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Old 04-06-2017, 12:12 PM   #1
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A general question about padlocks, chains & cables

I have an expensive Progressive EMS surge protector that I'd to secure to the service post to slow down the bad guys. Any thoughts, advice or suggestions?

Additionally I have a general need for padlocks, cables and chains to secure items around the camp site as well as home. After reading about Master Locks I'm not keen to purchase locks that dang near anyone might have a key for.
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Old 04-06-2017, 12:19 PM   #2
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I have an expensive Progressive EMS surge protector that I'd to secure to the service post to slow down the bad guys. Any thoughts, advice or suggestions?

Additionally I have a general need for padlocks, cables and chains to secure items around the camp site as well as home. After reading about Master Locks I'm not keen to purchase locks that dang near anyone might have a key for.
A combination padlock is easier to pick than keyed pad lock, if you no the trick.
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Old 04-06-2017, 04:23 PM   #3
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I use a couple bicycle locks, but I must say, I have access to some bolt cutters that'll go through darn near all of 'em.
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Old 04-06-2017, 05:15 PM   #4
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http://www.adventurerv.net/surge-gua...-pi-13593.html

I have this to deter the causal taker. This "box" locks my power cord to the surge protector. I run a chain around the power pedestal and lock the two together.
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And I have four padlocks all keyed alike for this, my hitch, bikes, etc.
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Old 04-07-2017, 04:51 AM   #6
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My Progressive has a small metal tab along the cable that I lock to the breaker box. Not that I'm locking the actual breaker box up, just locking the two together.
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BOLT Keyed Alike To Ignition Key

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... a general need for padlocks, cables and chains to secure items around the camp site as well as home.
BOLT locks makes a range of locks that you can easily set to use your vehicle ignition key. This way you can have many locks all keyed alike. The cable lock is really sturdy for locking our EMS and I find the receiver lock and padlocks handy to use.

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5/8″ Receiver Locks
Coupler Pin Lock
Padlocks
6′ Cable Locks
Jeep Locks
Toolbox Latch Retro-Fit Kits
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I have an expensive Progressive EMS surge protector that I'd to secure to the service post to slow down the bad guys. Any thoughts, advice or suggestions?
I've never heard of one being stolen.

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Additionally I have a general need for padlocks, cables and chains to secure items around the camp site as well as home. After reading about Master Locks I'm not keen to purchase locks that dang near anyone might have a key for.
For locks, the best way to get good ones is to go to a locksmith. They are expensive. You can order security chain from Tulsa Chain.

I've never tried to "secure" anything in a campsite other than by putting it inside. Fwiw. I do chain the wheels on my trailer on occasion to slow people down if trying to steal the whole thing.

You're new, I'll share some wisdom and hope it helps.

1) Generators are the main thing that gets stolen. The best way to prevent generator theft is to quit carrying one. The second best way is to avoid leaving them in the campground when you're gone, by keeping them in your truck bed (covered or otherwise out of sight).

2) Other than people stealing generators, security is not ordinarily a problem at well-run, developed campgrounds. Most thefts occur from storage, or when a trailer is left unattended at a non-campground location as when boondocking or staying at a fairgrounds or special event.
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Old 04-07-2017, 11:40 AM   #9
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Rather than locks. . . .

That's why we got the installable progressive unit. We have a 20' trailer and found the perfect place to put it in under the dinning seat next to the bathroom. I had to unscrew the plywood for the seat and reinstall it with a piano hinge. The main power input (fat orange wire) runs right through there so we just cut it and wired the box in right there. There is also enough space left over to store our spare circuit boards and some other stuff.

It was fairly easy to run the wire from the unit into the bathroom and up beside the medicine cabinet (had to remove the medicine cabinet) so the monitor is in the bathroom where the constantly changing lights don't bother us while sleeping.
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Is Theft a Big Problem?

Maybe we're lucky but we've never had a theft full-timing in our Airstream the last 3 1/2 years. Maybe that's because, like someone noted in this thread, we don't carry a generator with us.

Anyway, just wondering if theft is prevalent in our community. Has it happened to you since you started Airstreaming? If so, what new prevention measures did you take, if any, afterwards?
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Old 04-07-2017, 04:34 PM   #12
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I got a real heavy duty chain and two serious locks from Tulsa Chain online to lock my Honda Generators. There service was awesome. I also got theft proof handles for the generators(EU2000) from Honda.
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You're in a campground, not a war zone.
I can see wanting extra protection if you're boondocking where you may encounter strange people living off the grid, but I've never had anything stolen in a campground anywhere.
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Master lock #6327 with 7/16" shackle dia. Expensive but no one is gonna cut it off with a bolt cutter!
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