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Old 12-10-2005, 07:44 PM   #1
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How to theftproof an Airstream?

I plan to park my '69 Ambassador on my lot near Galveston. What would you experienced people recommend as a security measure to keep it from being towed away?

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Old 12-10-2005, 09:07 PM   #2
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What Kind of Neighbors?

I like dogs. Believe it or not most thieves dislike little yappy mutts. I also like a bigger one with long teeth to go along with it.
But what about neighbors? There is safety in numbers. I like old people around and some kids. A little kindness goes a long way.

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Old 12-10-2005, 09:30 PM   #3
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Theft proofing

I am beginning to wonder if the best deterrent is to jack up the coach and remove the wheels. Comments?

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Old 12-10-2005, 10:44 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by markparker22
I am beginning to wonder if the best deterrent is to jack up the coach and remove the wheels. Comments?
How about if I bring along my own wheels?

In europe, they have square steel plates (actually triangles would be better)they bolt on in place of the wheels. Keeps the brake drums out of the dirt. And you could figure out some bulletproof way to lock the plates to the axle or hub.
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Old 12-11-2005, 04:40 AM   #5
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If you want to remain mobile, sink a large steel eye hook in concrete poured into a 3 foot hole under the trailer and use some hardened chain and a quality lock to secure it from the trailer to the eye hook.
Cheap and easy.

You can also use this method to secure a car or a motorcycle or whatever.
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Old 12-11-2005, 07:48 AM   #6
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Chain it to a really large tree like my husband did. Looks tacky, but might make the neighbors suspicious if someone was out cutting through it.
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Old 12-11-2005, 07:53 AM   #7
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Cut the tongue off the trailer...then there is nothing for them hitch up too The only other thing is to take precautions, like parking something hard to move in front of the trailer, use hitch locks, chain it to the ground, and make sure your theft policy is paid up.

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Old 12-11-2005, 07:59 AM   #8
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another cheap and easy way is to figure eight a heavy duty chain or cable through the wheels.

lock it with a quality padlock.

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Old 12-11-2005, 09:22 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by 65GT
Parking it on a lot. What does that mean? No neighbors -- no lights -- no electricity? No police, no security, no one there to hear a tree fall in the woods? Would it make a sound?

This lot is in a residential area fairly close to Galveston Bay in a community called Crystal Beach. I plan to leave the AS unattended for much of the year, but to have it always available for quick fishing or meditative getaways from Tyler, TX where I live (about 5 hr away). I want to leave the AS tow-able, but secure. My neighbor across the street keeps the lot mowed for me to provide hay to feed his goats. I'm glad he likes me, because he's so mean that I doubt anyone would get away with stealing the AS--but some thieves are very daring.
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Old 12-11-2005, 10:17 AM   #10
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You could fence the lot, turn the goats loose, and put up a sign that says

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Old 12-11-2005, 10:38 AM   #11
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Thumbs up Lock the ball coupler

My friend had the exact same concern with his car trailer over the winter. By the way, he keeps his 1966 Chevelle in the trailer for storage. He found a device that locks into the hitch ball socket of the trailer making it impossible (well at least very difficult) to hook up to the trailer without removal of the unit. As I recall it was $30 and made by Master ® Lock.

If that doesn’t suite your fancy – perhaps armed guards may be the answer!

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Old 12-11-2005, 11:10 AM   #12
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Just a thought.....

Not to take this to far off topic........ There was a simmilar thread recently and it left me wondering what the actual risk of loss of an airstream coach represents. Do that many of them get stolen, and if so what are the risk factors? For example: are new ones at greater risk of theft due to value, or vintage ones because some might think that being old they wouldnt generate the intensity in a search that a newer one might (not saying that is the case mind you). Is regional location a big influence? I also find my self wondering if, in fact, not all that many actually get stolen comparatively but because of our interest and having tools, such as this forum, we become aware of the losses and assume that there is a higher rate of theft than is justified by actual numbers. It seems that there would be alot of downsides to stealing an airstream; they dont blend in all that well, if you put one on your land for a hunting cabin your one VIN check away from trouble, and I would think registration would be tough if you wanted to tow the thing. I am not saying they do not get taken, but it would be nice to know how many actually are so we could better assess our individual risk and plan accordingly.

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Old 12-11-2005, 11:42 AM   #13
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My wife's cousin and her husband leave an Avion parked on their remote lot near Globe AZ all year round. Its been there for thee years now and hasn't be bothered. We put a lock on the wheel that acts much like the "boots" put on by the police for too many unpaid parking tickets. I think it would be pretty hard for it to be removed or stolen. More recently I discovered a lock that goes through the wheel holes (not the bolt holes, rather, the cut-out air holes) and hooks around the leaf spring, locking on the outside of the wheel. This won't help with standard AS axles, but it sure would be hard to steal something with this lock on. I think both of these should be available at RV/Utility trailer dealers. I think they are also available on-line. Below are some ideas:
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Old 12-11-2005, 11:49 AM   #14
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We lock the tounge(s) and the door(s). Oh yeah, and post guards.
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