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Old 02-01-2016, 09:20 AM   #15
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Smile as theft

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I've been thinking about putting a kill switch for the electric jack, hard to hook up if you can't lower the trailer!


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Simply remove fuse for jack as it is a glass buss type fuse [auto style] then put holder back together no one would guess it was removed, plus less $ out lay for swt. and where to hide it.
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Old 02-01-2016, 10:01 AM   #16
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There have been several threads about Airstreams being stolen from various places. It seems, though, that all were unoccupied at the time of the theft. Has anyone ever had a theft or attempted theft of a coach that was occupied?
I've never heard of that happening. Mobilizing a trailer that is parked for camping is, as we all know, a time consuming activity, and campgrounds are full of people with eyes who see that sort of stuff.

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What I'm wondering about is a full-timer who has parked the Airstream at a campsite and then gone elsewhere for the day. We tend to be gone much of the day, returning to the coach for the evening. We also like staying at State parks, so the length of our stay is easily visible to anyone driving through.
The risk to consider in that situation is theft of contents and theft of other valuable items left in the campsite outside the trailer. Most fulltimers have all kinds of outdoor kit.
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Old 02-01-2016, 10:44 AM   #17
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From all the threads about stolen campers, it almost always seems to be from commercial property. IE Storage yard and service lots. I just recalled one from a lady who had restored her Grandfathers, took it to get new counter tops, left it in the shops parking lot and it got stolen.

Rarely do people steal them out of campgrounds. And while stealing them from boondocking sites, you have to worry that the owner might show up any moment. Also, who wants to drive way out into nowhere looking for something to steal?

But, a shiny trailer in a parking lot of some shop with no one around. No one is probably going to be around since the business is closed. So lots of time to steal it with no one looking.

Lock it properly.
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Old 02-01-2016, 12:05 PM   #18
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Periodically the forum is contacted by folks with stolen trailers and we do our best to get the word out to be on the look out. They are almost always small and vintage and I think it's likely they end up in shipping containers at ports.
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Old 02-01-2016, 12:47 PM   #19
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From what I read my Hensley Hitch kinda makes my trailer immobile. Even some repair shops can't move it.
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Old 02-01-2016, 01:03 PM   #20
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From what I read my Hensley Hitch kinda makes my trailer immobile. Even some repair shops can't move it.
But an expensive anti theft device no? LOL


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Old 02-01-2016, 01:06 PM   #21
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From what I read my Hensley Hitch kinda makes my trailer immobile. Even some repair shops can't move it.
Unless I spend the 15 minutes with a wrench to remove it.
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Old 02-01-2016, 01:22 PM   #22
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I still think a hidden brake away switch, wired in at the back of the trailer with the cable hooked to a pin in the ground, would sure slow down a crook as all the brakes would come on and they wouldn't know what happened.
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Old 02-01-2016, 06:33 PM   #23
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Last year I posted an anti-theft device which I installed on my trailer. The device texts my phone if the trailer is moved. Here's the post:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...ch-118021.html

I will say it takes some computer/electronic know how to get it to work.
Does the board have an open I/O that would accept a proximity sensor that could trigger a text msg or email?
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Unless I spend the 15 minutes with a wrench to remove it.
Or just a minute with a short piece of logging chain and a hook. Might not make it out of town, but at least I'll make it to my shed and out of sight.
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