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Old 06-04-2012, 05:03 PM   #15
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I know this won't help in the OP's case but this is another reason the eu2000 tends to be so popular, one or two fit nicely in a deep toolbox, locked and out of sight. But then again in that case you are protecting one or two grand...

Don't take this the wrong way, but for the cost of a Champion I'd just secure it reasonably well (cable and lock) and beyond that not worry about it. If you are even slightly careful about where you park you probably will never have a problem, and if you ever should the monetary loss isn't that great. You can only worry about this stuff just so much.
I completely agree w/ you. $400 is hardly the end of the World, though I'd rather have it than someone else!

From the replies I received, it doesn't seem that too many here have suffered losses given modest precautions.

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Old 06-04-2012, 06:28 PM   #16
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Grade 80 chain...

If you can cut the chain with bolt cutters you have the wrong chain.

If using a chain use a grade 70 or 80 tow chain, you will need a grinder or torch to cut the links.

There are a ton of ways to secure the generator that make it difficult to remove.

But most will require a hole or 2 to be drilled into the bed.

There are what I call "hockey puck" locks that have the key enter the side, and on the part that mounts to the wall there is a tongue that enters the lock.

The lock can not be drilled unless you have a carbide drill, and if properly placed you can make sure the key cannot be drilled as you place it close to the side of the bed.

You should visit a well stocked security minded locksmith, one who has a store, in here you may see what items they have.

You may be able to find a simple off the shelf solution that would allow you to build a mounting platform (imagine a piece of plywood or aluminum or steel) that the generator bolts to, the fasteners are from under the platform into the case of the generator, then a simple lock to secure it to the bed.

It would allow run in place while still being secure.

And holes inthe bottom of the bed are nothing, in a past lift we drilled 3/4 inch antenna holes, in a RR auto you measure many times drill once.

For your bed drill in a place that is difficult to reach from below, then silicon everything in to prevent any rust.

When you wear out the generator then place the new one on the same platform.

When you are done and remove the platform simple replace the hardware with carriage bolts, nuts down, and paint them close to the bed color and you are good to go.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:32 PM   #17
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I think like Doug, post#13. Why worry, life's too short.
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I, for one, would not want to be caught in the SW USA or Florida in August and have the generator I was using for my A/C stolen.
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I know this won't help in the OP's case but this is another reason the eu2000 tends to be so popular, one or two fit nicely in a deep toolbox, locked and out of sight. But then again in that case you are protecting one or two grand...

Don't take this the wrong way, but for the cost of a Champion I'd just secure it reasonably well (cable and lock) and beyond that not worry about it. If you are even slightly careful about where you park you probably will never have a problem, and if you ever should the monetary loss isn't that great. You can only worry about this stuff just so much.
I took my EU2000 with me in the cab of the pickup truck whenever we left the campsite even though I bought a cable and paid extra for the anti theft metal cover that goes over the Honda's handle to prevent would be thieves from easily sawing right through the plastic handle! But I do agree with others "out of sight, out of mind".
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Still say a bolt through the frame of the genset and bed of the truck is better than any chain/lock combo.. and, it keeps it secure during travel and, god forbid, an accident.
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Still say a bolt through the frame of the genset and bed of the truck is better than any chain/lock combo.. and, it keeps it secure during travel and, god forbid, an accident.
Anything that is accessible unlike the bolt in the frame can. Be cut with a battery powered angle grinder
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Only thing I've ever had stolen from my pickup bed was two 40# bags of dog food. I figured, at least the theif's dog would have some good food to eat.

When I pull my horse trailer, I keep a 5kw genny in the bed of the pickup. I set it on a piece of 1" thick rubber horse mat to help with vibration and keep it from sliding around while driving, and don't worry about it. I have good insurance.
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Not sure my insurance would cover what's not locked inside, but I don't know. I've been with USAA for over 40 years and never made a claim for anything like that.
Just as soon not have to, too!
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Anything that is accessible unlike the bolt in the frame can. Be cut with a battery powered angle grinder
Andthe noise from that compared to a quick snip of a bolt cutter?
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Not sure my insurance would cover what's not locked inside, but I don't know. I've been with USAA for over 40 years and never made a claim for anything like that.
Just as soon not have to, too!
Yes , you will be covered up to a certain amount , I had my lap top stolen from truck , broke a window , it was covered under home owners ?
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