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Turf Commando
03-18-2008, 10:02 PM
How do you prevent trailer thieves, from pulling in your driveway hooking it up and driving away with with it...?
Do you chain it to tree or park truck in front of it a night ..?
I have a garage but since I detail cars also, putting it in there would not be logical.
Any advice is welcome...Joe

theguynextdoor
03-18-2008, 10:30 PM
How do you prevent trailer thieves, from pulling in your driveway hooking it up and driving away with with it...?
Do you chain it to tree or park truck in front of it a night ..?
I have a garage but since I detail cars also, putting it in there would not be logical.
Any advice is welcome...Joe

I was wondering the same thing as I am about to buy a trailor. Obviously inside is the best, but if you can't do that then what? Is there a such thing as a lock to go around the hitch or something. I'm interested to see the responses.

markahurley
03-18-2008, 10:45 PM
I was wondering the same thing as I am about to buy a trailor. Obviously inside is the best, but if you can't do that then what? Is there a such thing as a lock to go around the hitch or something. I'm interested to see the responses.

master lock makes a lock that fits inside the coupler and locks in place. i've found this to be one of the easiest ways to secure the trailer.

Jason Rose
03-18-2008, 11:54 PM
As long as the trailer is far too heavy to lift the tounge, then a GOOD tounge lock works ok. I would get one with one of the round "pop machine" style key locks on it, they are virtually unpickable. And also one made of hardend chrome steel, no aluminium or soft painted metal (too easy to cut).

If the trailer is in any way mobile be hand, you need to have a way to secure it TO the ground. I have one of those 3/4" cable locks, that also uses a round style key, hooked through the 3/4" metal loop of an anchor that's screwed three feet in the ground. This isn't a bad idea for ANY trailer. And the cables are a lot better than any chain.

Of course there's no way to 100% secure a trailer, or anything. If they want it bad enough, you are going to loose it. It's just best to slow them down as much as you possibly can... Don't rely on insurance to protect you either, they will NOT. I had a trailer stolen, lock cut, trailer removed from my driveway. Called police, filed report, called insurance, waited FOUR MONTHS for a check. Cost me $1400 to replace a 2.5 year old trailer, got a check for $303.

Moral of the story.. Lock your chit. And then lock it again.

02DURAMAX
03-19-2008, 12:26 AM
Coupler lock just bought a master lock for mine..

02DURAMAX
03-19-2008, 12:32 AM
http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd252/002DURAMAX/CIMG2973.jpg
http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd252/002DURAMAX/CIMG2974.jpg
http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd252/002DURAMAX/CIMG2975.jpg

Turf Commando
03-19-2008, 04:56 AM
Coupler lock just bought a master lock for mine..

I like that device, where can I locate one at...?

DaughtryLC
03-19-2008, 05:59 AM
A lock only keeps an honest man from stealing!

Lawn-Sharks
03-19-2008, 07:38 AM
http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd252/002DURAMAX/CIMG2973.jpg
http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd252/002DURAMAX/CIMG2974.jpg
http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd252/002DURAMAX/CIMG2975.jpg

I Use the same lock you have plus a pin lock. With those two togather i would think it would be impossible to steal..... Also sometime i leave the trailer hooked & Locked to the truck with a security light on the side of the garage where i park my rig

02DURAMAX
03-19-2008, 07:54 AM
I Use the same lock you have plus a pin lock. With those two togather i would think it would be impossible to steal..... Also sometime i leave the trailer hooked & Locked to the truck with a security light on the side of the garage where i park my rig

Is this what your talking about?...I bought one too..:)

http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd252/002DURAMAX/CIMG2978.jpg

02DURAMAX
03-19-2008, 07:55 AM
I like that device, where can I locate one at...?

