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Old 10-18-2016, 08:37 PM   #15
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Why not just buy a hitch ball that fits your hitch. Cut the bolt off leaving only the ball. Insert it into the hitch receiver, flip the latch closed, insert a pad lock into the hitch latch. Unless someone hooks a chain to the tongue there is no way they can couple the trailer to their ball since there is a ball in the hitch.
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Old 10-18-2016, 09:01 PM   #16
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Because the padlock would be the weak link. The idea is to discourage a thief with some tools, presumably able to break padlocks. The Proven Industries lock is quarter inch steel and less likely to be cut. But I'm guessing someone with the right tools could. Your just thinning out the herd.
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Old 10-18-2016, 09:19 PM   #17
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I'm going to echo what someone else said - the point is to make it as difficult as possible by throwing up multiple obstacles. All hitch locks are easily defeated by someone using chains tied to the A frame. It's not pretty but it gets them far enough away to take their time.

My plan is padlock on a welded ball, plus wheel stabilizers with locks on both sides. I'd like a chain through the wheels but haven't found one that fits around the brakes yet.
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Old 10-18-2016, 11:44 PM   #18
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Some sort of hitch lock plus those big ugly wheel immobilizers; one on each axle either side. Then remove the other wheels, ha!

Enough obstacles to REALLY slow things down.

Even if a truck and chain looped thru A-frame was planned to drag it away


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Old 10-19-2016, 01:54 AM   #19
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Shopping for a hitch lock

I like the idea of a nice sign on the AS. Warning possible perpetrators that "I own a gun, and a backhoe" as someone else on the forums posted.

Actually, my AS is parked outside the bedroom window of a very nice neighbor. They are light sleepers, and will call 911 if they hear anything untoward.


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Old 10-19-2016, 02:18 AM   #20
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Old 10-19-2016, 05:26 AM   #21
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I'm going to echo what someone else said - the point is to make it as difficult as possible by throwing up multiple obstacles. All hitch locks are easily defeated by someone using chains tied to the A frame. It's not pretty but it gets them far enough away to take their time.

My plan is padlock on a welded ball, plus wheel stabilizers with locks on both sides. I'd like a chain through the wheels but haven't found one that fits around the brakes yet.

Kryptonite makes a very hard to cut vinyl wrapped cable that we use around the wheels, it fits around our brakes. Sold at Home Depot.

AND the lock I mentioned earlier by Proven Industries, DOES WORK with the 2017 Classic. AS put so much paint on the hitch area it would not fit at first. My mistake, it is a great lock.

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Old 10-19-2016, 06:53 AM   #22
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Here's what I'm talking about. I've got multiple locks from BoltLock which key to your TV key. One of them is a cable lock for the wheel, in addition to the wheel stabilizer which locks with a padlock. I've also got the hitch padlocked closed on a ball that can't be used. Click image for larger version

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Old 10-19-2016, 12:28 PM   #23
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FWIW, we use the Trimax UMAX100 hitch lock.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...k_ql_qh_dp_hza
It won't stop a determined person, but it gives us a little bit more peace of mind than having nothing.
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Old 10-19-2016, 01:32 PM   #24
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Just curious. Has anyone had an Airstream stolen while camping?
I wondered about this too
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You can search old threads. And other forums. A problem that really doesn't exist. Stolen trailers tend to be taken from a storage location. Thieves don't want to be surprised by vacationers packing heat.


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Battery powered grinder with a cutting wheel will remove any lock, if worried remove the tires, I don't worry about it, as I have plenty of insurance..
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Of course I carry insurance, as I do with my cars, boat, etc. But it is a trap. Sure, they will cover the loss (partial or total) but they punish you by raising your policy going forwards, or outright deny to cover you.

On a total loss I would make a claim but for anything less, I pay out of pocket. In the long run is cheaper IMHO
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Old 11-03-2016, 10:04 AM   #28
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A lock is meant to keep an honest man honest. A thief that wants your items will find a way to defeat any lock. In a hunting camp we had 3 trailers stolen that were sitting on blocks with no tires. Two of the trailers were double axle and the other was a single axle, to this day we don't know if they made multiple trips or came with 10 tires and wheels. My Argosy and 6 other trailers were sitting in the same camp on all four tires with no locks on the tongue. Did the thieves target the campers thinking there was good stuff inside since the owners went to extremes to protect their trailers? All of that said, I now use a 2 5\16 ball with the shank cut off and an American lock on the tongue.
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