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Old 08-19-2008, 09:35 PM   #1
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safe lockup of AS at campgrounds

I hope the webmaster of this site knows where to put this request,I am not sure if this is the right place. What is a good way to lock up your AS at a campground while you are away hiking,maybe for a few days? I don't mean the doors and windows, but how to lock up your rig so no one can hookup to it and drive off with your AS??? I have a small trailer hitch lock that goes through the hole in the latch you use to tighten down on the trailer hitch ball, but that does not seem enough. It locks with a key, but I bet a good bolt cutter could go through it. I thought I heard of something that locks the wheels. I also heard of some item called rotochock, but it sounded more like something to keep your AS from rocking and moving while you were inside and not much of a lock. What do you folks do??? Would hate to hike around for a few days to find the AS long gone. My AS is a 22' International CCD, 2003, thanks,Jim
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:05 PM   #2
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There are any number of hitch locks around...check th net...

We use an old Master Lock #35 type that slides over the hitch opening...a key is used to open a small port in the bottom where you insert an Allen wrench to screw a set screw up into the hitch to keep the lock housing in place.

It looks like Master Lock is only selling their newer style locks these days. You can see our lock at the top of this page, and the newer locks at the bottom:
http://www.masterlock.com/cgi-bin/pr...3&template=app

You are correct that any kind of padlock you place on the top of the hitch lever hole could be removed with a bolt cutter....get a lock that covers the hole the ball fits into, for more security.
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:31 PM   #3
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When we leave our 25' at the storage yard I install a Master Lock Marvel #35AT lock that covers the bottom of the coupler, a Lifelong SS coupler lock that goes through the small hole on the coupler and large diameter locking cables through the wheel spokes on both side of the trailer and locked with a padlock. I had to grind down the aluminum casting on the Master lock so it would fit on the Airstream coupler.
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:31 PM   #4
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...What is a good way to lock up your AS at a campground while you are away...
hi jim

u r correct the roto' is basically for reducing small motions, while parked.

it can be locked but the nylon belt isn't really a security device and the trailer can be pulled with enough force to eject it.

there are a few threads on this topic, here's one with lots of pix and ideas...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...ers-29301.html

i've considered buying and using a 'denver boot' type device, many versions available online.

gps/lowjack type tracking gadgets keep multiplying and the cost for monthly plans keep going down.

of course ne1 that really wants it can take it, but the goal is to discourage them some.

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Old 08-19-2008, 11:09 PM   #5
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We use the same couple lock as SilverGate...this thread: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...ers-29301.html ...post #58. I think it's a great lock to keep the Bambi safe... Oops..this is the same thread 2air' sent you to... it's a good one...
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Old 08-19-2008, 11:12 PM   #6
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This is a picture of the master Lock one. I use it... The ball part slides forward and then locks. The key is on the other side, It works really well... I think there about 20-30 dollars....
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Old 08-19-2008, 11:32 PM   #7
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Wow purman, that one looks like the "David Winick edition" version!
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Old 08-20-2008, 12:15 AM   #8
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Lets see, seems like master lock makes a lock that fills in the area where the ball on the hitch would go, but, also folks are mentioning a "coulpler lock", is a coupler that lever that you pull down above the hitch ball when your hitching uP? A picture of a AS already locked would be great if someone would be kind enough to send one. Boy, I thought I had this one thought through, maybe its just late and I am not getting this right. Has anyone called a AS dealer and see if they sell such a lock? Thanks again to everyone who is helping me with this first long trip in my AS, Jim
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Old 08-20-2008, 12:32 AM   #9
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I use this lock to slow them down a little.
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Old 08-20-2008, 12:40 AM   #10
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azflycaster, looks awsome, where do you get gorilla guard and, are there measurements I need to know before buying one, etc. Thanks, Jim
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I use this lock to slow them down a little.
We use this one as well. So far, so good.
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Old 08-20-2008, 05:16 AM   #12
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I use this lock to slow them down a little.
Same method I use, the gorrila lock and the hitch lock. FWIW DO NOT loose the key to the gorrila lock, they take a while to cut off...been there done that

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Old 08-20-2008, 05:18 AM   #13
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azflycaster, looks awsome, where do you get gorilla guard and, are there measurements I need to know before buying one, etc. Thanks, Jim
Jim,
One size fits all...for the most part I have seen them at Wally Mart, Lowe's Tractor Supply, Northern Tools, etc. and I am sure they could be ordered on line.

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Old 08-20-2008, 06:47 AM   #14
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Hitch locks are minor deterrents. A serious thief will drag your AS away with chains and ropes. If you have the right wheels, there is a company that makes a wheel boot for trailers.

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