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Old 10-09-2007, 11:37 PM   #1
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Propane tank cover lock


Has anyone installed a lock on an aluminum propane tank cover box with plastic lid such as the tank covers used on newer Airstreams?
It has a spring loaded catch to close the lid. Id like to install a lock to keep honest folks from even looking inside.

Does Airstream sell a locking mechanism or has anyone retrofitted a locking clasp?
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Old 10-10-2007, 06:38 AM   #2
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Inland RV has the clasp in a slightly different style that has a slot for a lock. Bought one this summer but net yet installed - looks like you'll have to drill a couple new holes - no big deal. Best part is it's stainless.
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Old 10-10-2007, 08:18 AM   #3
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Has anyone installed a lock on an aluminum propane tank cover box with plastic lid such as the tank covers used on newer Airstreams?
It has a spring loaded catch to close the lid. Id like to install a lock to keep honest folks from even looking inside.

Does Airstream sell a locking mechanism or has anyone retrofitted a locking clasp?
Walt,

I have a lock that installs directly over the center threaded rod that holds down the tanks. Very clean and installs in about 5 seconds. Let me know if you would like a photo of it. I'll probably put it back in the classifieds in a week or so.

THANKS!
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:31 AM   #4
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I'd like to see it.
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:34 AM   #5
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Walt,

I have a lock that installs directly over the center threaded rod that holds down the tanks. Very clean and installs in about 5 seconds. Let me know if you would like a photo of it. I'll probably put it back in the classifieds in a week or so.

THANKS!
I wanted to get one of those from you at the Fiesta, guess we were having too much fun. I'll get back with you after you get setup again in Florida. It was really great to meet you Lew!
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Old 10-10-2007, 10:24 AM   #6
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I've heard of some people using a long bike cable and running it through the handles of the tanks and around the frame and locking that. I need to do this, since my storage place is sort non secured, and I'd hate to go out there sometime to find my tank(s) pilfered.

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Old 10-10-2007, 11:02 AM   #7
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Thanks for the help.

Yes, Lewster Id like to see a photo and would be interested in purchasing a lock that installs directly over the center threaded hold down rod.

Also planning to cable those puppies down inside the box.

Sounds like Ganglin found what I want from GoodBuddy Andy. A stainless latch with lock slot to lock the box lid shut to keep curious eyes out.

Im figuring if I lock the box, lock the tank mount rod AND cable lock the tank handles to the rack, the campground thieves of the world will walk on over to the next trailer to see what they have (sorry neighbor). Or theyll break something.

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Old 10-10-2007, 11:13 AM   #8
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Old 10-10-2007, 07:42 PM   #9
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Just as soon as I get back to FL. I'm pulling out at 0:dawn:30 tomorrow morning..........BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

At least this is just a little hop........only 2000 miles to SW FL.
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Old 10-10-2007, 08:22 PM   #10
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Has anyone installed a lock on an aluminum propane tank cover box with plastic lid such as the tank covers used on newer Airstreams?
It has a spring loaded catch to close the lid. Id like to install a lock to keep honest folks from even looking inside.

Does Airstream sell a locking mechanism or has anyone retrofitted a locking clasp?
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.
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:57 PM   #11
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Locking the tank cover seems like a bad idea to me.

How would you or emergency personnel get to the valves to shut them off in the event of a fire?

The lock Lew has is a much better solution IMO.
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Old 10-10-2007, 11:55 PM   #12
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Thanks for the ideas. 2dabeachs lock setup looks great. Simple form following function.
My "wingnut" is a 70s 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 Lews lock setup looks like.

Thanks for the thoughts
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:05 AM   #13
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I remember seeing Lew's post in the classifieds some time back. It was a little like a wheel lock for your car. It attached to the shaft and prevented the removal of the nut without a key. It was small and did not look bad at all. I am upset that I did not get one from Lew at the Balloon Rally.

Lew, I have not been to Costco for the LED flashlight either....
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Richard,

Better get crackin' !!
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