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Old 09-07-2010, 08:59 AM   #15
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Awful news, makes me angry to hear of another theft. You might want to somehow check with the nearest shipping port- Galveston?- as these trailers have willing buyers in Europe. Hopefully, though, it will turn up locally, and SOON! Best of luck to you.

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Old 09-07-2010, 09:04 AM   #16
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Here in So.NV there are video cameras on the majority of intersections all around town. Someone must be monitoring them. If your area is equiped with these, as alot of cities now have them, isn't there someone who can view the tapes and maybe get a license plate number from whatever towed your AS away?

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Old 09-07-2010, 09:27 AM   #17
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Okay now we have two recent thefts in Texas. I'm concerned about my trailer even thought it is in a secured (supposedly) storage area. What are the best security devices? Tongue locks, lockable wheel chocks? Any ideas will be helpful! Thanks
So Sorry to hear about losing your trailer. I lost a boat that I dropped off late one night and I'm sure the guy was there smoking a cigerette looking like he was dropping his off, next morning mine was goooone.

I read that anyone can pull up to an Airstream with a 2" ball and drop your tongue on it even if it's locked, so blocking the coupler or locking the wheels is better than a Reese pin lock, I have to pitch mine.

Provide a VIN everything else is easy to change or fix.

Good Luck in recovery.
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:35 AM   #18
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I'm so sorry to hear this. Maybe you could check Craigslist search for the areas aroud you to see if it might appear there or maybe even place an ad in the RV section?
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:42 AM   #19
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Am doing what I can to put the word out. Huge possibility is that it could show up on a deer lease somewhere hidden from view. Had the usual lock on it and another lock on the ball hitch. And chain on the gate with a lock on it. None of these things are much of a deterrent to someone determined to cut and hammer.
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:35 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by arcamedies View Post
I read that anyone can pull up to an Airstream with a 2" ball and drop your tongue on it even if it's locked, so blocking the coupler or locking the wheels is better than a Reese pin lock, I have to pitch mine.
For those with Hensley hitches, you can just hide the drawbar which would make it VERY difficult for any thief to connect to the hitch box.
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:46 AM   #21
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Hi RichHog,

So sorry you've had your AS stolen too - mine was a 75 Tradewind. While my theft is quite different to yours (I talked to the guy who stole mine - sale gone bad) I have a LOT of empathy, and you have my whole support.

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Old 09-07-2010, 01:26 PM   #22
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Check with the lawn maintenance service, new help would have had plenty of time to scope out the lot, what it would take to move it.
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Old 09-07-2010, 02:05 PM   #23
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Anti-theft ideas

  1. The "BOOT" - actually a seriously good idea. (2air will find the thread - he's a magic wabbit!)
  2. Big logging chain run through the front and rear wheels and locked... One on each side. I'm going for frustration leading to abandonment.
  3. Motion sensored alarm that goes off playing bagpipes loudly
  4. lo-jack.... say I haven't heard any commercials lately, are they still around?
  5. Let it be known that your hobby is snakes and that 15 live in the A/S. Prominent "beware of python" signs on all access doors, and hanging rattles on all the doors too.
  6. Fill your black tank, and when you park it, make a shallow cess pit around the tongue jack, then drain the tank into it.
  7. deflate all four tires, even remove the rims.
  8. kill switch on the batteries, tongue jack
  9. if you own the property, sink a 9 cu yd concrete blob in the ground with a huge staple sticking out made of 2 inch rebar. Lock the trailer down to that!
  10. Cameras that broadcast to your home. And of course a microphone that will allow you to talk to the thief, or just make the noise of a pump action shotgun being readied.
  11. The classic catapulting bag o sh** that is activated by opening the door without enabling the interlock switch.
  12. (censored)
  13. can you say "Airstream Bug Zapper" How hard would it be to turn your conductive unit into a bug zapper? Enquiring minds want to know.
  14. find a gory realistic halloween mask and put it in a gallon pickle jar with the leavings of the pickle juice. Display discreetly by a window near the door. A decal of Charles Manson or Jeffrey Dalmer on the door might finish it neatly.
This sucks big time. If I stored mine, it would be inside with cameras!

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Old 09-07-2010, 02:41 PM   #24
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One person stays here ALL the time. We make sure every body sees us seeing them back. We have one of those round locks that looks hard to cut loose. But I did not know that one could use a smaller ball and still skip off. You would think a gadget like an on star monitor could be used. Also you all know that GPS devices are in some devices like phones, Flat screen tvs, why not get a microchip for a pet and use it hidden in your airstream instead.
There is a metal device you can instll over the hitch area that also locks that I have seen being used.
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:41 PM   #25
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Hey Dave, thanks for your thoughts. Did you contact any State Highway DPS officials about your theft, is there an office to call? I don't have a lot of confidence in the Houston Police Department as they didn't even show an interest in photos of what an Airstream looks like. The state guys however watch the high ways and I know for a fact that every mile of i-10 to San Antonio and to Dallas on I45 is monitored by video cameras. Just trying to find the right department out there that would look for it on the road.
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:49 PM   #26
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Damn Rich! I am so sorry for your loss.
Besides the DPS get the word out to the Border Patrol guys and the oil field companies. If anybody is going to get behind those ranch gates to deer camps or Dove hunter camps...its those guys.
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:51 PM   #27
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Skilled thieves are beyond most of the simple deterrents. A fairly heavy gauge chain was cut, lock still attached. Master Lock on the ball hitch probably cut same way. The Husky Lock under the ball mount was probably knocked out by a sledge hammer. Some skill was required to back up, hook up and U turn to get out of the lot. Whoever did it had thought it out pretty carefully to make their exit.
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Old 09-07-2010, 04:02 PM   #28
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Rich, sorry to hear about your loss. It looks like you took all of the pre-cautions, too, with a hitch lock and tire chain. Did your TW have a removable pigtail? That's an additional measure I've been taking to deter theft. Most thiefs strike at night and If they're driving with no trailer lights they might get noticed by police.

This is the 3rd Airstream theft mentioned here on the Forums in the past month.

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