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Old 12-17-2008, 06:10 PM   #1
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So I have the normal hitch padlock that could be overcome in less time than I can say overcome. So has anyone got some good ideas on how to defeat at least the casual AS thief?
This thought came because of ou foram friend who has resently had their beutiful AS taken from them.
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Old 12-17-2008, 06:26 PM   #2
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So I have the normal hitch padlock that could be overcome in less time than I can say overcome. So has anyone got some good ideas on how to defeat at least the casual AS thief?
This thought came because of ou foram friend who has resently had their beutiful AS taken from them.
I think one should employ several methods to protect their trailers. Someone mentioned this in the thread about the trailer stolen in Seattle.Overton's - Gorilla Guard Trailer Lock
This is one of the things I have done.
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Old 12-17-2008, 06:47 PM   #3
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safari62 that would definately slow someone down, as long as you don't have a front or rear mount spare tire without a lock

We have one security measure mentioned awhile back that in the event someone is reading the threads and shopping for trailers I won't mention, but we're in the process of adding GPS tracking systems in both our trailers. We're going to be putting in this:

Anti Theft Device for Stolen Vehicle Recovery - Smart Track by Rocky Mountain Tracking

well hidden, with the external antenna and a back up power source in case they disconnect the battery to avoid any alarm system. At least with hitch locks, padlocks, good lighting/security we can likely track the trailer if it is taken, and only pay as you access the tracking info instead of monthly membership fees.
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:13 PM   #4
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I like the idea of a GPS tracking system.
I supply the thieves with only the back bumper of the Safari if they have a mind to tow it off. I can drive into my driveway frontwards, unhook, and just barely have room to drive my pickup through the yard, around the barn, under the clothesline, by the house and back out to the driveway. The trailer won't fit that way, so I have to back the pickup back through the "maze" to hook up and back the trailer out of the driveway. The thieves would have to have a lot of guts to try that routine and besides, my back-up system is a 12 gauge shotgun along with two driveway use alert alarms.
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I've been looking at adding a second brakeaway switch, hidden under the frame connected with a fine strong wire to a tent peg in the ground, under the trailer. If the trailer is moved the brakes will come full on and make it very hard to drag the trailer away. What do you think?
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I've been looking at adding a second brakeaway switch, hidden under the frame connected with a fine strong wire to a tent peg in the ground, under the trailer. If the trailer is moved the brakes will come full on and make it very hard to drag the trailer away. What do you think?
If there is no electrical power, will the switch still work? Electric brakes need electricity to operate, isn't that correct? I don't know how the brake-a-way stitch works. I do know that if the trailer come off the TV then the brake-a-way switch will cause the brakes to lock. What happens if the plug is also pulled out?
I am not trying to hijack this thread, I just need to know if Shacksman's idea could/would work.
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After brakes burn out then they can still tow it away.
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Man, I'm glad I live in a area where I don't have to worry about stuff like this..
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If there is no electrical power, will the switch still work? Electric brakes need electricity to operate, isn't that correct? I don't know how the brake-a-way stitch works. I do know that if the trailer come off the TV then the brake-a-way switch will cause the brakes to lock. What happens if the plug is also pulled out?
I am not trying to hijack this thread, I just need to know if Shacksman's idea could/would work.
The brakeaway switch works off of the battery. As long as there is a working battery in the trailer it'll work.
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I think the only way to foil a trailer thief is that thing the police put on your tire to keep you from driving away. A Wheel lock. That or hooking the AS to about 15 amps of electricity.
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After brakes burn out then they can still tow it away.

That would take awile to happen and I don't think they will sit around waiting to see what happens. I'd rather fix the brakes then look for another trailer
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having towed the overlander about 3 blocks with a locked up wheel, everyone for blocks knew something was going on (that sound preceeding an accident for a lot longer than logical). Not many would keep going drawing that much attention. Those that have the battery inside the trailer would likely have a much easier time with the brakes. As far as battery drain for the trailer battery for a GPS I've heard a small portable solar cell placed in the rear window of the trailer plugged into the 12v outlet provides enough of a charge to replenish what it draws.
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I've been looking at adding a second brakeaway switch, hidden under the frame connected with a fine strong wire to a tent peg in the ground, under the trailer. If the trailer is moved the brakes will come full on and make it very hard to drag the trailer away. What do you think?
Yes, I have heard about this before and it should work.

The "hidden" wire would have to be looped through a pulley at least in my case as the pin is now in the direction of the tow vehicle. Then the wire could be fastened to the stake towards the rear under the trailer. As the trailer moves forward the pin is pulled out via the wire and pulley which would send power to the brakes.

Then follow the skid marks.

I like the idea of the lug nut lock if the wheels are off also.
How about a locking device on the front jack....so it cannot be raised?
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one of our friends had their flatbed trailer stolen a few years back, the front jack was locked, they took care of it in a few seconds with a battery powered sawzall with a metal blade, and I mean seconds. Cameras caught it, they backed up, two guys lifted the tongue onthe the truck, cut the pipe and away they went.
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