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Old 02-07-2015, 03:00 PM   #1
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Locking the Propane Cover

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We plan on boondocking quite a bit and I would like to have the capability to be able to lock my propane cover to secure (I realize that anything can be broken into) my propane from being tampered with/stolen.
I'm not sure I can utilize my cover's locking mechanism since it is easily bendable (easy to remove a lock).
I would like to know what others have come up with to correct this, what I feel is an Airstream oversight, issue. Thanks
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Old 02-07-2015, 03:50 PM   #2
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I'm curious to see the replies you get to this question. I've never heard of "propane theft" being an issue for boon dockers.
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Old 02-07-2015, 04:00 PM   #3
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Best idea would be to use a bicycle type lock through the tank handles and around the frame. If thieves want in to the cylinders they will damage the cover. It is worth a lot more than the cylinders, and if they break in you will have the damage plus the cylinders will be gone. Just my thoughts!! Chris
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Old 02-07-2015, 04:06 PM   #4
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I tightened up the wing handle parallel with the support that is attached to the cover, drilled a hole through both, then use a Trimax padlock and place through the holes. Sorry; no pictures. TT in storage.
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Old 02-07-2015, 04:15 PM   #5
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This is what I use, protects tanks and the cover. Simple and well built.

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Old 02-07-2015, 04:34 PM   #6
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Old 02-07-2015, 05:12 PM   #7
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Best idea would be to use a bicycle type lock through the tank handles and around the frame. If thieves want in to the cylinders they will damage the cover. It is worth a lot more than the cylinders, and if they break in you will have the damage plus the cylinders will be gone. Just my thoughts!! Chris
This will work but is it necessary? We have never had anything stolen while boondocking but are careful where we stay.
I think your risk of theft is low in forest service campgrounds, state parks, and other places where there are other campers around.
The only thing we lock up are high dollar items like generators, bicycles, ect.
Propane bottles seem down the list of likely theft items.
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Old 02-07-2015, 06:01 PM   #8
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From Bob's link, post #10 is what I did. Thanks Bob!
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I would not lock the cover, might need access to the tank in a hurry. I do lock my bottles with a long U-lock.
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Old 02-07-2015, 07:30 PM   #10
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More concerned about the cover than the tanks...
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Appears that the long U-lock is the cheapest and best way to go. The Forklift lock is rather pricey.
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I dont have the cover but have my tanks locked with bicycle locks also. Im also a bit paranoid bout leaving chairs and my lil weber out also so i put those things away when I leave camp.
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Old 02-08-2015, 07:20 AM   #13
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Lock your tanks down...boondocking or just traveling in general. After several years of having an Airstream with tanks under the cover, I had a tank stolen. The thief took one tank. The second tank allowed the cover to remain in place and look undisturbed. I now use a bike cable and lock to lock the two tanks to the frame. If someone comes prepared with bolt cutter, they are likely to take a tank. But, this should slow them down and maybe get them to just move on.


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Old 02-08-2015, 09:39 AM   #14
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Thanks all.
I don't believe that everyone is honest and it's better to be safe. As I said anything can be broken into or stolen it's just a matter of raising the hassle factor high enough that it's not worth it.
I like the lock through the handle and cross member...nice and simple. I will check out the manufactured gas lock though. Depends on the price.
Thanks again.
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