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Old 02-08-2015, 10:06 AM   #15
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I threw our cover away! It wouldn't cover the new aluminum tanks I bought to increase the amount of propane we carry.
Actually, the cover itself is securely locked away in storage so it is safe...
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Old 02-08-2015, 12:24 PM   #16
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Tin Tin... Thanks for info on the tank lock. 2 years ago I had my tanks stolen while my AS was parked in a storage area. Now I have a Yakima cable lock wrapping around the frame, but your lock looks much better. Tanks PLUS propane costs a lot to replace.
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Old 02-08-2015, 03:00 PM   #17
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I can buy 3 tanks of gas for what the Fortress lock costs, but I've never had anything stolen. Just lucky, I guess.
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:55 AM   #18
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After having my tanks stolen last year from a storage area, I just followed "tin tin's advise and bought a Fortress GasLock from my Airstream dealer. $60+ for the lock is a lot better than the cost of 2 tanks, plus purge, plus 30 gallons of gas. Hope this works.
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Old 02-09-2015, 11:45 AM   #19
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Good friend of ours had a DeLorean. He never locked it. In his figuring, if somebody broke in to steal the stereo or the Recaro seats, it would cost way more to repair the damage to the DeLorean doors/windows than it would be just to buy new replacements for the stolen items.

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Old 02-10-2015, 10:44 AM   #20
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I have the aluminum tanks and I keep them locked. Like someone posted above, I aligned the aluminum spinner nut with the bar beneath it and drilled a hole through both pieces. I use a long padlock through both pieces. I have to put the lock on upside down to clear the lid, so I have to fumble a bit to get the key in the lock from below. I have to add propane so rarely that this is not much of a problem. I just need to make sure I don't drop my keys.
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Old 02-12-2015, 03:37 PM   #21
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I had two propane bottle and two batteries stolen, along with the plastic cases, and straps while on a lot at a repair shop. Thankful, the shop did make the loss good, but it took some time and aggravation on both our parts. The theory was some very poor folks live in RVs during the winter even in Idaho and stealing these things keeps them from freezing. The shop had had no losses in almost thirty years at that location. Anyway, I'm going to at least run some chain to discourage their.


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This is what I did on our 1993 Sovereign.
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Old 02-24-2015, 08:51 PM   #23
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This is what I did on our 1993 Sovereign.
I did the same, except that I have 30# tanks and I have to install the padlock upside down.
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Old 02-26-2015, 01:20 AM   #24
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I had two propane bottle and two batteries stolen, along with the plastic cases, and straps while on a lot at a repair shop. Thankful, the shop did make the loss good, but it took some time and aggravation on both our parts. The theory was some very poor folks live in RVs during the winter even in Idaho and stealing these things keeps them from freezing. The shop had had no losses in almost thirty years at that location. Anyway, I'm going to at least run some chain to discourage their.


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People don't steal because they are poor, they steal because they are thieves. Fortunately, the risk of losing something is very low when you are boondocking, few people around and those that are don't normally steal. I am much more worried when I am in a campground or in storage. Like some of the others here, I am more worried about the damage a thief would do than the actual theft.

When I am boondocking I lock my trailer, but I leave my BBQ, table and chairs out. I've never had a problem. In a campground I lock everything up.
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One of my faults is I am entirely too honest and I assume everyone else is also. I seldom lock anything up. So far no problems.
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One of my faults is I am entirely too honest and I assume everyone else is also. I seldom lock anything up. So far no problems.
Who would like to live ant other way?
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Who would like to live ant other way?
I disagree! My Airstream was broken into and totally trashed a while back. Police know who the culprits were, but have no hard evidence to arrest them. Not only were many personal items stolen, but I stlll feel violated and apprehensive that it may reoccur. I now have installed a car alarm on the Airstream in hopes of, at least, reducing the probability of that happening again.

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Old 02-28-2015, 08:24 AM   #28
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The Airstream Store sells the Fortress Propane Tank Lock. This locks the cover down. A bit more in price than the do it yourself version shown on here.
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