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Old 01-14-2010, 12:42 PM   #21
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I do like the idea of removing the jack fuse. It's not a fuse easy to find outside of RV stores and fairly easy to remove. Of course, jumping a fuse is not very difficult if the thief knows where to look for the fuse holder.

And the tape loop of barking dogs inside the trailer is always a possibility, though your neighbors may not like it. Or let all the air out of your tires while you're away.

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Old 01-14-2010, 02:16 PM   #22
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Or, you can be extreme and wire 110v to the aluminum shell, while you're gone.
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:42 PM   #23
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Living in that kind of fear must be crushing. Your trailer was meant to travel and to leave it home out of fear some one MIGHT steal it just seems odd to me. If that is your worry, maybe you should think about why you own it in the first place. Sorry to be an @ss about this but I just don't get it. It is my hope you will use your trailer and enjoy it.
My question was more academic in nature than based on abject fear. I agree there's little sense having something if you won't use it because you are afraid it will be stolen. Besides that's why I pay insurance premiums.

My wife simply brought up a concern and I agreed that it is a valid point so I wanted to research it and see what came back. It was not based on paranoia.

Thanks to all who responded. I got several good ideas. I will start shopping for a high-quality hitch lock.

Be assured that we will use our Airstream and enjoy it.
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:56 PM   #24
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Stolen Airstreams

Back then, when I was with Caravanner Insurance, we had somewhat of a rash of stolen trailers.

The game plan, by the thieves, was steal a trailer.

THEN, they would buy a salvaged trailer.

It gets better.

They would take the serial number plates off the salvaged trailer, and put them on the stolen trailer.

That, the crooks felt, was a kind of "can't be caught" deal.

A word to the wise, without exception, is always, no exceptions check the serial number plates of a used trailer, to make sure that it properly identifies the coach your considering buying.

If it doesn't, RUN, but call the local police after you leave.

This happens all to many times, since it's so easy to do.

Not to long ago, an after market vendor, would suppy serial number plates, and install whatever serial number you wanted!!!! BAD BAD. That has since stopped.

As always, buyer beware.

Make sure your title properly lists the correct serial number, so that IF your trailer is stolen, you can provide a serial number that is indeed on the trailer, then hope for the best.

We receive incorrect serial numbers from some of our customers, every week.

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Old 01-14-2010, 06:20 PM   #25
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There must be some type of obnoxious light blinking horn sounding alarm system that could deploy itself if the trailer was "armed". Also, if the trailer is unusual looking, wouldn't that deter someone- as it would be quite obvious? The thought of theft has crossed my mind, but I try not to think about it. Maybe I should, and I'm being too naive, but I'd also really hate to be paranoid.

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Old 01-14-2010, 06:26 PM   #26
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Now thats what I'm talking about!!!! Use that trailer and enjoy. you will regret zero and the enjoyment will be unbelievable.
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Old 01-14-2010, 06:50 PM   #27
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A word to the wise, without exception, is always, no exceptions check the serial number plates of a used trailer, to make sure that it properly identifies the coach your considering buying.
Thanks Andy for your words of wisdom, as usual.

I am wondering if there's a "hidden" serial number stamped into the frame or elsewhere. All motor vehicles have this "hidden" serial number in a location that is (supposedly) known to law enforcement.

This practise, if it in indeed applicable to trailers would likely have started in 1981 when the standarized Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) consisting of 17 characters was instituted. Prior to 1981, there was no accepted standard for these numbers, so different manufacturers used different formats.
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:15 PM   #28
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I can tell you this... you will need to show the state trooper where the serial number is. Please do not ask why I know that...
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:59 PM   #29
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Thanks Andy for your words of wisdom, as usual.

I am wondering if there's a "hidden" serial number stamped into the frame or elsewhere. All motor vehicles have this "hidden" serial number in a location that is (supposedly) known to law enforcement.

This practise, if it in indeed applicable to trailers would likely have started in 1981 when the standarized Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) consisting of 17 characters was instituted. Prior to 1981, there was no accepted standard for these numbers, so different manufacturers used different formats.

Airstream always said there was a hidden number, but could not even tell their own Insurance Division.

Accordingly, I really believe the hidden number never existed.

If the trailer doesn't match the serial number, then usually all the model and serial number plates have been removed from all the appliances as well.

I undercovered a stolen Airstream trailer, a few years ago.
I had to go to court to speak on behalf of the new owner. Since the real ID of the trailer could not be established, the court let the fellow keep it.

But, the trailer was sold to this new owner, by a company that represents Airstream, in southern California, that is still in business today, and has represented Airstream for many many years.

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Old 01-14-2010, 10:29 PM   #30
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(paraphrased)...you're more likely to find it missing from where you store it.... to find the tow vehicle stolen.... damaged by a tree falling on it... or to crash it while traveling.
I feel SO much better!
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:11 AM   #31
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I believe it is stamped on the side of the tongue as well as one the plate on the side of the trailer.

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Old 01-15-2010, 10:17 AM   #32
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We just never think about our AS being stolen. If you worry about it, it will drive ya crazy,like me. LOL. Just do the best you can do.Latch Lock,Ball Lock, Wheel Chock Lock,then go an enjoy yourself and don't worry.OH just make sure your insurance is paid up.You can always replace that stuff.
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Old 01-15-2010, 04:37 PM   #33
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Old 01-15-2010, 06:14 PM   #34
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I disagree.

I have fine tooth combed several naked chassis, and have yet to find a "hidden" serial number. I have very carefully watch the chassis being made.

Years ago, Henschen made the chassis. They never put a serial number on any chassis.

None of my long term friends in the USA have every found one either.

Frankly, I think it was nothing more than propaganda, used as a scare tactic.

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