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Old 10-11-2007, 10:06 AM   #15
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Thanks for the ideas. 2dabeachís lock setup looks great. Simple form following function.
My "wingnut" is a Ď70s solid cast aluminum piece.

This gets me engineering. For now the tanks are cable locked.

What is the white bracket inside the box under the cross member for?

Would like to see photos of what Lewís lock setup looks like.

Thanks for the thoughts
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The white bracket is the mounting plate that holds the outdoor sensor for our indoor/outdoor wireless thermometer mounted inside our trailer.
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Old 10-11-2007, 11:22 AM   #16
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What a clever place to put the sensor! Does it read true there or does enclosing it in the box raise the temperature?
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:43 PM   #17
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What a clever place to put the sensor! Does it read true there or does enclosing it in the box raise the temperature?
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The temperature may run a little high if the trailer is parked where the sun is hitting the front of the tank cover. We haven’t noticed any unusual readings on the outside temperature while living in the trailer for 3+ months. The main thing is that the unit is out of the way and is keep dry. The holder is attached to the cover with Velcro and we take the sensor out of the holder when we're traveling.
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Old 10-11-2007, 07:46 PM   #18
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Just another take on a low tech locking system

I just got my airstream and have not road tested the pictured system. I used these locks on my old trailer to lock the tanks and looks like they might work here as well. By the way the two locks are keyed the same and the black is just electrical tape for padding/insulation.

Sorry, I do not have the photo on the net so I am not sure how to attach it. Basically I took two long shank locks and hooked them through one another and then one on each side of the threaded upright. Advantage is no drilling required and fairly cheap. R/ Dave
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Old 10-11-2007, 09:21 PM   #19
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I solved the problem on my 2007 Safari by drilling a hole through the steel wingnut and the cover's aluminum cross-member and placing a padlock through the holes. Picture attached.
THAT WORKS FOR ME!!!
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I wish my tanks were set up that way. My "wing" nut sits flush against the top. no room for the lock.
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Old 10-12-2007, 03:46 PM   #21
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Picture of the two lock solution

I think I finally figured out how to post the picture.
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Old 10-12-2007, 04:31 PM   #22
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Nice, thanks for photos.

Simple, effective.

Slowing them down long enough to alert Mr Smith and Mr Wesson is just what Iím looking for.
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Old 11-25-2007, 06:24 PM   #23
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Lewster was nice enough to send me one of these locks after he landed in Florida. We stopped by the trailer today and I installed it. Since I am not a certified RV tech like Lew, my install time was not 5 seconds, but more like 2 minutes. You remove one nut, install the arm under the nut and lock the cover on.

Thanks again Lew!
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Old 11-26-2007, 07:54 AM   #25
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If you look at any RV, including SOB's, access to the propane tanks is NOT LOCKED! This is a safety issue. Locking the tank cover is not a good idea.
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This is not a cover lock. It locks the tanks. They can stillbe turned off.
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i'd think that most locks are easily defeatable by any emergency crew or someone clearly not making a "service call" to remove the tanks.
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Old 11-26-2007, 12:08 PM   #28
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Thanks "2dabeach", I have been wanting a way to easily lock the tanks and yours looks nice and simple. I now have a project coming up to drill a hole thru mine like in your photo and install a lock.

One thing about locks is several years ago I went to a real hardware store - I think ACE hardware, and bought a whole box of Master padlocks all "keyed-alike". They have really come in handy over the years with one key fitting just about everything I have. There must have been about 18 or so locks in that box.

Anyway, not sure if places like Lowes or Home Depot sells keyed-alike locks, but "real" hardware stores do and that really makes things convenient.

regards...
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