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grogie 01-27-2013 08:00 AM

Trailer Theft Prevention Ideas
I realize that anything can be defeated if someone really wants it and has the time and availability, but what are some ideas to help keep a trailer safe, both while unhooked and hooked up?

PhulesAu 01-27-2013 08:19 AM

I use a motorcycle chain/lock combo and run it though the rim and around the axle. Won't stop a slime ball with a cutting torch, but is a major hassle to defeat.

CoastieShep 01-27-2013 08:44 AM

grogie 01-27-2013 02:08 PM


Originally Posted by CoastieShep (Post 14860978)

Gee thanks. I haven't learned how to use google yet. :rolleyes:

Baitis 01-27-2013 03:17 PM

As above, chain through wheel and around the axle if I'm not going to be around for a few days. When connected there's not much that's easy or not a pain to do except lock the coupling. My trailer has 3200# boat on it so it's not easy to move around when not hooked up.

BeachinXJ 01-27-2013 06:48 PM

When my trailer is sitting in the yard, I use a lock on the hitch latch, and a locking ball insert. I also chain the wheels to the axle. I figure 6 locks someone will move on the construction guy down the way who just leaves stuff in front of them without blocking you from getting them at the side moving by hand.

PhulesAu 01-27-2013 07:31 PM


Originally Posted by CoastieShep (Post 14860978)

Never considered a Parking Boot:laugh:

wilson1010 01-27-2013 08:25 PM

Remove a wheel and put a block under it.

JPNCA 01-28-2013 11:54 PM

Remove the tongue

haloperformance 01-29-2013 12:36 PM

Chain through the A, wrapped around a tree and locked. Ball in the tounge with the shank cut off, locked there too. My old dry rotted wheels and tires that dont hold air mounted. Basically looms abandoned in my driveway.

drandersoninc 02-08-2013 07:17 AM

I considered a number of options (locking / removing the trailer tongue, removing a wheel, parking boot, etc). But I wanted something I could deploy easy and potentially use for something else. I settled on a 'Tulsa chain' (which is almost impossible to cut given the design / strength) and a Abus 20/80 Disk Padlock (disk padlocks are extremely hard to cut as well and this one also had the reputation of not being able to be picked. Like the others, looped ot through my rim and over the axle. Since then I have also used it to secure my generator as well as my motorcycle when traveling.

grogie 02-14-2013 07:14 PM

^Now that's what I want to hear. Obviously you have a trailer to protect. :)

Which Tulsa chain are you talking about?

drandersoninc 02-15-2013 07:25 AM

I went with the Ultimate Security Chain , not the MAX: Seen here, on left

I picked up 10ft and that was a perfect size for me, any larger and the weight becomes a concern. I also got mine with the protective cover, not so much for the chain but for the holes in the room through which I attach it.

Hope that helps!

Airborne Lee 02-15-2013 10:42 AM

Go to a trailer shop. I found a lunette ring lock for about 40 bucks. it is made from 3/8 inch plate and locks with a standard pad lock. I got an outdoor padlock to use with it.

Frankly, it would be easier to remote the lunette ring and replace it with another one than it would be to cut my lock off.

My M416 rebuilt military trailer still has the hand parking break on it. I can padlock it also.

Ya aint gettin my trailer!!!:nono:

bigwahini 04-01-2013 08:50 PM

While unhooked, take off all lug nuts on one side. Can you see the look on a thiefs face when he has a trailer with one wheel on it attached to his truck while sitting in your driveway? Priceless.

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