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Old 03-14-2018, 09:11 PM   #1
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Front storage box - lockable?

Howdy all, we pick up our new trailer soon and was wondering if the latches on the front stage box allow for a lock? If not, how have you secured the contents inside?
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:25 PM   #2
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Yes, they allow for pad locks with a 1/4"/6mm diameter hasp. Not a great deal of security but it keeps the honest folks honest and eliminates any quick pilfering. I went with a pair of keyed-alike marine grade stainless locks and have never had any weather or road spray issues.
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:32 PM   #3
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Like others I use one lock- that way if bust it up just one latch gets damaged. Also remove while towing to avoid it wearing paint off the latch. We do same with bike lock cables.
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Old 03-15-2018, 09:51 AM   #4
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I have two keyed alike Master locks that have a rubber wrapping on them. I also snuggly wrap a piece of velcro around the lock and latch which stops it from swaying and jiggling. This immobilizes the lock and prevents wear and tear while the trailer is being towed. Seems to be working great.
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Old 03-15-2018, 10:22 AM   #5
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I use two very small brass locks. Locks are only a deterrent.
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Old 03-15-2018, 10:29 AM   #6
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I stretched aquarium tubing around the shackles of the 1/4,in Master locks 4 years ago . Occasionally will touch up paint if needed maybe once a year . Pat
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Old 03-15-2018, 10:19 PM   #7
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We have a small brass padlock. It usually hangs so it looks like it's latched, but isn't. I stretched a short length of bicycle tube around the brass part to prevent it marring the paint. It's worked well so far.
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Old 03-16-2018, 04:58 AM   #8
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wrap lock body in a couple turns of some plastic tape and it won't bang up the box nearly as much. or get a small padlock that has a rubber shell on it already.
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Get two locks cuz eventually you’re gonna leave one somewhere...
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Old 03-16-2018, 09:02 PM   #10
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Yep. Fortunately the small Master locks come in a pack of two, keyed alike.
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Old 03-16-2018, 09:36 PM   #11
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Master locks

I bought hundreds if not thousands of masterlocks in my 32+ Years in parks and recreation. I used to know all the models and specs. We had our own series that were keyed alike, with master numbers that would open them all called “the schoolhouse series”. Vandals and thieves would bolt cutter a half dozen or more a night especially in the first couple months after school started in the fall. My lock budget was about $7,000 a year. This included door
locks too. We bought some rekeyable American brand locks too. They were good too. I bought 6 of the small keyed alike Master padlocks a few years ago after I retired. Still have 4. I always thought of the old public service advertisement. “Take your keys, lock your car, don’t let a good boy go bad.” When I was locking something up with a good security setup. It didn’t take all that much to deter them. If you ever have to daisy chain a cable or chain on a gate so multiple agencies can access a property, make sure yours is the biggest lock in the chain. Rusty and dirty doesn’t hurt either. Nobody picks a bar fight with the biggest ugly guy in the bar.
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Old 03-16-2018, 10:53 PM   #12
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Yes I too use a couple keyed alike master locks. I have had an occasion or two in very cold weather where they have frozen up. Of course it didn’t help that I had just washed my camper....
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Combination locks

We use combination locks. They are as good, or as weak, as others. Rather than take keys down to the water when swimming, etc., we lock them in the storage box. Just need to remeber a dew digits.
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