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Old 05-29-2014, 04:58 PM   #15
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Here on these forums, there are one or two Airstreams reported stolen every year. I think half of them end up in Mexico and the other half end up being used as stationary "cabins" in remote locations.
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:21 PM   #16
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Gary, that's comforting. We are moving to a 2 acre lot in a suburban area (heavily wooded) and I want to store the AS there and avoid paying the storage lot (where it currently resides). I found a spot off of our private driveway, and think i'm going to risk it.

You can't see it from the public road, and we are the only house on the private driveway. I'll use a hitch lock, but thoughts for the community.

1. would you leave the door to the trailer unlocked? there's nothing much valuable in there, and I'd rather have the pots and pans wander off rather than have a broken, $1,000 AS window to replace from a break in attempt.

2. What about the propane tanks? As they are aluminum, that is the one thing that i'd worry would walk off one day while we're at work.

We live in a low crime area, but still, there are tweakers driving around somewhere that could possibly see it if they are bold enough to poke down private driveways.
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:28 PM   #17
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Use a security chain between the spokes of the wheels. More effective than a hitch lock.

The problem with leaving it unlocked is that you run the risk of young lovers and people looking for a place to party, who will try a door but aren't going to break down a window.

In practice there hasn't been much reported theft of propane tanks. I painted my name on mine as one precaution.
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:35 PM   #18
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Thanks Jammer. It's about 100' from our house and we'd drive by it every day, so a big party we'd notice. I suppose it's better to just lock it and let insurance deal with it if a windows gets busted under my comprehensive policy.
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:13 PM   #19
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I ordered one of those tire boots recommended on this forum but still havent used it.
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Old 10-10-2014, 02:10 PM   #20
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Just found this on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Vehicle-Tracke...E8A15H57B2249S $40 and another $40 to keep the sim card activated all year. I have completely rebuilt my old girl and don't think insurance could come up with a price to make me feel good if she were stolen. I'm thinking of wiring in the electric brakes as well, so that when me and the cops are ready, I can set the brakes so it can't move before we get there.
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Old 10-10-2014, 02:19 PM   #21
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My solution to keeping the door closed and locked and (hopefully) saving the $500 KT lock. Of course, if someone wants in...they will just break a window...
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Old 10-10-2014, 02:53 PM   #22
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Not that I am one to promote membership in the WBCCI but those big red numbers on the front and rear of the trailer are hard to miss.

That is the system used by drug companies on there trailers. large numbers are painted on the top of the trailer and no company ID on the sides. A hijacked trailer can be spotted from the air. I have had friends hat have done that to their more expensive SOBs.
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Old 10-10-2014, 05:44 PM   #23
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I'd like to say that nothing like that happens here in rural Iowa, but it does, now and then.

Many years ago, my dad came home late one night from a snowmobile trip. He backed the trailer into the parking space next to his house, unhitched the Suburban, and went to bed, thinking he would unload the four snowmobiles in the morning.

The next morning, the trailer, along with the four sleds, was gone. The Sherriff said the tracks looked like they were made by a Jeep, which would have been rather small for a load that big.

Never found any of the sleds or the trailer. Fortunately, everything was insured.

My AS is locked in a big shed that has outdoor lights. I have an outside dog in a kennel who barks when something isn't right. I'm also well known as the guy who can shoot well, and has the arsenal to do it. Besides, everything is well insured. I'm not worried.
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Thanks for all the tips. !
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Old 05-24-2015, 01:38 PM   #25
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Link to similar thread describing police-style "Denver boot" we use on our Bambi:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ml#post1172288
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