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DutchmenSport

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Posted: 12/29/18 09:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Because of another thread posted just a short while ago, I got to thinking. On all my travel trailers with an A-Frame style ball and coupler hitch systems, and my utility trailers, I always kept a hitch lock inside the coupler of the trailer. Mine were the simple D-shaped systems that went over the top of the coupler and a ball fit inside the coupler. The 2 separated to insert and remove.

Now that I have a 5er, I never thought about any kind of locking mechanism for the king pin. My thoughts are, to take the trailer, one would have to retract the jacks, raise the front, pull in the slides, pull in the awning, and disconnect the power. A true "thief" would get a lot of attention if they pulled into the street with a camper dragging jacks, slides extended, and awnings broken off, for sure. So, the possibility of a thief actually taking a 5er, unless it was tucked away for storage and all closed up, is probably very slim.

So, what about repossessors? We've all seen the videos on YouTube and television about companies that repossess automobiles for the lenders. I imagine, if they can repossess airplaines, a fifth wheel travel trailer would be pretty easy. The odds are slim, but this is about the only scenario I can think of where someone might try taking a camper, especially a 5er.

But still, it got me to thinking.

Does anyone use any kind of locking mechanism on their 5er king pin? I'm just wondering? Do they even make any kind of lockable device for this?

I would think, if there was a locking device on the king pin, it really would be difficult to simply slap a chain around a 5er and drag it down the road. So odds of theft, I agree, are pretty mute. But still, it got wondering?


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Dont have a 5er but why wouldn't a bike lock work?


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There are many variations of king pin locks. Just google it. I use this one. But only when in storage. But even then, I don't really think it is necessary in my case as it is fenced, gated, and attended storage.

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I don't have one but on a few occasions on trips I've dropped the 5er in public locations to do local sightseeing with just the truck and sort of wished I had one. Thinking I'm going to get one before our next summer trip.


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I've seen them for my Andersen but ridiculously priced. Someone recommended a wheel lock and those seemed pretty reasonable.


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With a $20 ball...9 out of 10 half ton or larger trucks could tow away your travel trailer (might be way over weight or unsafe but that's not typically high priority for criminals).

9 out of 10 trucks don't have a 5th wheel hitch and your average criminal likely doesn't even understand how they work.

As far as jacks and slides...really not much difference from a bumper pull.

They do make king pin locks but really if you know what you are doing, it's not hard to defeat any of the ball or pin locking systems.


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BB_TX wrote:

I use this one.
I use the same. Mine is bright yellow, easily seen from the street. I see it as a deterrent.


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A kingpin lock is an inexpensive deterrent so I like using one when the rig is left solo in public places or storage. Do I expect it to get stolen while its set up with us around, not likely. Storage or left in a parking lot while I go sight seeing etc it more likely.

If they want it, its likely gone but I'm not gonna make it that easy.


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Super_Dave wrote:

I've seen them for my Andersen but ridiculously priced. Someone recommended a wheel lock and those seemed pretty reasonable.



What are the chances someone is going to steal a fifth wheel with the Andersen hitch adapter on their kingpin, pretty slim. I think I will take my chances having an Andersen fifth wheel hitch.

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I suppose it's possible, much like anything, but seems to be highly unlikely. I suppose if you camp in fairly secluded places and leave your trailer for extended periods, i.e. a week or so, then the risk may be kind of high. Or if you store your trailer in an unsecured, or unguarded area, then it also might be at fairly high risk. But if you store it in a secure area, use it frequently when it is not in storage, then I would say theft risk is negligible. From what I can tell 5th wheel thefts are not all that common to begin with.

I guess it just depends on what your "worry factor" is set at.


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