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Old 04-13-2015, 09:47 AM   #1
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Securing your trailer while parked at home.

Would be interested in how all of you secure your travel trailer while parked at home. This weekend someone stole our old 1998 popup camper, but we think they originally came in to take our Jayco. One wheel chock from the Jayco was removed from the tire and fortunately with the stabilizers down they opted for the easier to take popup. Both had hitch locks, but that didn't give them a problem with the popup. Anyway, since we have taken the fuse out of the electric jack, but am interested in any other ideas. We had thunderstorms all night so did not hear a thing.

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Old 04-13-2015, 10:24 AM   #2
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That sucks, I hate thieves. I'm sorry you have to deal with this.

As we all know, any security measures are really is just going to keep honest people honest. I implore two measures. First I use a pretty heavy duty coupler lock. Second I store mine at a fenced storage yard.

Others have discussed using heavy cable or chain through the wheels. But my thought is if they can cut my couple lock a chain/cable is just another 20 seconds for them to cut.

In out storage lot, some folks do nothing, even leave the batteries. Probably my best protection is mine would be a little harder to steal than some of the others.

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Old 04-13-2015, 10:51 AM   #3
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Motion sensor flood lights.

While we don't have theft problems where I live, we do have an open yard, no fence and it adjoins an emergency access road which people walk on day and night. You cannot get 2 feet onto my grass without motion sensor flood lights lighting up the entire yard. Thieves don't like that as anyone looking out a window can see what they are doing.
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:43 AM   #4
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Popup are harder to secure. The tongues are light and you can drive off without the unit in the ball. You just use the chains to secure it good enough to the TV and go.

My utility trailer, I use an old ball that I cut the shank off up in the hitch assembly then I have a lock on the hitch, then just to make it harder.

On our HTT, it use to sit on the city street in front of our old house, and I was concerned about it growing feet and wondering off. For that trailer, I have a very good tongue lock that secures the entire hitch area from the underside, the key slot is integrated and under the unit, so if you want to drill it out you have to be on your back with a drill over your face to do it, pig PIA. It is a twin axle trail, so I wheel chocks that I lock with a traditional paddle lock. But to make it more difficult I place the lock on the inside of the HTT, this way I have to reach in to unlock it. This virtually makes it impossible to cut the locks.

There is a product out there call Wheel Boots, the better ones cost between $200 - $500. But they clamp onto the wheel, cover the lug nuts. The paddle lock mechanism is shrouded in heavy steel so it cannot be cut. There are cheaper ones out there, but I think they are not as noticeable and if you try to drive off with them you will tear up your wheel wells.
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Old 04-13-2015, 12:00 PM   #5
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And then there is this ... Crooks Steal Entire Cabin!
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Old 04-13-2015, 12:31 PM   #6
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Everyone - thanks for the info and some great ideas, we are still in the mad stage. Going to get quotes on security systems for the house and shop and install some cameras and motion lights. Had they taken the Jayco and my wife knew who did it - we would have a real fight going on!!!!
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Old 04-13-2015, 12:38 PM   #7
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I have a couple latch lock. But I also have a Coupler Lock, which blocks the coupler and prevents anyone from putting a ball in it, even if they should defeat the latch lock. A little over $21 from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Master-Lock-37...h+coupler+lock

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I've never had anyone bother my trailers in storage, but feel a little safer with the coupler lock AND the latch lock.

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Old 04-13-2015, 02:13 PM   #8
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Set the trailer axles on blocks and remove the wheels on one side.
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Old 04-13-2015, 02:55 PM   #9
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Old 04-13-2015, 03:04 PM   #10
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Someone needs to invent an alarm system that whales like a siren when the wheels turn on the unit! Keep all the electronics inside the camper!!!

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