Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 08-28-2018, 05:47 PM   #1
Owners of Willie
 
2019 27' Globetrotter
Chillicothe , Illinois
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 164
Theft deterrent for trailer

This might be a silly question, but I ask because we left our home for a few hours once and someone stole our utility trailer in broad daylight with only a hitch pin lock. If you unhook at a campsite, what are some deterrents you use to keep someone from driving off with your trailer?

*ball hitch lock
*hitch pin
*chains thru tires

Does that cover it?
__________________

__________________
Owner of Willie
patriciahawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2018, 06:15 PM   #2
PKI
Rivet Master
 
PKI's Avatar
 
2015 23' FB Flying Cloud
Walnut Creek , California
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 3,293
We use the hitch vault. There are some more secure hitch locks available now. We used a padlock and chain through the wheels before we got the hitch lock.

There are also some very good tire boots. You can tow with a chain, but if the wheels do not turn, it's hard to make miles.

Folks also hide a radio position finder transmitter on the coach.

What they can't do is prevent a determined thief from stealing their Airstream. They can only make it more difficult for the thief and therefore make other units more appealing.

Keep your insurance paid. If you are not comfortable in an area, move on.

All Airstreams look similar, so you might find WBCCI numbers to be your friend.

Most important - do not let fear of theft spoil your adventure. It's unlikely if you take even limited precautions. Pat
__________________

PKI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2018, 08:15 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
dbj216's Avatar

 
1986 34' Limited
1975 27' Overlander
Conifer , Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 5,031
Images: 1
Any bastard thief can cut a chain, padlock, or coupler lock in seconds with a battery powered angle grinder and cutoff wheel. They usually wear "ACME RV Repair t-shirt and decal on their stolen tow vehicle.

The hitch vault makes it a bit more difficult. Airstream Life Online Store sells them. Other vendors do also.

If your trailer is in long term storage, I might recommend you jack it up, place it on sturdy jack stands, and store the wheels and tires either inside the trailer or someplace else. It makes the rig just a bit more challenging for the bastard thief. Thieves are typically lazy and mostly worthless.

David
__________________
WBCCI #8607
VAC Region 11

Link to my 1975 Overlander Improvement Journal:
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f17...ml#post2053792
dbj216 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2018, 08:30 PM   #4
4 Rivet Member
 
Acheron2010's Avatar
 
2019 26' Flying Cloud
Morristown , Tennessee
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 408
I use this hitch lock. and the dog in the trailer.
__________________
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500
2019 Airstream Flying Cloud 26RBQ
WBCCI #6679
Acheron2010 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2018, 08:34 PM   #5
PKI
Rivet Master
 
PKI's Avatar
 
2015 23' FB Flying Cloud
Walnut Creek , California
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 3,293
What? You don't take the pup with you? Must be a real chewing out when you get back. Pat
PKI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2018, 05:24 AM   #6
CLOUDSPLITTER "Tahawus"
 
ROBERT CROSS's Avatar

 
2003 25' Classic
Zanadude Nebula , Milky Way
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 13,330
Images: 1
HAHA..."where does the ball go?" 😂

Bob
🇺🇸
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	fullsizeoutput_1322.jpg
Views:	122
Size:	389.4 KB
ID:	321092  
__________________
"We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don't know."
W. H. Auden


"The hardest thing about Airstreaming, clearing your head and accepting how others feel itís supposed to be done"Ö..
Amanamus


"Tahawus"
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2018, 06:29 AM   #7
Rivet Master
 
urnmor's Avatar
 
2012 25' Flying Cloud
Berlin , Maryland
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 1,398
I use the mega lock and have for years. I know a thief can break into anything if they want it bad enough however the megalock, IMO, makes it mot difficult then most other locks. I also have the hitch pin
urnmor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2018, 07:42 AM   #8
3 Rivet Member
 
ShullsinUtah's Avatar
 
2006 25' Safari FB SE
Draper , Utah
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 150
https://www.provenlocks.com/


ShullsinUtah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2018, 08:22 AM   #9
Rivet Slave
 
