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Old 06-11-2014, 10:19 AM   #11
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:48 AM   #12
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I probably should do more, but can't seem to be bothered. I think I will start using a bit of a deterrent though. Heck, I wintered my trailer beside a storage garage I rent, which has alley access, and never locked it up. Never even thought to.

Like others though, I do carry good insurance.
Well Jim the snow piled in front might be a deterrent even in late October when you showed me your 19 there
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:07 PM   #13
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Well Jim the snow piled in front might be a deterrent even in late October when you showed me your 19 there
You are right. Having a pile of snow in front of your Escape is a good theft deterrent.



Of course, when the weather gets cold, it would be a lot nicer to go south to somewhere warm.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:13 PM   #14
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For security on my Escape, I do use several types of locks, all of which could probably be circumvented quite easily by any determined or innovative thief. These are what I use:



They are simple to use, but provide no guarantees that things are secure.
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Old 06-11-2014, 01:43 PM   #15
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Yes that certainly was a deterrent for you. As for us as you say going south is the solution, and that is primarily why we just got our 5.0, to be snowbirds, next January AZ and NM here we come!

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Old 06-11-2014, 07:26 PM   #16
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The most effective and convenient looking trailer locking device I've seen is from AL-KO in Europe: AL-KO Secure. (See Will It Fit? for the design.) It works specifically with AL-KO's Euro suspension, which is similar in design to the Dexter Torflex used on Escape trailers (other than the 5.0 TA), but to do something similar on a Torflex would require significant custom work. I'm currently not nearly concerned enough about theft to resort to this.

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What about a wheel locking device such as this: Trailer Lock by Trailer Keeper.
I can see how this device would be effective, but I would not use it.

When the Trailer Keeper came up in a discussion in another forum, had concerns about the crude bracket which is installed under a wheel nut (and intended to be left there all the time): it will unbalance the wheel, and will prevent proper seating of the nut (and thus proper location of the wheel). I asked the manufacturer about these concerns with their product; their answers convinced me that my concerns were valid and that I didn't want anything from them which attaches to a vehicle wheel.

To remove the Trailer Keeper's bracket each time the lock is removed is far too much hassle for me.
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Old 06-11-2014, 07:59 PM   #17
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I found this one on a vintage trailer site. It's from a Canadian company and it looks like nothing stays on the wheel like Brian mentioned when it's not in use: Rittenhouse - Heavy Duty Wheel Lock - Boot Wheel Lock
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Here's another less expensive option. The ability to prevent wheel removal is an important feature. Trailer Lock by Trailer Keeper
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I donno.
Saw a flat-bed tow truck in operation yesterday. Simple to jack up the wheels, place a wheel dolly under and winch it aboard.
I use a $12 hitch lock, but beyond that, I think the determined thief can outwit and out resource the owner.
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:49 PM   #20
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I donno.
Saw a flat-bed tow truck in operation yesterday. Simple to jack up the wheels, place a wheel dolly under and winch it aboard.
I use a $12 hitch lock, but beyond that, I think the determined thief can outwit and out resource the owner.
Ok, that's depressing.
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