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Old 01-14-2010, 09:50 AM   #15
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a frequent and REGULAR question here...

as is almost everything u might think to ask.

so use the search tool to FIND the info...

it's there, just like the trailer that just disappeared!

along with the threads linked above here's another of the many on this issue...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...ers-29301.html

a few useful answers are provided, along with the guns, dogs. "u can't stop it" and 'don't worry, be happy' answers...

lojack it, denver boot it, but don't be foolish enough to 'save a camp site' by leaving yer trailer in a public campground several days UNattended...

dat's dumb.

and there are theft reports posted from every imaginable location,

including hooked to the tv hitch, yard, campground, dealer lot, wally parking lot, and so on...

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Old 01-14-2010, 10:31 AM   #16
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I don't think campgrounds are, in general, risky areas, because there are lots of witnesses and thieves don't like witnesses. Storage lots, as noted upthread, pose much more of a problem, and accept no liability in most cases, making this an area where the owner must use caution.

Spending the night in a hotel while the trailer is in the lot is risky. I've known people who have had SOBs stolen this way.

I have, at various times, secured tandem-axle trailers by running a chain through both wheels and padlocking it. There are various high security cable locks that could be used for this. Most thieves aren't going to bring two tires, a jack, and a lug wrench - a cutting torch is cheaper at that point.

But choosing a suitable location is much of the answer. Even a well secured trailer can be subject to thousands of dollars of vandalism in a minute or two.
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Old 01-14-2010, 10:58 AM   #17
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Our 63 Safari had a manual tongue jack, when left in storage I lifted it most of the way up and took the handle off, anything to slo'em down.

mmmmmmmmmmmmm I wonder?

Most of you know how the power jack shorts out where the wires run under the propane tank cover....I put in a fuse holder, if needed I suppose I could just remove the fuse....thank's never occurred to me.
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Old 01-14-2010, 11:25 AM   #18
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Mike, I don't blame you, I feel the same way when we leave our Caravel unattended. It's small, cute, attracts a lot of attention, and just about any vehicle that drives by could hook it up and tow it away. Our solution is to stay in parks with camp hosts who might notice that sort of shenanigans if we are going to be away for much of the time. We use a hitch lock as well. I still don't feel safe enough about it to leave our dog unattended in the trailer when we're going to be gone a couple hours. Losing the trailer would be inconvenient, but losing our dog would be devastating. So the dogs stay home unless it's a trip where we plan to hang around the trailer most of the time, or can take them with us wherever we go.

I say get a hitch lock or a wheel lock of some kind, stay where you feel safe and secure leaving it unattended, and get out and start enjoying that thing! Good luck!
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Old 01-14-2010, 11:59 AM   #19
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when away a few nights

We have been using the setup described in post #24 of this thread http://www.airforums.com/forums/167282-post24.html

Even though we really only apply the Pit Bull when we are to be gone one or more nights, it does give us a feeling that "some other trailer" would be an easier target that ours.

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Old 01-14-2010, 12:15 PM   #20
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What about wheel locks and chocks like some listed below. Do they actually deter someone who might want to hook up to the trailer and take off.

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I do like the idea of removing the jack fuse. It's not a fuse easy to find outside of RV stores and fairly easy to remove. Of course, jumping a fuse is not very difficult if the thief knows where to look for the fuse holder.

And the tape loop of barking dogs inside the trailer is always a possibility, though your neighbors may not like it. Or let all the air out of your tires while you're away.

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Or, you can be extreme and wire 110v to the aluminum shell, while you're gone.
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:42 PM   #23
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Living in that kind of fear must be crushing. Your trailer was meant to travel and to leave it home out of fear some one MIGHT steal it just seems odd to me. If that is your worry, maybe you should think about why you own it in the first place. Sorry to be an @ss about this but I just don't get it. It is my hope you will use your trailer and enjoy it.
My question was more academic in nature than based on abject fear. I agree there's little sense having something if you won't use it because you are afraid it will be stolen. Besides that's why I pay insurance premiums.

My wife simply brought up a concern and I agreed that it is a valid point so I wanted to research it and see what came back. It was not based on paranoia.

Thanks to all who responded. I got several good ideas. I will start shopping for a high-quality hitch lock.

Be assured that we will use our Airstream and enjoy it.
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Back then, when I was with Caravanner Insurance, we had somewhat of a rash of stolen trailers.

The game plan, by the thieves, was steal a trailer.

THEN, they would buy a salvaged trailer.

It gets better.

They would take the serial number plates off the salvaged trailer, and put them on the stolen trailer.

That, the crooks felt, was a kind of "can't be caught" deal.

A word to the wise, without exception, is always, no exceptions check the serial number plates of a used trailer, to make sure that it properly identifies the coach your considering buying.

If it doesn't, RUN, but call the local police after you leave.

This happens all to many times, since it's so easy to do.

Not to long ago, an after market vendor, would suppy serial number plates, and install whatever serial number you wanted!!!! BAD BAD. That has since stopped.

As always, buyer beware.

Make sure your title properly lists the correct serial number, so that IF your trailer is stolen, you can provide a serial number that is indeed on the trailer, then hope for the best.

We receive incorrect serial numbers from some of our customers, every week.

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There must be some type of obnoxious light blinking horn sounding alarm system that could deploy itself if the trailer was "armed". Also, if the trailer is unusual looking, wouldn't that deter someone- as it would be quite obvious? The thought of theft has crossed my mind, but I try not to think about it. Maybe I should, and I'm being too naive, but I'd also really hate to be paranoid.

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Be assured that we will use our Airstream and enjoy it.
Now thats what I'm talking about!!!! Use that trailer and enjoy. you will regret zero and the enjoyment will be unbelievable.
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A word to the wise, without exception, is always, no exceptions check the serial number plates of a used trailer, to make sure that it properly identifies the coach your considering buying.
Thanks Andy for your words of wisdom, as usual.

I am wondering if there's a "hidden" serial number stamped into the frame or elsewhere. All motor vehicles have this "hidden" serial number in a location that is (supposedly) known to law enforcement.

This practise, if it in indeed applicable to trailers would likely have started in 1981 when the standarized Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) consisting of 17 characters was instituted. Prior to 1981, there was no accepted standard for these numbers, so different manufacturers used different formats.
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I can tell you this... you will need to show the state trooper where the serial number is. Please do not ask why I know that...
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