Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-20-2016, 01:32 PM   #1
Rivet Master
 
2016 30' Classic
Lorton , Virginia
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 557
Rivet ProPride 3P hitch and trailer security?

Ordering a 3P and curious about trailer security with it. Since the ball is permanently mounted to the 3P head, in theory the only ways to steal a trailer with a 3P would be to:

1. Use a stinger. This is a proprietary design correct? With the amount of Hensley's and ProPrides on the road, you would think it would be exceedingly rare that someone would steal your trailer with a stinger.

2. Jack up the front of the trailer and place the weight of the head on an item designed for theft and secure the chains. Most trailers can be stolen this way but it does take some effort. Here, wheel chock/locks and audio alarms etc can be quite useful.

3. Remove the 3P. I haven't installed one yet, but it would seem like this would be a timely endeavor.

Can anyone else think of ways that a 3P trailer can be stolen and how to protect? I was thinking of maybe drilling a hole on either side of the hitch head receiver to put a receiver lock on there with locking pin to boot.
__________________

__________________
Zybane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2016, 02:13 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
Ridgerunner3's Avatar
 
2002 25' Safari
Fountain Inn , South Carolina
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 659
Images: 11
I have a Propride hitch on my trailer. I don't know if Sean builds any sort of locking device. You could have one fabricated by a welding shop. However, I think locking the wheels together on each side with a heavy hardened chain threaded through the wheel spokes on each side is probably a good approach. I don't think any sort of hitch disable device will slow down a thief for long. Chains and locks around wheels may not either.
__________________

__________________
Bud
Ridgerunner3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2016, 02:45 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
SteveSueMac's Avatar

 
2012 27' Flying Cloud
W , New England
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 5,412
There are ways but it's probably not best to post them in a forum 😄

Besides - the setup itself would have most thieves walk to the next trailer. They want to be able to do something quick, not spend time fiddling around. However - a really determined thief will take anything.

Good insurance is a must.
__________________
SteveSueMac is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2016, 05:03 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
2016 30' Classic
Erie , Colorado
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 1,245
Images: 1
Don't sweat the small stuff and theft of trailer IMHO is small stuff. So rare as to be infinitesimally not relevant. Odds are probably better to win the next $1.5B lottery

Enjoy your Classic and go camping.
__________________
Gary
2015 Classic
2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD Duramax
ProPride
NVPN
ghaynes755 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2016, 06:09 PM   #5
2 Rivet Member
 
2007 25' International CCD FB
The Woodlands , Texas
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 68
To prevent theft through point 1, I put a large padlock around one of the latches (not sure what these are called), which attach to the stringer. For me, this is an extra theft deterrent, as the potential thief would have to remove the 3P, or use a device you describe in point 2 to then steal the trailer. If someone is determined to steal an Airstream, they will find a way.

I was somewhat concerned about someone stealing the 3P while in storage, as these hitches aren't cheap. I called Propride, and they suggested running the chains through the hitch and padlocking them. I haven't bothered with that as someone with the tools to remove the hitch from the trailer, could disassemble, or break enough parts to unlock the chains.

There are a quite a few expensive looking boats and campers, not to mention diesel pushers in the storage unit where I keep my Airstream. Most of the boats and campers do not appear to have any kind of lock on them. Maybe theft from storage isn't really as issue, or people tend not to be too worried about it?
__________________
LesMesa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2016, 08:22 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
2002 19' Bambi
Lafayette , California
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 708
We happen to have a Hensley hitch, but the way we lock it up would work just as well with a ProPride.

We use two combination padlocks (which cannot be opened with the beer-can trick) to secure the stinger in place and keep the stinger from going into a tow vehicle's receiver.

Have the stinger in the hitch and close the over-center latches. Put the loop of one lock through the safety-pin hole of a closed latch, close the lock, and you have secured the stinger in place.

Drill out the safety clip hole of a hitch pin to be large enough to allow the loop of a lock to pass through. Insert the pin in the hitch-pin hole of the stinger and put lock number two through the enlarged safety-clip hole and close lock. Now the stinger can't go into a receiver.

To keep from banging your legs on the stinger, rotate it to one side.

