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Old 09-20-2019, 04:44 PM   #1
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Trailer hitch locks

There are many hitch locks out there and I have looked at most, maybe all. Curious what everybody uses. Also, it would be helpful to know if you use more than one product at the same time for added security. Thanks!
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Old 09-20-2019, 05:02 PM   #2
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This is mine. $9.99.
Has worked so far.
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Old 09-20-2019, 05:27 PM   #3
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Talking locks

I used a large Master lock thru the hole in our Casita tongue top hasp and one of these up into the ball receiver ttps://www.walmart.com/ip/Universal-Trailer-Hitch-Ball-Coupler-Lock-Out-Trailor-Tongue-Tounge-Lockout/792999620

and last year I had one of these come apart on me, but the last minute check caught it b4 we pulled out onto the road.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Connor-Tr...Lock/192934678

I expect the two tongue locks will be fine for the E-21 when we get the thing ;-)
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This is what I use on my Anderson Ultimate on my 5.0TA.....
The company makes locks for other type hitches also.
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Old 09-20-2019, 07:12 PM   #5
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This is what I use on my Anderson Ultimate on my 5.0TA.....
The company makes locks for other type hitches also.
I did notice this company's locks. They look good to me and are more affordable than the much touted Proven Locks of similar design. I would appreciate any input. I am thinking of using something like this along with a tire to frame lock. Would really appreciate any input.
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Old 09-20-2019, 07:32 PM   #6
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I did notice this company's locks. They look good to me and are more affordable than the much touted Proven Locks of similar design. I would appreciate any input. I am thinking of using something like this along with a tire to frame lock. Would really appreciate any input.
The lock is pretty substantial. Without power tools pretty difficult to beat I think. Give me a disc grinder different story. Grinder or torch will beat anything out there. I recently saw in the paper a picture of a wheel with one of those locks which clamp around the tire sitting all alone in a parking lot. Tire, wheel and lock totally unscathed but trailer gone😳
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The lock is pretty substantial. Without power tools pretty difficult to beat I think. Give me a disc grinder different story. Grinder or torch will beat anything out there. I recently saw in the paper a picture of a wheel with one of those locks which clamp around the tire sitting all alone in a parking lot. Tire, wheel and lock totally unscathed but trailer gone😳
I realize all methods can be defeated by a determiner thief. I am interested in what everybody is using that seems to work, Most importantly are you using several different locks that in combination work well. I realize even this can be defeated.
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I use my Ft Knox lock religiously but that’s it. My full coverage insurance policy is what makes me sleep comfortably 😁
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I recently saw in the paper a picture of a wheel with one of those locks which clamp around the tire sitting all alone in a parking lot. Tire, wheel and lock totally unscathed but trailer gone😳
Yep, protecting that wheel.
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Old 09-20-2019, 08:44 PM   #10
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Yep, protecting that wheel.
I've never understood the use of that type of wheel lock. Come on! there's a spare on the back of the trailer - a quick jack, a few lug nuts, on goes the spare, and away we go.

For that matter, the fancy hitch locks do little as well. Talking to a policeman friend, he said most of the time the crooks don't even bother with the hitch lock - they just throw a chain around the tongue, connect it to the getaway vehicle, and off they go.

Insurance and a loaded shotgun works the best.
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Insurance and a loaded shotgun works the best.

Yup. Worked great at the Texas Walmart recently.
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My car has one locking lug nut on each wheel.
Anyone use them on their trailer? Especially the spare?
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I've never understood the use of that type of wheel lock. Come on! there's a spare on the back of the trailer - a quick jack, a few lug nuts, on goes the spare, and away we go.

For that matter, the fancy hitch locks do little as well. Talking to a policeman friend, he said most of the time the crooks don't even bother with the hitch lock - they just throw a chain around the tongue, connect it to the getaway vehicle, and off they go.

Insurance and a loaded shotgun works the best.
Well I guess the right thing is to use 2 different locks, hitch and wheel, and then rely on on insurance.
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Old 09-20-2019, 10:27 PM   #14
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The California Immobilizer is worth a look. We've had ours for five years. The crooks have left it alone, and it hasn't rusted.

https://www.amazon.ca/California-Imm...81834182&psc=1

I also use their wheel lock when leaving the trailer for a long period. Again, no theft attempts or rust in five years:

https://www.amazon.ca/California-Imm...45538713&psc=1
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I've been on this Forum since Oct. 2008.
Much of the time I was a moderator and read every post.
To the best of my recollection, there has been one Escape trailer reported stolen since I joined.

There have been other trailers stolen and the info on them has been posted widely, here and on FGRV, but there really hasn't been many of those either.
Personally, I'd buy adequate insurance and relax.
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and to add to Glenn's comment, most vehicles are not equipped to tow or steal a trailer, a favorite you tube video
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Old 09-21-2019, 06:59 AM   #17
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We have a very narrow focus on this forum. I'm on a bunch of trailer Facebook groups, not all are all-molded builds. Theft of trailers... and sometimes the tug! is far more common than any want to believe and often right out of people's driveways! IF you're spending tens of thousands of dollars for a trailer, why cheap out and buy the least expensive thing possible to secure your trailer? Yes, I know anything can be defeated with enough time and effort. But you don't need to make it easy for the thief either.
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I'm with gbags....but wherever I go I'm always looking over my shoulder at the trailer.
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My car has one locking lug nut on each wheel.
Anyone use them on their trailer? Especially the spare?


Yes
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I know I am going to be given heck for my opinion, but I don't do anything while camping, and when it is in it's storage space (an open back alley spot) I do use a cable in the wheels, but am not even doing that as I had to cut it a while ago as I had misplaced the key. I will likely replace that though with something tougher.

I do have good insurance.
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