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Old 09-23-2014, 04:24 PM   #1
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Power cord lock

Hello everyone! I have wanted to protect my power cord from theft for a while. I feel fairly secure in campgrounds, but I think about losing my means of charging batteries by portable generator when boondocking - not to mention the financial loss. I could use a chain and padlock, but I wanted something more permanent as well as some type of arrangement that would be noisy if an attempt was made to defeat it. Since the cord could be taken by simply unplugging and cutting, I went the easy and somewhat minimal route. The small diameter aircraft cable has a simple loop that can be attached to the cord with a padlock, and when not in use it can be slipped through a grommet to rest flush under the unit (so the wind doesn't flop it around when rolling). The anchor end is bolted to the frame. So now, the would-be thief has to have some tools and he also will have to make noise. I was wondering what comments I might get about the mod. [/URL][/IMG]

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It looks good for your piece of mind, but anyone can just cut the cord (as you stated) and be gone in a few seconds. I don't know of any way to truly secure the power cord (BTW, my cord is the same as yours!).
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Old 09-24-2014, 10:41 AM   #3
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So you are always in your site? Do you ever leave? Whats to stop them from just yanking on it at 2:00PM when you're dead asleep? I don't think anyone could wake up out of a dead sleep, get some pants on and run out of the trailer after someone. Or for that matter know which way they ran.
I have a 25' elec cord that I plug into the 5'ers shore power cord. Anyone could just walk up and unplug it and walk off.
I could walk up to your trailer, take out a knife, cut the outer rubber coating, grab some snips and cut the 3 inner wires and be gone without a sound.
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You missed the point Cumminsfan! Yanking won't accomplish a thing as far as being able to get the cord. I know the solution isn't ideal, but any type of deterrent will stop almost all attempts at theft - no matter the circumstances. You could easily cut the cord and take it away, but not many opportunistic thieves would be willing to take the risk.
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Old 09-24-2014, 08:43 PM   #5
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When we are in campgrounds I lock my power cord and surge protector. Honestly though I think I do it for my own peace of mind because realistically locks only keep honest people honest. If someone wants to take it all, they will and then that is what insurance is for.
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Old 09-25-2014, 08:58 AM   #6
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Chalkie has it right.....locks keep honest folks honest.....if someone has designs on your power cord or anything for that matter, they will get it. Typically a thief will go after the softest target.....and that being true, Tinkerreknits locking cable should work and have the thief moving onto the next door neighbours unlocked power cord......neat cable lock.
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Is this an issue? I haven't heard about power cords being high on the disappearing list but, I suppose, since you are going to this length to secure yours, you must know of several that have been stolen.

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Is this an issue? I haven't heard about power cords being high on the disappearing list but, I suppose, since you are going to this length to secure yours, you must know of several that have been stolen.

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A Jayco dealer in WV told me that someone jumped the fence one night and cut off ALL the cords in his lot...new and used. He was glad when a lot of the manufacturers went to the detachable cord. They also stripped the wheels and tires off of some of the trailers with aluminum wheels as well. That has been the only time that I have heard of cord theft being a problem.
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