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Old 08-19-2015, 09:12 AM   #1
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Securing Items - On a BUDGET ;)

New TT owner here - we need to leave our TT unattended in a mixed (vacationers to low income long term) park daily and occasionally for a few days at a time so could use some advice as to locking things up on a TIGHT BUDGET. Here were some tips I found that also created more questions.... any thoughts or suggestions appreciated !

Locks - Change from factory standard on door and baggage compartment. Our TT is new (2016) so has double lock on door now so okay to leave? Baggage compartment might be cheaper to buy new lock than rekey?

Whole Trailer - Purchased the little Reese "in the coupler" ball lock. And insured the trailer

Propane - Run chain (or rubber coated wire like the kind used to tie out a dog) with locks thru bottle handles and lock to frame of TT.

Batteries - Ditto propane above - they are in plastic boxes so assume safe to do? Brand new or would not worry about them since they are heavy lol.

Power Protector - Run chain (again, rubber coated wire) from power protector to pedestal - ?? Pretty sure the pedestals were square and I did not see a lot to attach to. Will lock when gone for the day, when gone more than a day would remove and lock in TT.

Have pushed the limits on the amount of things we needed to buy already so looking for BUDGET suggestions since I know there are great but "expensive" ways to secure all these items... =)

Thanks for sharing any ideas!

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Old 08-19-2015, 09:16 AM   #2
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Been camping for 5 years now and have not had anything go missing yet...

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Old 08-19-2015, 09:52 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by USMC1968 View Post
Been camping for 5 years now and have not had anything go missing yet...
My RVing experience has been the same

I have never locked, chained, cabled or otherwise secured anything in 40+ years of camping at RV resorts and/or public and private campgrounds...OR when boondocking or when overnighting in rest areas, truck stops or at Walmart.

Like USMC1968 we have never had anything go missing...(yet)!

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Old 08-19-2015, 05:53 PM   #4
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It's VERY encouraging to hear ! As I mentioned we will be "leaving" a brand new trailer for days at a time in a park where there are full time but also a lot of 2-3 day visitors so I thought best to be careful. The other three weeks will be in a locked but unattended outdoor storage facility.

You can see why I was looking for ways to inexpensively make my trailer less "appealing" than the others for theft. Guess I was being silly.
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