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Old 01-19-2018, 12:59 AM   #1
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Any recommendations for hitch locks? Google gives a range of $8 pin locks to $250 Proven locks, which look very heavy and unwieldy. I'd like to keep someone else from driving off with my new 17A.
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Old 01-19-2018, 01:08 AM   #2
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Any recommendations for hitch locks? Google gives a range of $8 pin locks to $250 Proven locks, which look very heavy and unwieldy. I'd like to keep someone else from driving off with my new 17A.
Do a search above on hitch locks. Read the thread called chains and locks, it covers it all.
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Old 01-19-2018, 06:51 AM   #3
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I am also confused. I have spent a lot of time reading about all different types of locks from hitch locks to wheel locks. I am still confused. I always prefer to trust someone who is using a certain product as opposed to company info. So Escape owners, what locks do you love.
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Old 01-19-2018, 10:53 AM   #4
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https://www.zoro.com/reese-tow-and-s...CABEgKYHPD_BwE

I have similar components of this set but mine were purchased separately. It would be nice to have them all keyed alike. One holds the hitch bar to the hitch on the tow vehicle. One locks the hitch ball cover down for travel and security. The big piece fits inside the ball cover when you are parked and unhitched. All can be compromised; like most security measures, they deter visually and require time for thieves to dismantle.
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Old 01-19-2018, 11:06 AM   #5
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Any recommendations for hitch locks? Google gives a range of $8 pin locks to $250 Proven locks, which look very heavy and unwieldy. I'd like to keep someone else from driving off with my new 17A.
I have the Proven, and yes it is heavy, but i think it is very very strong and It would take a ton of work to break it off

in conjunction with a good wheel lock.... i think it would be very hard to to steal the trailer.

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Old 01-19-2018, 11:17 AM   #6
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I really like the "Tow Ready 'Gorilla Guard' Coupler Lock".
It's well-made, secure, and discrete.
Of course thieves can still steal the trailer without using the coupler -- but it's only $20, and might dissuade an amateur.
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Old 01-19-2018, 11:20 AM   #7
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As mentioned, this topic has been covered thoroughly in other threads on this forum and over on FiberglassRV forum. But to briefly address your question, in addition to the hitch locks (one in the socket, the other on the latch), we run a cable through the wheels from one side to the other and back, wrapping it around the axle on the way under the trailer. If leaving unattended at a distant location, I have a second cable and matching lock to secure all four wheels. We also have a matched set of four long shank padlocks to: 1) lock the hitch latch, 2) lock the towing security chains to the propane tanks (prevents loss of propane tanks and use of tow chains for stealing the trailer) and 3) lock the spare tire to the frame using a bike cable. Perhaps over-kill, but all are real and visual deterrents.
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Old 01-22-2018, 08:10 PM   #8
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proven here, Model 2178-A fits (2'' Atwood Yoke Latch)

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Amplock TLS2. When the trailer is parked I put a white bag over the hitch so I don't back into it and thieves don't know what to expect. Instead of a 5 second padlock, they're faced with 5 minutes of hardcore grinding and might just leave it be. If that doesn't do it, then I have insurance ...and an opportunity to upgrade to a 5.0
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Old 01-22-2018, 11:16 PM   #10
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I bought my hitch lock from Proven Industries for my 17B as well as a square link hardened motorcycle chain and hardened steel Stanley pick proof lock for the wheels and I'm very happy with both. They're hell for stout and even a well equipped thief will have to work hard to get the trailer. My main concern isn't someone stealing the trailer from my driveway or a campsite....it's leaving the trailer while camping in the outback and a thief has lots of time and no people around to worry about. Where ever my trailer is...it's locked up tight.
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