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ant21b

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Trailer hitch locks and coupler locks
« on: September 04, 2017, 11:06:29 PM »
Are trailer hitch locks and trailer coupler locks necessary and worth the money?

Arch Hoagland

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Re: Trailer hitch locks and coupler locks
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2017, 12:19:40 AM »
Absolutely!  Ask my neighbor who bought a new travel trailer and parked it in front of his house with no lock on the hitch. Disappeared after three days.

My receiver hitch is locked in place as are my tow bars when traveling.
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Re: Trailer hitch locks and coupler locks
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2017, 12:49:58 AM »
At the very least, a cheap padlock slows them down.  Why be an easy target?
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H5-Phil

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Re: Trailer hitch locks and coupler locks
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2017, 09:24:51 AM »
Attached is a picture of the lock we use routinely.

I use this while towing, after unhitching and during winter storage...


Are trailer hitch locks and trailer coupler locks necessary and worth the money?
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cybertron

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Re: Trailer hitch locks and coupler locks
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2017, 05:36:59 PM »
I locked both my hitch and coupler back when I used a $300 weight distributing hitch, but since I bought a new truck and just use a standard 2" ball hitch I don't worry about that anymore (also, the pin for my hitch lock completely rusted out).  I do still always lock the coupler on the trailer though.  I figure you should have something locking it down while you're towing, and you might as well lock it up while it's parked too.  I keep the key on the same ring as the trailer key so it's always handy when I'm camping.
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Re: Trailer hitch locks and coupler locks
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2017, 05:48:46 PM »
Back in the day when I sometimes helped a tow service with vehicle repossessions, we recovered a number of trailers of various types with hitch locks on them, including 5th wheels and goosenecks. The locks didn't even slow us down. The most effective theft deterrent other than a secure storage building is probably chaining/locking an axle and/or wheel to a solid post or tree. Although none of those are perfect either, but they do add time to defeat them.
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Roy M

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Re: Trailer hitch locks and coupler locks
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2017, 09:17:17 PM »
It won't be cheap but I have seen a civilian version of the Denver boot that locks over a wheel.  I suppose a determined thief could defeat it but would take time increasing the risk of getting caught. I use a locking cap over the pin on  our fiver and keep it insured

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Re: Trailer hitch locks and coupler locks
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2017, 09:49:17 PM »
Back in the day when I sometimes helped a tow service with vehicle repossessions, we recovered a number of trailers of various types with hitch locks on them, including 5th wheels and goosenecks. The locks didn't even slow us down. The most effective theft deterrent other than a secure storage building is probably chaining/locking an axle and/or wheel to a solid post or tree. Although none of those are perfect either, but they do add time to defeat them.
Yeah, locks are to keep honest people honest.  If someone's determined enough there's probably not much you can do.

I look at locking my trailer door the same way.  If someone wants to get in badly enough it's going to take them about 5 seconds to pry open a window and reach in to open the door.  But it'll keep some subset of nefarious types out so I do it anyway.
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Re: Trailer hitch locks and coupler locks
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2017, 10:06:33 PM »
Back in the day when I sometimes helped a tow service with vehicle repossessions, we recovered a number of trailers of various types with hitch locks on them, including 5th wheels and goosenecks. The locks didn't even slow us down. The most effective theft deterrent other than a secure storage building is probably chaining/locking an axle and/or wheel to a solid post or tree. Although none of those are perfect either, but they do add time to defeat them.

Exactly.......I had one of those dog bone locks that rusted and the key would not open it.
Out comes the angle grinder with a cutoff disc and it was off before I could blink.

However, how many rat thieves carry around a DeWalt angle grinder?
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NY_Dutch

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Re: Trailer hitch locks and coupler locks
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2017, 10:16:53 PM »
It won't be cheap but I have seen a civilian version of the Denver boot that locks over a wheel.  I suppose a determined thief could defeat it but would take time increasing the risk of getting caught. I use a locking cap over the pin on  our fiver and keep it insured

I can tell what we did in a case like that, usually because a wheel had been chained to the frame. We just jacked the axle(s) up and stuck a wheeled cradle dolly under it, the kind that are used for wrecks that can't be towed with two wheels on the ground. And yes, that does add time. As for 5th wheel pin locks, we just backed up to the trailer and grabbed the landing legs with the wheel lift cradles on the tow truck stinger. Once we were well away with the repo, we'd have a locksmith pop the lock off. We weren't allowed to damage any property belonging to the debtor, so any locks, chains, etc., could not be cut and had to be returned on request.
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Re: Trailer hitch locks and coupler locks
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2017, 08:11:12 PM »
The best thing to do is make the other guys trailer look easier to steal than yours.
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Re: Trailer hitch locks and coupler locks
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2017, 08:52:30 PM »
We never locked our trailers. We just made sure we were insured well. If someone wants it that bad, they will have it.
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Re: Trailer hitch locks and coupler locks
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2017, 09:02:06 PM »
The best thing to do is make the other guys trailer look easier to steal than yours.
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Re: Trailer hitch locks and coupler locks
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2017, 11:35:38 PM »
The hitch lock won't stop a determined thief but it will make your insurance company feel better about the payout  ;)
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Arch Hoagland

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Re: Trailer hitch locks and coupler locks
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2017, 11:48:50 PM »
My receiver lock and towbar lock aren't for thief protection.

They are there so no moron call pull my pins while I'm stopped somewhere and my toad comes off. 

So for me it's a safety issue.
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