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Old 11-17-2002, 12:29 PM   #1
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Security lock for the tongue?

Well, I finally brought my Globetrotter home last night. I was afraid that someone had towed it off in the middle of the night and was very relieved to see in still in front of my house this morning.

I used to have a device for my SOB that fit over the end of the tongue and locked so that no one could hitch it up and haul it off.
Does anyone know where I could get some sortr of security device similar to that? If not, what do others do?
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Old 11-17-2002, 12:43 PM   #2
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Security lock for the tongue?
Almost any RV center should have the hitch lock for sale. They're usually in the +30$ price range.
http://www.campingworld.com/browse/p...37&prodID=1739

It's an excellent idea to use one..As you know from previous experiences.
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Old 11-17-2002, 03:46 PM   #3
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I have one of these on my boat and Airstream trailers. Made by Master Lock. Got them at WalMart. You have to destroy the coupling to get these bad boys off.



Here is a bunch of security devices for examples of Hitch Locks at etrailer.com

I have used one similar to the one posted by 53FlyingCloud, but they required a screw driver to screw the post up in to the coupling.

My thoughts on locks...Locks keep honest people honest. For the others, it slows them down enough to let you get them in your sights.

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Here is a picture of one on my boat with a another lock on top of it.
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You can lock the coupler, but your trailer can still be towed away by other means, including using its own safety chains.

If you have slots in your wheels, cable the front of a rear tire to the rear of a front tire. Whether going forward or in reverse, these try to go in opposite directions and will stop the wheel rotation once the cable tightens.
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Old 11-17-2002, 04:18 PM   #5
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Greetings Diana!

If you have the original Marvel 2" coupler on your Airstream, the hitch lock sold by Camping World may not work due to the shape and thickness of the steel where the lock is supposed to attach. I purchased one for my Overlander after having the clerk verify that it should work with a Marvel 2" coupler - - it didn't but Camping Word did offer to accept its return. Even though the box indicated that the lock was for a 2" coupler, it fits and works on my '78 Minuet with its factory 2 5/16" coupler. I may have just gotten a mislabeled part, but am not certain.

I am currently using something that my dealer rigged for the '64 Overlander - - a 2" ball with the mounting bolt cut off locked in the coupler with a heavy duty Master padlock. I don't know how secure this setup is - - I was more interested in discouraging pranksters.

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I like that one you found at WalMart..That plus wheel lock should any rig safe~!!

I wouldn't put chains thru my new wheels~!!!

Some good points you brought up Kevin, since she has a 2" on her 65'..
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Re: Kewl

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I wouldn't put chains thru my new wheels~!!!
That's why you use plastic coated Kryptonite cable.

If you're concerned about pranksters, you'd better pull the cable for your emergency brake switch back over the top of it, wrap it around the A-Frame and secure it with the lock so the pin can't be pulled. At best, that would just drain your batteries. At worst, if you're plugged into AC, it can overheat and destroy your brakes, and according to Andy, detemper your spindles.
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The 1965 Globetrotter is a single axle Airstream. The cabling is a good idea for a dual or tri-axle Airstream.

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Old 11-17-2002, 06:47 PM   #9
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You're so right BobbyW, the question was posted by Diana, not me. The question of chains is not valid for her as you so correctly pointed out.
And as for:
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At best, that would just drain your batteries. At worst, if you're plugged into AC, it can overheat and destroy your brakes, and according to Andy, detemper your spindles.
I removed my battery last Aug before leaving the unit..and, it's not plugged into A/C while in storeage.

Your kind reminder to secure the pull switch is:
gracefully accepted
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Sad, but 4 campers have been stolen within 200 yds. of the ranger's house at a game preserve in Cheatham County, TN. in the last year. One of the 4 was a popup belonging to a game warden from Dickson County. Bet he was mad. Two of the campers had balls or rods that fit up inside the the coupler. The remains of these locks were found in the grass and had been torched off. I guess a thick cable inside a protective sleeve wrapped over the axle and run through a hole in the wheel (factory hole that is) might work but one I had on a treestand was defeated by an axe several years ago. That was an expensive $250 lesson on leaving a treestand in the woods overnight.
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how 'bout this?

http://www.trailerlock.com/

looks good, i don't think it would stop a cutting torch.

but then again, not much will...

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whew!

The locks were torched off?!!! I guess the owners ought to be glad they didn't come back while the grand theft was going on. No telling what kind of "insurance" the thieves were carrying. I guess that campground is one I may think twice (or more) about staying in. Thanks for the heads up.
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