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Old 01-14-2016, 09:05 AM   #29
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I keep mine on 4 jack stands placed at the front and rear of the axle plate all winter, every winter. Not a problem at all.
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Old 01-18-2016, 10:47 AM   #30
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We try to keep the truck parked in front of it and not hitched together. That'll slow 'em down.


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Old 01-18-2016, 11:06 AM   #31
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Don't think padlock only is ok....

Since were on the topic

I've had to be cleaver opening padlocks when we lost the keys on job sites in the past. One quick and quiet way to open a single or double latch padlock (combination or key) is to use a aluminum can. Yes an aluminum can... By cutting a shim out of the can that slides into the latch and covers the D-tint of the latch releasing the latch in the process. Don't believe me? Google it, its all over the internet and has been for years. I would assume your Reese coupler lock can be shimmed also be never tried. Trust me when you try this and see how simple it is you will never trust a standalone padlock again.
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Old 01-18-2016, 11:43 AM   #32
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Always good to post a means of bypassing security when talking about security. lets not give anyone ideas they may not already have as we know all our methods are just deterrents.
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Old 01-18-2016, 12:31 PM   #33
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Step 1. Don't enable. Remove beer cans and scissors from the immediate vicinity of your padlock.
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Old 01-18-2016, 02:37 PM   #34
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So, do all beer drinkers steal trailers or do those that steal trailers become beer drinkers?

Oh, the questions that keep me up at night ;-)

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Old 01-18-2016, 03:05 PM   #35
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Always good to post a means of bypassing security when talking about security. lets not give anyone ideas they may not already have as we know all our methods are just deterrents.
As stated before this information was readily available EVERYWHERE ONLINE years before I posted this. The reasons are to inform anyone that a simple padlock is not only easy but quiet to unlock (and also then re-lock without you even knowing unlike cutters)! This could be pulled off next to adjacent campers without them even knowing.

I do not breed thievery, Ignorance can get you in trouble sometimes. You must be aware of these avenues to help with insight on preventive measures. That is the reason for this post!

IMO padlocks are worthless! Just saying
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Old 01-18-2016, 03:37 PM   #36
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Old 01-18-2016, 07:38 PM   #37
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Remember that a determined thief can steal anything. About all we can do is make the job difficult enough that the thief will decide to go elsewhere. That's why most people carry insurance. After all, even an heirloom Airstream is still just a mechanical device, not a person. It, and all the stuff inside it, can be replaced.
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:43 AM   #39
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Always good to post a means of bypassing security when talking about security. lets not give anyone ideas they may not already have as we know all our methods are just deterrents.
Thieves already know how to steal. ArtiasanAir is informing us how they do it. We can make educated investments if we know how they think.You tube is the teacher of all,... good and bad. I've thrown out two trailer locks because of that site. The cable lock is good for bicycles not trailers tires. I found that out the easy way..not that I'm forgetful or anything
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Thieves already know how to steal. ArtiasanAir is informing us how they do it. We can make educated investments if we know how they think.You tube is the teacher of all,... good and bad. I've thrown out two trailer locks because of that site. The cable lock is good for bicycles not trailers tires. I found that out the easy way..not that I'm forgetful or anything
Thank you for understanding my post. Just like police, you must actively research how crime is committed to combat it. You sometimes should think like a thief to brainstorm the possible ways of obtaining your possessions, then proactively plan preventive measures. If you are oblivious to how they do it, well.... you'll be a victim eventually. What you don't know may make your trailer disappear one day . Nobody should go through that experience . I've said enough.
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See this discussion from last winter that I initiated. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...rs-129516.html I ended up buying the California Immobilizer for Airstreams after researching and watching Youtube videos of how easily most tongue locks break when hit by a sledge hammer.
I have not yet spent the money to buy a "boot" for the trailer, because some are reported to be easy to break, like most tongue locks, and the very sturdy boots are more expensive than I wanted to pay.
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The technology evolves everyday. Today sensors combined with other setups can make one hell of a deterrent. My ideal setup, if installed, would consist of primarily of a high end car alarm and a arduino. This would give you several advantages because of the ability to make a custom build to suite your needs. In this setup you would utilize a shock (vibration) sensor by attaching it to the frame of the trailer. You could install several in a series connection in different locations to cover the entire area. You then could install other sensors to ensure and or refine detection of tampering. Compasses, audio sensors, ultrasonic sensors, uv proximity sensors, light sensors, laser sensors, tilt sensors, accelerometers, and microwave sensors are your most common and can be easily purchased.

You can set it up by having levels of tampering. For example, If a certain decibel is reached by audio sensors, the first stage is tripped. Within a determined amount of time, if another sensor is tripped (proximity sensor or ultrasound sensor) it would set it in stage two, or go straight to this stage if no audio is detected (would be hard not to make noise). You then could have a third stage detecting movement, via shock or tilt sensor. The final stage would be location change, by a compass or GPS module.

All stages could trigger different deterrents or indications. Sirens, ear piercing whistles, air horns, strobing lights, and applying the electric brakes (in an on 10 sec and off 10 sec pattern to prevent burn up of magnets) are all examples that can be implemented in each or all stages. You then could implement a GPRS module (can send and receive phone calls and text messages) to give you indications of what is going on by via cell phone. Of course this would only work if the trailer was in service range of the cell phone provider. This module also can give coordinates of its current location. Thus giving you a considerable advantage even states away. Another thing to implement would be a camera(s), to give live footage or still pictures of your trailer (inside and or outside) when your system is tripped, then sending it to your phone. All you would need to do is to contact the authorities and let them handle it. To arm and disarm the system it would be as simple as your car, via keyfob. Also to ensure that the system cannot be disarmed are deactivated it should be in a "black box" deeply embedded inside the confines of the trailer, on a isolated power source.

I know this would be overkill to most but you are only looking at around $500 worth of parts and some knowledge of programming. To somebody like myself the build seems like less of a hassle than always looking over your shoulder while taking your tires off of your trailer and crossing your fingers when applying the hitch lock.
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