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Posted: 12/29/18 10:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just leave my 5th wheel hitch hanging from king pin when not towing

Thief would have to deal with the hanging hitch before they could even begin hooking up

Thieves are 'low lifes' sulking about hoping no one notices them or interacts with them.
Thefts are more likely to be 'processions' contained within the trailer vs the trailer itself and good chances that will occur when trailer is in storage


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My BIL parked his brand new 5th wheel in front of his business after returning from his first week end out. The next morning it was gone. It was eventually found. It turns out the thief never bothered to lift the jacks as it was found with the jack legs bent over. I lock my pin when it is parked but kind of doubt a thief would steal an old trailer like mine when he could get a much newer one for the same price.


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I have been full timing for 8 years now and never heard of anybody having their 5er stolen ,when I bought my first 5er I bought a King Pin lock used it once and that was it and gave it away


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There is hardly a lock made that can't be cut off with a cordless grinder and a cut-off wheel in about 30 seconds. My trailer has a battery cut off switch locked inside my battery compartment. I installed it and it shuts down everything. I park my trailer nose high for better drainage which makes it hard to hitch and just drag away. I store it in a highly secured facility that has cameras, alarms and a coded lock on the gates. That being said...I still use a lock on the kingpin but only when in storage. Silly me.

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I was getting some yard work done and temporarily stored the trailer at my neighbors house. Neighbor is a cop. He asked me if I was going to put a lock on it...which got me thinking.....

Like others, I figured getting a 5th wheel hooked up by a thief is a much harder job than a TT. Besides that at home it is stored behind a locked gate.

That said, this thread is going to get me asking my neighbor about what he has seen next time I talk to him.....

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I made my kingpin lock using the cap off an oxygen bottle. A thief would have to use a cutting torch to get it off.

I had a friend that purchased his 5r on friday and parked it in his driveway and on Sunday he left for a few hours and returned to find his 5r missing, so there are definately reasons to be concerned.


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I couldn't decide which worried me more, having my 5th stolen without a lock or getting paranoid about loosing the lock key and not being able to hook up again[emoticon]

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4x4ord wrote:

My BIL parked his brand new 5th wheel in front of his business after returning from his first week end out. The next morning it was gone. It was eventually found. It turns out the thief never bothered to lift the jacks as it was found with the jack legs bent over. I lock my pin when it is parked but kind of doubt a thief would steal an old trailer like mine when he could get a much newer one for the same price.
Curious how the thieves got the trailer off their truck with bent jack legs.


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Posted: 12/29/18 10:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Super_Dave wrote:

4x4ord wrote:

My BIL parked his brand new 5th wheel in front of his business after returning from his first week end out. The next morning it was gone. It was eventually found. It turns out the thief never bothered to lift the jacks as it was found with the jack legs bent over. I lock my pin when it is parked but kind of doubt a thief would steal an old trailer like mine when he could get a much newer one for the same price.
Curious how the thieves got the trailer off their truck with bent jack legs.


I don't know for sure but I think the trailer was found about three weeks later abandoned and hooked up to a stolen truck.

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