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Old 10-19-2012, 10:19 AM   #15
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Stolen once, found over 300 times by the police, yet never recovered. What's wrong with this picture?
Perhaps they think he might be coerced to pay the parking tickets, but he'll never have to pay the city anything if they recover the van for him so they just keep on ticketing?
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If they recover your van with the boot, they will probably want you to pay the 300 parking tickets before you can get it back.

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Old 10-19-2012, 11:45 AM   #17
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Having lived in the New Orleans metro area for the past thirty-some years, I never have understood the philosophy behind booting a car that's illegally parked: "Gee, this car is really in the way. Let's slap a ticket on it and boot it so that no one can move it out of the way."

Friend of mine had his van stolen three years ago. Reported it stolen. Since then, he has received over 300 parking tickets in the mail for his stolen van. The New Orleans Police Department threatened to boot his van if he didn't pay the tickets. He told them, "Great! Boot it! That way, maybe I'll get it back!" Upon further consideration, NOPD decided not to boot it after all, so he's STILL getting parking tickets in the mail for his stolen van.

Stolen once, found over 300 times by the police, yet never recovered. What's wrong with this picture?
Well if he got money from his insurance company he might be better off not getting it back now or he could tell his insurance company that story an see what they say about it.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:58 AM   #18
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I've been looking at a boot for our Airstream, to feel more comfortable camping, when we leave the trailer for a day of touring around. The smaller trailers (like ours) seem more vulnerable, and with all the dough, energy, skinned knuckles I've put into the thing in the last ten years, a few hundred bucks to make it more difficult to tow away seems like relatively cheap insurance. Some of them look kind of cheesey, and I'd probably want to paint it silver rather than dayglo yellow.
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:08 PM   #19
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I use a tongue lock like this. I also put down the stabilizer jacks if I'm leaving the trailer. I think a thief will not take the time to crank up the jacks.
How will that stop a determined thief that arrives with a tractor-trailer and a winch?
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How will that stop a determined thief that arrives with a tractor-trailer and a winch?
It want, but it at least might make them grab an easier target. That is all any kind of lock is good for.
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:21 PM   #21
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It's true, it's not the ultimate deterrent but some kind of deterrent. It's one reason I've been not so quick to shine up our trailer, I didn't want to attract a lot of attention to it. If someone really wants it, with a flat bed truck, which, cargo helicopter or whatever, they'll get it. The tweaker with a truck and a hitch will have a more difficult time.
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How will that stop a determined thief that arrives with a tractor-trailer and a winch?
Nothing will stop a determined and competent thief. The best you can hope for is to slow him down long enough to make other targets more worthwhile to him.

If you have solar power to keep your house batteries charged, or routinely store your trailer where you have access to shore power, the best deterrent is an alarm system. In particular, one of the newer systems that, in addition to a loud and obnoxious noisemaker with its own lithium-ion backup battery, also has a cell phone auto-dialer that will send a text message to your phone when the alarm is tripped, giving you a chance to call the law before the thief gets away.

One nice system is the Pro Tec PTS-2C, which automatically locks the trailer brakes when the alarm goes off, and will automatically send a text message to up to three recipients telling you the alarm has gone off.

The alarm system has the advantage that it not only help protect your trailer from being stolen, it also helps protect it from being vandalized or broken into. The motion sensor will even let you know when one of the tires goes flat, if it's set sensitive enough.

For the noisemaker (horn or siren), mount it on the roof of the trailer so it's harder to disable. Find a location on the roof as far as you can get from the door, trailer tongue, or rear bumper, in other words the least accessible spot on the roof.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:21 PM   #23
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How will that stop a determined thief that arrives with a tractor-trailer and a winch?
A boot will not stop this type of theft either. Tire will slide.
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I would only consider a boot for storage. Too heavy, and unless someone is camped really remotely, the neighbors and CG personnel deter more trailer thieves than any lock. I've never been concerned about theft at a CG. Storage....that's another story.
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:48 PM   #25
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We were visiting in England a few years ago. We were stunned to see that most caravans (travel trailers) in England were 'sporting' boots. My cousin has their caravan booted AND it was stored in their front yard behind a locked gate!

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Either the theft rate is really high there or those folks are really paranoid. You should see the lengths they go to for locking down their motorcycles. Things like immobilizers buried in the concrete floor of their locked and alarmed garages. I'd be thinking it's time to move somewhere else !
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As we heard of a hitch being stolen right off a rig at a campground, we lock our hitch to the trailer. With the stabilizers down and usually a couple boards under wheels for leveling, and then the bikes chained to the Airstream, it would not be easy to steal it.
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I do keep the hitch locked, the compression anti-rocking thingy between the wheels locked, and when I feel necessary a large cable lock through the wheels of the AS. The longer it takes for suspicion of others, that it just doesn't look right that those folks are cutting locks, the better.

For true remote boondocking, not sure that much would help.
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Take it from someone who's had his Airstream stolen. Do everything you can to protect your trailer from theft. They are irreplaceable and there's nothing like having something that you''ve worked hard to restore or purchase disappear. That picture of the tongue lock that Allan posted is worthless and gives a very false sense of security. Had one on my trailer and a swift blow with a sledge hammer probably knocked it off in seconds. I'm sure a boot would have helped. If you are stupid enough to store your trailer where people can drive be and admire it (like I was) then you really should put a GPS tracker on it along with any other protection you can afford.
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