Locks for Camper trailers

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 09:05
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Locking the various parts of a Camer Trailer, such as the gas cylinder bracket/s, jerry can holders, tailgate, etc is advisable, but the question I have is, What is a common type of lock preferred for Camper Trailers? As I see it, a normal size padlock will swing around whilst the Camper is in motion, banging up against the Zincanneal, scratching it off and starting the rusting process. Using specific types of locks keyed alike that resist the weather would be the way to go. Anyone have any answers? I'd really appreciate it. Thanks.
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Reply By: wato35 - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 09:23

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 09:23
I went to supercheap (other places will have them too) and got a 4 pack of cables that are coated in plastic with a snap lock that uses a key to open. I find them great, they don't do any damage if the swing around as the plastic protects your equipment. They come is difference sizes, which is good for rapping around / through jeery can , gas bottles etc.
Hope this helps
Wato35
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Follow Up By: HGMonaro - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 09:30

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 09:30
We tape up any padlocks that might swing around (spare wheels). I just use electrical tape, putting a piece over the key insert to keep gunk out and then going around a few times to keep that on. I then run a few times around the U section to whatever it's holding on and that stops it flapping around. I used to put locks on my gas bottles but have stopped doing so.
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Follow Up By: Bluemetaldaisy - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 12:51

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 12:51
Sorry! I posted the follow-up on the wrong reply. Sorry wato35. Still the reply from HGMonaro is well worth considering.
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Reply By: HGMonaro - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 09:33

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 09:33
oops, forgot... we cable tie the lids of our water jerries (plastic) to know if someone has fiddled with them (can't undo the lid without breaking the cable tie)
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Follow Up By: Bluemetaldaisy - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 11:00

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 11:00
Thanks for your advice! I'll check and see with Supercheap for those locks. If theyn can be keyed alike and work as well as they do, they might just fit the bill. Meanwhile, I'll keep an eye for more replies to this thread, just in case. Thanks again.
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Reply By: Member - Kevin R (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 12:43

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 12:43
Just a word of advice about all padlocks - dont leave them on the trailer when travelling on dirt roads as the locks fill with dust. We had to get 2 cut off in Alice.

Cheers

Kev
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Follow Up By: Bluemetaldaisy - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 12:50

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 12:50
Thanks! That may be the best idea yet. It might be better to keep the padlocks only for when you're camped and the trailer is temporarily unattended, eh? Possibly those plastic locks or cable ties for travelling to prevent thefts when you're stopped outside a shop or even traffic lights for example. If these seize, they can be easily cut off and new ones applied.
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Reply By: wato35 - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 13:13

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 13:13
To help stop dust getting in the padlocks cut a small piece of bike tube and streach over the padlock covering the key hole. The top of the tube goes between the U shape on top of the lock.
Them lock the lock, as this will hepl hold the tube in place.
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 13:25

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 13:25
Bought my camper trailer in 1996 the only time I have put a lock on it was when it was parked at my sisters place in Sydney a few years back.

Only time I have had a problem was when some low life knocked off some gear stored under the camper while I was asleep inside. That was in a caravan park in a large regional centre. Never had a problem while the vehicle was unattended.

Duncs
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 18:10

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 18:10
We only lock when in busier areas, and just to keep the opportunist thieves at bay. If some was serious, they would get what they wanted. Try and minimise our time in busy areas anyway. :o)

Spare tyre has a cable lock on it.

Jerries have padlocks.

Gas cylinder and one jerry is under the side that lifts, and you can't get it out with out lifting the top.
The top and tail gate have padlocks.

All padlocks (4+2) keyed the same.

Have a pad lock on the draw bar pin which stays on instead of the R clip. Have a pad lock that I can use on the tregg pin instead of the usual clip.

Put a dab of lanolin grease over the hole on the padlocks that don't get removed to keep the dust out. Usually regrease the tregg coupling every week or so anyway.
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 18:18

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 18:18
PS - usually wrap the locks in tape but I like the bike tube idea above.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 21:41

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 21:41
Great idea now i will have to pinch a bike to get the tube.
LOL



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Reply By: Member - Ray Mc (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 23:00

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 23:00
Like others, I use the electrical tape around the lock and over the key hole. I have also glued some rubber mat on the trailer body where the lock tends to fall and knock / scratch. Last 6 years, no issues ... have not even had to replace the rubber squares.

Cheers
Ray Mc
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