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Old 06-25-2014, 02:10 PM   #1
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having had my 19 escape trailer stolen on june 9th from my driveway has been very maddening. the police do not seem to concerned except to post licence plate numbers and tell me to hope for the best. having a popular and in demand trailer has it's problems I guess. I would like to get advice as to what type of wheel locks are best and why based on owners experience. I am sure there are some of you who have had similar situations. thanks in advance.
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Old 06-25-2014, 02:22 PM   #2
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Hi Tmorris,

This frustrates all of us and very sympathetic to your loss

There were a number of posts on Hitch Locks and Wheel Chocks a few weeks ago to protect against someone hitching and towing away but this would not prevent someone from backing a flatbed up and driving off with the trailer on board.

I have a set of rotochok locked on the wheels

and on the Hitch, coupler & reciever I have Products - Towing Security - 3794DAT - Master Lock®

others have discussed using a handheld tug to point the hitch away from the street/driveway

None would defeat a flatbed tow truck however...
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Old 06-25-2014, 02:31 PM   #3
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7th Heaven, what size Rotochok did you order? I am thinking of them, but unsure as to the dimensions. Thanks.
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As pointed out on a different thread, if the thief lets a bit of air out of the tires the tire-jammer chocks just slip out. Would slow some down, though.
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Just run a cable lock thru the holes of 2 wheels and lock, might just work, Deadbolt 10' Long Cable Lock DeadBolt Locks CAB-10
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Old 06-25-2014, 04:16 PM   #6
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Jim, a small battery powered cutoff wheel will go though that cable in about 5-10 seconds. For my motorcycles I use hardened floor anchors and hardended chains that can't be easily cut. For securing an Escape trailer I would install a floor anchor then run a hardened chain through the tongue frame and the anchor. It would take anyone even with professional equipment a while to get through the chain and the anchor cannot be removed. If you add a couple of more deterrents like hitch and ball locks a thief will take one look and then leave.





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Old 06-25-2014, 06:31 PM   #8
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Just run a cable lock thru the holes of 2 wheels and lock, might just work, Deadbolt 10' Long Cable Lock DeadBolt Locks CAB-10
I did that on a rented car transporter trailer recently, with a cable and padlock. It's effectively, to the extent that the cable is hard to cut and a thief won't have two replacement wheels with tires.
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