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Old 08-01-2021, 01:36 PM   #1
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Coupler Latch Locks

I have used the search feature and found no related threads, so here it goes. I would like to purchase a new coupler latch lock. A brand new one I purchased and used once has already become difficult to use. It was recommended by a locksmith and was a name brand. Therefore, I am looking for the wisdom of the list. Any coupler latches you could recommend? I'm not talking about a coupler lock. I want to lock the opening and closing latch. If I could find this lock with a keyed alike receiver lock that would be great. I drive a Toyota Tundra and the square receiver is 3 inches wide which I believe will require a class five receiver lock. Any and all suggestions will be much appreciated. It seems like a small concern but I would like to get a quality product. Safe travels to everyone.
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Old 08-01-2021, 02:08 PM   #2
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I think you may find that a pretty normal "padlock" style lock actually works. Some find them easier to manage on the coupler side. Obviously not going to work on the receiver.

The lock we currently use is a Master Lock product. Not great, but adequate:

https://www.amazon.com/Master-470-60..._t1_B07GJNCBVS

They are cheap enough that if you toss them after a couple seasons .... not a big deal. They seem to get lost quickly enough that I really don't know how long they may last.

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Old 08-01-2021, 02:40 PM   #3
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I don't lock the coupler latch underway.
I use this:

Then I run the 7 way cord through it to keep the cable off the ground and center it.

When parked I cover the coupler with the Proven Industries lock.
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I don't lock the coupler latch underway.
I use this:

Then I run the 7 way cord through it to keep the cable off the ground and center it.

When parked I cover the coupler with the Proven Industries lock.
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Old 08-02-2021, 08:28 AM   #5
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The *only* advantage that I see to the coupler lock is the somewhat more involved process in latching it. With most of them, you can't get the key out unless it's latched. How much "value" this delivers .... who knows.

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Old 08-02-2021, 08:54 AM   #6
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I don't lock the coupler latch underway.
I use this:

Then I run the 7 way cord through it to keep the cable off the ground and center it.

When parked I cover the coupler with the Proven Industries lock.
Me too! Exactly the same.
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Old 08-02-2021, 09:18 AM   #7
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Using a lock is a good practice. A simple lock can prevent pranksters from disconnecting the latch you use as a practical joke or a malicious act. We all park in public areas and you never know what mischief is in the mind of others that pass by your rig. They don't offer much security from theft by a determined thief but they will stop a casual prankster.
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Old 08-02-2021, 02:47 PM   #8
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Using a lock is a good practice. A simple lock can prevent pranksters from disconnecting the latch you use as a practical joke or a malicious act. We all park in public areas and you never know what mischief is in the mind of others that pass by your rig. They don't offer much security from theft by a determined thief but they will stop a casual prankster.
When parked and away from the TV/AS, yes.

When underway, the idea is to not use a lock, but a pin as others have shown. If there's an incident (such as you pull to the side of the road, and the camper catches fire), you can unhook quickly and separate your TV from your camper. Having to find a key and unlock the lock takes precious seconds away from perhaps saving your TV.

But yes, have a lock, so you can be secure when you stop for a bit (go to lunch in a restaurant, etc.).
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Old 08-03-2021, 05:33 AM   #9
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So you would use a latch then put a lock on it to stop at a rest stop. Then come back and put the latch back on doing that at least a half dozen times a day while traveling.? Seems pretty tedious!
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Old 08-03-2021, 08:55 AM   #10
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Given the complexity of unhooking the trailer safely, I can't see that the lock vs clip saves enough time to matter.

If somehow your trailer has gone up in a ball of flame, get out of there now. Don't mess with this or that. Move away. This is why you have insurance.

Unhooking and having it roll out into traffic would be a *really* bad thing to do. Having it roll off anywhere is unlikely to make your insurance claim work out any better.

Indeed you can find YouTubes of trailers burning away by the side of the highway. I'm not claiming this is an impossible event. It *is* a very unlikely event, but not impossible. Without digging into the details of the events, there is no way to know just what caused this or that. It's also rare to see video on the early part of the incident ( big balls of fire make for much more dramatic video).

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Old 08-03-2021, 10:08 AM   #11
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So you would use a latch then put a lock on it to stop at a rest stop. Then come back and put the latch back on doing that at least a half dozen times a day while traveling.? Seems pretty tedious!
Well, if I felt the need to lock…. But so far, I’ve not ever felt like I needed to….

Usually, we’re underway, stop for gas, but eventually get to where we’re going… haven’t spent much time at all away from, in a fashion that made me feel uncomfortable with leaving it w/ the simple pin….
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Old 08-03-2021, 02:50 PM   #12
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Where can I find one?

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I don't lock the coupler latch underway.
I use this:

Then I run the 7 way cord through it to keep the cable off the ground and center it.

When parked I cover the coupler with the Proven Industries lock.
What's it called and where can I buy one? Looks like a great idea!

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Old 08-04-2021, 07:26 AM   #13
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https://www.grainger.ca/en/product/p...BoCMW8QAvD_BwE

I would imagine you can get one at any auto parts store.
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Amazon has a number of them. This is one of many:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Here's another:

https://www.amazon.com/INCREWAY-Lock...7KN5587J&psc=1

I've used the first one, I have not actually seen the second one.

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I use Bolt locks for all my trailers (livestock and utility) and plan to as well for the travel trailer when it arrives. I also have their lock on my receiver as well as a couple of padlocks and their cable lock. One key certainly makes life easier in that regard.

I’ll probably check out their off-vehicle coupler lock as well.
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Amazon has a number of them. This is one of many:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Here's another:

https://www.amazon.com/INCREWAY-Lock...7KN5587J&psc=1

I've used the first one, I have not actually seen the second one.

Bob
thanks for the link Bob.

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I picked mine up at Tractor Supply, FWIW....
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I would imagine you can get one at any auto parts store.
Lowe's. Near the nuts and bolts.
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Lowe's. Near the nuts and bolts.
You can find that probably but not any of the nuts or bolts might you need.
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When I used another brand of hitch, I never bothered to lock the latch with anything more than a pin, as shown earlier in the thread, and that was to prevent it from accidentally flipping open.

Now that I have a Pro Pride, however, which stays attached, I keep a padlock on the latch to prevent it from being stolen or otherwise messed with. I bought a cheap Reese lock from Home Depot to do the job, but I, too, have been searching for something a bit more robust ...

Something like this looks promising, but I may need to search for a lock with a smaller shaft -- 15/32" is pretty beefy.

Abus Monoblock Padlock
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