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Old 10-18-2016, 01:03 AM   #1
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Shopping for a hitch lock

New to the Airstream forum. We just recently became proud owners of a shiny new 2016, 27FB Flying Cloud. Yes we already named it "Pinni". Now we want to protect her as best we can. Looking for advise from all of you seasoned "Streamers"! What advise can you offer up for a hitch lock? Found some information, a few videos, reviews etc. on various locks. One that looks very interesting is the one offered by "Proven Industries". They make a special model just for the AS. It says it does not lock up the chains though. Any thoughts on this model? Any thoughts on other models? Thoughts on wheel clamps?
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Old 10-18-2016, 02:04 AM   #2
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Shopping for a hitch lock

Congrats on the new purchase!

We recently went through this same process. Nearly all the locks we found were very easily defeated in a matter of minutes or seconds. We tried one model which had good reviews for a descent price but it wouldn't fit the tongue of the Airstream. We finally bit the bullet and purchased the Megahitch Lock. The design and construction quality are top notch. We chose red as a visual deterrent. They also make it in a gray color if you prefer to be more stealth. You can buy direct from the manufacture but we chose to purchase from SailorSams.com if I recall there was no tax or free S&H (the wife located this). Good luck!

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Old 10-18-2016, 03:37 AM   #3
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Leave it to the ladies to be resourceful! Thanks for your helpful information. This hitch lock looks promising. After watching all the eye-opening videos demonstrating how fast most hitch locks are compromised, including the one we're using, we concluded that it will take an investment to protect our investment! We discovered that although one has a hitch lock, criminals could also hook up the safety chains to be able to tow the trailer. Do you do anything with your safety chains while your hitch is secured? Do you use a wheel lock? Another thread talked about the Brahma wheel lock, or threading a chain and lock though the wheels. Any thoughts? Thanks so much!
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Old 10-18-2016, 04:21 AM   #4
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The best thing you can do to prevent your trailer from being stolen is park it somewhere safe. Any lock made by a human can be defeated. They are all just a deterrent!
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Old 10-18-2016, 05:21 AM   #5
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This is the one we use.

http://www.ourflyingcloud.com/2016/0...-security.html

We lock the chains to a padlock that attaches to the hitch lock.
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Old 10-18-2016, 05:39 AM   #6
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This is the one we use.

http://www.ourflyingcloud.com/2016/0...-security.html

We lock the chains to a padlock that attaches to the hitch lock.

I use this lock as well. It's a great lock. However, we switched trailers this year from a 30' FC to a 2017 Classic and the lock no longer fits. The cut out on top is too short and the holes do not line up on the inside to put their lock in. I can make it work by enlarging the one hole just slightly.

I can get the MegaHitch lock off, which is why I switched to this one, I could not get it off our FC.

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Old 10-18-2016, 12:56 PM   #7
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Goggle California Immobilizer Hitch. This is a great lock.
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Old 10-18-2016, 01:10 PM   #8
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Goggle California Immobilizer Hitch. This is a great lock.
Yes, we've been using that one for some time now. Easy to use. Eventually the heavy locking piece that moves up and down inside the housing and up into the hitch area when locked starts to fall out when you unlock it, so make sure that piece doesn't fall on your foot! Otherwise, we like it.

Here's a link: http://immobilize.com/products/coupl...r-coupler-lock
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Old 10-18-2016, 02:20 PM   #10
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Regardless of what lock/s you choose, the best protection against loss is a stated value insurance policy...the AS may be gone, but you have protected the investment.
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Plenty of threads on this subject. Search.

There will no no one ideal lock. All are easily defeated by cordless cut off tools. Seconds.

So Id recommend several: hitch, wheels and another if possible.

Insurance is what matters most. And deserves most of your attention as to policy type and carrier.


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Slowmover is right on. I've used a battery-powered angle grinder to cut through heavy walled 3" square tube in less than a minute. The tool is inexpensive and anyone intent on cutting a locking mechanism and stealing your trailer is gonna get away with it. Park in a safe, secure place and carry insurance.
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Just curious. Has anyone had an Airstream stolen while camping? That would certainly be a disaster. You come back to the campground only to discover an empty campsite. Bad.
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