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Old 10-13-2010, 05:06 PM   #1
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Securing Airstream against theft

I know there have been many threads on coupler locks and theft deterrents, but here is what I use. The chain is hardened and while it could be easily cut with a torch or cutoff wheel it isn't susceptible to boltcutters or other hand tools.
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Why not just run a 440 volt three phase power cable through those wheels? If somebody cut the cable you'd probably be able to get a positive identification of the thief. I'd want a motion camera tied to the tree across from the action.
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Nice job . Been gonna do that myself. I have the ball lock and coupler pin lock and now all I need is what you have. That about covers it. It may not stop em but it will sure as heck SLOW EM DOWN. Just what they dont need.
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I would defeat that chain by just unbolting your wheels and bringing my own set, if I were a determined thief.

May I suggest a longer chain, that goes over the torsion bars.
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Why not just run a 440 volt three phase power cable through those wheels? If somebody cut the cable you'd probably be able to get a positive identification of the thief. I'd want a motion camera tied to the tree across from the action.
Because I don't have an inverter.
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I would defeat that chain by just unbolting your wheels and bringing my own set, if I were a determined thief.

May I suggest a longer chain, that goes over the torsion bars.
The fact that you could do that doesn't mean a thief will do that.

In fencing cattle, it is not important or practical to construct a fence that the cattle can't jump or run through. It is only necessary to construct a fence that the cattle won't jump or run through. So too with security measures.

My goal is to make it impractical to steal the trailer without 15 minutes of the theft-in-progress being obvious to anyone who sees it. I don't think you can show up, jack both axles, and replace both wheels, nearly that quickly, and it's going to be pretty obvious what you're up to. While 15 minutes is an arbitrary threshold, it's enough that, psychologically, anyone who steals the trailer is going to have to have brass, uh, nerves, or a lookout, or both, unless I'm parked someplace really dumb.
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