Rocinante's Avatar

 
2014 27' FB International
Green Cove Springs , Florida
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 4,928
Blog Entries: 49
Theft deterrent for trailer

Yep, we use a California Immobilizer hitch lock, a heavy padlock through the safety chains, a hitch pin lock for laughs, we pay our insurance premiums, and we camp next to folks who do far less.
__________________
Rocinante is our 2014 International Signature 27FB
(Named for John Steinbeck's camper from "Travels With Charley")


Rocinante is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2018, 08:58 AM   #10
Rivet Master
 
Mollysdad's Avatar
 
2017 26' Flying Cloud
Tampa , Florida
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 3,350
I have the Proven Industries lock.
Yes it was expensive, but so is replacing the trailer.

Now, in theory the trailer can still be moved by a tow truck hooking up the the frame and driving away. That's why I have insurance.
Most thieves aren't sophisticated.

I won't put so many chains on it that I don't use it for all the extra hassle.

I once had two small trailers. I thought it would be good to chain them together to deter thieves. Well the grass grew around the chain, and one day I hooked up one to move something, pulled forward, noticed a funny tug on the hitch and looked to see the second trailer being dragged along the side of the first! DOH!
Mollysdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2018, 09:26 AM   #11
2 Rivet Member
 
2018 25' International
chino hills , California
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 99
We installed the Ring in our front door and in our backyard and actually caught the thief. Wow on the road heading for the great eclipse. You’re able to download the video and send it to your local police department, make sure you have their email before you take a travel . I have been thinking also about putting the ring on our trailer as it requires no hardwiring. And you have the ability to say what are you doing I’m calling the police get away from here. What do all of you think about doing that. Good idea, also I heard about Yeti’s being stolen at all the national parks. They were able to catch that bee I have been thinking also about putting the ring on our trailer as it requires no hardwiring. And you have the ability to say what are you doing I’m calling the police get away from here. What do all of you think about doing that. Good idea, also I heard about Yeti‘s being stolen at all the national parks. They were able to catch that thief. They put a tracker in one of the yetis only to find out he had more than 500 at his residence. He’s going to have to make up a good story when he goes to prison on that one. You’re here for what for stealing ? an ice chest. Maybe Airstream could install in our trailers a tracking device? Would love to know what others think.
redhat200 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2018, 09:34 AM   #12
2 Rivet Member
 
2016 28' Pendleton
terre haute , Indiana
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 36
But is it really a problem in a campground? Has anyone had a trailer stolen or know of someone who has had a trailer stolen in a campground?
jcwall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2018, 09:41 AM   #13
Rivet Master
 
Lily&Me's Avatar

 
2006 22' Interstate
Normal , Illinois
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 15,080
I’m sure someone has heard of this happening, or will find a report on the Internet, but my answer would be...no, it’s not a problem in a campground, theft of anything, much less the towing off of someone else’s trailer.

Theft of something left outside does happen, but it is not a usual occurrence.

Reasonable and sensible precautions will get one thru most any day...

Maggie
__________________
🏡 🚐 Cherish and appreciate those you love. This moment could be your last.🌹🐚
Lily&Me is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2018, 09:52 AM   #14
3 Rivet Member
 
dvgofaz's Avatar
 
2005 34' Classic
tucson , Arizona
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 101
Images: 5
I have a Hensley Arrow hitch so I just sort of assume a thief isn't going to be able to hook up to my AS( i don't leave the stinger there with the trailer). I guess an energetic one could unbolt the hitch and drop it off?
__________________

dvgofaz is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bird Deterrent? Adventure.AS Winterizing, Storage, Carports & Covers 4 04-26-2018 01:27 PM
Honda Generator EU2000i Theft Deterrent Bracket z8 hm Generators & Solar Power 1 02-17-2012 04:47 PM
Trailer theft survey Jammer Our Community 20 10-04-2011 10:55 AM
Trailer Theft-deterrent ideas aircooled4 Off Topic Forum 9 07-25-2010 09:52 AM
Trunkmonkey theft deterrent system 67caravel Our Community 3 03-26-2004 09:53 AM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:15 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.