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Old 05-31-2016, 12:49 AM   #31
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I think they used to, but i searched for it on their site, and could not find it.

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thanks for calling the manufacturer tomorrow... i look forward to reading what you find out.

They make a few different models..... they stock only one model..... will be fun to find out what model they make that fits (if any)

Will do . Pat
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Old 05-31-2016, 01:24 AM   #32
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The online information for the Steal Shield is not reassuring
  • I can't find a working website for the manufacturer
  • information from retailers varies from sketchy to semi-literate
  • one retailer that I know lists it, but no longer sells it (Princess Auto)

More that one site does contain a statement like this:
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THE STEAL SHIELD IS DESIGNED FOR STRAIGHT TONGUE COUPLERS ONLY (THIS MODEL WILL NOT WORK ON "A" FRAME DESIGNS). THERE SHOULD BE AT LEAST 10" OF STRIGHT COUPLER SIMILAR TO THE PICTURE...
Both this statement and looking at the device suggest that it will not fit the A-frame coupler on an Escape.

I agree that the way this one attaches to the coupler appears marginal compared to the Proven Industries design.
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Old 05-31-2016, 01:27 AM   #33
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The online information for the Steal Shield is not reassuring[LIST][*]I can't find a working website for the manufacturer
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I agree that the way this one attaches to the coupler appears marginal compared to the Proven Industries design.
yeah.... it sort of worries me a bit.... but maybe it works well?

hard to say.

As they say in hang gliding....

"Looks great .... YOU go first."
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I assumed that this stream of barely coherent babble was from a retailer. Nothing else they offer is their own product. The stream of text contains this:
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The above two cases is why I searched and searched for what I feel is the best lock available today by Steal Shield...
"Searched for", not "designed" or "built".
The About Us page doesn't mention any manufacturing at all.

On the other hand, it also contains an appeal for dealers, so who knows. If this is the manufacturer, it doesn't look like someone I would deal with.
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Old 05-31-2016, 08:22 PM   #35
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yeah.... it sort of worries me a bit.... but maybe it works well?

hard to say.

As they say in hang gliding....

"Looks great .... YOU go first."
Pat called this morning as promised . No answer , left my name and number . If a business can't answer I would be afraid to do business with them . When I first found this lock it was made in Canada . There was other dealers also at the time . I think he bought out what they have , hence one size . I checked my hitch and don't think it would fit anyway . Looks like we have to go with more expensive locks . Sorry . I tried . Pat
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Well I never did get an email reply about a Steal Shield.



I guess they don't want to sell them.

Bummer.
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Old 07-24-2016, 10:57 PM   #37
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Below are links to a few photos of the lock. Shipping was quick but at a cost of about $53 USD. There was also a slightly cheaper UPS option at $35 USD but I was worried about larger brokerage fees. As it turns out even with USPS I got hit with $24 in taxes and customs fees.

Some of the Proven Industries locks are also supposed to be able to fit the safety chains but there wasn't enough room in the 2516-A version.

I have not had a chance to use the lock much so maybe after a couple camping trips I will post any more comments if I have them.

The lock fits well and seems very secure. It seems like its the most secure hitch lock on the market but at a really high cost. By the time you add up the cost of the lock, shipping, conversion to CAD and the customs fees its a lot of money for a lock.

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So have you had enough time with the the Proven hitch lock to have an opinion of how good it is?

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So have you had enough time with the the Proven hitch lock to have an opinion of how good it is?

Its well made and easy to use. I just think the price is higher than it should be. But there aren't a lot of options for higher quality locks.
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Its well made and easy to use. I just think the price is higher than it should be. But there aren't a lot of options for higher quality locks.
I agree - hardly any other options for well made similar locks.

And I agree - it is darned expensive.

Do the chains fit into it, as they should, as per the design?

And

What kind of key is on the puck lock? (Round or flat) and I assume it is a fairly typical puck lock? (Not super high security)

Thanks.
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Old 07-25-2016, 03:13 PM   #40
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I would think that even if you secure the chains, a would be thief could easily supply their own and haul it away at least to a location where power tools could be used to defeat the hitch lock. I still favor one of the wheel lock devices which also secure a nut preventing removal of the tire. Now you have to load the TT onto a flatbead to steal.
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