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Old 02-21-2012, 07:52 AM   #15
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Put an electric horse fencer on the shell of the trailer.

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Old 02-21-2012, 09:29 AM   #16
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Put an electric horse fencer on the shell of the trailer.

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Now we're talkin'! What about chicken wire fencing around the camp-site perimeter (to keep kids and animals out) and IEDs buried inside that? (Or has this already been mentioned?)
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:52 AM   #17
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The electric fence is non-lethal and perfectly legal. It does tend to have a deterrent effect. You could easily rig a car alarm to the trailer. The kind that goes off when the trailer is shakin.

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Now we're talkin'! What about chicken wire fencing around the camp-site perimeter (to keep kids and animals out) and IEDs buried inside that? (Or has this already been mentioned?)
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:36 AM   #18
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I'm partial to the above safety locking hitch methods, and really like anything that involves electric fences, lasers or chain saws that swing out from the belly pan... When that doesn't work or you forget the guard Komodo dragon at home, we sometimes mount (when nobodies looking) a cuddy cam little hunting/nature camera (buy one on amazon or cabelas <$100) on a far off tree...ideally pointed at where said hoodlum would put their vehicle & face.... *knock on wood* no thefts here, but we have found a few odd balls peeking in on our stuff when away :/
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:10 PM   #19
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Claymore mines with trip wires. Learned that in the Army. Only had them go off once in Yosemite in '07...
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:48 PM   #20
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A fake explosive device (flash bang) might be just as effective as a real one. Something to get their attention. This would be the time to have a camera.

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Old 02-21-2012, 02:42 PM   #21
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:00 PM   #22
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They sell relatively cheap GPS locators for beehives - yes, people steal bee hives. You could hide it anywhere. At least you could get the perps and your trailer back in case the worst happened.

I like the shocking idea personally. However, I plan on getting the hitch lock. Thanks for the notes about the propane tanks. I have the cheapo 10 gal right now since the former tanks were all rusted and non compliant, but when I get my aluminum ones, I don't want to lose them.
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However, I plan on getting the hitch lock. Thanks for the notes about the propane tanks. I have the cheapo 10 gal right now since the former tanks were all rusted and non compliant, but when I get my aluminum ones, I don't want to lose them.
Supplement your hitch lock by removing the safety chains. Even with a hitch lock in place, a determined thief could ignore the hitch— lock and all— and just suspend the trailer's tongue on the chains, but if the chains are stored in your tow vehicle instead…
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:05 PM   #24
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Claymore mines with trip wires. Learned that in the Army. Only had them go off once in Yosemite in '07...
I thought it was Yellowstone in '88 when that happened.

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Old 02-21-2012, 06:32 PM   #26
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I'd take the wheels off and put it on jackstands. Then get a rottweiler (rabid one even better) and chain to it

OK, maybe just take the wheels off.....
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:58 PM   #27
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There are hitch lock systems that use an ACE lock/key assembly and nearly impossible to open. Used on Bally slot machines... so that is a good start. I cannot recall the name (maybe Grizzly... but that could be the one I did not use), but it is well made and available at Camping World. It fits a bit loose, but unless you have a welding/cutting torch, this thing is not going to be easy to remove to steal your trailer.

I have camped in places where most people would not camp and have detached the trailer in areas that everyone driving down the street could not miss the shine of the aluminum for miles... Never a problem, never an encounter of a thief. As said earlier, a professional will steal what they want. Make it more difficult like installing the hitch lock unit, and have a switch to disable the front leveling unit when not in the area.

Insure your trailer for what it is worth. The insurance is very inexpensive. And after a few camping trips you will be at ease and not worry about losing your AS.
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:39 PM   #28
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I like the flash bang ideal!! I have been camping in the NP's for over 30 yrs. I worked for the NPS for some time and don't ever recall a trailer that was taken. A majority of crimes were car break-ins (car clots), poaching wildlife/plant life and suicides. I stay informed about the parks with this website www.nps.gov/morningreport it covers all NP's. I use a ball with no shank and lock it into the trailer hitch. One time I was out of camp & when I got back I had a note from some strangers stating they had drank some of my beer from a cooler & would be back to repay me. They showed up later with some T-Bones and sides. I have been camping with these people for 20 yrs. now.
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