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Old 12-10-2011, 12:14 PM   #1
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Wheel immobilizer boot

I'm looking for the be-all end-all lock for my 64 Globetrotter. I know that's a tall order, but I think I'd feel safest leaving the trailer while camping if there was something that immobilized the wheel and covered the wheel lugs. I've found a couple of things recently, but remembered something really robust I had seen in a post a couple of years ago, which of course, I can't find. I figure that cost is worth it, considering the time and money I have into the trailer. And yes, I understand that if someone is really determined to take the trailer, you can't stop them. I see it as hedging my bets, ruling out 75% of would-be thieves. I found this

The UniBull

which is an okay price but looks kind of flimsy

as is this one

Wolverine XL Wheel Lock - With Spike

Any helpful thoughts are appreciated

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Old 12-10-2011, 01:10 PM   #2
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A pair of them are on my list. I am also interested in the experience of others in this.

I think the lock itself, not the device, is the potential weak link.

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Old 12-10-2011, 03:20 PM   #3
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I think it depends on the device- I have always had kryptonite locks for my bicycles, but once the key failed and I just went home, got a circular saw with a woven fiber metal blade and cut the lock off in about a minute. I imagine the same could happen with a good battery powered saw in a remote place. If someone is a professional, they'll have a bunch of tricks I imagine.

I did find this, which appeals to me aesthetically

The Denver Boot

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Old 12-10-2011, 09:38 PM   #4
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You need a big dog inside the trailer and a sign that says this trailer is protected by a pitbull with AIDS.

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Old 12-11-2011, 02:13 AM   #5
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My dad always said..."Locks won't stop theives... They just keep the honest people honest!" Ed
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Old 12-11-2011, 02:27 AM   #6
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No, but you can make them work for it at least. That Denver boot looks like a pretty good option. I agree I would feel safer if my adorable little trailer was immobilized while we were away from it. I know it's safe at home, but I worry about it at campgrounds sometimes, especially if there aren't many people around.
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Old 12-11-2011, 07:12 AM   #7
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My dad always said..."Locks won't stop theives... They just keep the honest people honest!" Ed
When I took over my space a year ago I went out and bought a massive chain and lock for the gate to the yard. A few weeks back I lost my keys. It took the cut off wheel less than 30 seconds to cut through the lock. I was astounded.
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A batt-op angle grinder makes all locks vulnerable in a short time. So, several devices makes (I hope) for a lengthier and more problematic theft of the trailer. Coupler and wheels.
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We use this boot on our 19-foot Bambi. However, it's cumbersome, heavy and takes up a lot of room in the pickup bed when it's not on the trailer. Also, it isn't as quick to install as shown in the UTube video; but it gets easier with practice. We have the $59 padlock, and it looks like it would take a lot to get it off without a key.

Denver Boot used by many large cities, universities, etc.: Car wheel immobilizer, auto theft protection car wheel clamps

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Wow . . optioned that puppy up and it's $1,570 for a pair. With a gnarly coupler lock and an alarm of some sort it ought to be good as can be.
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It's been a few years since our trip to Engand but while there many caravans (travel trailers) were 'sporting' those wheel boots. My cousins caravan was in their yard with a locked gate AND one of those boots. There must be quite a theft problem over there.
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It's been a few years since our trip to Engand but while there many caravans (travel trailers) were 'sporting' those wheel boots. My cousins caravan was in their yard with a locked gate AND one of those boots. There must be quite a theft problem over there.
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Come to Texas where stolen cars & trucks disappear to Central America by the thousands. Insurance really doesn't pay it all. The number of close-lying borders in Europe (EU cooperation or not) must make this a nightmare.

I also intend to be more careful about inventory of goods/tools/supplies aboard.
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I've removed the wheels from my car trailer and boat trailer when parked. Get a tire bag and put it in the trailer. Cheap, quick and practical.
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THATS the one!

Denver Boot used by many large cities, universities, etc.: Car wheel immobilizer, auto theft protection car wheel clamps

All products, including padlocks: Parking Boot, Wheel Locks, Denver Boot, Parking Enforcement Products

Pricy, but figure the hassle and time if the thing is stolen, and then, if you have time and money into the trailer... ours is not pristine but it's a member of the family. I'm concerned about leaving it while we hike on our first long trip with it. I keep saying it, maybe I mean her? The trailer that is.
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