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Old 09-12-2009, 11:40 AM   #29
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Just stencil "FEMA" on the front. No one will steal it then.
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:43 AM   #30
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Hi, a good tongue lock or coupler lock helps.
Bob, and I thought all the time the orange cone was your deterent!
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Old 09-12-2009, 12:39 PM   #31
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I finally got around to taking some pictures of what I do. Remember that nothing will deter the person that REALLY wants the trailer but I want to slow them down as much as possible. Here is the sequence.

I remove the hitch from the receiver. Put the ball in the trailer tongue and latch it. I think bring the chains from my equalizing bars up to the latch and put a padlock through them all. My father put some tangs to hang the bars on so the ends are near the front during storage. I then take my receiver lock and put it through the hitch and lock it.

The thief cannot simply hook up the the tongue. They cannot put the hitch in their receiver either.

Makes me feel better.
I like this idea - and given how often I forget things, it's nice to already have all your gear right there with the trailer, locked in place!
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Old 09-12-2009, 04:07 PM   #32
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Bob, and I thought all the time the orange cone was your deterent!
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Hi, Neil. The orange cones hide my coupler lock, protect my knees, and the rear bumpers on our cars when I park my fleet bumper to bumper for street sweeper day. I was thinking of making a sign that says: "WARNING, this trailer is equipted with Marathons, move at your own risk"
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Just pull the little plastic plug from the electric brakes and put it in the trailer in your favorite spot. This will lock the brakes and make their escape quite difficult.

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That little plug is not for parking. IT activates the electric brakes, and if left activated if may damage the brake system.
My response to the original question is what I use.
A U bolt type coupler lock,please don't make the mistake I did TWICE. I bought coupler locks online and when they arrived they would not fit my rolled lip coupler. I also use a lock in the latch mechanism. My next purchase will be lockable chocks that go between the tires that serves two purposes, it deters thieves and stops the rockin.
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Old 09-12-2009, 07:13 PM   #35
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That little plug is not for parking. IT activates the electric brakes, and if left activated if may damage the brake system.
After the brake magnets are damaged (overheated) the battery will be drained if left unplugged for long enough. After that, the battery will be damaged from a continous large electric load application. After the battery fails the trailer will now roll easily, which leaves you with the original problem.

And you will need new brake magnets and a new battery.

Don't do this.

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