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Old 03-24-2017, 10:58 PM   #1
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Trailer coupler lock recommendation

Anyone using something that is pretty thief proof.
I see the Mega hitch Lock most expensive but looks solid.
your input so appreciated.

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Old 03-24-2017, 11:49 PM   #2
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Coupler locks suck. It's just too easy to bypass them and tow the trailer away using the safety chains. Even if you lock the safety chains up a thief could bring their own chains and secure them in seconds to the existing chains.

Like this:


It's not much better when the trailer is hitched up. A thief can just unscrew the ball, or use the smallest of pliers to break those tiny ball mount pin locks, or the coupler lock.

This is far more secure:


Unfortunately, the stock ETI wheels won't fit the big chain, but I think the Pewag 9/32" chain might work. I haven't tried it myself. I bought wheels with bigger holes so that I could get the big chain through them.

Pewag Square Security Chain from Westech Rigging Supply

Westechrigging also sells chain specific locks that look good paired with these chains. I think the 3/8” lock looks even nicer than the 7/16” lock, so I’m getting chain and lock sized to 3/8” even though the chain will be a little less beefy.

If you really want a coupler lock, the Mega Hitch looks like one of the better ones. Proven Industries also makes one that looks hard to remove after they've towed your trailer away.
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Old 03-25-2017, 12:05 AM   #3
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I'm sticking with tried and true. Has worked for eight years and cost less than $9. If I ever lose the key, it's easy to remove.
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Old 03-25-2017, 07:13 AM   #4
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I like these! They are pricey but worth it.
Proven Industries - Best Trailer Locks
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Old 03-25-2017, 07:47 AM   #5
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I use a coupler lock and carry replacement coverage through a good insurance company. If someone wants it bad enough not much is going to stop them. I'm not going to spend much time worrying about it or carry around some big boot or chain.
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Old 03-25-2017, 12:50 PM   #6
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Any ideas on how lock a 5th wheel? I know none are foolproof but interested in what others do?
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Old 03-25-2017, 12:56 PM   #7
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I'm sticking with tried and true. Has worked for eight years and cost less than $9. If I ever lose the key, it's easy to remove.
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Old 03-25-2017, 03:45 PM   #8
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Any ideas on how lock a 5th wheel? I know none are foolproof but interested in what others do?
The equivalent to a conventional trailer's coupler lock is a king pin lock. Fortunately, it is really not practical for a thief to bypass a king pin lock the way a conventional trailer can be towed without removing a coupler lock. We have one of this "collar" style:

A common and cheaper style is a simple U-shape (example: MasterLock 2999DAT) with a locking pin across the open side, but that looks much easier to cut to me. The pin is just like the one that holds the ball mount in a conventional 2" receiver:
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Old 03-25-2017, 04:11 PM   #9
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This is what I use on my 19. Can't attest as to how it stands up to an attack (haven't had any attempts), but it seems pretty substantial.

The Flexible Anti-Theft Trailer & Vehicle Wheel Lock | Brahma Wheel Lock

The company is in Burnaby.
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Old 03-25-2017, 06:08 PM   #10
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I don't think coupler locks are much good, for all the reasons cited earlier. My first choice was the chain arrangement mentioned in post #2, but unlike paulk I wasn't willing to spring for new wheels. Next best choice, IMO, is the Brahma Wheellock used by citabria90. That's what we have as well. The cost is not much different from a high end coupler lock. Won't stop a determined someone with an 18v grinder, but might encourage them to try the next trailer over.
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