ebrakes (breakaway switch) as a short term anti theft measure

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  1. Anthony Hitchings

    Anthony Hitchings Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    tonite the trailer lives outside in Oakland, CA (in our cul-de-sac) . We have a big ugly tongue lock that a bolt cutter cannot defeat. Since I do have a 100AH battery inside the camper, I was thinking of pulling the breakaway switch (removing the pull unit completely) and leave the brakes energized overnight.

    Ifta thief wants to chain up the tonge and tow it away - I don't want to make it easy for them

    at 3.2 amps each magnet, thats 6.4 amps total.

    My Renogy bettery has 100AH capacity which is 15.6 hours.

    If I pull the breakaway switch before I retire the battery still has a good charge when I arise and check to see if the trailer is stil lthere !!

    FWIW - I am one person who has had his 4x8 utility trailer stolen from the street - on the other side of the fence in front of our bedroom window. They used a bolt cutter on the padlock. So I know that there are folks out there in the market for a trailer.

    AND

    One of our up-the-hill neighbors had their tongue-locked (and a wheel lock) very nice ($$$) teardrop stolen from curbside in front of their house.

    Any comments??
     
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    Why not stealth camp tonight in the camper, like Slim did.
     
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    I do not recommend leaving the brakes activated.
     
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    No.
     
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    If the thief has already defeated your big ugly tongue lock, hitched up and tried to pull away he's not likely to give up just because the wheels won't turn. He'll flat spot the tires till they blow, unless he knows enough about trailers to simply cut the break away wire.

    Wrap the safety chains around the tongue and padlock them so that they can't be used to pull the trailer.

    Best bet would be to leave it hitched and locked to the TV.
     
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    our aline does not have safety chains, it has springy coiled cables with S-hooks in their ends.

    what I have done is to also use my anti theft cable for the solar panel to secure the Aliner tongue to a nearby tree, and use my bicycle U-locks to secure the ends up in the tree
     
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    they need to move the camper in order to couple it to a tow hitch, having active ebrakes would make it hard to manhandle
     
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    You got your answers from us. Do as you want.
     
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    Theyre just magnets, but Ive got to wonder if they are meant to stay energized for long periods of time.

    I normally wrap chains through the wheel spokes and put a lock on the chain.

    Take a wheel off.
     
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    Well - remembered that a long time ago I bought an anti-theft alarm for my bicycle. So I dug that up, got the instructions that I needed form the Amazon comments, and set it to max sesnitivity.

    so I have three protections of sorts inplace, and will leave the breakaway switch alone this time.
     
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    A popup will be gone in under a minute if the thief beings a rollback.
     
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    There's a difference between magnets and electromagnets. I wonder if it may magnetize a spot on the hub and the coil block would be attracted to it every time the spot passed. It may take some time for the magnetized spot to fade.
     
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    RE: here's a difference between magnets and electromagnets. I wonder if it may magnetize a spot on the hub and the coil block would be attracted to it every time the spot passed. It may take some time for the magnetized spot to fade.

    now thats a worthy consideration.
     
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    Yup, they're electromagnets. I'd be more concerned about heat generation with continuous current flow, at max voltage, for a prolonged period more than killing my battery.

    I think a physical security measure has less risk and more potential to deter opportunistic thieves. But, if a thief is determined, there is no stopping them, you can only slow them down some.
     
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    I do have a spare magnet - I will check its heat output - when I find it!!
     
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    Just be sure to put the magnet on an iron mass when you test it to account for the generated eddy currents in the brake drum.
     
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    its DC - there wil be no eddy currents if the magnet and the iron are not moving - which would be the case for a trailer parked overnight
     
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    By the time a thief realized that the brakes were on it would be too late. Just take off a wheel if you are that worried.
     
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    DUH! it never occurred to me (easy to do since we are at home and the camper is in front of the garage)
     
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