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Old 05-28-2019, 07:22 PM   #1
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Hitch Locks, Trailer Locks

I'll be picking up a Sport 22 in about 2 weeks, and I'm wondering what people do for security. What are the thoughts about hitch locks, wheel locks, etc.?
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:04 PM   #2
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I use the BOLT locks. They have a coupler lock and a receiver pin lock that you can key to your TV ignition key. High quality locks and very convenient - needing to carry fewer keys.

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I also use the SPOT Trace that uses GPS/Satellite Communication to track any movement of the trailer.


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Old 05-28-2019, 08:04 PM   #3
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I'll be picking up a Sport 22 in about 2 weeks, and I'm wondering what people do for security. What are the thoughts about hitch locks, wheel locks, etc.?
All those devices are easy to defeat. If they want your trailer they will get it. That said I don't think too many trailers are being stolen. Maybe I'm wrong. Best is to have insurance. Its not expensive.
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:24 PM   #4
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A cheap solution (which I saw in an old Trailer Life magazine back in the 60's) , and I have been using all along is a hitch ball with the threaded portion cut off and a padlock.

This is just a deterrent; it won't stop a real professional thief.
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:30 PM   #5
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I also use the SPOT device. I send a daily status message to family, and use the tracker when I am away from the trailer.
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Old 05-28-2019, 09:29 PM   #6
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I built my own lock. Based on progressive industry lock but mine is made out of AR500 steel.
Here are the blog links.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/blog...tch-lock-2944/

http://www.airforums.com/forums/blog...h-lock-2-2945/
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Old 05-28-2019, 09:45 PM   #7
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Generally, trailer theft happens in two places:
i) industrial/commercial areas inside a locked gate that provides a false sense of security. These areas usually have no one present at night since they are separated from residential areas due to zoning
ii) remote yet accessible sites where the trailer is left unattended long-term i.e. weeks or months


Typically the theft is planned, they show up with a battery powered angle grinder and a tow truck, and move the trailer in the middle of the night to a nearby indoor location where any hitch locks, security devices, and unique identifying marks can be removed at their leisure. The best thing of course is to avoid leaving your trailer in these locations and the second best thing is insurance.


Theft of an entire trailer is ordinarily not a crime of impulse but if that is your concern then for most tandem axle trailers a security chain between the spokes of the wheels with a stout lock is probably the most effective. Even if they use a tow truck that will slow them down. tulsachain.com has security chain, and you can get good padlocks anywhere.


Any of the hitch locks are limited by the fact that even without much planning anyone can jack up the a-frame and chain it to the bumper of a truck and drive away.
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We use Equipment Lock BRHL Steel Ball and Ring Hitch Lock and remove the emo chains. When we are in storage we also add Trimax TCL275 Medium Deluxe Keyed Alike Wheel Chock Locks Both on Amazon (both US & CA)




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Old 05-29-2019, 11:38 AM   #9
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I use Proven Industries Model 2516-AS with the Stainless Steel puck.

https://www.provenlocks.com/products/model-2516-as
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Old 05-29-2019, 12:52 PM   #10
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Short Answer: Don't go cheap on security for your $50k plus rig.

I see people buying the cheapest thing they can find.

What I have:
1. Proven Industries
2. Spot Trace
3. Wheel Lock
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Old 05-29-2019, 01:59 PM   #11
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I have a Brahma lock. Not cheap, heavy quality (35 lbs), takes a little practice to install quickly, but it's effectively and visually intimidating. The peace of mind is worth the cost. Not sure if my photo will attach, so here's their URL: brahmalock.comClick image for larger version

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The most important thing is removing it BEFORE you pull out. That may seem obvious, but has to be added to the checklist.
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Old 05-29-2019, 03:09 PM   #12
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I think any lock can be overcome, but they are deterrents, some more so than others. We use a hardened steel Master Lock with a 4-digit combo. Not concerned about theft where we live. Not concerned about theft where we camp mostly, as I usually make a habit of getting to know those around us, especially streamers. And I would no more leave our unit unattended someplace for several days any more than I would leave our rural home unlocked in our absence. I have maintained that the best protection is a stated value policy. I'd be upset, chapped, PO'd were the trailer stolen, and likely very inconvenienced. But, it is a trailer, and it can be replaced.
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Old 05-29-2019, 05:07 PM   #13
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Another vote for the Proven Industries Model 2516-AS with the Stainless Steel puck. If you are not GMFL and are not able to manufacture the masterpiece he did, it is as secure a hitch lock as there is. Combined with some sort of Denver Boot wheel lock, you will have a pretty secure unit that will disuaid at least the opportunistic thief, who will move on to easier pickings. A determined thief will have it regardless. Up to date insurance is the only peace of mind you can get.
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Old 05-29-2019, 10:44 PM   #14
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We purchased the Proven Industry Hitch Lock and are Very Happy with its looks and the function.

https://www.provenlocks.com
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Old 05-29-2019, 10:53 PM   #15
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Proven Industries Hitch Lock with their additional chain pad lock, plus Brahma Wheel Lock. Still, nothing will beat a planned heist...so add insurance as well... Joys of ownership!
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Old 05-30-2019, 04:33 AM   #16
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I don't have a trailer, but I have a custom hitch carrier which does not have as high a monetary value, but which arguably is easier to sprout legs.

Along with a regular hitch lock, we use a length of Pewag chain to doubly secure the hitch-able cargo to the chassis.

The chain is locked on both ends, but the padlocks that secure it (which in many scenarios would be the weak links) are tucked up into the workings, so that it would be impossible to get most tools up in there to cut them.

These things are extremely difficult to get through. No casual thief would bother tackling such a project:

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I use the California immobilizer

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Old 05-30-2019, 07:28 AM   #18
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I am another vote for BOLT. I have one on my hitch pin and one on the trailer coupler, both keyed to my truck ignition key, reducing the number of keys on my key ring by two.

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we use the mega hitch
and the brahma wheel lock

is also have a shut off switch for the front jack so no one can raise lower it
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:37 AM   #20
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California immobilized

I use the California immobilized coupler lock for my own peace of mind. I know people who donít use anything and have never had anything inside or outside the trailer stolen.
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