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Old 03-02-2013, 08:13 PM   #1
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Camping security, got myself a boot

I'm new to actually camping in our Globetrotter, and have been concerned about it being ripped off from a campground while we're off sight seeing. I know all the arguments, if someone is really determined to take it and on and on... nevertheless, I was stoked to find this

slide-lock wheel boot

got it last week, tried it out today and it fits, and it's not too awful looking on the trailer. The thing is really, really robust- 2" square steel tube, almost 1/8" or so thick, weighs a ton. They were awesome to deal with too, accepting returns if I didn't like it, and it took less than a week to get. I figured the price was okay, given how much I have into the trailer and how attached we've become to it.
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:20 PM   #2
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Good move - you don't need to be constantly worried while you're trying to relax. This should provide some piece of mind. It's nice and obvious, too.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:09 PM   #3
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What is the lock like on it? I always figure that's the weakest point. I worry about our little trailer when we leave it unattended too - it's so little just about anything with a ball could haul it away!
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:11 PM   #4
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I've been looking for a while, and this is a new product for them. Not one of the BIG yellow $600 boots, but substantial enough. You're totally right, it's some comfort while relaxing. And the red color is really nice, too.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:26 PM   #5
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Interesting. I'm looking for some security at the campground as well, which is probably less than needed while in remote storage somewhere.

I'm wondering if it prevents removing of the wheel lug nuts. If so they could drop a wheel and this lock on a tandem axle, and pull the trailer away.

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Old 03-02-2013, 10:39 PM   #6
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Does anyone use a good quality motor-cycle security lock and chain on their tandem wheels? Tying up two wheels sounds reasonably secure...
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I have used the heavy chain and lock looping over an axle and it's quite secure, with a heavy lock I have. Have to get under there to thread it through, something I'd rather not do if things are wet and muddy.

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Old 03-03-2013, 12:32 AM   #8
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There is a plate on this that covers the lug nuts, so you can't remove a wheel to remove the boot. I don't have a tandem axle, just a single. How do you loop the chain, do you have spoke wheels?
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I use a Kriptonite Motorcycle cable (3/4 "), to tie my two wheels together. It is a bit tricky to slip the cable through the wheel (I have 16" tredit wheels with holes, not spokes).

It takes 2 minutes to set up, and is very secure. Kriptonite makes excellent products.

Here is the link to the cable.

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Old 03-03-2013, 06:13 AM   #10
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I understand that there have been trailers stolen while in storage but has anyone ever had a trailer stolen while using it?
Maybe I just have a case of "Pollyanna" like innocence but I can't imagine someone stealing an actively used trailer. Am I missing something?
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I think this is a very rare occurrence, and much more likely if you are in a very remote spot and there only occasionally.

We've never had anything stolen in a campground.

Some folks are just very security conscious.


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After I did my post, I was curious about the new locks offered by Kryptonite.

If you really want security -- I would buy one of the Kryptonite RealTime GPS. You install this device in your trailer, and it notifies you (to your smartphone) if your vehicle is being moved, and provides location tracking.

The cost is around $400 (I found it online for $389) and comes with a one year monitoring contract. The contract is $39 / year thereafter. Installation looks pretty simple, and it is wired to 12v. The amp draw is very low. The only thing I am not sure if is the ability of the GPS to send a signal through the shell of the trailer. Another mounting option would be in the Propane tank enclosure.

Here is the link the RealTime GPS

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Old 03-03-2013, 10:09 PM   #13
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The GPS sounds like a good idea too.. I was hoping to dissuade someone from trying to take our trailer. My personal kryptonite story is this: I've used them on bikes for years, and when my first one failed- the tumblers wore out on the lock, I walked home, got my work truck with a circular saw with a metal cutting blade, went back, plugged in an zip, lock was gone in a minute. Broad daylight on a busy shopping street near UC Berkeley. Tossed my bike in the van and drove off. I was happy it was easy to get my bike home but it made me wonder about security...
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:11 PM   #14
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The lock on the boot is a cylinder type pretty well protected, but nothing is absolute. Anyway, it seems pretty good.
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