Camper trailer security ideas

Submitted: Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 12:46
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Can anyone advise how they secure their camper trailer when camped and is there some sort of lock mechanism for an AT35 hitch.

John C
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Reply By: Well 55 - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 13:24

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 13:24
Savage dog and a shot gun.
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Follow Up By: Member - John C (QLD) - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 13:25

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 13:25
now that's funny
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 13:34

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 13:34
I think its the best option.
Padlocks will be boltcut.. so they are of no use.

Failing that take the wheels off it, and take them with you.
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 14:13

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 14:13
I didn't know a dog could use a gun, not alot you can do really if they want it they will take it no matter what device you use, just make sure it's insured.

Baz.

dog and a shotgun, hehehe
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 14:43

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 14:43
Baz.
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 15:21

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 15:21
ROFL.
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Reply By: Penguin (NSW) - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 13:24

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 13:24
Why not just use a padlock with a long hasp straight through the hitch?
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Follow Up By: Member - John C (QLD) - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 13:26

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 13:26
DOH!!
Ta.
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Reply By: Tuco69 - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 13:41

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 13:41
Why bother locking any hitch?

It is a simple matter for a thief to not even worry about hitching it up - just drag it away with the safety chains - then later use the oxy to remove any locking devices.

Truckster has the best suggestion - remove the wheels and take them with you.
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Reply By: flappan - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 14:34

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 14:34
Put a chain thru the wheels and around the axle.

A mate uses one of those wheels clamps that gets used in Sydney by the Wheel Clamping people (pay money to be released when parked illegally etc).
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Reply By: Rosscoe - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 16:08

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 16:08
I use a Talon lock for both my HR hitch and the Treg coupling on my dirt road caravan.
Try www.bilock.net
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Follow Up By: Member - John C (QLD) - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 19:10

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 19:10
thks
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Reply By: Member - Brett H (QLD) - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 18:00

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 18:00
never have ny priblems. The wife has always got so much krap hanging off here and there , and inside that they would take 4 hours to pack it all up. I was worried when we first started travelling but I don't really worry too much now.

HAving said that I carry a very long wire rope sling and a large ABUS padlock to feed through the wheel , axle and suspension.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bear - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 21:29

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 21:29
Brett

You took the words right out my mouth....
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Follow Up By: Member - Brett H (QLD) - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 17:45

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 17:45
Sorry
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Reply By: Banjo - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 18:15

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 18:15
I'm going to have to secure a new camper soon while travelling - falls into two scenarios I think...
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If they are really serious, and know you will be absent for awhile andhave metal cutting equipment, it will be gone...simple as that...Insurance is the only fallback.
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If they are opportunists, and prepared to take a chance, and only have the a few basic tools with them....
a. Chain the A frame to the car's chassis with a looped solid chain and padlock.
b. If the camper is free of the car, chain a wheel to the axle and possibly take some hitch parts with you while away.
Pin locks are not much use if they can unbolt the coupling and undo the chains. I think the answer is to get really fundamental.......make it obvious that it is going to be awkward.....and this might be quite inconvenient to the owner, but we have to do that.I thought the Talon was good but maybe not in all circumstances, and quite pricey too....comprehensive insurance will play a big part in my relaxation.
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Reply By: pjd - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 18:55

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 18:55
get a couple of decent batterys & wire them up so if someone touches steel work they get zapped
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Reply By: Michelle from ExplorOz - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 23:34

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 23:34
Isn't that what the Couplemate trailer hitch locks are for? Not sure about your hitch model though - but all the details on the full range of locks is detailed within each of the product descriptions in our online shop.
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Follow Up By: Member - John C (QLD) - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 09:29

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 09:29
Hi Michelle
I think the couplemate locks will only suit the tregg hitch. The AT35 is different. I might try to see if they have something for the AT35's. Do they have a website? Can't see it on here.

Thks
John
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Follow Up By: Michelle from ExplorOz - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 12:08

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 12:08
Actually, Couplemate have only recently released the Tregg version of their lock, so I know they do suit other hitches, but whether they have one to suit your AT35 I don't know. All our advertisers have links to their websites from their business search listing - I've created a link to the search string in the BS on the keyword Couplemate if you click here .
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Reply By: Bazza - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 10:26

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 10:26
G'Day John C,
I have a cheap and simple method that works for me .... I have a length of 40mm ID steam pipe, long enough to slide through one of my steel rims on the camper, through to the other one, with a short lenght of heavy guage chain welded to one end. I've also drilled a hole in each of the rims ( spokes ) to attach a heavy padlock. Works very well as it's near impossible to get a hacksaw or bolt cutters in there. When to in use, it's stored inside the camper.
"Works for me."
Regards,
Bazza
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Follow Up By: Member - John C (QLD) - Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 21:29

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004 at 21:29
sounds simple enough and agree the padlocks in the rims would be hard to remove.

can't quite picture it all though.
got the pipe through the rims with chain at only one end, what happens then with chain. what happens with pipe at other end.
are padlocks connected to pipe/chain???? how?

sorry, not very visual .
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Follow Up By: Bazza - Thursday, Aug 12, 2004 at 08:30

Thursday, Aug 12, 2004 at 08:30
G'Day John C,
The chain is secured to the wheel spoke ( hole drilled in spoke ) with a heavy padlock. Nothing happens with the pipe at the other end, it just sits there protruding through the wheel. It is all secured in place by the padlock and chain in the other wheel, preventing the pipe from being removed, and locking-up both wheels and attracting a lot of attention if attemped to be towed.
Sorry I did'nt give more detail in my first post, hope this helps.
Regards,
Bazza.
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Follow Up By: Member - John C (QLD) - Thursday, Aug 12, 2004 at 20:19

Thursday, Aug 12, 2004 at 20:19
thks bazza, got it now
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