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Old 04-04-2018, 04:53 PM   #15
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Thanks for the suggestion on locking the propane tanks. I followed what you had done by drilling a hole into the large wing nut and using a large padlock to the main bracket for the tanks.
This was a quick solution and an easy deterrent .
I am sure if someone really wants the tanks they will get them but just wanting a deternt for them to go look elsewhere.
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Old 04-04-2018, 05:31 PM   #16
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The battery box latch can be changed out to a key lock pretty easy and tank locks are available for purchase online.
For my tanks I just drilled a hole in through the large wing nut and the aluminum cross brace and put a padlock through the hole on both preventing the wing nut from being able to spin, thus locking the tanks in place
What he said. And I swapped the outdoor shower door lock with the battery box latch.
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Old 04-04-2018, 05:38 PM   #17
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This is how I lock my propane. I drilled through the wing nut with a 3/8 bit.
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Old 04-04-2018, 05:54 PM   #18
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Just so everybody knows, the amount of security provided by the shower door "lock" is pretty close to nil. The lock has a number on it. If you have a key with that number on it, you're in! There's a reason they use that cheap lock on the shower door - it slows down silly people with silly ideas, but that's about it.
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As I sit here and read about having to add extra locks, chains, etc, i’m wondering if I am totally naive or y’all are all hanging out in some really bad areas. Unless I am out site seeing or hiking or otherwise having fun, I am only a few feet from my propane tanks and batteries. Are tanks and batteries really stolen a lot? When I am not using my Airstream it is parked in the back yard in a reasonably safe neighborhood. So should I be that concerned?
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Old 04-04-2018, 09:42 PM   #20
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The battery box latch can be changed out to a key lock pretty easy and tank locks are available for purchase online.
For my tanks I just drilled a hole in through the large wing nut and the aluminum cross brace and put a padlock through the hole on both preventing the wing nut from being able to spin, thus locking the tanks in place
Not good.....just turn the wing nut and the long all thread will screw out of the bottom nut....
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:34 PM   #21
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As I sit here and read about having to add extra locks, chains, etc, i’m wondering if I am totally naive or y’all are all hanging out in some really bad areas. Unless I am out site seeing or hiking or otherwise having fun, I am only a few feet from my propane tanks and batteries. Are tanks and batteries really stolen a lot? When I am not using my Airstream it is parked in the back yard in a reasonably safe neighborhood. So should I be that concerned?
It's insurance.

Better have it and not need it than needing it and not having it.
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Not good.....just turn the wing nut and the long all thread will screw out of the bottom nut....
But as the padlock goes through the cross member too, the propane box won't be able to turn.
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Old 04-05-2018, 07:32 AM   #23
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This has worked so far for me picked up the hitch lock at Harbor Freight, change the pin to a stainless steel bolt (Harder to cut through then steel) also added 2 rod collars with Alan set screws below the wing nut both to space wing-nut up to clear above gas regulator and to slow them down, needing an allen wrench to get the 2 rod collars off.
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Old 04-05-2018, 08:44 AM   #24
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You could just drill a hole through the battery box lid and the box lip and use a padlock or use tamper resistant bolts on both sides.

Not theft proof but would be a deterrent.
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Old 04-05-2018, 09:02 AM   #25
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The only reason I can figure Airstream placed a lock on the outside shower is to remind owners to require others to ask permission to use it....since the lock is securing a plastic cover!

Same thing with the Sport batt-box (but FCs and up/grades are certainly different..... if anyone breaks into the expensive metal batt-boxes....it'll be.. expensive. It's why insurance is sold.

The best reason to lock things up is to remind relatively honest people to remain honest and not provide temptation. I drilled a hole thru the bracket and the wing-nut and use a Ruger bicycle lock (which Ruger intended to lock the action open...) thereby rendering the propane tanks difficult to steal and reminding the thief a mini 14 is another good reason to move-on.

Sports also came with a cheap, plastic propane cover and I've thought of tossing it and either replacing it with an expensive metal cover...or simply allowing the tanks to sit in view.... but that encourages theft and exposes the tanks, regulator, hoses, etc. to road-blasting debris. Soo...any cover is helpful,...even a cheap one.... IMO.
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Old 04-05-2018, 10:23 AM   #26
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This is how I lock my propane. I drilled through the wing nut with a 3/8 bit.
To me, that's a good and elegant solution. Why pay $80 for a piece of sheet steel that does the same thing?
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After much research....I came up with the following security upgrades:

For my Airstream 16' Sport: These are what I feel are the simplest, most secure, most cost effective approach to secure propane tanks (Master Lock 175DLH Set-Your-Own Combination Lock, 2-1/4-Inch Shackle, 2-Inch Body), batteries (B & D RV Battery Lock), and the Airstream hitch receiver itself (Atwood 89005). See photos.
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