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Old 10-19-2012, 08:09 AM   #1
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Booting an AS

We are going to fulltime starting late spring. Read that some boot their AS. Is theif a real problem?
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:14 AM   #2
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I am ignorant. What is "booting"?
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:18 AM   #3
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I am ignorant. What is "booting"?
I am in NO and booting is making a car immovable without damage for unpaid parking tickets.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:23 AM   #4
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These are boots. They are probably the best way to lock down an AS. Theft is more of an issue in some parts of the country than others, but it is an issue.

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I guess that how much anti-theft measures would be warranted would depend on where the Airstream will be parked. Most of the Airstream thefts that I have read about are from storage facilities. Not to say that thefts do not take place from campgrounds and private driveways.

This being said, using a wheel boot to protect your Airstream would probably be somewhat effective, but would be a lot of trouble. Those boots are solid steel and probably weigh 50+ pounds. They are also large in size and have to be stored somewhere while the Airstream is underway.

There may be some other methods of theft protection that are not quite as cumbersome as a wheel boot.

We have a 2005 Safari 25FB that we bought new in 2006. We have used our Airstream extensively during the past 6+ years. We have camped in her for over 1,100 nights, and have towed her over 100,000 miles. We do not use any theft prevention measures other that locking the door when we leave the Airstream.

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Old 10-19-2012, 08:48 AM   #6
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Going to the southwest first. Any other safety ideas out there? Thanks Kat
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:12 AM   #9
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Keeping things in context, trailer theft does occur but fortunately it's not that common.

Having a twin axle model, I looked at getting a heavy duty motorcycle chain and lock and threading it through both wheels on one side. They're heavy but not like a boot, and they store well. I never did buy one but might if I lived somewhere that was known for auto and trailer thefts; it may just deter someone if it looked like too much effort for them. Short of jacking the Airstream up and removing the wheels, there's not much out there that would stop someone who really wanted to steal it but.
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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.
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When we lived in Minneapolis, we had to store our Airstream off-site due to city regulations. So, a boot was one of the security devices I used while it was stored.

Here's a link to the one I chose. It weighs in at 18 lbs and stores relatively flat. Since we now fulltime, it can easily travel in the bed of the pickup, so I have it with me for when we stay in areas that it might be tempting for the Airstream to go visiting elsewhere.
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I am in NO and booting is making a car immovable without damage for unpaid parking tickets.
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?
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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?
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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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