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    Default Trailer locks

    What is everyone doing to lock up the trailers. I am talking about the locks for the trailer coupler or some kind of a lock to temporary add to a wheel to prevent the trailer from being stolen when sitting in driveway/parking lot. I saw one guy dig a hole in the ground, fill it with concreate then put a large eye bolt into the concreate to run a cable through the eye bolt and then to the trailer. Not a bad idea but if I go someplace that concrete and eye bolt will be doing me no good. Personally I have a 4 place trailer with the smaller tires.

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    I hate to sound pessimistic but with enough time virtually any lock can be defeated.
    That being said, I use a tongue lock with a ball locked down. Also have a HEAVY duty cable and lock that I use between the two rims on one side of the trailer, thus preventing the trailer from being rolled or driven away.
    Make sure your properly insured.......

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    Yep insurance is what matters. I remember i bought a lock for the receiver hitch of my trailer and my dad saying to me "well atleast that will keep the honest thieves from stealing it..." I am going to keep mine in the shed here at work. Out of sight out of mind.

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    Yeah there are videos out there showing how to bust off any possible locking system on a trailer. It takes a lot of brute force for most with a sledge, but relatively easy to get them all open.

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    Watched the News lately? There's some bold and brazen people out there and if they want it bad enough, they'll find a way to take it.

    Guess I've been lucky. I hate to admit it but for years I locked the ball hitch but not the hitch itself. Now I lock both the hitch and the ball receiver.

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    if trailer sits often and only see's use in snow time
    you can always jack it up, put on blocks
    , take tires off
    can always add some lug nut locks too, to prevent them from putting tires/wheels on and towing it?

    but that might be over kill
    as stated if they want it bad enough they will get it, best bet is have good insurance on it and NOT just home owners,a s many home owners policy's won't cover trailers and contents in it! and any trailer policy, make sure it covers all things
    As said, devil is in the details, and ins company's I think know many folks DON"T read policies well or know what is or isn't covered at times!

    and keep in mind there is different ways a INS company can insure a trailer, separate policy, or a policy attached to your vehicle, and DON"T just mean when its attached to your truck, I mean a policy written up with your truck AND trailer, as most basic vehicle policy's only cover a trailer IF its attached,
    so you need to make sure its covered when parked too! and ask about contents of trailer too!
    and it never hurts to keep pictures of things as loaded and as it sits to show things and conditions!
    and up date pic's every yr too!

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    Proven Industries has about the most secure one you'll find but they are pricey. The Masterlock stuff is a joke. Might slow them down a second or pick a different trailer if they have options.

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    I use a Blaylock TL-33 Universal Receiver Coupler Lock along with a Trimax Hockey puck lock.
    Also have a GPS tracker. I get a txt message and email if it leaves the yard.

    mrbb makes a good point. Make certain you have extra coverage on the trailer. Your tow vehicle insurance does cover it if it's involved in an accident, but not if anything is stolen.

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    Good point on the insurance above. We've found we had coverage if another vehicle struck us while towing, but otherwise trailer was not covered and we had specifically asked about coverage on trailers prior to an incident that insurance would have been good for. Devil = details.

    The tongue locks will slow them down as others have said and may encourage them to pick the next in line. Of course if yours is the only one there...

    Best solution I've found is to have crappy trailers and junk inside of them. One or more flat tires on the trailer helps too.

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    I cut shank off of an old ball and pad lock coupler. Enough to discourage spur of moment criminals or stall long enough so neighbors ring doorbell gets them on camera.


    ......course if need new trailer maybe I should leave it unlocked. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2TrakR View Post
    Best solution I've found is to have crappy trailers and junk inside of them. One or more flat tires on the trailer helps too.
    Big ARCTIC CAT sign on the trailer typically will get them to move on to the next one. (totally kidding, please don't ban me).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 600_RMK_144 View Post
    Big ARCTIC CAT sign on the trailer typically will get them to move on to the next one. (totally kidding, please don't ban me).
    In a way it might. If you had a choice between the nice plain trailer, or the one with big stickers which would you take. Nice and plain, or big n flashy. They don't want to get caught.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 600_RMK_144 View Post
    Big ARCTIC CAT sign on the trailer typically will get them to move on to the next one. (totally kidding, please don't ban me).
    LOL reminds me of this. My buddy Karl's idea!! IMG_20130126_134101.jpgIMG_20130126_134409.jpg Theft protection right there!!!

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    Last edited by eao; 08-31-2020 at 10:48 AM.

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    the older style master lock trailer locks work pretty good for a tongue lock
    they were brown and use a Allen key to make them tight
    http://cartrailercouplerpartsonsale....ck-master.html

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