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Old 01-02-2015, 12:11 PM   #15
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Old 01-02-2015, 01:33 PM   #16
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We have purchased and used "The Boot" used by many municipalities, to secure our single axle Safari. It is made of strong steal and covers the lug nuts. It also acts as a chock for the wheel as well. This and and a tongue lock make it a hard target for theft. Hopfully a thief will move on to an easier victim.

I think batman's summary is a good point. Given time and seclusion, a determined thief will find a way, but the majority seek a quick opportunity and boots, chains and coupler locks will divert those to easier pickings.
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Old 01-02-2015, 02:53 PM   #17
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wheel locks;

I used bricks myself, but chocks are great; I stored my 31' in my driveway every winter, and worrying about mice under wheel covers should be your least concern; I would rather they nest on top of the tires then in a blanket drawer inside the trailer;we would get mice coming in when we camped; best solution are the old wood snap traps with a dab of peanut butter (Home Depot-$2); works every time; put a hitch ball lock on when storing so it can't be towed;
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Old 01-02-2015, 03:46 PM   #18
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But for mice..FreshCab can be purchased from AMZN. No more critters for me.
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Old 01-03-2015, 12:00 PM   #19
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I just use one of these.

MasterLock 379ATPY Trailer Coupler Lock
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Old 01-03-2015, 01:21 PM   #20
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Man...I hate to dispute Protagonist since he is consistently on point with his advice, and he is even correct re tire cover given his humid location. But out west here at high elevations where the sun is merciless we need tire covers...its a must. Re the threat of thievery, fortunately there are no bad people west of the Mississippi.
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Old 01-03-2015, 02:48 PM   #21
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Tireman9 on his blog as a tire engineer gives thumbs up go covers for RVs.
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Old 01-03-2015, 03:12 PM   #22
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"Even if the covers offered some protection on the outside, the rays bounce against the exposed sidewall. If the cover is anything but black, unless specifically treated to block it, it will allow UV to pass through anyway."

What?

Bounce underneath to the backside, pass thru the cover?

Never heard that before

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Old 01-04-2015, 12:26 AM   #23
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Sounds like sunburn "where the sun don't shine", as the expression goes.
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Old 01-04-2015, 02:00 AM   #24
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Hi, I don't cover my trailer tires and never have. [Marathons too] I have a nice tongue lock and even better insurance.
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Old 01-04-2015, 12:59 PM   #25
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"Even if the covers offered some protection on the outside, the rays bounce against the exposed sidewall. If the cover is anything but black, unless specifically treated to block it, it will allow UV to pass through anyway."

What?

Bounce underneath to the backside, pass thru the cover?

Never heard that before

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Well, it's on the Internet so it MUST be true, right?? I have found articles by doctors confirming that they bounce off sand, water, porch decks etc. These are all in relation to sunburn. Other than the ones I've already quoted, I can't find other references to bounced UV rays under an RV.
"The Tire Industry Association's (Marvin ) Bozarth also told us that tires that are not completely covered with some material that resists UV radiation are susceptible to radiation damage wherever they are uncovered. UV radiation doesn't have to fall directly on a tire, it can "bounce" as it were, and cause damage to the back side of the tire if unprotected."
Tire covers and UV radiation

I don't know, every day is something different. Coffee is good, no wait, it's bad, no wait it's good but only if you drink a cup, no wait, it's good again, drink a pot a day or more.

Bouncing UV sounded odd to me too. I have the covers, inherited them, use them. They're gray, so whether or not they protect from UV, I don't know.

I read the articles, discussed with the wife, we already have them, they keep the dirt from bouncing up on the tires when it rains, we're using them.

Would I purchase new ones? Probably but I inspect my tires, monitor the inflation and always check them when I stop. I've had very good luck with all brands of tires I've used. I've had 1 blowout in my lifetime, yes it was a GYM on my boat trailer. It was about 10-12 years old and garage kept, probably not UV rays then.
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Old 01-04-2015, 05:31 PM   #26
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I placed an order on Friday night for a California Immobilizer for the Airstream, Airstream Trailer Coupler Locks - California Immobilizer, then on Saturday, Ziggy2 posted the info about the Master Lock version for less than 1/4 of the price. MasterLock 379ATPY Trailer Coupler Lock. The California Immobilizer people are supposed to call me to complete the order, so I'm on the fence about cancelling that order and going the MasterLock coupler lock instead. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-04-2015, 05:35 PM   #27
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The forum is a pretty large diverse group. Anyone ever had their Airstream stolen or personally, and I stress personally, know someone who has had their Airstream stolen?
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Old 01-04-2015, 06:10 PM   #28
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Wheel chock locks and wheel covers

Here's a standard hitch-hacking video that may be fun to watch before you decide. Each video of this type will have a point of view - for example, this one is from Mega Hitch locks, which look pretty good. We're happy so far with our California Immobilizer - your mileage may vary.

MegaHitch video: http://youtu.be/-G_zz80h_Tc

A good hitch lock combined a heavy padlock thru the safety chains, locking lug nuts on the wheels and either a heavy locked chain/cable between the wheels or the wheel-grabbing chock device posted by the OP should encourage baddies to move on to easier prey.
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