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Old 08-28-2018, 05:47 PM   #1
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Theft deterrent for trailer

This might be a silly question, but I ask because we left our home for a few hours once and someone stole our utility trailer in broad daylight with only a hitch pin lock. If you unhook at a campsite, what are some deterrents you use to keep someone from driving off with your trailer?

*ball hitch lock
*hitch pin
*chains thru tires

Does that cover it?
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Old 08-28-2018, 06:15 PM   #2
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We use the hitch vault. There are some more secure hitch locks available now. We used a padlock and chain through the wheels before we got the hitch lock.

There are also some very good tire boots. You can tow with a chain, but if the wheels do not turn, it's hard to make miles.

Folks also hide a radio position finder transmitter on the coach.

What they can't do is prevent a determined thief from stealing their Airstream. They can only make it more difficult for the thief and therefore make other units more appealing.

Keep your insurance paid. If you are not comfortable in an area, move on.

All Airstreams look similar, so you might find WBCCI numbers to be your friend.

Most important - do not let fear of theft spoil your adventure. It's unlikely if you take even limited precautions. Pat
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Old 08-28-2018, 08:15 PM   #3
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Any bastard thief can cut a chain, padlock, or coupler lock in seconds with a battery powered angle grinder and cutoff wheel. They usually wear "ACME RV Repair t-shirt and decal on their stolen tow vehicle.

The hitch vault makes it a bit more difficult. Airstream Life Online Store sells them. Other vendors do also.

If your trailer is in long term storage, I might recommend you jack it up, place it on sturdy jack stands, and store the wheels and tires either inside the trailer or someplace else. It makes the rig just a bit more challenging for the bastard thief. Thieves are typically lazy and mostly worthless.

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I use this hitch lock. and the dog in the trailer.
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Old 08-28-2018, 08:34 PM   #5
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What? You don't take the pup with you? Must be a real chewing out when you get back. Pat
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Old 08-29-2018, 06:29 AM   #7
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I use the mega lock and have for years. I know a thief can break into anything if they want it bad enough however the megalock, IMO, makes it mot difficult then most other locks. I also have the hitch pin
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Old 08-29-2018, 08:22 AM   #9
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Theft deterrent for trailer

Yep, we use a California Immobilizer hitch lock, a heavy padlock through the safety chains, a hitch pin lock for laughs, we pay our insurance premiums, and we camp next to folks who do far less.
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Old 08-29-2018, 08:58 AM   #10
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I have the Proven Industries lock.
Yes it was expensive, but so is replacing the trailer.

Now, in theory the trailer can still be moved by a tow truck hooking up the the frame and driving away. That's why I have insurance.
Most thieves aren't sophisticated.

I won't put so many chains on it that I don't use it for all the extra hassle.

I once had two small trailers. I thought it would be good to chain them together to deter thieves. Well the grass grew around the chain, and one day I hooked up one to move something, pulled forward, noticed a funny tug on the hitch and looked to see the second trailer being dragged along the side of the first! DOH!
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Old 08-29-2018, 09:26 AM   #11
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We installed the Ring in our front door and in our backyard and actually caught the thief. Wow on the road heading for the great eclipse. You’re able to download the video and send it to your local police department, make sure you have their email before you take a travel . I have been thinking also about putting the ring on our trailer as it requires no hardwiring. And you have the ability to say what are you doing I’m calling the police get away from here. What do all of you think about doing that. Good idea, also I heard about Yeti’s being stolen at all the national parks. They were able to catch that bee I have been thinking also about putting the ring on our trailer as it requires no hardwiring. And you have the ability to say what are you doing I’m calling the police get away from here. What do all of you think about doing that. Good idea, also I heard about Yeti‘s being stolen at all the national parks. They were able to catch that thief. They put a tracker in one of the yetis only to find out he had more than 500 at his residence. He’s going to have to make up a good story when he goes to prison on that one. You’re here for what for stealing ? an ice chest. Maybe Airstream could install in our trailers a tracking device? Would love to know what others think.
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But is it really a problem in a campground? Has anyone had a trailer stolen or know of someone who has had a trailer stolen in a campground?
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I’m sure someone has heard of this happening, or will find a report on the Internet, but my answer would be...no, it’s not a problem in a campground, theft of anything, much less the towing off of someone else’s trailer.

Theft of something left outside does happen, but it is not a usual occurrence.

Reasonable and sensible precautions will get one thru most any day...

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I have a Hensley Arrow hitch so I just sort of assume a thief isn't going to be able to hook up to my AS( i don't leave the stinger there with the trailer). I guess an energetic one could unbolt the hitch and drop it off?
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http://www.airforums.com/forums/f314...rs-137990.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f453...ams-60225.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ft-150281.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...iler-6064.html

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Old 08-29-2018, 01:11 PM   #16
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Wheel boot ( used by municipalities for scofflaws) are useful. The best are expensive but check e-bay. They get every thief's attention.
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Old 08-29-2018, 01:14 PM   #17
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Theft Deterrence

If I'm in a fairly busy campground I don't worry about someone stealing my AS. I do worry about the smaller items of value such a solar panel's etc. If I'm in a campground that is not very full or very remote I use my hitch vault. I guess what I'm saying is to look at you surrounding's and decide. Obviously when in storage securement of some form is required.
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The right thief can take whatever they want. Presently, I have simply a hardened combination Masterlock. My best defense is a stated value insurance policy that will replace my investment.
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Old 08-29-2018, 03:54 PM   #19
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Like dvgofaz, I have a Hensley hitch. I did put a heavy pad lock on the ball hitch after the Hensley is installed. I know someone could use a stinger and still take the trailer but at least it makes it somewhat harder. I wish someone would make some sort of locking device to fit the Hensley receiver but I haven't seen anything yet.
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Old 08-29-2018, 05:56 PM   #20
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This is all great advice, thanks!

I'm picking up my brand new International Signature 23FB next week, and was wondering about to best secure it while we're out and about. The Megahitch looks really solid.
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