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Old 09-07-2010, 06:07 PM   #29
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Didn't have a chain on the tires, would have been one more thing as a deterrent or at least delayed their exit. Am hoping they will make a mistake and somehow get caught maybe looking for keys to the door or a new lock or to repair the broken front window.
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Old 09-07-2010, 06:39 PM   #30
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I love all your theft deterrents. #10 reminded me of my parent's deterrent. My parents have lived on a corner lot on the way to the local junior high and high school. After having their shrubs set on fire (that was the last straw, you name it, the damn school kids have done it), Dad bought 2 dummy cameras. They run on 9 volt batteries, and every few seconds they sweep from side to side. A red light blinks on and off, and occasionally a green light comes on. The have one in my old corner bedroom window and one in the family room window. And it's worked. Aside from the occasional pop can being thrown in their yard, mischief is way down.
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Old 09-07-2010, 06:59 PM   #31
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For a tandem axle get a security chain and cover from this place

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And a really good padlock. Run the chain between the "spokes." This is what I do. I'll post a photo. Pretty much proof against hand tools unless they are willing to fiddle around jacking up a side and replace both wheels (unlikely) or have two really good dollies (also unlikely).

Pretty much anything falls to an angle grinder or cutting torch though
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Old 09-07-2010, 07:49 PM   #32
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I've seen some pretty beefy coupler locks here on the Forums. I wonder how effective these are in detering theft? Any thoughts on who makes the best coupler lock?
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Old 09-07-2010, 08:58 PM   #33
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a few threads:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ons-63196.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ock-47196.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...ers-29301.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...one-36970.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...lock-2996.html
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:00 PM   #34
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Rich, I am soo sorry I forwarded the information to my family in Texas so they can be on the lookout for you. I just got my trailer Saturday and im totally paranoid! Can someone give a newbie advice on this "boot"?? how heavy is it? im petite can I take it on and off by myself???
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:00 PM   #35
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since cell phones can be tracked by police, i wonder if hiding a phone in the trailer would work if kept charged.
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:34 AM   #36
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since cell phones can be tracked by police, i wonder if hiding a phone in the trailer would work if kept charged.
I think he would have to make a call.
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:35 AM   #37
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Sorry about the theft, we will keep our eyes open in North Texas. Best advice we have been given to prevent theft is to jack it up, put blocks under the axles on one side and take the tires off that side. If they are serious enough to bring tires for it then you probably couldn't have stopped them with anything else.
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:41 AM   #38
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Oh, one other thought. Have you notified the headquarters for Texas Parks and Wildlife and The Army Corp of Engineers? With the bad weather blowing through Texas right now someone might have it in a park somewhere avoiding the weather. Airstreams really stick out and the gate attendants would probably know if they had one in their parks. Might also notify some of the other private agencies like Good Sam and KOA.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:07 PM   #39
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Thanks for the ideas Sally. The DPS Criminal unit in Austin let me know that it is on their computer. But the only thing that the Police would look for is the license plate and I imagine that would be the first thing a good thief would exchange. I stopped an officer this morning who was next to my office and we looked the report up on the "system". Showed him a picture of it and he said he saw one similar a half mile from my office but thought it had been there last Friday. Wasn't mine, was a 60's model but appreciated him driving over to check. Gave him a flyer with photos and description on it as he said he would hang it up in the break area.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:50 PM   #40
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Well Rich, I did my best. I have friends in Austin who are "beverage" distributors...Houston to El Paso. That element is now looking. Through some friends who are large ranch operators between Houston and Ft. Stockton...up to San Antonio....we have the oil field and ranch workers on the look out too. I did mention a small reward..."DEAD OR ALIVE."l
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Sorry to hear about the theft. A co-worker's Jayco was stolen right around the time I bought my Airstream so one of the first accessories I bought was a boot, which I got from this company: Rhino Boot, Wheel Locks, Vehicle Immobilizer I've attached a photo of what it looks like on my trailer. My neighbors think I am a bit obsessive, but I'd rather be safe.

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Old 09-08-2010, 07:12 PM   #42
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Sorry to here about the theft,. Sadly even a good insurance policy can't replace memories. I think that since I just renewed my insurance policy, it might be worthwile to look into a "lojack" device. might be cheaper and way more effective in locating if it was hidden in a barn or storage bldg.
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