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Old 01-09-2016, 10:24 AM   #1
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Lock for LP Tanks

Getting my first AS at the end of the month. Can you recommend a lock for the LP tanks? Thanks.
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Old 01-09-2016, 11:03 AM   #2
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Just something to discourage would-be thieves, and keep people honest. Anything more elaborate would turn into more headaches for you in trying to remove your tanks for refilling, and someone really determined will still get them.
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Old 01-09-2016, 11:10 AM   #3
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I use a cable, like a bicycle lock cable with a padlock. As Overlander63 says, anything more makes them harder to get off to refill.

I have the expensive aluminum tanks. I am not sure it would be worth it with steel tanks.
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Old 01-09-2016, 11:20 AM   #4
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On the Airstream shop site they have a specific screw down lock for the LP tanks.
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Old 01-09-2016, 11:38 AM   #5
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I would second idroba, unless you have expensive tanks, I wouldn't lock them. We don't lock ours.
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Old 01-09-2016, 12:13 PM   #6
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Airstream has a clever lock which you can buy from their Ohio store.
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Old 01-09-2016, 12:20 PM   #7
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I use the same method idroba does, a cable run through the collars on my aluminum tanks and around a frame member, with a padlock. The cable is just a deterrent, of course, but I guess most of the dirtbags who'd steal such things want the propane and don't necessarily know what my 40-yr-old aluminum tanks are worth, so they'll steal tanks from one of the other RVs at the storage lot that don't have theirs locked.
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Old 01-09-2016, 12:25 PM   #8
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I would second idroba, unless you have expensive tanks, I wouldn't lock them. We don't lock ours.
Most people don't realize yet, the Classics have 40# aluminum tanks with built-in gauges. $$$...
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Old 01-09-2016, 12:29 PM   #9
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I've taken all the pad locks off my trailer. I figured a) if someone wants something bad enough they will bring their own equipment to defeat a lock and probably damage the trailer in the process and b) if I'm out on a cold night on a dark road changing a tire or something I sure don't need a frozen up lock that I can't open. I asked about a hitch lock and my mechanic told me that if someone is in it far enough to steal a trailer that they don't even mess with the hitch locks they come prepared and some even just put a chain on it, lift it up, and off they go. I thought about a wheel lock / Denver Boot device but realized that I'd be the most likely one forget it was on there and snap an axle when I'm in a hurry one day go get going.
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I still use the cable and lock method but I'm looking hard at this one that was mentioned on the following link.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...01729-250.html
It is mentioned on page 250 post 3495 to post 3499.
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I drilled a hole through the spin off handle and the cross brace on the tank cover. Then I installed a pad lock through the holes.
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I've just put a nylon lock nut on top of Airstream's threaded handle to secure the tanks in place. At least it forces the thief to bring a wrench.
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Old 01-09-2016, 02:11 PM   #13
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We like our - TORK LIFT A7701 RV Trailer Camper Lp Gas Fortress Propane Gas Lock 3/8" by Torklift - Make sure to get the correct diameter for your threaded rod that the lock screws on to.
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I always remove the tanks when in storage and use them for our home grill. Those tanks have been re-certified a couple of times! Oh well, good luck! jd
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