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Old 06-09-2016, 08:00 AM   #41
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Old 06-09-2016, 12:31 PM   #42
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Well my buddy thought of another way, he took a piece of round pipe that fit over the lock, about 4 feet long and merely went up and down on the outside one about 4 times and it popped off, the inside lock he went back and forth. The metal was very soft, the stainless steel sleeve is the hard metal but the lock shaft was very soft metal. Something to remember next time you lose your keys......
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Old 06-09-2016, 12:36 PM   #43
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Great idea Jim - glad to hear it worked out easily for you, but makes one wonder how much good the things really do? I suppose like anything else, they prevent the lazy thieves anyway.
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Old 06-09-2016, 12:41 PM   #44
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Lesson here seems to be that when keys get lost even if you don't learn how to pick a lock on YouTube no hitch lock is safe from the most elementary persuasion.
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Old 06-09-2016, 12:53 PM   #45
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Aaaaah the old cheater method, and I ain't talkin about looking over a smart kid's shoulder during a tough chemistry test. Glad it worked out and you're good to proceed for now. Anti theft devices, security cameras everywhere, wink and nod soft judges, ain't this one fine society we've created? Course the Mormons learned to hobble their horses with what are now sold as brain teaser chain and loop puzzles and western society was pretty young then. Soldier on Jim.
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Old 06-09-2016, 03:06 PM   #46
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Well my buddy thought of another way, he took a piece of round pipe that fit over the lock, about 4 feet long and merely went up and down on the outside one about 4 times and it popped off, the inside lock he went back and forth. The metal was very soft, the stainless steel sleeve is the hard metal but the lock shaft was very soft metal. Something to remember next time you lose your keys......
Hi: cpaharley2008... Proves the old saying... Locks are there for the "Honest" people. A thief can find a quick way in when necessary. Alf
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Old 06-09-2016, 03:25 PM   #47
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Now we have a new tool to carry - a four-foot-long "spare key" for hitch locks, which will also fit other people's locks if needed. Of course it would only fit one style of lock.

More seriously, perhaps a good plan is to use a combination lock (or two, in the case of this adjustable ball mount). It may not be as secure, but it would serve the same purpose of preventing quick or casual disconnection, and there would be no problem with losing keys.

Another option is a lock which is keyed to match the vehicle, such as the Bolt product. Of course, it would need to be replaced (or re-keyed if another brand allows that) when the vehicle is replaced.
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Well my buddy thought of another way, he took a piece of round pipe that fit over the lock, about 4 feet long and merely went up and down on the outside one about 4 times and it popped off, the inside lock he went back and forth. The metal was very soft, the stainless steel sleeve is the hard metal but the lock shaft was very soft metal. Something to remember next time you lose your keys......
Jim , glad you got your lock situation solved . Now the keys will turn up ! Do you know what manufacturer the locks were ? I have one that has to screw on first then it locks . There are many different ones out there . That was to easy . Pat
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Another option is a lock which is keyed to match the vehicle, such as the Bolt product. Of course, it would need to be replaced (or re-keyed if another brand allows that) when the vehicle is replaced.
Brian that lock looks so bulky I can't help but think it would get in the way of the safety chains
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Old 06-10-2016, 04:02 PM   #50
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Is it just me or does everybody carry a lot of keys with them when they go camping these days? First I have the keys for my tow vehicle, and since I now have a pickup I have keys for the tonneau cover, next the keys for the hitch receiver, then the trailer coupler lock, my front storage box, rear storage box, exterior access hatch, and finally the door key. That's 8 different keys just to go camping.
If someone were to come up with a universal locking system requiring just one key to unlock everything, I'd buy it in a heart beat.
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