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Old 09-13-2010, 03:22 PM   #15
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This alarm activates the trailer brakes, has GPS tracking and calls your cell phone.
GPS Tracking Security System, Trailer Dog Security System Products - TD 2000 G - Theft Deterrent System, Real-time GPS Tracking, Geo-fencing, 2 Way Cellular Communication, Security for Trailers with Electrical Power Source, Security Systems, Trailer
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Old 09-13-2010, 03:49 PM   #16
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that Trailer Dog thing seems pretty nifty, though hopefully the GPS/cellular lives in a different hidden box so if a determined thief stops the alarm and brake-activation part, you can still track its location with the GPS system.
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Old 09-13-2010, 04:08 PM   #17
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What is a workable hitch, couple, latch lock set for older (1964) single axle Airstream with 2” Marvel hitch?
Trying to s l o w them down, can’t stop them.
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Old 09-13-2010, 04:13 PM   #18
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I have to admit that I don't do anything to deter theft. Crazy? Probably!

I'm insured for replacement value, but who determines that - ultimately the insurance company. Unfortunately my trailer is financed, so I probably owe more than the current book value.

I figure if someone wants to steal it, it's going to happen and lock's aren't really going to help.
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:54 PM   #19
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I would like to thank everyone who has responded! Your advice and suggestions are very helpful, as were the links to other threads.

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Old 09-13-2010, 09:24 PM   #20
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Wish I had read this thread about 2 weeks ago. Airstreams are very desirable and a simple tongue lock or master lock on the hitch won't slow down a pro thief. Get some serious steel on your wheels. Mike the fixit said it right. On mine they couldn't get the electric lift to work cause the battery was dead so they tore the cover off it and found a way to get the trailer down on the ball, maybe hot wired it with a battery or maybe there's a manual way to disengage the gear. They came prepared that's for sure. So like Mike said use four different ways to deter them, then put a GPS tracker inside the unit, a motion alarm on the outside. If someone can see it they will want it and they will find a way to take it.
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:35 PM   #21
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Looking at the Guardian G-37 in the above photo, it seems to me you could accomplish the same thing by inserting a hitch ball into the coupler and then locking the hitch.
Easily Defeated.
Whack right above the lock. The Latch mushrooms and the ball falls out.
Or if the shanks is still on it pull up with a stinger with no ball and off you go.
I use a lock simular to Robertsunus. His will work on a Safari but not a Classic. The lip is too tall.
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I'm thinking something like a bear trap coupled to the hitch. One wrong step and the thief will regret it.
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Old 09-14-2010, 05:56 PM   #23
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I use a lock simular to Robertsunus. His will work on a Safari but not a Classic. The lip is too tall.
Hi, I don't know how you can say that, "the G-37 will work on a Safari, but not on a Classic." I added a rubber horse shoe, cut from a tire side wall to make it fit tighter on my coupler; And I'm sure it will fit a Classic too with out any grinding like you said you would have to do with the Gorrila brand that you bought.

If you look inside of the second picture, you can see the rubber horse shoe glued inside of the top section.
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Has anyone thought of installing an insulated, hidden switch that would reverse the hot and ground while the trailer was stored and on shore power. It happens often enough accidentaly that you could claim ignorance when they came to haul the body away. Most likely the thief would give up after the second touch, but you would need some way to hide or lock up the electrical hookup.
Probably not a legal thing to do, but would sure be fun to watch the attempted theft.
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Has anyone thought of installing an insulated, hidden switch that would reverse the hot and ground while the trailer was stored and on shore power. It happens often enough accidentaly that you could claim ignorance when they came to haul the body away. Most likely the thief would give up after the second touch, but you would need some way to hide or lock up the electrical hookup.
Probably not a legal thing to do, but would sure be fun to watch the attempted theft.
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Hi, this would only be good if your trailer could tell the difference between a thief and a innocent little kid. [or any other innocent person]
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I think post no# 15 has the right way to go about a theft. This creates the event of catching the thieves redhanded and thrown in jail or even prison where those idiots belong. Furthermore a lot of simple phones have GPS built into them....you could almost leave one charging in a hidden place all the time...
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Has anyone thought of installing an insulated, hidden switch that would reverse the hot and ground while the trailer was stored and on shore power. It happens often enough accidentaly that you could claim ignorance when they came to haul the body away. Most likely the thief would give up after the second touch, but you would need some way to hide or lock up the electrical hookup.
Probably not a legal thing to do, but would sure be fun to watch the attempted theft.
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Excellent idea................of how to make an attorney, RICH.

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Old 09-14-2010, 08:26 PM   #28
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The goal for most owners is to make their trailer a more difficult target then the one down the street, that's about all we can do. Wheel boots help, but like any deterant can be defeated. Insurance is a must, but especially for vintage trailer owners replacement can be difficult or impossible.
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