everyone in the CG respect everyone's else property right?


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Posted: 03/31/12 09:49am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I ran a cable bicycle lock through the wheel & spare mounting bracket, then around the bumper. Cheaper than buying a new wheel and tire. Even though the vast majority of campers are honest, there are still a few that aren’t. The cable lock won't do much for the determined thief but will deter the casual thief who sees an easy score.


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I'd worry MORE about theft of a tire when NOT in a campground or RV park
Those in the park all KNOW it takes four tires to run a trailer and trailer tires can ONLY be used on a trailer. Idiots prowling around in the night in cities know VERY LITTLE other than how to steel stuff.


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I have a lock on my spare tire, but it is not for when I am in a campground or and RV park. It is for when I am traveling and stop for a meal or in other places that I may have to stop. I have camped in a lot of places where I am able to leave my stuff setting out the whole time I am there. Haven't had anything bothered yet.

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kennyd63 wrote:

This will be my first time going to a camp ground should I invest on a spare tire lock or not. I assume everyone in the CG respect everyone's else property right?


From what Ive read on here, it sounds like I need to store my TT in a vault. It seems no where is safe to keep it. Which has me concerned, since I was able to keep my old PUP stored in a nice pole barn at the in-laws, it was always secure. Now that I have this new TT, Size prohibits me from doing that.

I guess I'll just have to find a way to secure the battery as well as the spare tire and Propane tanks.

I have a feeling my TT will end up looking like pee-wee hermans bike in "Big Adventure" when he locked it up. AND IT STILL GOT STOLEN!!




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kennyd63 wrote:

This will be my first time going to a camp ground should I invest on a spare tire lock or not. I assume everyone in the CG respect everyone's else property right?


Lock up the spare tire. And don't leave valuables out when you are not at your site. It's just called common sense when traveling.


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I do not remember anyone ever posting about having a spare stolen from their trailer. There have been a number of postings about having been broken into and items stolen from inside (most while in storage). But never a spare.

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A couple of years ago I parked in a parking lot at a Casino along with some friends that were traveling with us. I walked around the back end of the TT and saw that my tire cover was missing. My first thought was some how it had come loose and fallen off while traveling. Then I reached out and touched the tire. It wobbled back and forth. Close inspection showed that one of the two nuts holding the tire onto the tire rack had been backed off about half-way and there were scratches in the paint next to the nut. Lucky for me, something must have scared off the would be thief.
When I returned home I ran a chain through the spokes of the spare tire wheel and around the bumper. Then pad locked the chain.

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I took my Dreml yesterday and cut me off a link of chain and ran it through the spokes of my spare tire with a lock. I have been camping for years and have not had anything stolen. Everyone in the campgrounds have been real nice. The reason I put a lock on it is when we are traveling.

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4x4Bob wrote:

A couple of years ago I parked in a parking lot at a Casino along with some friends that were traveling with us. I walked around the back end of the TT and saw that my tire cover was missing. My first thought was some how it had come loose and fallen off while traveling. Then I reached out and touched the tire. It wobbled back and forth. Close inspection showed that one of the two nuts holding the tire onto the tire rack had been backed off about half-way and there were scratches in the paint next to the nut. Lucky for me, something must have scared off the would be thief.
When I returned home I ran a chain through the spokes of the spare tire wheel and around the bumper. Then pad locked the chain.Bob


Another easier way is to put one or two locking lug nuts on the spare tire.

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