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Old 08-05-2014, 09:55 PM   #1
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Question Best Coupler Lock? (help a newbie!)

Hi everyone. I am looking to get a coupler lock for my new AS Flying Cloud. I have a pin-type lock that goes through the hole on the coupler, but I would like something more secure instead (looks like a simple bolt cutter would take care of that). I understand there are some coupler locks that are made just for AS, or at least fit them appropriately. The dealer thought there was a specific coupler lock for AS, and ordered it for me from the AS HQ...however, when I got to the AS HQ and Service Center to pick it up, they said they can no longer get that part. Can someone direct me to the best coupler lock for an AS and where to order it? I want to protect my investment! Thanks!
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:57 PM   #2
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Consider a wheel lock.

I had one keep a trailer from getting stolen from my lot.
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:09 PM   #3
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I have one of these. Still have my trailer. https://www.megahitchlock.com/univer...-coupler-lock/
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:26 PM   #4
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The best way to protect your investment is with insurance. If they want it bad enough a coupler lock will only slow them down, or they will ignore it and wrap your safety chains around their truck receiver and drive away with it.

I've never worried about the Airstream at home or in most campsites. My concern would be a remote storage yard.

Nonetheless any lock may slow down an easy theft. The wheel lock seems hard to defeat, but I hear of these guys with gas powered saws ripping through virtually anything. A heavy motorcycle lock chain through the spokes of a wheel and around the axle might slow them down as well.
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:34 PM   #5
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probable only keeps the honest people honest, but I feel better.
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The second one pictured would be more effective IMO.

The latch itself could be cut quickly bypassing the first lock, the second one would be more of a challenge, assuming the cross bar is hardened steel.
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:06 AM   #7
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Attachment 218582 probable only keeps the honest people honest, but I feel better.
We use these as well, but an individual intent upon taking your TT will just use the safety chains (shortened) to hook up and pull it away and then make quick removal of most security devices ...
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I have one of these. Still have my trailer. https://www.megahitchlock.com/univer...-coupler-lock/
I watched a couple You Tube video's before buying this lock. I also disconect the power so the electric jack is rendered useless. If a hammer doesn't break the lock a cordless grinder will. The longer it takes to steal, the less likely it would be stolen. I had a steering wheel lock on a 72 ss camero with under 30k miles stolen in 1980. I never realized that theives had tow trucks...gone in 60 seconds. The cops laughed at us when we inquired about it. In 1998 80 + officers were arrested for collaberating with gang members. Watch the movie Training day with Densel Washington. Thats why we left L.A.
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Go to a Harley dealership and buy a lock and chain and run it through the wheels with the lock on the back side.
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If you use the wheel lock method you must also have lug nut locks - the ones that require a special adaptor to remove the lug nut.

Even so, these can be defeted by the "universal" type sockets that have a bunch of pins inside vs the normal socket of a specific size..... but it will slow them down.

I keep my trailer at home, she's protected by a lead throwing implement.
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We use a California Immobilizer. We've also considered running a nice strong padlock through the safety chains so it would be a pain to use them to haul the trailer away with the immobilizer in place.

http://immobilize.com/airstream-trailer-coupler-locks/

As has been observed, all this just slows people down and encourages them to look elsewhere.

Some folks add a GPS beacon so they know where their trailer is at all times, though I haven't really researched this one yet.

I wonder whether a stolen AS has ever been found due to big red WBCCI numbers fore and aft.
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We have GPS trackers on our government CONEX vans. They work great, are somewhat stealthy and are battery powered without hookup to an external source. The monthly costs can be and are expensive. It's a rather big stick for a small issue.
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I use a coupler lock that is pretty secure but with all locks that use a key they can be picked with lock pics & it's easy to use them, wheel locks will stop tow away and lock pickers, if in camp grounds if not deserted people will notice if some one is trying to steal by any means.
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