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Old 02-21-2020, 08:57 AM   #1
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Mannequin(s) AND Chock Security

We have four plastic chocks from Walmart. Yellow and sturdy. Walmart tends to stock ONLY two at a time. Wait about a week and they will have two more. From experience.

If on a flat surface, two chocks between axles/tires and one Mannequin under a tire. A higher level of Security.

If on a slope, four chocks and one Mannequin under a tire.

For SERIOUS theft protection, appropriate number of chocks, TWO Mannequins under a tire on each side and a Hitch Lock system that looks impossible to cut, break or remove. Highest level of Security.

If you are not worried about your trailer being stolen, stripped of Propane Tanks, leveling blocks, chocks and batteries... Chocks only.

If you are on a budget, four chocks and distributed when necessary.

Mannequins can be found by Google: Halloween Displays with Mannequins.

Most likely item to be stolen. Bicycle. Connect the seat to a high powered Lithium Battery, have a sign posted as a warning. If you have no high powered Lithium Battery connected to the seat... a sign also works. Most criminals can read and understand there could be negative consequences...

No thief will take a chance of messing with someone, obviously disturbed with the Mannequin / Chock System.

For those who are thrifty, I like the 'Leg with a Boot' sticking out from under a tire for leveling.

'Wizard of Oz' comes to mind with two legs sticking out, stripped nylon stockings and high heeled boots... as there is no limits to Security and Visual Disasters.

The Chocks are for Real. The Mannequin is just mentioned if you at a RV Park. Boondockers... Chocks Only.

WHAT is your opinion or options? Mine are reasonable and effective. Sort of.
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Sully. Mere sight of him strikes fear in the hearts of evil doers.
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Mannequin? Electrifying your bike? My opinion is that you are nuts, Ray.

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Mannequin? Electrifying your bike? My opinion is that you are nuts, Ray.

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General Patton during the Battle of the Bulge also is familiar with the term 'nuts'. General McAuliffe's response to the Germans asking the 101st Airborne to surrender was 'nuts' in response

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Unsalted cashews or mixed nuts, NO peanuts here.

Continue being creative, Ray!
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How about two Mannequins sitting at the table inside your trailer with the curtains left open for security?
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If you have no high powered Lithium Battery connected to the seat... a sign also works. Most criminals can read and understand there could be negative consequences...
Are you positive about that?
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Are you positive about that?
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Jay. I am not. I have my own bicycle that would be of no interest to a thief. Even I don't like to ride it.

Although I am looking for a Volunteer who thinks I am 'nuts', and provide some entertainment if it would work and fry a few, like an oyster bake on the beach. I will browse previous threads for a special person.

Vintageracer offered another use of the Mannequin. In Denver and Las Vegas, some used to sit them as a second passenger to drive the Car Pool Lanes. This worked just long enough to get pulled over and the Officer wanted to see the Mannequin's Identification. Kidnapping is illegal. A lawyer is expensive.

Sully had a Mannequin driving the tow vehicle, towing a trailer but had ID. The trailer had an excellent Sway Control, the HP Officer commented.

If more would comment, I could divert my attention from Black Water clogs and Disappearing Fresh Water... just to this Thread and spend my time, offering advice and counseling as to proper Mannequin etiquette in public.
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Chock Security...

WalMart's chocks are yellow.

You can write your or my name on each chock in Black Magic Marker. Spell either one correctly as you may want them returned if found by the Park Ranger.
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Those Walmart chocks are garbage, two of four shattered the first time we whacked them with a rubber mallet to seat them...
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Hi, have you watched any of the prank videos where electric shock or exploding air bags are on the seats of decoy bicycles?
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Hi, have you watched any of the prank videos where electric shock or exploding air bags are on the seats of decoy bicycles?
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Friends in Wyoming were generous to introduce us to those. There the transition from horses to bicycle theft is much slower, so the program was hilarious.

I liked those where a thief looked around, jumped onto the bicycle. As he picked up speed, the concealed cable would pull off the front wheel. Then everyone would run after the thief, who acted as if he did nothing wrong.

Politicians comes to mind...
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The best chocks are the solid rubber ones at Harbor Freight. I buy more everytime they go on sale ($5) and give them away when I see people in need.
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photos of the mannequins would help
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I prefer X-chocks. Takes longer to steal them.
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Large Wheel Chock (up to 29 inches)- Walmart

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Harbor Freight beats WalMart's $9.00 per chock. Although, do you get sticker instructions and cautions, at that price? Mine appear to be water resistant. Is the black rubber from Goodyear 14" Marathon recycled tires? Just asking.... could separate at any time.

Although for the extra $2.00 at Walmart you get: "Instructions- To use, place on flat ground and push firmly under tire(s). Chock all tires on vehicle both in front of the tire and behind. Read all instructions prior to use. Do not exceed rated tire size/vehicle type." (Made in China)

Also the instructions. Now the Caution.

"Always use brake. Never place yourself under or behind unstable vehicles. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause chock to weaken. Store out of sunlight in a dry dark place. Failure to heed these warnings may result in personal injury and/or property damage. For use with tires up to 29 inches."

(I would have liked to add 'inflatable mannequin' somewhere in the instructions, but thought not wise to attract the wrong kind of people trolling the Forum.)

Jimfa44 X Chocks are harder to steal. Hmmmm. May I ask how you know and where did you get yours? How hard were they to steal?

Lumatic... Were you the kid next to me at Macy's when they were dressing the Mannequins in 1965? This was not something you would pick up in School. Did you have one with you at the New Mexico Adventure? I do not recall you using chocks, either?

...and people think I am nuts? I am among friends.
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I use one-steps with x-chocks. I pull the cable of the one step through the x-chock before I tighten it, and use a lock on the x-chock with the cable going through that . I have a wheel boot, but never felt the need to use it yet. I do use a Proven Industries coupler lock. All of this will just slow a determined thief down.
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Hi, I have one of these chocks; They are quite heavy and I use one at home. I bring it with me on trips just in case.
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Bob... that would work for securing a bicycle or an airplane, as well. Great choice.

For those worried about someone stealing their Airstream. Remove both wheels on one side and carry the lug nuts in a fanny pack.

If you are paranoid... all four wheels and lug nuts. If the trailer is stolen, it will be easy to track it down. With the lug nuts in both pockets, you would need to tighten your belt or use tow straps over your shoulders to keep your pants up.

When we camp and sit 'around a candle' while camping, since wood would pollute the atmosphere in some western States, we spend more time laughing with tears flowing from our eyes, and in my case my nose as well. If you take this discussion seriously... you need the help, not us.
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