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Old 11-21-2007, 10:54 PM   #71
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Hi, One of the reasons that I ordered a coupler lock is because with the coupler latch locked you can drop your trailer's coupler onto a 2" ball and drive away. When I just want to move my trailer forward to work on it, I don't use that heavy Equal-i-zer hitch assembly, I just use my 2" ball hitch; Slips right in without unlocking the coupler latch.
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Old 11-21-2007, 11:37 PM   #72
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Hi, One of the reasons that I ordered a coupler lock is because with the coupler latch locked you can drop your trailer's coupler onto a 2" ball and drive away.
You know I never thought of that! A coupler lock is in order.
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Old 11-22-2007, 03:48 AM   #73
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I just bought 2 for our 77 . Its tough cause the coupler has rolled edges . I ordered from Hitches for Less in Georgia and it was wrong/ sent it back/Got one from Lowe's Ubolt shakel type/took it back Ubolt too narrow, Finally went to U Haul not sure of the name brand but I got the shakel U bolt type and a lock for the coupler release both for $30 . It only slows thieves up anyway.
I do feel a little better about it anyway.
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Old 11-22-2007, 06:13 AM   #74
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Nice solution to a problem that all of us face, but would naturally prefer to ignore.... at our own, and our AS's! peril.

What is the cost of the Husky lock? It is chromed, yes?

BTW - has anyone changed the yoke on the AS to a BullDog version. It is a sort of "C" that pinches down on the stinger ball.

According to several trailer people I have been talking with (about another trailer), they to a ONE! say that the BullDog is better/safer/etc.... Any opinion - either + or -...? Certainly the rating and such are the very same if not better than the standard issue.... Looking for input here....
Hi Silvertoy; Reading this post puts my head into a spin. There are so many misconceptions and false believes which may place one into a false feeling of security and drive others into state of fright.

First of all, one needs to understand that there is not a single anti theft device which cannot be defeated. Depending on thieves know how, degree of his planning and determination any AS can become a scrap metal in few hours. Competent and knowledgeable thieves do not get involved with scrap value thefts. There are other much more valuable assets they rather go after than your AS. Therefore your Airstream is down on their list after the BMW's Mercedes and Porsche's. The one who will attempt to steal your AS is not the highly sophisticated thief. I guess when the pro's run out of more expensive things to steal we may need to be more concern about our Airstreams.

Till then, the only thing we can do is make it a bit harder for them to quickly hook up and tow it away. This should include a Master coupler lock #00378 which will fit any 2 5/16 coupler along with good cable to bind the wheels. This should send the common thief looking for a easier pray.

If you want to have additional protection you can easily out smart the thief by placing a tent spike in the ground to which you inconspicuously attach your break away cable, [just make sure your switch can rotate with the change of direction] because it will pull out in opposite direction. You will have fried brake magnets, but chances are that your AS will still be there. Hopefully no thieves are reading this.

Finally, make your neighbor aware of that possibility. Help him remember that with a bottle of good wine on Thanksgiving Day. My neighbors are the best gorilla locks and best Rottweilers ever. Nothing goes unnoticed at my house or business. It pays to be friendly with your neighbors. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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Old 11-22-2007, 06:34 AM   #75
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Cut the shank off a 2 5/16 ball place it in the the coupler and secure with a high security lock through the hitch.
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Old 11-22-2007, 07:52 AM   #76
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I had to remove a tiny bit of metal from the upper edge of the coupler (less than a 16 of an inch from the edge) to make the Master lock slide over the hitch to the point it would work properly.
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Old 11-22-2007, 01:00 PM   #77
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Cut the shank off a 2 5/16 ball place it in the the coupler and secure with a high security lock through the hitch.
I love this idea. I have a "low" Capacity 2 5/16 ball that i never use. I am goign to cut the shank off today. Guess I will have to get out the Plasma Cutter!
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Old 11-22-2007, 09:04 PM   #78
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Try a Fulton Gorilla Guard for rolled edge couplers....part # TP250103 or 2-5/16 ball and part #TP200103 for 2" ball.

They are the strongest units I have seen so far and completely cover the coupler area...........

The lock-in spare ball idea is a good one, but a potential weak point is the thin lever that works the coupler.....or the lock mechanism that you use to secure it.

Reese also makes their 'Trailer Cops' that look pretty beefy too. 2" part is # 74290 and 2-5/16" part is #74292
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Try a Fulton Gorilla Guard for rolled edge couplers....part # TP250103 or 2-5/16 ball and part #TP200103 for 2" ball.
Thanks Lew,
I ordered one of these today since I will be headed less friendly places early next year.
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Good advice Lew -- thanks!

Does anybody feel a need to resort to the chains like rfield54 uses?
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I ordered one of these today since I will be headed less friendly places early next year.
Well mine arived at my sisters just before Chirstmas. It did not fit. I would have to grind the lip and I am not doing that. It will weaken it. For now I am sticking to the lock and the ball with no shank.
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Well mine arived at my sisters just before Chirstmas. It did not fit. I would have to grind the lip and I am not doing that. It will weaken it. For now I am sticking to the lock and the ball with no shank.
Hi, Michelle. Same thing, but different. I ordered the "Guardian G-37" tongue lock for 2 5/16" rolled lip coupler. Mine is safe, but a little looser fitting than I would like so I plan on makeing a horse shoe shaped rubber shim and glue it to the inside/top of my coupler lock for a better fit. Now all I need is a 6"x 6" piece of Marathon side wall to make it.
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I am thinking at this point a chain and a good lock between two of the tires is the way to go.
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