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Posted: 09/10/21 08:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IMHO, remove 2 tires and store them somewhere else.

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Thankyou for the additional replies. That coupler lock might slow em down. [emoticon]

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toedtoes wrote:

Stealing a travel trailer isn't like stealing a vehicle because there isn't a real black market in selling parts.

That leaves most thefts in one of two categories:

1. joyriding. this will most likely be teenagers who see a bit of "fun" to be had.

2. a cheap sale to someone not interested in legalities.


Small trailers are common targets of theft, because they're under the minimum weight that requires a title to sell in some states. Not needing a title makes them easier to sell to unsuspecting buyers.

Naturally, their small size also makes them easier to steal, and to hide after being stolen.

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Skibane wrote:

toedtoes wrote:

Stealing a travel trailer isn't like stealing a vehicle because there isn't a real black market in selling parts.

That leaves most thefts in one of two categories:

1. joyriding. this will most likely be teenagers who see a bit of "fun" to be had.

2. a cheap sale to someone not interested in legalities.


Small trailers are common targets of theft, because they're under the minimum weight that requires a title to sell in some states. Not needing a title makes them easier to sell to unsuspecting buyers.

Naturally, their small size also makes them easier to steal, and to hide after being stolen.


I agree small trailer thefts are more common. The point I was trying to make is that most thieves don't care about damaging a trailer during the theft. They aren't looking to get top dollar for it. They'll sell it fast and cheap.

A coupler lock won't stop a theft because the thieves just attach the tow chains and go.

The best we can do is make our trailer less convenient than the one down the street.


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Sometimes our minds will create a mousetrap that we think is unbeatable. Then something stupid happens and we must "beat" our "unbeatable" solution.

Case in point: We all have locks on the doors and windows of our homes; and when jump into our RVs and leave we feel safe. But, if we stupidly locked the keys inside the home, everyone of us would find away to "break in" to retrieve those keys.

Every locking device/setup mentioned here is not foolproof. Said differently, if you lost the key to your mousetrap, everyone of you would find a way to "break in" and undo your mousetrap.

Locks keep honest people honest. To a thief, locks are nuisances and consume valuable time; my deterrence to theft is to increase the nuisance level and the time involved to "break in".


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Whatever you get make sure it is not just a hitch pin lock. The lock MUST also cover the ball entrance as well. Why? well with the size of the typical trailer ball, if the hitch pin is locked and the ball socket isn't covered, all that is needed to tow the trailer away is a 1 7/8" or 2" ball. the hitch will drop right down on it and away it goes. yes, the ball isn't locked, but still can be towed, especially with typical tongue weights.


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Timmo! wrote:

Sometimes our minds will create a mousetrap that we think is unbeatable. Then something stupid happens and we must "beat" our "unbeatable" solution.

Case in point: We all have locks on the doors and windows of our homes; and when jump into our RVs and leave we feel safe. But, if we stupidly locked the keys inside the home, everyone of us would find away to "break in" to retrieve those keys.

Every locking device/setup mentioned here is not foolproof. Said differently, if you lost the key to your mousetrap, everyone of you would find a way to "break in" and undo your mousetrap.

Locks keep honest people honest. To a thief, locks are nuisances and consume valuable time; my deterrence to theft is to increase the nuisance level and the time involved to "break in".


Well said. The best deterrence might be to use two on them. One hitch lock and one wheel lock. Then a common thief will move on to a easier one.

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CavemanCharlie wrote:

Timmo! wrote:

Sometimes our minds will create a mousetrap that we think is unbeatable. Then something stupid happens and we must "beat" our "unbeatable" solution.

Case in point: We all have locks on the doors and windows of our homes; and when jump into our RVs and leave we feel safe. But, if we stupidly locked the keys inside the home, everyone of us would find away to "break in" to retrieve those keys.

Every locking device/setup mentioned here is not foolproof. Said differently, if you lost the key to your mousetrap, everyone of you would find a way to "break in" and undo your mousetrap.

Locks keep honest people honest. To a thief, locks are nuisances and consume valuable time; my deterrence to theft is to increase the nuisance level and the time involved to "break in".


Well said. The best deterrence might be to use two on them. One hitch lock and one wheel lock. Then a common thief will move on to a easier one.


Yah. It would probably enough to make them move on. And it’s not a lot of hassle.

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Thermoguy wrote:

I think I read on here that any ball lock can be bypassed, the best way to insure no once can steel it, use a thick chain and chain the 2 wheels together. Then it can't be moved because the wheels won't turn...


If they have to tool to cut the tongue lock they can easily cut the chain. the best theft protection i think is a good insurance policy.

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ZINGERLITE wrote:

Thermoguy wrote:

I think I read on here that any ball lock can be bypassed, the best way to insure no once can steel it, use a thick chain and chain the 2 wheels together. Then it can't be moved because the wheels won't turn...


If they have to tool to cut the tongue lock they can easily cut the chain. the best theft protection i think is a good insurance policy.


Yep. We’ll have that for sure. Trailer theft is not super common here. But still, mitigating the risk us always a good idea.

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