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Old 01-20-2008, 05:21 PM   #99
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They make a wheel boot for trailers. It doesn't fit the newer aluminum wheels though. I place expandable stabilizers between the wheels to limit trailer movement from walking. Also, figure it's another step for a thief to undo inorder to pull.
I like the disabling the jack idea. Where is the fuse at?
A hitch lock is OK, and I use one, but, a thief can wrap a chain around the hitch and tow it. Does anyone have a GPS theft location system installed in their TT?

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Old 01-20-2008, 05:43 PM   #100
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I like the disabling the jack idea. Where is the fuse at?

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On my rig the fuse is spliced into the wiring behind the drivers side of the channel frame (between jack and propane tanls). Its somewhat hidden so you have to get under and look up for the wiring.
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:41 PM   #101
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<SNIP>I place expandable stabilizers between the wheels to limit trailer movement from walking. Also, figure it's another step for a thief to undo inorder to pull.<SNIP>

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Hate to say it but the expandable stabilizers won't even slow them down. Once they hook up to the ball the crook would just pull forward and the tire clamps will rotate out. Yes, this may damage a tire but they won't care. Locking them only keeps the honest people from taking them and/or playing with them.
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Old 02-05-2008, 10:25 AM   #102
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Thanks, Michelle, for your recommendation of Master Lock…
I am leaning towards Master Lock Adjustable or Universal Coupler Lock.
Especially one that comes in Keyed Alike Trailer Lock Kit:
http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200172124_200172124

Would like to hear from others who have Master Lock Coupler Locks.
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I bought the Masterlock three pack. I would not recommend it. First off the ball latch lock is not as pictured, the main ball lock while heavy as pictured is cast, and looks like it would be easy to defeat with a 3 lb hammer. If you do decied to purchase be careful to get the right size, both Northern and Amazon only sell the 2" as near as I can tell. I was not careful and missed the fact that that there are different sizes available. My fault. However when I contacted Master Lock customer service to attempt to make an exchange I got the party line, "we don't sell direct to the comsumer" I emailed them back attempting to clairfy the request for exchange not purchase, will see what happens now.
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Old 02-05-2008, 10:49 PM   #103
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Coupler Lock

Hi, I finally got my Guardian G-37 coupler lock for 2 5/16" rolled lip coupler. I like the way the lock looks and works, except for extra large "Made in China" cast into the housing. Also I didn't like the fact that it was very loose fitting, considering that it was supposed to be for my coupler. To remedy this, I cut a horse shoe shape of rubber from a truck tire side wall and glued it in place; Now it has a nice tight fit and won't rub the paint off of my coupler.
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Old 02-06-2008, 05:35 AM   #104
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I like the look of that Guardian. I tried one of the Reese ones that had a ball on it which of course didn't fit the Airstream but would work on Sam's drift boat. However the ball on it means you have another greasy part to carry around.
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Old 02-06-2008, 07:10 AM   #105
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I bought something that looked like that but would not go on my tongue. I was not going to modify the tongue and make it weaker to allow the lock to fit.
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Old 02-06-2008, 09:44 AM   #106
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I bought the Masterlock three pack. I would not recommend it. First off the ball latch lock is not as pictured, the main ball lock while heavy as pictured is cast, and looks like it would be easy to defeat with a 3 lb hammer. If you do decied to purchase be careful to get the right size, both Northern and Amazon only sell the 2" as near as I can tell. I was not careful and missed the fact that that there are different sizes available. My fault. However when I contacted Master Lock customer service to attempt to make an exchange I got the party line, "we don't sell direct to the comsumer" I emailed them back attempting to clairfy the request for exchange not purchase, will see what happens now.
I got rather ugly with their customer service and Master lock agreed to make the exchange "one time exception". I am not pretty even when smiling and eaisily frighten civilized folks when I frown. I have packaged the old one and will Post this AM.
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Old 02-06-2008, 12:04 PM   #107
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The one problem I see with simply disabling your electric jack by removing the fuse is, with my jack, at least, it has a manual crank arm that comes with it in case the jack dies ... I keep it in my tool bag just in case. I don't know how universal these are (in other words, would a thief have to carry several brands to ensure he has the right fit?), but it's something to consider ...

I'm heading out on a trip this weekend, so I think I'll run by Northern and see if they have the MasterLock three-piece kit in stock. (I have a 2" coupler on my vintage unit, so it should work as advertised.)
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Old 02-07-2008, 12:19 AM   #108
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I'm heading out on a trip this weekend, so I think I'll run by Northern and see if they have the MasterLock three-piece kit in stock. (I have a 2" coupler on my vintage unit, so it should work as advertised.)
Hi, phoenix491. If you go back to page 3 / post #31 you can read what experience I had with the Master Lock receiver lock with adapter sleeve. I do not recommend it. Buy a receiver lock with a solid shaft.
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Old 02-07-2008, 04:42 PM   #109
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The one problem I see with simply disabling your electric jack by removing the fuse is, with my jack, at least, it has a manual crank arm that comes with it in case the jack dies ... I keep it in my tool bag just in case. I don't know how universal these are (in other words, would a thief have to carry several brands to ensure he has the right fit?), but it's something to consider ...

I'm heading out on a trip this weekend, so I think I'll run by Northern and see if they have the MasterLock three-piece kit in stock. (I have a 2" coupler on my vintage unit, so it should work as advertised.)
This is a good idea to stop the amatuers or rookies but you will not stop the pros who want your trailor. They will cut your jack stand off in about 3 or 4 seconds and already have it hooked up and ready to go before they start making noise with a saw. Anyway it's a good idea to disable the jack to stop the crack heads.
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:59 PM   #110
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Masterlock came through

Update. Masterlock customer service has two very different groups. Intially I contacted customer service via email, and got the customer dis-service department. Their responce was not good and they sent the wrong return item. I sent in the three pack keyed alike and they returned a single coupler lock.

I decided to give Masterlock one more try before tossing the lock in the trash and writing them off. This time I called customer service on the 800 line. Got much better responce and they sent a three pack lock set that will fit the Minuet. "All is well that ends well." Just wish I had called in the first place. Thanks go out to Mike, Kyle and Billie, all working for Masterlock in their customer service department and all great examples of how to work to salvage a bad situation.

BTW, I contacted the department manager for Mike and Kyle to let her know what a great job Mike and Kyle were doing.
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I have been trying to makes heads or tails out of this very lengthy thread but still am not sure; does anyone make a keyed alike set, similar to the Masterlock (which apparently does not work over the lip of the receiver)?

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Old 05-21-2008, 03:38 PM   #112
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a good storage lot, chains through the wheels, toungue locks, gps locators and some other creative? (fuse pulling?) ways to deter theft are great to keep the non pros away. NOTHING will stop a pro filling an order for a unit like yours. They have floor jacks, acytelene torches, grinders and such. crack heads will break in and steal easily sold items. Pros will get your rig! Try to find a storage facility with managers living on site, who actually care about their job. if you are worried about theft in a campground or a truckstop these token theft deterrents are just fine.
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