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Old 10-04-2018, 08:50 PM   #1
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Proven Industries Trailer Coupler Lock

Good day!

I recently purchased the new version of the 2178-A model to fit my 17B. The new version is a square design as opposed to the cylindrical one shown on the website. The design change was to accommodate the locking of the safety chains as well. (According to the website)

Upfront, it is a solid product. It weighs in at 17 lbs. both pieces are fabricated from 1/4” thick steel.. There was no manual provided or an updated video on their website, so I am guessing that the safety chains are supposed to hook on to the 2 tangs bent at a 45 degree angle inside the shell piece..

The initial difficulty with this design is now the chains have to come up and around into the shell as opposed to fastening to the stationary piece underneath.

Once fit and locked , the chains easily fall out. It’s almost as if the tangs aren’t bent far enough down to secure the chains against the coupler itself. Are they assuming I am using a larger snap hook style fastener? Maybe...

It was too late in the day to contact Proven. I will try tomorrow.

In the meantime - Thoughts?

-Rob
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Old 10-05-2018, 01:28 AM   #2
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Looks like design engineer does not own a trailer; people who steal trailers bring their own chains and locks to wrap around the A- frame of the trailer and secure same to their hitch to haul away the trailer.



Theirs are cut to length to make the theft quick and easy. Better to keep your insurance up-to-date.
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Old 10-05-2018, 08:30 AM   #3
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Looks like design engineer does not own a trailer; people who steal trailers bring their own chains and locks to wrap around the A- frame of the trailer and secure same to their hitch to haul away the trailer.



Theirs are cut to length to make the theft quick and easy. Better to keep your insurance up-to-date.
Gotta agree with Charlie here. If thieves really want it, a hitch lock is not going to stop them. While it is fine to guard against theft, good insurance is the ultimate saviour of your investment.
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Old 10-05-2018, 09:02 AM   #4
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Our strategy is to obtain a wheel lock that also protects at least one lug nut from being removed. Thieves would have to haul the trailer onto a flatbed to steal. Possible but unlikely.
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Old 10-05-2018, 11:51 AM   #5
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Our strategy is to obtain a wheel lock that also protects at least one lug nut from being removed. Thieves would have to haul the trailer onto a flatbed to steal. Possible but unlikely.
My neighbor’s small Ford tractor was stolen
The wheels were chained to the axle
The thieves ( according to the sheriff. ) drove up with a flatbed truck , hooked up their winch and dragged the tractor onto the truck ( You could see the skid marks in the driveway and on the road .)
I rely on insurance since their is no fool proof way to stop a determined thief .
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Old 10-05-2018, 05:12 PM   #6
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Thank you everyone for the responses!

Absolutely agreed if they want it, they’ll get it. I purchased it more for its deterrent value as opposed to ultimate protection. Which is near impossible. That’s why a good insurance policy is a must.

I’m just disappointed in the engineering of the product. I expected more for the $235 USD I paid.

Hopefully I’ll save someone else the trouble!

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Old 10-05-2018, 05:23 PM   #7
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Old 10-05-2018, 09:21 PM   #8
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GPS device hidden in the trailer is another strategy to consider.
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My neighbor’s small Ford tractor was stolen
The wheels were chained to the axle
The thieves ( according to the sheriff. ) drove up with a flatbed truck , hooked up their winch and dragged the tractor onto the truck ( You could see the skid marks in the driveway and on the road .)
I rely on insurance since their is no fool proof way to stop a determined thief .
While this is probably very rare we had a large van at our hunting club stolen the same way. You could see the drag marks in the dirt where it was winched up onto a flatbed. Our mistake for leaving it there in the off-season unattended. Gave them plenty of time to plan/execute and they knew no one would be around.
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Old 10-06-2018, 02:45 PM   #10
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Pleased that I purchased & received the old style round version 2178-A just 4 weeks ago. Perhaps they will exchange yours for the old style.
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