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Old 03-20-2015, 05:24 PM   #29
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Had two bikes on the back of our coach overnight in our driveway before leaving for a trip. In the morning one bike was missing. Now I use a chain.
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Old 03-20-2015, 09:23 PM   #30
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I have a locking hitch pin now, but in 35 yrs of pulling trailers I've never had another instance of having a pin pull out of a receiver. I still feel they were most likely stolen.
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Old 03-21-2015, 08:44 AM   #31
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If you have a 5 or $600 bike the seat and front wheel are the least expensive part to replace, so that bike is hardly worthless with them removed. In the dark of the night they don't have to ride the bike away.

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I like to remove my Brooks Sadle. It takes a lot to break one in, and it was around $160.00. Dont want to lose it.
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Old 03-21-2015, 11:18 AM   #32
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While camping I wrap a chain around the bikes with no lock. That deters the simple thiefs who just want to grab and go. Theres not to much u can do to deter the more serious thieves.
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Old 03-21-2015, 07:55 PM   #33
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Yes, I had two bikes stolen off the receiver hitch rack on my Jeep, while in a locked indoor storage facility. Had I bothered to lock the bikes on that locking rack, I doubt they would have been stolen. Thieves broke in to steal copper and for some reason couldn't resist my 20 year old Cannondale mountain bike and my wife's new comfort bike.
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Old 03-22-2015, 11:56 AM   #34
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I like to remove my Brooks Sadle. It takes a lot to break one in, and it was around $160.00. Dont want to lose it.
I see your point, have a friend that had a seat custom made due to extreme tenderness in the lower reaches, treated that seat better than he treated his GF. I was just trying to make the point that in many cases removing seats and wheels doesn't reduce value that much.

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We have a locking bike rack. The bikes are locked into the rack and then we use a locking hitch pin to lock the the rack to the hitch, either the coach or the toad. We've never had a problem. It's about 15 years old, but I'd hope someone still makes something similar.
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I see your point, have a friend that had a seat custom made due to extreme tenderness in the lower reaches, treated that seat better than he treated his GF. I was just trying to make the point that in many cases removing seats and wheels doesn't reduce value that much.

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Totally understood. :-)
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We have a locking bike rack. The bikes are locked into the rack and then we use a locking hitch pin to lock the the rack to the hitch, either the coach or the toad. We've never had a problem. It's about 15 years old, but I'd hope someone still makes something similar.
The one I posted earlier does. In fact the pin is a bolt with a 3/4" (19mm) head, you tighten it down. Then put a lock on the end.

No just cutting the lock or just unbolting, you have to do both.

I keep a ratcheting wench in the bottom on the Jeeps center console.
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I like to remove my Brooks Sadle. It takes a lot to break one in, and it was around $160.00. Dont want to lose it.

Stealing a Brooks would be blasphemy!
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Indeed it would. Especially my coveted B57 Honey Brown. :-)
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I carry our two bikes on a Swagman carrier on a hitch on the rear of the MH, well clear of the tow car. Never had anything stolen, but I chain the bikes to the hitch with a couple of bike chains, then chain them to something in the CG, usually a picnic table.

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We have quick releases on our front wheels and we just take the wheel off. It's hard to ride it away like that. But we also lock them to keep honest people honest.

I think that the key is to make stealing anything pretty inconvenient.

I worked in state parks for 25 years and we would go for months or even years without having any thefts reported. Then we might have three in one night. Usually coolers, bikes, chairs, etc.

Anything not tied down and locked. Thieves are pretty much lazy as well as dumb. If you put any obstacles in their way they will go on. If they will cut a lock, they will knock out a window or break into an RV but this just doesn't happen frequently.

That said, I DO make my $ 600 satellite dish hard to get with chins, locks and steel posts. I can get it out pretty easily with the key and proper tools but it LOOKS formidable.

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Just put them on the roof of the RV and remove the ladder, or you can always equip them with "LoJack".
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