Trailer hitch lock

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  1. Erik Johnson

    Erik Johnson New Member

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    I recently bought a 2001 Viking 1906 ST which came with a pin for the trailer hitch. My question is, what brand/type of lock is available to fit into that particular trailer hitch?

    For my regular trailer, any regular generic lock will fit, but this one is so wide and the diameter of the hole is so small that I'm on my second lock with neither of them will fit. I'm "slightly" worried that someone will drive up at night and drive off with the trailer (not really, it's popped up and there is a car in front of it, at least during the day).
     
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    WVhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    If they want it, they'll take it. They won't even hitch it up, just cross the chains tight under the hitch and drive away.
    Run a chain through your wheel and around your leaf sping.
     
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    Best you can do is slow them down and cause them to make noise. There are locks you can buy, etrailer has some, but take a wheel off and put it on a stand will help.
     
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    Bike lock.
     
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    I’m not familiar with the coupler on your pup, but would something like this work?

    Master Lock Trailer Lock, Stainless Steel Adjustable Coupler Latch Lock, 2847DAT https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001B0QBZ6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_5qLCDb0KQEMAN

    If you want to add just another layer of complexity to hopefully have them move on to an easier target, this lock works great on my pup. Looks like it might not be long enough for some trailers though based on the reviews.

    https://www.campingworld.com/trailer-wheel-lock-109641.html#q=Wheel+lock&lang=default&start=3
     
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    X2 to BillyMc - there's no such thing as 100% secure. The best we can do is make it so difficult to steal our trailer that the crook will pick someone else. I subscribe to the YouTube channel for the "LockPicking Lawyer". He pretty much makes short work of all Master locks although it takes him maybe another minute or two for Abus locks. Search on trailer locks.

    There's also a great video by BikeRadar on their test to find the best locks and chain.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm9K6rby98W8JigLoZOh6FQ

     
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    Haha there aren't very many padlocks he can't get in in less than a minute. I've lost all faith in locks thanks to him ;)
     
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    The only thing a lock does it to keep an honest man honest
     
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    And hopefully they'll make enough noise that you can catch them.

    A co worker of mine takes his motorcycle trailer about everywhere with him.
    He puts in on jackstands, takes at least on tire off and puts it in the trailer.
    Has a plywood cut out the size of a wheel that he puts a tire cover on.

    It looks like the tires are on it, and he's never had the trailer stolen.
    Hard to take something you can't tow.
     
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    I use a long shank 1/4" diameter ABUS lock (Titalium) through the coupler. I used to have a POS coupler lock from Reese. It came with a coupler insert (it's a yellow hunk of pot metal that a 5 year old couple probably make short work of with a crow bar), draw bar lock and can't remember what else. The locks just became non-functional for the most part. The lock can be defeated with some chemical that I doubt many people are carrying around (see the above mentioned lock pick attorney YouTube guy.) I also use other ABUS locks for solar panels. The big reason I use them is they are all keyed to my house lock as they have changeable keyways. A bunch of locks withe one key to rule them all. I bought a new draw bar pin that came with a garbage lock and used the same model ABUS as I do on the coupler.
     
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    I don't think my Pup will ever leave the back yard. My Son-In-Law doesn't like the hitch I have. How do you get a new hitch. Everything seems welded together.
     

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    Ah, young love...
     
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    Yes, there are many methods to try and keep the trailer safe, but none of them are perfect. This subject has piles of threads on it over the years, with many different opinions.
    I do some, and most of the following, depending on how long the trailer is sitting in one spot.

    1) yes I have a crappy yellow lock thing in the coupler
    2) the latch is then held down with a padlock
    3) put all the stabs down, slows the bad guys down, they don't want to mess with too much stuff
    4) wrap the safety chains around the tongue and padlock them there
    5) chain with padlock though a wheel and around the axle
    6) take a wheel off and put it in the garage, the spare as well
    7) chain around the axle and around a big tree
    8) take the license plate off for the cops to take notice and hopefully pull it over while its being stolen
    9) put a motion detector car alarm on it
    10) park it right beside a dog house

    Most of this stuff can be defeated with a cordless grinder and a cutoff wheel, but that makes a bunch of noise that most bad guys want to avoid. They don't want to hang around too long while stealing something, they want to get in and get out. Hopefully they will pass by yours if they think its too much of a pain, and go to the one thats sitting down the street.
     
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    I park mine at the far edge of the yard, near the neighbor's house.
    Which is next to his dog pen.
    His dog barks at anything.

    So if anyone tries to steal the camper his dog will bark, he'll get up, see what's going on and shoot the thieves.
    I can sleep through most of this, and he's a good shot so I don't worry about him hitting the camper.
     
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    Lock? We rarely lock anything. Sometimes we leave for the weekend and forget to lock the house. :rolleyes: Garages have never been locked in the 20 years we've lived here.
     
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    Used to be like that where I live too, now I lock everything.
    My cars used to sit in the driveway with the keys in the switch, I've not had anything stolen from the house but I'm not very trusting these days either.
     
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    That's a great idea; so far so good!
     
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    Bragging about that in a public forum is a bit of taunting fate, no?
     
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    Since we can't get away to camp for a few weeks, maybe we are tempting fate..... I can't recall when since dearest is the one who sets her time off but we will be in northern MN shortly. When?
     

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