5th Wheel Hitch-Theft Control

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threeful

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Oct 30, 2005
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I am a new 5th wheel owner and had a Reese 16K slider hitch installed last week.  The techniican explained how to remove the hitch from the hitch frame...by removing the 4 pins on the base rail.  These pins are held there by cotter pins and easily removed.  It seems this is a fairly easy disconnect procedure, great for storage, but it seems it would also be easy to steal.  I understand the hitch is heavy but I suspect could be lifted by several enterprising thiefs.  My thought is this hitch could be gone in several minutes. 

Is there a security device or has someone thought of a way to provide a "home remedy" to this concern.

Thanks,

Bill T.
 

Jeannine

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Apr 7, 2005
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threeful said:
I am a new 5th wheel owner and had a Reese 16K slider hitch installed last week.  The techniican explained how to remove the hitch from the hitch frame...by removing the 4 pins on the base rail.  These pins are held there by cotter pins and easily removed.  It seems this is a fairly easy disconnect procedure, great for storage, but it seems it would also be easy to steal.  I understand the hitch is heavy but I suspect could be lifted by several enterprising thiefs.  My thought is this hitch could be gone in several minutes. 

Is there a security device or has someone thought of a way to provide a "home remedy" to this concern.

Thanks,

Bill T.
Iit doesn't take several people.  My husband and I can easily do it ourselves.  We have padlocks where the hitch connects to the rails. I think Dan may have replaced the original cotter pins with pins that you can put a padlock through.  I've seen them in RV supply places. 

When we are hooked up, we also have a padlock locking the mechanism that opens the jaws of the hitch. 

Jeannine

 

Skamper

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Aug 20, 2006
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With the price of metals skyrocketing,nothing is safe anymore .The jerks are even unbolting gaurdrails and stealing them!
One business in a town near me has been hit three times by thieves stealing copper,roofing,and drain pipes.
Be sure to use locks on everything you can.I know they can be a pain,but so can an insurance claim for a new hitch.ugh!!
 
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