Amp Lock - Serious Security

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  1. generok

    generok Well-Known Member

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    Ok, so I just went to the Dark Side last week, and I was paranoid about the trailer getting stolen out of my driveway. I did some research and came up with Amp Lock. I ordered it from Amazon:

    https://www.amazon.com/AMPLOCK-U-BR...24109377&sr=1-2&keywords=amplock+trailer+lock

    WOW! This is one solid piece of steel! I'm fairly certain the only option is plasma cutting the coupler off to get around this beast. It was pricey, but if you read how MANY folks bought this lock AFTER they had a trailer stolen with other locks on them... I figured I'd splurge.

    I feel better now.
     
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  2. xxxapache

    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    I have what is considered a desirable TT brand by some, but ain't no way I am spending 265 bucks on a hitch lock. I am comfortable with a simple padlock and a good insurance policy.
     
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  3. Snow

    Snow Well-Known Member

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    I have stand alone insurance on the TT, like xxxapache I just use a padlock..
     
  4. Mamie

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    At home, I don't have to worry about theft. My truck and car are parked in front of it. At my mother's property, I'd be afraid to leave it. I have considered the coupler lock, but also removing the crank handle and leaving in the up position. Still, I'd worry about it being stolen with nobody there.
     
  5. NMroamer

    NMroamer Active Member

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    The maintenance man at the lot where mine was stolen told me that a battery powered saws all will cut anything out there. He has had to do that on abandoned vehicles.
     
  6. theseus

    theseus Centerville, OH

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    My father had a trailer stolen from his yard. He didn't have any kind lock on it but it was in his yard. The perps just drove up and hitched up and drove away while my parents were gone for the day. A coupler lock would have stopped it happening.

    I use one on my trailers regardless of where they are parked.

    The lock in the original post is serious. Is it overkill? Maybe....
     
  7. FarmerDave

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    I think if they want it they will take it. Battery grinder or sawzall means no worries. Lock will prevent "opportunity" theft though.
     
  8. generok

    generok Well-Known Member

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    This is a video of actual thieves trying to bust off an Amp Lock... They came prepared, it wasn't opportunistic. I just feel better with it on. I leave the trailer in boondock situations unattended. I feel better knowing this is there versus a padlock out in the middle of nowhere.

    Let me tell you, I've held this in my hand... a sawzall isn't gong to touch this. Grinder... if 20 minutes of a spark shower isn't a deterrant, then they are going to take your trailer no matter what, so... Anyway, I like it. Insurance covers the Blue Book value, not the contents... this trailer often holds my UTV, hunting gear and other items.
     
  9. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Looks pretty sturdy and at the very least they would make so much noise that you would awaken.

    I have an alarm system 3 mean as heck dogs in the yard, and a 12 ga. we have very little thievery in our area tho. Everyone out here are mostly red neck farmers an are well armed. I do use a padlock (case hardened) on the tongue of all my trailers main reason is to keep them on the hitch ball.
     
  10. xxxapache

    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    Unattended and boondocked, I would be more worried about vandalism than theft.
     
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  11. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    X 2 anyone can get into a unit if they desire, as my Dad used to say locks are there to keep honest people honest.
     
  12. FarmerDave

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    Lol. Stealing a travel trailer in the snow isn't exactly going to attract attention or anything. Seeing that going down the road wouldn't stick out like a sore thumb.
     
  13. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    I don't think it's overkill at all. If I had a pricey trailer, I would have one, insurance or not.

    Actually, I think I'll have our son buy one for the TT he lives in. It would be nearly impossible for anyone to get to it, due to the location on our property, but still think $265 is a perfectly acceptable price for peace of mind.
     
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  14. Sneezer

    Sneezer Well-Known Member

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    The thing with lighter weight trailers is you don't have to have access to the actual ball to steal it. Around here it is pretty common for thieves to simply wrap and secure the safety chains around a hitch and pull it away. Happens a lot with utility and box trailers around here. They just need to get it away and to a secluded safe spot to do their work. I use a hitch lock, wrap the chains and run a decent sized padlock through them so they stay put, and a cheap wheel lock that is more of a visual deterrent than anything else.
     
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