Hitch Helmut

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 20:45
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Hi all,

Apparently this security device ($199) allows you to secure standard towball trailers to the tow bar and leave it on even when driving. Having searched, I still can't find any more detailed info or pictures about this device. Just wondering if anyone has seen or has any info to pass on regarding this product.

Thanks in advance
Phil P
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Reply By: roofscooter2 - Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 20:52

Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 20:52
phil don't waste $200 onthat device i bought mine from super cheap ,think it was about $30/$50 stainless high tensile with a key lock in the top,made by a mob in sydney can't remember the name off hand.will have a look monday for the name & let you know. bob.
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Follow Up By: Phil P - Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 20:59

Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 20:59
Hi Bob,

I already have the Suprcheap version, however I'd prefer a version that allows me to keep the trailer always locked to the car. This way I can't get lazy about trailer security when making short stops (towing a Jet Ski).

Thanks
Phil P
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Follow Up By: The Tinker - Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 21:10

Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 21:10
The SuperCheap one does allow you to keep the trailer locked to the car. Does yours have the two slots?
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Follow Up By: roofscooter2 - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:11

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:11
hi tinker by two slots i think you mean that it looks like goal posts with the xbars & the key lock in the middle.bob.
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Reply By: The Tinker - Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 21:02

Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 21:02
SuperCheap have a good one for $35. It allows you to leave it fitted when travelling or when statonary. The padlock supplied could be improved but the functinality of the lock and construction is sound and strong. Importantly it is simple, quick, strong and works.
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Reply By: Phil P - Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 21:18

Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 21:18
Mine looks like this

http://www.whitworths.com.au/main_itemdetail.asp?cat=138&item=91171&intAbsolutePage=1

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Follow Up By: The Tinker - Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 21:55

Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 21:55
yes that is the same as the SuperCheap unit. I bought a good padlock Abacus for mine which has a sliding pin and the lock is at the end and cost more than the locking device.. I was only in Magnet Mart yesterday and they have the same units as SuperCheap but fitted with a pin type lock that looks much like the Abacus lock purchased separately. The Magnet Mart unit was $50
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Reply By: Wisey (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 21:31

Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 21:31
Phil

I now have the HH for the work trailer ($40k inc traler) after the padlock on the $30 job was easily broken. The supplied padlock (cheap) was forced not cut. I don't see space for a bigger or better lock.

HH. Bottom of towball needs to be correct length to allow fitment while on vehicle, I had to cut 10mm off mine to attatch HH. Locking pin for tounge is also req'

Luckily for me my neighbour disturbed the thief 3 times, I didn't hear anything. They finally woke me and while I was out the front working out how to secure the trailer for the rest of the night the thief drove into the street again, 4th time. I hid and got the rego and rang the cops immeidiatly, he saw us and bolted. Rego' to car yard, no word for cops since Oct.

It won't stop a tilt tray, but.....
Marine shop might be helpful, Bias, Whitworths etc
Wisey
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Reply By: Phil P - Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 21:38

Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 21:38
Hi Wisey,

Is this the HH?
http://www.familyboats.com.au/accessories/graphics/antitheft-hh.jpg

Can you leave it attached when driving?

Thanks
Phil P
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Follow Up By: crfan - Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 23:35

Sunday, Jan 29, 2006 at 23:35
I saw one of those HH (looks like your pic) but I could take it off the trailer with it locked when it wasnt hooked up to a car if the hitch didnt have the ball adjuster and it was about $200 from memory.
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Follow Up By: Wisey (NSW) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 17:35

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 17:35
Phil.
Yep same HH. can be driven while locked on.
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Reply By: Member - t0me (WA) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 12:19

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 12:19
Whats wrong with just using locks on the chains with the shackles (not suggesting instead of the shackles, but as well as). Just an idea, I've not got a trailer to worry about, and with my reece hitch there would't be any other way I could do it if I did have one to worry about.

The only problem I can think of, is dust/grime/mud/water seizing the lock, solvable if you use one of those weatherproof type locks.
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - David - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 19:07

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 19:07
Why not also have a look at the Trailer & Caravan Security devices sold right here in ExplorOz in the shop.
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Reply By: roofscooter2 - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:08

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:08
phil the brand name of the one i have is called simply ark from super cheap i bought it about 18 mths ago , i tow a gypsy car trailer on my motor home & it is also locked permantly to it while in motion & towing.bob.
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Reply By: Phil P - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:36

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:36
Thanks for the replies.

This makes good reading regarding trailer security.

http://www.clubmarine.com.au/internet/clubmarine.nsf/docs/MG17-1+Theft

I'm already using the supercheap type trailer lock and the loackable hitch pin. I'm a little paranoid at the moment as I have just forked out a small fortune for a new Jet Ski and want to do as much as I can to keep it mine. The insuarance company don't view a chain and padlock as security. The problem with the Super Cheap type trailer lock is that they don't recomend driving with it on. While the Helmut Hitch is expensive at least you can leave it attached all the time.

Regards
Phil P

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