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Old 09-18-2003, 11:59 PM   #1
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security from theft?

my wife asked me today . . "what would keep someone from backing up to our trailer (when we are not around) and driving off with it?"
. . . well, i guess i don't know. What do you do for security. Ours is a 22' safari Thanks for any ideas---tim
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Old 09-19-2003, 01:51 AM   #2
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  • 1. Install wheel locks.
    2. Install tongue lock.
    3. Store behind security fenced area.
    4. Take lots of pictures and, carry insurance.
    5. Just assume that it's not lkely to happen
    and, enjoy a peace of mind.

Frankly, the chance of it happening are rare. You and, your wife are smart to be thinking about, "what if's"..

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Old 09-19-2003, 05:28 AM   #3
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The most cost-effective "peace of mind" is the tongue lock which you can pick up at any RV or trailer store.
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Old 09-19-2003, 05:36 AM   #4
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Talking Sell the Safari and...

buy a new 34' tri-axle with slideout. At almost 9,000 lbs dry with a 1,200 lb tongue weight, you can rest assured that there's NOTHING short of an 18 wheeler tractor that can tow it out of your driveway!!!

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Old 09-19-2003, 07:55 AM   #5
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thanks for the response! I think i am going to hold off on the tri-axle solution. But Roger, i will remember your advise!
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Old 09-19-2003, 10:47 AM   #6
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I bought a wheel lock and used it for first time today. It's the Pitbull from Tirelock.com.

Wasn't cheap but it is easy to set up and has an option to keep someone from taking off the lugs/wheel. I feel better now leaving the trailer since I've done everything I can do to secure it (also have hitch lock etc.) Jim
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Re: security

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I bought a wheel lock and used it for first time today. It's the Pitbull from Tirelock.com.

Wasn't cheap but it is easy to set up and has an option to keep someone from taking off the lugs/wheel. I feel better now leaving the trailer since I've done everything I can do to secure it (also have hitch lock etc.) Jim
Just wondering: is a "hitch lock" the same as a "tongue lock"? How do those work? Are they expensive?
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Old 09-19-2003, 12:05 PM   #8
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I think the term "hitch lock" (or "locking receiver hitch pin") describes a locking pin which locks your ball/mount to the receiver of your tow vehicle.

A "tongue lock" (or a "coupler lock") locks to your trailer.

Masterlock makes a few different coupler locks. The one with the ball that locks into the coupler fits my trailer the best, and is very sturdy. I found that the type that is supposed to slide on the "flanges" on the bottom of the coupler didn't fit --the flanges on my old trailer were too thick. Perhaps they also come in a bigger size, I don't know.

There's also "pin lock" that fits in the hole of your Marvel coupler lever. They're kind of a nuisance to apply, and they don't provide that much security, in my opinion (someone could still put a smaller sized ball in the coupler, and drive away).

There are some locks shown at the following site:
http://www.tjtrailers.com/store/lock...-brackets.html
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I leave the ball/mount (complete with locking receiver hitch pin) connected to the coupler on the trailer and padlock the coupler lever. It provides some security and a place to store the hitch.
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Old 09-19-2003, 12:38 PM   #10
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We're considering the TOTAL peace of mind:
"Lo-Jack", a satellite retrieval system which guarantees they'll find your AS within 24hrs from when you activate the alarm.

The way this system works is the following:
- a "bug" (just like the CIA uses) will be hidden in your AS, usually on the frame, it is very small and it is hidden in different places all the time. You and the mechanic are going to be the only ones to know where.
- also, there's a silent motion detector that goes with this bug. Once you activate the system, if anyone, moves your unit without disactivating the system a silent message will be sent to you, via phone, pager or/and email.
You'll then be able to check if you were moving it but forgot to turn the alarm off or if it's being stolen. If it is, you call the police and lojack, they'll activate the retrieval system and the police will immediately know the exact location (only 50 feet error margin!) of your AS.

Friends of ours got their Mercedes back in 5 hours with no damages/scratches!

The total cost, with set up and lifetime guarantee is approx. $900. Expensive but most insuarnces will give you a discount on your comp. If we can't find a fenced/secure winter storage we'll probably go for it.
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A sign works too.

NOTICE. This vehicle is armed with an explosive device. ANY movement will set off an explosion that will destroy the front end, AND whatever is attached to it.

Guaranteed!!!!


Only a fool would put it to the test.


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Only a fool would put it to the test.
Wouldn't you agree?
"That, only a fool would attempt to steal an Airstream??".

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btw, thanks for the promptness on my recent order.`
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Too high tech

All these solutions are way too high tech. All you need is a good ol' Junkyard Dawg. With enough theves around, you don't even need to feed him.

CHOMP....CHOMP.....
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Old 10-01-2003, 06:42 PM   #14
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I had same question!

The above are good ideas, and a few more:

1) You can get as radical as removing a set of wheels!

2) In conjuction with a hitch lock/wheel lock, park your tow vehicle in front of it.

And, to make sure the _tow vehicle_ does not get stolen, remove the fuel pump fuse, or the main plug wire.
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