Tim
__________________
Tim A. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2016, 09:33 PM   #7
cwf
Rivet Master
 
cwf's Avatar
 
1999 34' Excella
Currently Looking...
Hillsboro , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 5,935
Images: 2
I have seen the highly effective results using these. A couple around perimeter I certainly respect....
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image.jpeg
Views:	147
Size:	94.7 KB
ID:	257612  
__________________
Peace and Blessings..
Channing
WBCCI# 30676
cwf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2016, 09:51 PM   #8
Rivet Master

 
2007 22' International CCD
Corona , California
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 3,322
Just be sure to point them in the right direction.....otherwise your AS will resemble a shiny silver colander...


Sent from my pocket Internet using Airstream Forums
__________________
KE4GNK/AE
'The Silver HamShack' (2007 International 22FB CCD 75th Aniversary model)
Multiple Yaesu Ham Radios inside and many antennae sprouting from roof, ProPride hitch
2012 shortbed crewcab 4x4 Toyota Taco TV with more antennae on it
rmkrum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2016, 09:54 PM   #9
cwf
Rivet Master
 
cwf's Avatar
 
1999 34' Excella
Currently Looking...
Hillsboro , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 5,935
Images: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by rmkrum View Post
Just be sure to point them in the right direction.....otherwise your AS will resemble a shiny silver colander...


Sent from my pocket Internet using Airstream Forums
Yup.. That's why the highly trained read the writing...
__________________
Peace and Blessings..
Channing
WBCCI# 30676
cwf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2016, 02:36 PM   #10
New Member
 
Currently Looking...
San Antonio , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 2
Propride 3P Hitchand trailer security

Really good Insurance is the right answer; 30 years in law enforcement has taught me that bad people do bad things and if they get mad because you made it so hard to steal your Airstream, they take a hammer and cause you more grief than stealing it (easy to do with an Airstream). Never keep precious momentos in your trailer (things that cannot be replaced by insurance). Take pics of everything in the trailer and explore technology that might be able to help you recover the trailer. Thief's love easy targets of opportunity; don't be one. I do like the claymore example and winning the lottery postings--don't let bad people run your life and ruin your fun.
Colonel Bill
__________________
ColBill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2016, 03:44 PM   #11
2 Rivet Member
 
2015 22' FB Sport
Wethersfield , Connecticut
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 46
I use a lock on the ball clasp and a lock though the stinger Chanel on my Hensley. It's not full proof but hopefully deters most thieves and it's simple and inexpensive. I included a photo of the setup.
__________________
TinkersToy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2016, 04:20 PM   #12
Rivet Master
 
dkottum's Avatar
 
2012 25' Flying Cloud
Battle Lake , Minnesota
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 7,716
Fifty years of camping we don't worry about it. A bear took our food once and raccoons our freshly caught fish. If we feel someone might steal our Airstream or parts off from it, we are parked in the wrong place.
__________________
Doug and Cheryl
2012 FC RB, Michelin 16, ProPride 1400
2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4X4 Ecodiesel 3.92 axles

The Truth is More Important Than the Facts
dkottum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2016, 05:20 PM   #13
4 Rivet Member
 
greghoro's Avatar
 
2013 25' Flying Cloud
Wheaton , Illinois
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 347
I worry more about someone walking off with my stinger.

Don't like keeping it in the back of my SUV and definitely not sticking out of the receiver or hitch head.

Greg
__________________
greghoro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2016, 07:51 PM   #14
Rivet Master
 
2002 19' Bambi
Lafayette , California
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 708
Quote:
Originally Posted by greghoro View Post
I worry more about someone walking off with my stinger.

Don't like keeping it in the back of my SUV and definitely not sticking out of the receiver or hitch head.

Greg
With the stinger in the hitch, the over-center latches closed, and a lock through the safety-pin hole of one of the latches, it will be very hard for somebody to filch your stinger. If you are really anxious, you could use a second lock through the other safety-pin hole.

For the rest of the story, please see my post above.

Tim
__________________

__________________
Tim A. is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ProPride 3P trailer sway control hitch antsy3 Airstream Classifieds 4 11-22-2017 12:48 AM
Sherline LM 2000 tongue weight scale and ProPride WD Hitch DeltaRon Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 12 07-29-2015 05:39 AM
ProPride hitch use when storage firm needs to move trailer Wanna EB Hitches, Couplers & Balls 9 11-10-2013 09:48 PM
AS Security. Hitch lock or More man7sell Hitches, Couplers & Balls 27 12-22-2008 01:36 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:14 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.