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Old 06-13-2014, 04:46 PM   #31
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Low tech but this is what works for me. Old trailer ball with the bolt welded onto the treads and a lock. I guess it works, we still have our trailer!
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:00 PM   #32
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What am I missing? What's to stop someone from releasing the old ball from the coupler?
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:15 PM   #33
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I'm going to take a wild guess but I'd guess that the lock goes through the hole in the latch preventing it from being lifted up and releasing the ball.

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Old 06-13-2014, 07:18 PM   #34
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My hitch lock goes through the hole in the latch. I lock it with the latch in the closed position so you can't drop it on to a ball.
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:46 PM   #35
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What am I missing? What's to stop someone from releasing the old ball from the coupler?
A lock! Do folks not use a lock thru the holes in the latch?

My theory is that there's enough space in the hitch with the latch and locked down for a crook to drop onto a ball and be off. I don't think a locked latch gives much prevention. My idea at least makes them work a little harder.

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That looks like a good idea Gregg ! Pat
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Old 06-13-2014, 11:00 PM   #37
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Old trailer ball with the bolt welded onto the treads and a lock
You can also cut off the ball's stud, or use a ball with a threaded hole instead of a stud (now rare, but I have an old one).

Also, that's a nut welded onto the stud, not a bolt.

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I lock it with the latch in the closed position so you can't drop it on to a ball.
I have heard - perhaps only a rumour or myth - that some thieves drop the coupler's partially blocked opening over an undersized ball. Just a post such as from an interchangable ball system (without the ball, e.g. Convert-A-Ball) would work, too.
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Old 06-14-2014, 01:54 AM   #38
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Also, that's a nut welded onto the stud, not a bolt.
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