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Old 12-03-2003, 12:02 AM   #1
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security for propane bottles

I have my 74 Tradewind stored in a fenced and locked facility--but--I am nervous about leaving my aluminum propane bottles on the trailer. I would prefer to leave them with the trailer. Is there a way of locking them to prevent theft? I was able to locate an aluminum Excella cover for the bottles--I will have to do a little metal work on the cover so that it will fit over the equalizer hitch brackets but I think it will work. Any suggestions about security or my attempt to alter the Excella cover to fit my tanks. The tanks are 30 pounds.
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Old 12-03-2003, 12:42 AM   #2
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Why not just lock them inside the trailer?

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Old 12-03-2003, 05:42 AM   #3
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a long bicycle cable lock passed through the handles and around the frame would keep them in place.

some hardware stores will custom make such cables.

all you need then is a good padlock.

it can be removed and stored when your trailer is in more secure area.

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Get a Yakima rack lock.

I used a threaded Yakima rack lock on min. it is keyed and can be threaded down the shaft so it will act as a jam nut on top of the spinner handle. If they want the bottles they will have to cut something that way, and it s unobtrusive. I think the locks come in a pack of 2 and the tumblers are sold individually. Your local large bike shop should stock them
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It required a little work to do what I did. I first aligned the tanks in the base frame to the position they needed to be. Then on the base ring of the tank I drilled a hole and worked it with a dremel tool to get the correct size. This hole was matched to a hole I drilled in the base frame. Now I use a pair of master locks that only the top of the arch can be seen. The entire lock is under the propane tank. You would never know they were locked down.
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Old 12-03-2003, 10:25 AM   #6
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good idea

good idea on putting a lock below the tanks. I think I'll try that.
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I have a nut on top of the threads and then there is a lock that covers the nut and locks. The lock just spins and the nut doesn't. It came on there when I bought it but someone could just cut the long bolt if they wanted to steel them. I would agree with the long bike cable lock idea or put them inside for safe keeping.

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Old 12-03-2003, 04:46 PM   #8
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I have drilled a hole through the propane handle and put a bicycle lock through it. That way it cannot be turned to loosen it up.

It took one stolen propane bottle for me to do that. Seems like we are always one step behind the crooks!
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