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Old 02-09-2013, 01:38 PM   #1
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Hitch / Coupler Locks

New to the forums here and recently bought our first TT. 19' KZ Spree Escape 196S. Sadly, due to the height, it won't fit in our garage like our pop up did and our City does not allow trailers of any sort to be stored in a driveway.

So, I'm curious what people use for a coupler lock if they have to store a TT off site somewhere. I've had a trailer stolen in the past, just a utility trailer but a theft none-the-less; and I don't want the new one to disappear if I can avoid it.

I've been reading about different types of locks but it would seem like most are easy to cut off in a short time with little more than a $10.00 hack saw. I understand that if somebody wants something badly enough that they're going to take it regardless, but I'd rather have something that will at least make a would-be theif sweat a little in order to remove it. (and possibly give up - rather have a damaged lock than a missing trailer)

Any info or opinions would be greatly appreciated and thanks for reading.

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Old 02-09-2013, 02:07 PM   #2
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A lock shows you care. Any security device can be broken, given time and opportunity. If they don't steal the whole unit, they could break in and remove any electronics, appliances, etc. From the outside, they could take tires, rooftop A/C, etc. I keep my RV in a monitored, fenced, storage center. Things might happen, but I can demonstrate steps I took to my insurance carrier. Life is too short to waste on paranoia.
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We have a " M34 MASTER trailer lock" for ours that covers the entire coupler and is super heavy duty. It's about 60$ but worth the investment. I believe they come in different sizes so if you decide to purchase one make sure you get the name of th coupler manufacturer
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:07 PM   #4
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A lock shows you care. Any security device can be broken, given time and opportunity. If they don't steal the whole unit, they could break in and remove any electronics, appliances, etc. From the outside, they could take tires, rooftop A/C, etc. I keep my RV in a monitored, fenced, storage center. Things might happen, but I can demonstrate steps I took to my insurance carrier. Life is too short to waste on paranoia.
I'M definately NOT paranoid - I am however trying to show my insurance "broker" that I really and trully care and have gone to great lengths to prevent something that is probably out of my control anyway.

I have a spot in a secure, fenced, video covered, 24/7 "check in with a guard", locking lug nuts on the aluminum rims etc, etc. ............... my wife is our insurace broker. (the math should be easy)

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We have a " M34 MASTER trailer lock" for ours that covers the entire coupler and is super heavy duty. It's about 60$ but worth the investment. I believe they come in different sizes so if you decide to purchase one make sure you get the name of th coupler manufacturer
I was looking at this one. Didn't know about the sizing as the site only specified "universal". In my experience, nothing is universal. Thanks for the info.

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Old 02-10-2013, 08:54 AM   #5
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I'M definately NOT paranoid - I am however trying to show my insurance "broker" that I really and trully care and have gone to great lengths to prevent something that is probably out of my control anyway.

I have a spot in a secure, fenced, video covered, 24/7 "check in with a guard", locking lug nuts on the aluminum rims etc, etc. ............... my wife is our insurace broker. (the math should be easy)

I was looking at this one. Didn't know about the sizing as the site only specified "universal". In my experience, nothing is universal. Thanks for the info.

K.
Coming from someone who has there TT broken into at a storage facility, I would make your TT look as hard to steal / break into as well.

The crooks went through my skylight had to be skinny kids or adults and stole some of my items by unlocking The front door. There was a bunch of RVs that got hit in the area about the same time. The police pretty well told me they would never find hem unless they were caught in the act in the future.

If you have a burglar alarm system at home call them and ask if you could get a couple more window stickers and put them on your TT windows, it may be enough to scare them off.

I have since moved my rv to a totally enclosed unit at a different place, having the TT under a roof storage will extend The life of and appearance of the roof as well.

I ended up buying this

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Reese-Towp...k-Kit/15125826

This more be more info or opinion then you wanted to hear , hope I didn't ramble
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:07 PM   #6
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Here is a thought. The standard ball and coupler makes trailers easy to hook up to and pull away. But, a Hensley hitch requires a stinger to be slid into the receiver and latched. The stinger is pretty difficult to come by.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:14 AM   #7
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I would think in a open storage with a fence , the larger TT would not be stolen . Maybe broke into
The smaller one maybe higher chance on being stolen

Mine is stored on a pad by the driveway 31' ... If leave for a weekend without the TT I take a 3/8" plastic coated cable and run it through the wheels on one side and install a lock
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