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Old 03-26-2014, 04:39 PM   #1
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ProPride Hitch Lock?

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Does anyone have a recommendation for a hitch lock? We have a ProPride hitch and it seems that a normal hitch lock (for the trailer side of things) will not work. One idea is to use a cable lock, but we would like something more secure if possible. Thanks!
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Old 03-26-2014, 05:51 PM   #2
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I use trailer security chain passed in propride lock with cadenas
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:31 PM   #3
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Old 03-26-2014, 07:40 PM   #4
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I use trailer security chain passed in propride lock with cadenas
I am also interested. I'm probably just thick between the ears but I'm not sure I understand. Can you post a picture or describe more fully? Also I don't know what cadenas are other than chains.
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I use a Master Lock Cable Item M8413. I string it through and around the hitch. The lock mechanism then sits in front of the stinger opening. I don't have picture of the trailer due to winter storage. But this is the lock that I am using.

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Christian I got cold just looking at that photo. Hope spring time is coming soon up north.
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Now, I get it.

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Now, I get it.

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Old 03-27-2014, 11:47 AM   #10
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Good ideas here. We ended up using a cable lock and wrapping it through and around the hitch like glsBigSky. I had also emailed Sean at ProPride for his recommendation, and here is what he said:

"You can use a standard coupler lock to lock the hitch ball into the coupler. You can also snake the tow chains through the over-center-latches and use a padlock to lock it to the trailer frame.

Just to put your mind at ease, I have never had one reported as stolen and I've been in the premium hitch business for 18 years now. I think most thieves look at it and don't really want to mess with it."

I like that last part... thieves don't want to mess with the odd looking hitch!

By the way, this was our first time towing a travel trailer. We drove from Portland to north of Seattle, which is not a particularly challenging drive (except that we hit traffic all the way up). The ProPride is so smooth. No trailer sway whatsoever. We did have a small issue with installation, but that was fixed by the dealership. There is a bit of a learning curve on our part for the hitching and unhitching, but we are getting the hang of it. So far we are very happy with the ProPride.
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I think someone going to the trouble of taking the hitch off the trailer is not likely due to the time that would be involved. I believe that the fact our trailer is in a gated storage area, combined with the fact that I keep the stinger at home, is a pretty decent trailer theft deterrent. There are many trailers including several Airstreams also in the lot that would be much quicker and easier to steal. The owners of the lot live right next to it and I think any strange night time activity would draw their attention.

I do keep the hitch ball socket padlocked, but that is mainly for safety.

When we are camping for more than a day or two, I take the stinger off the truck along with the attached Rock Tamers and chain and lock them through the spokes on the trailer wheels. I also have X-chokes tightened and padlocked on both sides of the trailer when camping.

If they steal our trailer or hitch, I will at least know they invested a lot of time and work into it. As a last resort, we have insurance that will pay our full purchase price.

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