Security for camper trailers

Submitted: Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 12:44
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I have just recently purchased a camper trailer and looking for a security device to attach to it when at camp sites.

I have seen one for around $80 at BCF which clamps on the wheel.

Does anyone have any suggestions/feedback or advice?

Thanks Daz.
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Reply By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 13:13

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 13:13
Hi ukwizard,

I think wheel clamps are probably one of the best devices to secure the whole trailer or caravan.

They are also a good device for the times it is parked in your driveway as well.
A few people have had there camper trailers and caravans stolen from their driveways at home as well so a wheel clamp is a good idea, even if a little bulky.

Losing contents is bad enough but having the whole vehicle stolen is even much worse.

You could also look at those coupling lock devices so that the trailer can't be put on a tow ball unless the device is removed. A good sharp crack with a hammer or such like could probably have them off though.

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Follow Up By: ukwizard - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 13:28

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 13:28
Thanks for the advice Bruce, for the cost I might get both, at least makes it harder to steal.
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Reply By: Member - DereelGirl - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 13:38

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 13:38
Hi there, Just make sure the wheel clamp you get is made out of sturdy stuff and the thieving b------ds can't bend it with anything. Also make sure it covers all the wheel nuts too. You might have read recently of the NSW owner who had a wheel clamp on his camper & they somehow managed to still get it.
Good luck

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Follow Up By: Member - DereelGirl - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 13:50

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 13:50
Here is the thread no. for the last stolen camper.

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Check it out it may be of some help to you.

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Reply By: 222 - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 14:19

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 14:19
Hi

I use a length of anchor chain - slipped into an inner tube to prevent scuffing - and pass it through the wheel, then behind the springs and back out. I then secure the ends with a very good quality padlock. The C/T wheel can't revolve then.

Anything can be removed with the right tools and time but if you park it where there are plenty of people/cars passing you stand a good chance it'll deter the thieves

I also secure the very end of my safety chain to the vehicle's towbar with a very good quality padlock too. That's after it's secured to the towing vehicle in the usual way - as an added protection to stop the C/T being removed form my vehicle when left.

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Follow Up By: racinrob - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 16:58

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 16:58
222, like you I don't put much faith in coupling locks or covers, even an amateur can use the safety chains to drag your 'van around the corner and then cut the lock, a Hercules chain thru the wheel or wheels and over the axle with an good lock mightn't be 100% foolproof but a lot harder to quickly overcome even with a cordless angle grinder.

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Reply By: Member - Josh- Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 15:37

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 15:37
In 3 yrs years on the road we never locked the trailer or had anything for the solar panel either come to think of it. The only time we had trouble was in a caravan park in Devonpaort. We were nervous about leaving the trailer at first but never really worried after that. Even in remote areas never bothered. Guess we were just lucky.

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Reply By: apriti00 - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 16:41

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 16:41
Hi Daz,

Unfortunately if they really want your camper trailer they will get it, we had removed one wheel and placed a wheel clamp on the other yet of it went, the wheel clamp was easily cut off with a portable angle grinder or reciprocating saw, and i have to believe that they brought along a spare tyre. Remember there are many professional thieves out there and they know how to get around most things, now on the boat I use a hitch helmet which is very good in my opinion however I have heard of thieves using the safety chains to tow the trailer, very hard to win against thieves and no long term punishment even if caught. You can only do your best but better not living with the fear and make sure you have good insurance so that your covered if the worse was to happen.

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Reply By: The Landy - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 17:20

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 17:20
A big dog!

To be honest more likely to be stolen from your driveway rather than a campsite...depending on where the campsite is of course!

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Reply By: Shaker - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 17:25

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 17:25
What I'm about to say should really be in Friday Funnies!
When he goes for a drive, a good friend of mine locks his camper tent by putting a padlock on the two zip pull tags.


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Follow Up By: 222 - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 17:48

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 17:48
I do the same thing!!!!....I reckon It'll outsmart them pshychobolically......ha ha

Geo
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Reply By: SDG - Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 20:02

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 20:02
I'm guessing your going to stick a battery in there somewhere, so you could always install an alarm.
It will at least let you and others know that it is moving when it should'nt be.
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Follow Up By: Member - Dirt Princess - Monday, Jun 25, 2012 at 20:36

Monday, Jun 25, 2012 at 20:36
Cripes SDG, I thought you were goin' to suggest that the battery gives them an electric shock. Now that would be funny:)
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Follow Up By: SDG - Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 00:27

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 00:27
Been there. Done that. Got in a lot of trouble.
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Follow Up By: Member - Dirt Princess - Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 00:52

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 00:52
Oooops, Sorry to hear.
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Follow Up By: PJR (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 09:19

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 09:19
I did that to a dog that kept wetting our front fence and the flowers behind it. Mum was so cheesed off. Got an old vibrating unit out of an old phone and hooked it up to the wire fence. He never did it again after we heard a yelp one night. But that was in 1961.

And I would do it on my CT if I had one as well. Stuff the stuff the rights of the crims. Get a good high voltage one, and bugger all current, and use it.

I'd wire up the padlock on the tent also to keep the sticky beaks and kids out while I was at it.
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Reply By: Member - brucer - Sunday, Jun 24, 2012 at 08:21

Sunday, Jun 24, 2012 at 08:21
You could pass your safety chain through the towing hitch and put a good lock on it as well.
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