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Old 09-05-2014, 03:19 PM   #51
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Old 09-05-2014, 04:14 PM   #52
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Lock Right Up

I have a 5.0 TA, and I wrap a chain around the pin and then padlock it. It's on the pin tightly, and is a deterrent.

For longer periods when we are away, I run very heavy chain thru the 2 wheel rims, and lock the chain together. I also park the tow vehicle in front of the trailer, so it would also have to be moved or stolen.

Plus we insure the trailer.


And then I stop worrying about it.
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Old 09-05-2014, 06:07 PM   #53
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the video of the guy takeing the trailer with the hitch lock on it was concerning -just towed the trailer with the hitch chains -left the lock in place.
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Old 09-05-2014, 06:09 PM   #54
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does the Alpha lock prevent them from removing the tire?
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:15 PM   #55
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does the Alpha lock prevent them from removing the tire?
No. They can then use the spare - or they can bring their own wheel and tire which might be practical due to the common nature of trailer wheels - and tow it away, but it will take time to do that.

There are other wheel-mounted security devices which cover or otherwise secure the wheel nuts/studs, of varying effectiveness and quality. One is the Trailer Keeper product, discussed earlier in this thread.

The best wheel lock design I've seen (but just online) is the AL-KO Secure, but it is specific to the wheel design, and specific to the AL-KO suspension (which is not sold in North America and specifically not used by Escape). One could custom-fabricate something similar, but it would be a lot of work.
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:24 PM   #56
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Will be buying one of these from Cascade Supply & Marine in Chilliwack for same price as on Amazon w/o shipping charges: California Immobilizer C100503 Type B Immobilizer by California Immobilizer
  • Locks & Catches The Immobilizer Type B C100503 California Immobilizer Corp.
This wheel locking device is well made and was exported with our trailer.
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Old 09-05-2014, 09:29 PM   #57
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Just discovered this sobering video demonstrating how little time it takes to disable these devices. Is the coupler on the 17 welded or bolted to the frame? I can't tell from photos I have been able to see.
Sorry, never posted the link I referred to.

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Old 09-05-2014, 10:02 PM   #58
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Here is pic of my 17B coupler. Welded.
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Old 09-05-2014, 10:51 PM   #59
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Is the coupler on the 17 welded or bolted to the frame?
Couplers which mount on a straight tube or channel are commonly bolted on, but A-frame couplers which complete two sides of the frame meeting at a 50-degree angle are almost always welded on. All Escapes - as far as I know - have the A-frame design with a welded coupler.
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Old 09-05-2014, 11:28 PM   #60
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Glad I saw how easy it is to defeat those hitch locks. Now I'd like to see a competitor show how easy it is to defeat the lock they are trying to sell.
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