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Posted: 04/25/12 10:34am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use a keyed masterlock padlock. I bought the four padlock set so all my locks use the same key. The other locks are used to secure bikes, genny, canoe, etc.


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Do NOT use an aluminum carabiner!!!!

You can practically cut those things with scissors! Anything that would make the coupler latch jump open would shear one of those things right off.

If you've got your heart set on a carabiner, get a steel one from the hardware store, or use a "PTO pin."

There are also products in the towing aisle at Walmart or Oreilly's, not locks, but safety pins.


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Posted: 04/25/12 12:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

buzzard616 wrote:

I've used one of these PTO pins for years. You should be able to get them in the trailer section of any store that has one or a farm supply store.


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I use one of those as well. You can also get them at Home Depot. If I'm planning on being away from the trailer (hooked to my truck or not), then I'll throw on the coupler lock (see the post above). I also use the Master Lock model.

PS, here in California it is illegal to tow without some sort of pin in the coupler, locking or otherwise. Not sure about any other states. Just an FYI for anyone reading the thread.


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Posted: 04/25/12 02:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I like the PTO pin idea.
I can not imagine though that the carabiner could break, and I don't think you could cut it with scissors either. It is rated at 100 lbs.
That being said, and it just being my opinion (not test data), I think a $2 pin is worth it, just in case. Thanks for all the replies!

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In 35+ years of towing I have used nothing. Never a problem.


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buzzard616 wrote:

I've used one of these PTO pins for years. You should be able to get them in the trailer section of any store that has one or a farm supply store.


Stu


+3 came with the trailer to attach the foot on the tongue jack.

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I use a PTO Pin which is what the dealer supplied me with and they showed me to run the breakaway cable and the pigtail cord under the loop. It keeps everything tidy and you do not have to worry about it dragging on the ground or getting caught on something.


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ArcticDodge wrote:

I use a keyed masterlock padlock. I bought the four padlock set so all my locks use the same key. The other locks are used to secure bikes, genny, canoe, etc.


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Posted: 04/27/12 09:32am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Use a padlock. When sitting at home I have a Fulton Gorilla Guard lock. Keeps the padlock out of the weather enough that it will be years before I have to worry about rust.


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I picked up a Master brand coupler lock/hitch pin lock set at WM four years ago. They are keyed the same. Really easy to use and I've never had trouble with rust. I give them a shot of graphite once a year. Plus almost any hardware store and many grocery stores can make duplicate keys in case one gets lost.


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