I bought mine at meijer for like $15..you may want to look at your local trailer dealer...If you cant find one.

ken gustafson
03-19-2008, 09:28 AM
I have been trying to tell a similar story and why I am in the business of selling trailer locks. Been on this site for about 5 or 6 months and again the question is still here.
Please view www.trailerlocksonline.com All I have for now...when I receive my other U.S. Patents ????? I will/shall be to help even more. You get exactly what you pay for....I have a guy right now..whom I just sold a lock too that had the lock shown above...his $50,000 generator gone. And I KNOW he is sick. Things seem to never change. Ken

ken gustafson
03-19-2008, 10:31 AM
I forgot to mention....If I was any good at posting pictures I would post the pictures of this same lock shown above in the destroyed mode...that my customer sent to me. The lock above is 1 step better than a push reel mower in doing what you guys do in lawn work. And if they were able to put GPS devices in trailer locks...I would have already done it.
I had my trailer chained to a tree...bolt cutters and it was gone. And that was back when there were only 26,000 in the entire county...now there is 38,000.
Just thought I would tell my story...most seem to think I am just a sales person. I have been through most of what I have been reading about and I sure don't like being a victim...I loathe it....Ken

Garagedude
03-19-2008, 10:38 AM
I have cameras and dogs and locks.

PatiosInstalled
03-19-2008, 11:17 AM
i too have had a large loss. my new dump trailer and all my tools where stolen a few months ago. what i learned from that, is that its only as strong as the weakest link. As you can see they tried to cut the lock and couldn't so they just unbolted the coupler, tossed it to the side and im guessing bolted their new one on to my trailer. i have since then bought the same trailer but now have made it impossible to remove the coupler i also keep it in my shop and if it must stay out side i have several locks and methods that will take a long time to free the trailer.

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t35/nickde03/Picture690.jpg

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t35/nickde03/Picture688.jpg

executive property maintenance
03-19-2008, 12:30 PM
patio i have the same yellow lock its good to hear they cold not cut it but it sucks that they removed your coupler so how did you change that on your new trailer if you could post a pic i would appreciate it

Lawn-Sharks
03-19-2008, 01:38 PM
Is this what your talking about?...I bought one too..:)

http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd252/002DURAMAX/CIMG2978.jpg

Yup thats the one......

Smith Lawn & Landscaping
03-19-2008, 02:05 PM
Brinks makes a coupler lock also, and a cylinder lock to put on after u lock the coupler down. I got mine from wal-mart for 28.00 for the whole kit.

Turf Commando
03-19-2008, 03:04 PM
WOW !!! talk about really wanting your trailer

Indy Kyle
03-19-2008, 03:11 PM
Those pin locks are junk. You can hit on with a brick or kick it or something and it will snap like a twig. Might as well use nothing.

02DURAMAX
03-19-2008, 05:08 PM
Those pin locks are junk. You can hit on with a brick or kick it or something and it will snap like a twig. Might as well use nothing.

As long as it slows them down it worth my $5 for this lock...I rather have them break this than steal my $6,000 Trailer:hammerhead::hammerhead:....And that would not be the only lock on my trailer..:dizzy:

02DURAMAX
03-19-2008, 05:10 PM
Those pin locks are junk. You can hit on with a brick or kick it or something and it will snap like a twig. Might as well use nothing.

Oh and when can you come over to kick it off?..If you can't..I kick you..Deal?

Turf Commando
03-19-2008, 05:19 PM
I plan to buy some locking device or steel cable with lock.
The gratification of making a thief having difficulty is PRICELESS...!!!

J&R Landscaping
03-20-2008, 09:26 PM
I plan to buy some locking device or steel cable with lock.
The gratification of making a thief having difficulty is PRICELESS...!!!

Need to edit the above statement...

The gratification of making a thief havng difficulty is about $50 or so in locks.

The gratification of it taking loing enough to catch him in the act or to make it impossible to succede, PRICELESS!!! :usflag:

Turf Commando
03-20-2008, 11:52 PM
The gratification of it taking loing enough to catch him in the act or to make it impossible to succede, PRICELESS!!! :usflag:
That to...:laugh: