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Old 12-08-2010, 03:09 PM   #1
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Spare Tire Lock/Propane Tank Lock

I added a spare tire lock and a lock for the propane tanks. The batteries are in the new storage box on the front of the trailer. The front box latches can be locked so everything inside the box is safe.














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Old 12-08-2010, 03:32 PM   #2
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Re: Spare Tire Lock/Propane Tank Lock

What do those two items look like? I used a bike cable and padlock I had laying around for the propane but never thought of the spare. You new owners are fortunate to have the capability to lock the batteries in the storage box. I do not have any idea of an inexpensive method to secure the batteries. My only hope is that 6 volts will discourage theft.
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Old 12-15-2015, 01:58 PM   #3
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Anyone else have ideas on how to lock up their propane tanks? Just went out to the trailer and found that some creep stole our full propane tank (left the nearly empty one). Unfortunately, our trailer is in the back field and and not that close to the house so I've always held my breath that something like this (or worse) would happen. 'Tis the season ....
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You may be able to use your safety chains and a padlock.
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Old 12-15-2015, 02:23 PM   #5
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Good idea!!!
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Old 12-15-2015, 02:49 PM   #6
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Every RV I've seen for sale that has propane tanks in a compartment (which means generally motorhomes fifth-wheel trailers and motorhomes, but also slide-in truck campers and some travel trailers) has no lock for that compartment... even though all other similar compartments on the RV do have locks. I believe that this is a legal requirement in at least some areas, intended to ensure that in the case of an emergency the tank shutoff valves can be reached without needing a key.

It's fine to lock the batteries in the storage box, and chains or cables on the propane tanks seem reasonable to me. I just wouldn't plan on any kind of locked enclosure to secure the propane tanks.
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Old 12-15-2015, 03:01 PM   #7
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That makes sense. I think just locking the propane tanks to the trailer will suffice. For the time being, there will be no propane tanks sitting on the trailer. No sense giving them the idea we're the "propane tank distribution center".
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Somebody cooking meth in the area?
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Old 12-15-2015, 03:25 PM   #9
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In our area? I don't doubt it. We sit at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains and they're always busting someone for something up in those hills.
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Santa Cruz has a crime rate of 64 per one thousand residents, one of the highest crime rates in America, and it seems to be rising. Burglary and property theft are much higher than violent crime, fortunately. We've had a spate of reports of cars being rifled in our neighborhood lately, so I've also been paying attention on how to secure the propane tanks. At the moment they're covered , both with a tank cover AND a tarp, but chains are in my future, even with the trailer parked in the driveway right next to the house. My dog, although not the largest breed, doesn't take kindly to strange noises, either.
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