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Old 03-28-2016, 08:51 PM   #171
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My understanding is that the stabilizers are not designed to support the weight of the trailer??
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:24 PM   #172
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why not just remove your tongue jack? no way they can drag the trailer with the stabilizers down

True, but they're easily raised.

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My understanding is that the stabilizers are not designed to support the weight of the trailer??

True, but again, they'd just raise them.
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:17 PM   #173
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The best chain I ever bought was Pewag 120 chain. It will ruin the jaw bits on a hundred and fifty dollar pair of bolt cutters without as much as a nick. However, it's not impervious to a grinder/ cutting wheel or the old blue wrench.( Oxy-acetylene cutting torch. ) There are some hardened steel shackles on rekeyable padlocks that are pretty hard too. Again, well equipped thieves with a plan are hard to thwart. Spur of the moment idiots are easier.
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Old 03-29-2016, 06:44 AM   #174
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My point being on the tongue jack is unless the thief's vehicle matches the hitch height, without the jack the front can not be raised. The stabilizers are designed to hold the weight but not raise the trailer. I have taken my jack off several times with just the stabilizers holding the weight. You could put a concrete block under the tongue as a safety measure. I would not recommend going inside and using the trailer while just on the stabilizers but they will keep the trailer the the level you set it. So you lower the front close to the ground, place a small block, lower the stabilizer, and remove the jack. It would take 2-3 men together to lift the trailer onto the hitch.
Just thinking outloud without my morning coffee.
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:27 AM   #175
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Old 04-06-2016, 12:09 PM   #176
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Sometimes I get really mad trying to secure property from being stolen and just say, If they want it, they can have it. But I always thought the best thing for the trailer would be a hidden GPS device. That way the trailer could be located and possibly the thieves caught. The problem is that on a lot of them, you have to pay a monthy subscription fee. Loren
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Old 04-06-2016, 12:14 PM   #177
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My point being on the tongue jack is unless the thief's vehicle matches the hitch height, without the jack the front can not be raised.
I don't need the trailer jack. Just let me bring a good floor jack and a 4x4. Or even a crappy floor jack and a chunk of pipe. If I've scoped out your trailer, I'll know what I need to bring. Sad huh?
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Old 04-06-2016, 12:29 PM   #178
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Sometimes I get really mad trying to secure property from being stolen and just say, If they want it, they can have it. But I always thought the best thing for the trailer would be a hidden GPS device. That way the trailer could be located and possibly the thieves caught. The problem is that on a lot of them, you have to pay a monthy subscription fee. Loren
As I see it, I want the low lifes to be busted for grand theft. And if they are busted, they will also face a civil suit after the criminal trial because I will go after any and all assets they may own. As far as the cost is concerned, you don't simply go down to the corner lot and get a new Escape tomorrow. At my age, I can more afford a monthly charge than I can the loss of limited RVing time I may have left, and I don't want a stickie.
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As I see it, I want the low lifes to be busted for grand theft. And if they are busted, they will also face a civil suit after the criminal trial because I will go after any and all assets they may own. As far as the cost is concerned, you don't simply go down to the corner lot and get a new Escape tomorrow. At my age, I can more afford a monthly charge than I can the loss of limited RVing time I may have left, and I don't want a stickie.
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Old 04-06-2016, 01:24 PM   #180
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As I see it, I want the low lifes to be busted for grand theft. And if they are busted, they will also face a civil suit after the criminal trial because I will go after any and all assets they may own. As far as the cost is concerned, you don't simply go down to the corner lot and get a new Escape tomorrow. At my age, I can more afford a monthly charge than I can the loss of limited RVing time I may have left, and I don't want a stickie.
More than likely it will be your insurance company suing since they paid you for the loss.
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