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Old 01-16-2009, 07:47 PM   #1
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How to lock her when we unhitch

When we leave our gal how do you recommend we lock her at the hitch or do you think she is safe. Also shall we put a sign in our window dog aboard? tx, gail
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:55 PM   #2
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Be sure the 12 volt is disconnected should you have a power jack. A hitch lock is good as well as a lock assembly between the wheels. Take care.
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:33 PM   #3
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Gail, Check out this thread: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f112...tle-46816.html

After reading that thread you will know what you can buy and why you should.

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Old 01-23-2009, 08:15 AM   #4
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I have a vehicle parked in front of my trailer. A theif would have to move the vehicle before getting to the trailer. My boat trailer has a coupler lock and a locked steel cable throught the front and rear wheels.

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I had a booth next the a small company called Starlights, Inc. They have a motion sensing light to replace the porch light on your trailer. I thought it was a great idea. They're not affiliated with Hensley in any way, but it looks like a great security item. Here's the link: Star Lights, Inc. | RV Motion Lights | The Smart Light.
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:27 AM   #6
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Thanks for the heads up on the motion sensing light, Ron. I suppose the housing could be painted silver so it would match our trailers.
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:44 AM   #7
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A hitch lock deters thieves from dropping your trailer onto a ball... but it is still possible to steal a trailer just using chains. To keep the trailer from moving, I believe there are chock locks. A variation of the chock lock is the tire boot. A variation of this is a J lock. I guess it depends on how secure you want your Airstream to be. Any mechanical lock can be defeated... the value is making it hard for thieves. If you have a restored trailer worth tens of thousands of dollars, you may want to consider going whole hog and putting in a Lo Jack. I'm sure the system could be modified for RV use.
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:48 AM   #8
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What we need is a taser gun with a wire connected to the front hitch, so when someone goes to lock it on the ball of their TV WHAM>>>>


I wonder if Colorado "Make my day law" counts for an trailer?


For all you none Colorado people. We have a law that if you feel your life is threatened and the person is in, or just brakes the plane (as of the ruling on a case) of your home, you can shot them.

Some poor really drunk guy got shot, because he was braking into a home he thought was his.
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Just stencil "FEMA" on the front. No one will steal it then.
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Colorado's "Make-my-day" law raises a lot of questions. It speaks of a "dwelling", so offices, for example, are not covered. In fact there is a separate law permitting the use of "reasonable and appropriate physical force" when you "reasonably believe" an "unlawful trespass" is attempted or taking place when the property is not a dwelling, but is other real estate. Non-lethal force generally cannot be met with lethal force.

The Make-my-day law permits "deadly physical force" in defense of a dwelling when you "reasonably believe" when there is (1) "an unlawful entry into the dwelling" and (2) you have a "reasonable belief" that the intruder (a) "has committed a crime in the dwelling", or (b) "is committing or intends to commit a crime against a person or property", and (3) "the occupant reasonably believes that such other person might use any physical force, no matter how slight, against any occupant." Note an entry is required. If someone is on the steps, but has not "entered", that's not good enough.

So, a "feeling" isn't enough. A belief requires some logical thought and can be objectively analyzed. A feeling is subjective. Some people are panicky for example, but unreasonable fear is not enough to shot someone.

What is a "dwelling"? This law does not define it. Common law burglary was defined as entering a dwelling at night. Colorado statutes have in some instances broadened burglary to include other real estate, but "dwelling" is not well defined in the cases and statutes on burglary. A cursory review indicates an attached garage is part of a dwelling. What about an unattached garage? A hotel room is covered under the law covering the entry into real estate allowing non-lethal force, but doesn't seem to be a dwelling.

Thus what is a trailer? It is not real estate, it is personal property, so perhaps the law about using non-lethal means to defend real estate from trespass does not apply at all to trailers. A hotel is real estate, for example. Yet someone may "dwell" in it either full or short time and the Make-my-day law does not mention real estate. Tax law allows a trailer to be treated as a second home, but that's not criminal law and only provides some, perhaps weak, guidance to answering the question.

So, this is an interesting question and I don't think there is clear answer. A jury is more likely to see trailer as a dwelling, especially in a conservative county, but there's no assurance of that. These cases are often resolved when the DA decides whether or not to prosecute the occupant. Maybe there's a criminal lawyer out there who has more knowledge of the question of what is a "dwelling" and need it be attached to the ground.

Attaching a taser gun to the hitch with a wire would fit the legal definition of a "spring gun". There's a lot of common law cases on that, but having one inside or outside the "dwelling" probably would get you in a lot of trouble. The Make-my-day laws are to protect occupants, not personal property, and they do not protect the exterior. No spring guns please.

Purman, you raised a good question. I have seen threads where people had problems with drunks banging on trailers and being generally obnoxious. Don't shoot them. Some may attempt entry. It's too bad there's no easy way to see outside the door in our Safari and the tendency is to open it when someone knocks. I think the chance that someone is trying to enter with criminal intent is very, very small. More likely it's a drunk who is stupid, but not particularly dangerous, and it's best to keep the door locked. It's good to have a cellphone and thus you could call the campground office is there is trouble outside. I know there are people here in rural Colorado (and I'm sure elsewhere) who think they can shoot you for trespass to land. They are wrong.

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I wonder if you could electrify the step into your trailer, or door knob. Just throw the switch, WHAM they get a nice little 12v jolt. Just like I have had from working on cars and my tractor a few times. Not lethal but sure gets your attention

I think if you are worried about your trailer being stolen and have it parked for long periods put it up on jacks and take the tires off. It won't go anywhere then.
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Old 07-26-2009, 06:52 PM   #12
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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.
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Old 07-26-2009, 07:09 PM   #13
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In this day of portable generators and power grinders you have to more, a lot more. As mentioned earlier, shutting off the 12 volt so the jack is inoperable is a good idea, next, put all the trailer supports down and put some load on them. Get a latch lock that is really difficult to defeat, one that prevents the ball from engaging in the tongue. Next, if you know the weather is going to not be windy, extend the awning at least a couple feet. You want to create the appearance that it is going to take a considerable and time consuming effort to steal your trailer.
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Old 07-27-2009, 01:39 AM   #14
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Hi, a good tongue lock or coupler lock helps.
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