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Old 01-01-2005, 08:25 AM   #1
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Airstream Jacking?

Dumb question from a newbie! Is theft a problem with Airstreams? I don't mean break-ins, i mean real 'hook 'em up and drive 'em away' trailer jackings. (Mine's parked in a very lonely spot out of sight of pretty much anything human). Anybody have a story like that? Anything we can do to safeguard our beauties?
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Old 01-01-2005, 09:34 AM   #2
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I don't think theft of Airstreams is any more prevalent than with anyother brand of RV. One thing that you do have on your side is that we are a close knit community. I would suggest becoming a member of the WBCCI if you are not already a member. Join the unit closest to you and enjoy the fellowship and the knowledge that these members a so willing to share. Put your numbers on the Trailer and if you are really ambitious or anxious put them also on the top of your unit so that they can be seen by Air. They make special locks for the wheels as well as the lock for the hitch, but professional thieves can probably remove these items quicker than you can using the keys. Just do the best you can, carry insurance and document with photos or video the inside and out of your unit. We hear of units being stolen every once in awhile, but considering the number of us in here its not a commom event. Best of luck and welcome aboard.
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Old 01-01-2005, 09:56 AM   #3
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We wondered about it, too, even though the crime rate up here is nearly zero. On ours (67), you can put a simple padlock on the hitch, which we did for practically no cost.

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A really determined thief...

... will get anything they want.

Welcome ChampionEM! Come back often and let us know how you're succeeding on this. Christopher C. Deam had his own custom CCD stolen -- can't find the post, but a totally unique trailer wasn't that easy to find.

A deadbolt will only slow them down, weaken the frame, and be much more destructive when entry is accomplished. Modern technical goodies inside make it more enticing... The search function will give you many results. I have found the following to summarize many of the basics:

security from theft?
Locks & security
Security lock for the tongue?
Coupler lock recommendation
Trailer Guardian
Trailer Security (Preventing unauthorized towing)
Security...

Inside storage sure helps but doesn't come cheaply. Storage lockers & garages in our area come with very few guarantees. Make enough effort so that you can sleep at night.
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Old 01-02-2005, 02:29 AM   #5
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Post Wow--thanks!

Lots of great information! Thanks for the replies! In future I'll do more research to make sure my questions haven't already been asked and answered before.

What a great forum . . .
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Hey Champ -- I'd think it'd be hard getting to some of the core posts via 'Search' without filtering through a lot of shallow threads. My saved threads may not focus on some products. Use 'Search' to find further threads on anything of interest; eg, see if more exists on Lo-Jack, Pitbull or whatever. Spelling will vary widely so try variations, double check thru Google about the exact product name, etc. Then come back here and 'Search' again.

If a Forums user has addressed an item you are interested in, do a 'Reply' in that thread to see if you can draw other info you might need -- users usually stay subscribed to threads they've commented in.

I've saved topics and thread URLs in a text file -- can't suggest that. Now I'm saving them in my browser's Favorites as a stack of folders labeled by topic and dragging the address to an appropriate folder -- like Structural, Kitchen, Towing, Plumbing, Electrical, Furnace, Safety, Argosy, etc. These tend to follow my interests only -- so we'll need you to come back and contribute your experiences towing and in these Forums!
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Old 01-02-2005, 02:54 PM   #7
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Atlanta Airstream theft

Last year a pretty new trailer was taken from a locked storage in Atlanta shortly after it was purchased. The thieves also were taking large construction equipment. The owners did get it taken care of by the insurance co. The trailer was discovered much later in good shape except the front jack which was torn off when moved. There was damage to the door. Since the owners were already satisfied by the insurance, had another trailer, they were no longer interested in getting it back. They did get to go in and retrieve all their personal belongings.
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Old 03-14-2005, 08:01 AM   #8
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I've been watching Airstream Forums for quite a while now, and I'm finally compelled to join - this is my first posting. I want to share the story of the theft and recovery of our 1962 Tradewind. Please visit our website for the whole amazing stoy: http://home.kc.rr.com/rugnmag/

We had the trailer stored at a 'secure and gated' storage lot in Kansas City. It was near the house and I stopped by frequently to check on our nearly-restored '62. Last May, we discovered it was gone. It was only by a miracle that we ended up recovering it!

