Lock for coupling on caravan

Submitted: Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 10:23
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Hi, hoping for some advice on how best to secure my van (am builing a shed to house it, not finished just yet) by purchasing a lock to either go inside the coupling of the van, or alternative.

Can anyone help with suggestions please??

Thanks
John
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Reply By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 11:01

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 11:01
In the ExplorOz Shop you'll find we sell a range of reputable TrailerLocks - people here may tell you of their experience with these as they are widely used.
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Reply By: nickb - Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 11:09

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I'm sure someone on this site sells these type of locks. Can be used either attached or not attached to a vehicle.

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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 11:59

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 11:59
Nick

I use the same device.

However, I have been told not to use a padlock with a brass body as it can somehow be twisted off.

I have never tested this advise as a good brass body padlock is too expensive to destroy, although it is cheap compared to a van

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Follow Up By: nickb - Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 19:54

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 19:54
I bought one a while ago (forgot about it until this thread, camper has been in the garage so no need for it...).

I tried it this morning (not attached to the car) but I could pull it off with a bit of manipulation. Kind of like my tow hitch is too small, its a standard 50mm hitch.

Maybe I need to try it again...
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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 14:17

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 14:17
G/Day John

I just put a couple of metres of good quality chain through the wheel spokes and around the chassis with a brass lock, a lot of people also just pull the Break A Way plug out, can't tow the vans with out them.

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Follow Up By: gottabjoaken - Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 16:24

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 16:24
Pulling the break away plug out will put the brakes on for about 15 minutes, then - nothing... but a flat battery.


Go the wheel clamp.

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 16:46

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 16:46
Be careful, some insurance won't approve a cahin or cable & padlock, they insist on a commercial purpose built trailer lock.
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 16:16

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 16:16
I have the pictured locking device above .
It is a deterent for the opportunist thief only.
They can still get the van on a tilt tray so the best way I am told is a wheel clamp device.
It is a matter of how much security you need.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

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Reply By: toyocrusa - Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 17:02

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 17:02
Hi John. I use this one. It's not cheap but is forged stainless.It only fits standard size couplings though. Regards,Bob.
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Reply By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 18:24

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 18:24
Not much help to to you but generally locks only keep "honest" people from pinching your stuff!! and in my opinion all the devices thar are commercially available the would be professional thieves are aware of how to "short circuit" the many different types of anti theft devices available.

As for us, we use a bit of stainless steel chain & a stainless steel padlock (both a bit hard to cut) looped as mentioned above through the wheel & around the axle.

But if someone wants to pinch it bad enough I reckon that not much would stop the pricks. Cheers
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Reply By: Barry 2 - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 00:01

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 00:01
Hi John
In reply to your question, I have a 6mtr boat parked permanately outside my house.
As far as my Insurance company is concerned they will only insure my boat if it has the type of lock pictured above.
I had to keep receipt and photos of it fitted to boat trailer. They stated that chains & padlocks or wheel clamps where not covered. I also chain the tow chains together just to make it more difficult.
If someone decides they need your Van more than you, it really doesn't matter what you do !!! That's why we have insurance.
Hope this helps you in your decision.

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