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Old 12-06-2012, 11:46 AM   #1
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New LP Tank Lock

I have had many requests for the LP tank lock that used to be available a few years ago. Torklift Inc. has just released a new, robust lock for trailer LP tanks. It should work very well with the tank set-up on Airstreams.

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PM me if you need further info.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:36 PM   #2
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New LP Tank Lock

Greetings lewster!

Thanks for the very valuable information. Thieves got away with the 20-pound Worthington Aluminum LP Tanks on my Minuet a year ago and I have been thinking that I needed an effective locking device for the LP tanks on both the Minuet and Overlander. I am adding this to my list of Airstream items to order before the Spring camping season.

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P.S.: A note of advice to other Airstreamers. You might want to check with your insurance agent. My insurance would only cover the cost of new steel LP tanks as the Aluminum tanks were options on my Argosy and I couldn't prove to the adjuster's satisfaction that the aluminum tanks were ordered with my Minuet. I had the original sales invoice, but it only listed the price of the coach with no specific mention of options. My local sheriff also suggested marking LP tanks and any other easily removed items of value on the coach with a personal ID number that you can use to identify your property in the event it is stolen and later recovered. I have marked the tanks and several other items on my Overlander with my personal ID number.
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:04 AM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestion. Never thought about tanks being stolen. DUH. Like they say " if it's not bolted down".

I couldn't find a price listed for this locking mech. Any idea what price range they are in ?????
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:28 AM   #4
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Even if it is bolted down, some of these people carrt torches, grinders, and bolt cutters. Security is all an illusion!
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:26 AM   #5
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Even if it is bolted down, some of these people carrt torches, grinders, and bolt cutters. Security is all an illusion!
So what I hear you saying is "They're going to steal it anyway, so you might as well just leave it out on the curb."
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:35 AM   #6
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No I'm not saying that at all, you have to do what you can to protect your stuff, that being said, a thief will get what he wants if he wants it bad enough, despite your security. I certainly don't advocate just leaving it on the curb.
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No I'm not saying that at all, you have to do what you can to protect your stuff, that being said, a thief will get what he wants if he wants it bad enough, despite your security. I certainly don't advocate just leaving it on the curb.
And I agree, you're not gonna stop the guy with a torch and bolt cutters but a lock on your tanks might discourage the tweaker looking for a quick easy score.
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Agreed! I hate the simple pilferer!

I have the big twin 40# aluminum Worthington tanks, not to mention the propane. To secure mine, I drilled a hole in the "wingnut" and the thick aluminum tank cover bracket. I can then tighten the wingnut, align it with the tank cover bracket, and install a long shank pad lock. It secures it pretty well, not allowing the wing nut to turn.
Then again a properly placed crow bar will allow evertyhing to come loose, and voila, someone has 2 nice aluminum tanks of propane, and I am left with a mangled mess.
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Agreed! I hate the simple pilferer!

I have the big twin 40# aluminum Worthington tanks, not to mention the propane. To secure mine, I drilled a hole in the "wingnut" and the thick aluminum tank cover bracket. I can then tighten the wingnut, align it with the tank cover bracket, and install a long shank pad lock. It secures it pretty well, not allowing the wing nut to turn.
Then again a properly placed crow bar will allow evertyhing to come loose, and voila, someone has 2 nice aluminum tanks of propane, and I am left with a mangled mess.
AHA. So you are NOT opposed to security measures. You're just a pessimist.
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My tanks are half full!
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:50 PM   #11
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Obviously a determined enough thief will get what they're after, but not until I've made it as difficult as possible.

I wanna see a trail of blood droplets, broken fingernails and band-aid wrappers at the scene of my crime!
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If they come with torches, they can steel the Hensley hitch padlocked through the trailer ball hitch lock, the tanks, break open the doors for the TVs and appliances and the contents, or just steal the whole thing.

All any lock does is deter the honest person.
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All any lock does is deter the honest person.
LOL - So... everyone in the world is either honest (though one lock away from turning bad,) or a torch-wielding villain who isn't even worth slowing down.

Good to know!

In that case... might as well continue to lock my doors, chain up my bicycle, and consider this lock for my LP tanks. Torches and bolt-cutters aside, I still think it's reasonably affordable peace of mind.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:36 PM   #14
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A lock simply keeps honest people honest. We enjoy the simplicity of the way the tanks are mounted. It makes it easy for "US" to remove them for filling. But at the same time why make it that easy for someone to snatch them. Mine are covered. A casual looker doesn't know if they are Xpensive aluminum tanks or cheat steel ones. ( And I'm not gonna tell you here either ). I had not thought about the need to secure them until this thread popped up but I am now. I will have to take a closer look at them and I'll come up with some way to make it a little more difficult to get them off.

Thanks for bringing this up. Keeps my mind turning.
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