One of the restoration tasks we had left was to polish the skin - so the trailer did NOT look very appealing from the outside. There were several NEW campers and boats stored there, which could have been taken just as easily as our '62 Airstream.

So, YES people do steal old Airstreams. If yours is parked in a volitile location, buy a good hitch lock and a good insurance policy!
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Doug & Margie,

That is the most astounding story I've ever heard! What a great restoration.

I kind of like the 'partially polished' look, with just the door and one segment polished. I hope you leave it like that. I might do the same when I polish mine - give it a 'zebra' polish.
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I've been watching Airstream Forums for quite a while now, and I'm finally compelled to join - this is my first posting. I want to share the story of the theft and recovery of our 1962 Tradewind. Please visit our website for the whole amazing stoy: http://home.kc.rr.com/rugnmag/

We had the trailer stored at a 'secure and gated' storage lot in Kansas City. It was near the house and I stopped by frequently to check on our nearly-restored '62. Last May, we discovered it was gone. It was only by a miracle that we ended up recovering it!

One of the restoration tasks we had left was to polish the skin - so the trailer did NOT look very appealing from the outside. There were several NEW campers and boats stored there, which could have been taken just as easily as our '62 Airstream.

So, YES people do steal old Airstreams. If yours is parked in a volitile location, buy a good hitch lock and a good insurance policy!
I use a lock set on mine, with the receiver in the closed position.

(not to mention a surveillance camera)

Wow, that is a story. Good to hear it had a happy ending.

Nice web site!
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Yikes! Great story! I'm interested in your projects--especially powdercoating the range, which looks terrific. Did you have to remove the old enamel? Do you have any heat issues with temperatures on the burners?

We've theft proofed our trailer by locking the hitch (not much of a deterrent) and by parking our tow vehicle tightly in front of it. Since we don't drive our tow vehicle much, it presents a big obstacle--it would be hard to move! But if you have a driveway that allows it, blocking the trailer with another vehicle is a pretty good low-tech security step. Just make sure you can move your blocking vehicle out of the way when you want to move the trailer!

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Actually, the 'zebra look' was not intentional - just testing with Mothers Aluminum polish and elbow grease! The latter of which soon pooped - out! We hope to continue the quest for semi shiny skin this spring. It would have been done last year, if not for the interruption. Thanks for noticing!
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Yikes! Great story! I'm interested in your projects--especially powdercoating the range, which looks terrific. Did you have to remove the old enamel? Do you have any heat issues with temperatures on the burners?

We've theft proofed our trailer by locking the hitch (not much of a deterrent) and by parking our tow vehicle tightly in front of it. Since we don't drive our tow vehicle much, it presents a big obstacle--it would be hard to move! But if you have a driveway that allows it, blocking the trailer with another vehicle is a pretty good low-tech security step. Just make sure you can move your blocking vehicle out of the way when you want to move the trailer!

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Hi Mary,

Powder coating is a fantastic process which has many uses. My friend owns and runs a powder coating business and also owns a '64 Tradewind. At the risk of being accused of 'advertising', I'll just say that his web site (which I built) is referenced from my web site. Drop him an e-mail, he'll be glad to answer any powder coating questions.

I also had him powder coat two new LP bottles in a color called "almost chrome". They nearly look like the high dollar aluminum bottles - at a fraction of the price!

Thanks!
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Oh, I wish he were out here in the DC area! I love the look of that stove...That idea about the LP bottles is cool, too! I'd probably powder coat the whole inside, given a chance!

Good luck on the clean up, btw. It sounds rather frustrating to have to replace all that upholstery after you just got it done. Oh, well, at least you have a very good reason to redecorate!!!

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