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Beverley&Ken

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Posted: 12/29/18 11:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As others have said, they make kingpin locks. Like your trailer locks they will keep honest people, honest.
A 5er would have less change of being stolen, fewer trucks have 5th wheel hitches. They would probably steal the truck first/ It would probably be a planned/targeted job IF it ever happened. Your open slides, awning etc, would probably be more of a deterrent than taking a battery powered grinder to the hitch king pin lock.


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We left the 31' 5er at a campground storage area for 2 weeks. We were coming back for another stay and didn't want to make the 320 mile trip again in that short period.
I carry a 12" long piece of 5/16" grade 70 transport chain to put around the pin..... and a large master lock.
As was mentioned a cordless grinder with a thin radiac cutoff wheel makes short work of any type lock system.


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Posted: 12/30/18 12:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a friend in the trucking industry that gave me a commercial level pin lock for my fifth wheel. This thing is a serious piece of metal. I don't think anything other than a torch would get through it. I am very aware of where the key is at all times otherwise I'd be in real trouble.

I used to be more worried about theft but that diminishes with each year as the rig gets older. I'm at the point now where I hardly care.

If I got a new fifth wheel, I'd use the lock again and consider wiring in a hidden switch to disable the landing gear, much harder to steal when the legs don't move. Especially if it's raised a little nose high above a normal hitching height.


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Posted: 12/31/18 06:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use a simple Husky fifth wheel/kingpin lock whenever the camper goes into storage and/or is left closed up and unattended. I don't both locking it up at campsites as the thief would have to undo all of the campsite stuff (slides, sewer, electric, moving **** under/in-front of it, etc) in order to take it.

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Neighbor got a small Winnie TT a few weeks ago and he's got screw chocks between the tires, a ball lock =and= wheel clamps on both sides. [emoticon]

Personally, I had a simple pipe with slots cut in it aligned with the pin slot and a lock that went through the slots. Pretty inexpensive, but I figured it'd deter the lazy thieves since a determined one would have a way to get it anyway.

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I had a nice locked, 16 ft. utility-car hauler stolen in Nov., and have learned a lot from the sheriff dept. Thieves scout out potential stuff, share, and even take orders. Many are well educated on how landing gears and hitches work. The deputy stated that my lock was not likely cut but the safety chains simply crossed and fastened together, looped over their hitch, jack raised and off they went. So no kind of hitch lock that he knew of would help, as most in our area are stolen by this method.
A fiver would be a more trouble and take longer but creative crooks could manage; so mine now has a kingpin lock that may slow them somewhat.


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I use a kingpin lock - even at the campground. I would think a unit with a 6 pt leveling system would be harder to steal and if not raised a lot of damage would occur if moved while they are down.


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If you can put a lock on it, lock it. I lock the 5th wheel hitch as well as the 5th wheel king pin. For the low cost of doing that, it may make them leave mine alone and go to yours.......
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I have a kingpin lock that I use when in storage. I have a master lock I use with the kingpin tripod when I'm on a campsite. I agree that a clever thief who is determined will find a way to steal it. But I sleep better knowing I've done what I can to make them think twice. I also feel like if it were ever stolen, I would be able to tell the insurance company that I had taken precautions to prevent it. Back in the day if your car was stolen, the first 2 questions the insurance company would ask: 1) Was it locked? and 2) Were the keys in it?


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ETCrockett wrote:

Back in the day if your car was stolen, the first 2 questions the insurance company would ask: 1) Was it locked? and 2) Were the keys in it?


That wasn't an issue for my father-in-law who had his car stolen. He went outside one cold morning and started the car. Ran inside to take a leak; when he came out, the car was gone.

He told the insurance agent the keys were in it and it was running.

Insurance covered it without batting an eye.

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