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    Trailer lock

    I am looking for opinions/experience that you GTT folks have with trailer locks, coupler or otherwise. My new trailer has an adjustable height for coupler so a simple coupler lock is two bolts away from being changed and gone. It is going to get parked in places where I am not around to watch and don't want to drag chain thru the wheels and chip the paint up. Any ideas people? Thanks
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    My local Home Depot uses something like this on their rental trailers

    https://smile.amazon.com/Super-buy-T...-no-redirect=1

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    From Amazon for the next size up


    "I bought one of these last summer. This morning my trailer was stolen. They just used an iron bar or something and wedge it against the wheel and bent one side out no problem. I would not buy this again."

    "I purchased two of these through Amazon, and put them on one side of my dual axle trailer. Last week,the trailer (and my new tractor) were stolen. As for the Trimax, it appears the thief used a sawzall to partially cut through one arm, then bent the arm back. I would include pictures, but no sense providing a how-to for bad guys. I'm sure it took a while to saw through two of them, but it sure didn't stop them."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manomet View Post
    From Amazon for the next size up


    "I bought one of these last summer. This morning my trailer was stolen. They just used an iron bar or something and wedge it against the wheel and bent one side out no problem. I would not buy this again."

    "I purchased two of these through Amazon, and put them on one side of my dual axle trailer. Last week,the trailer (and my new tractor) were stolen. As for the Trimax, it appears the thief used a sawzall to partially cut through one arm, then bent the arm back. I would include pictures, but no sense providing a how-to for bad guys. I'm sure it took a while to saw through two of them, but it sure didn't stop them."
    Yea, if you put a chain through the wheels, they could cut that too. No matter what you do, I don't think there is a foolproof solution for determined criminals. With cordless angle grinders and bolt cutters, you really don't have much of a chance if they want your stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubber View Post
    Yea, if you put a chain through the wheels, they could cut that too. No matter what you do, I don't think there is a foolproof solution for determined criminals. With cordless angle grinders and bolt cutters, you really don't have much of a chance if they want your stuff.
    For sure!
    I would put up some trail cams. And hide a "tile" locating device on the trailer. If you can't prevent the theft then recovering is the next best thing.
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    Remove a few wheels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    Remove a few wheels.
    In high school I worked for a welding shop that manufactured trailers. All of the inventory was stored inside of a chain link fence with barbed wire at the top. We would only keep one wheel on each trailer. Someone busted through the gate, took a wheel on one trailer, put it on another and stole it. After that, we took all of the wheels off of the trailers. Someone busted through the gate in a truck with a crane on it. They picked them up and drove off. South Carolina does not require VINs, or tags for trailers (or didn't at the time), so they just disappeared.

    If they want it, they are taking it.
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    Man That sucks. I hate hearing when working people get stuff stolen.


    Unfortunately a lock is only used to keep honest people out.
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    Around here a few years ago, they were stealing trailers by having a small ball (1 7/16") on the theft vehicle's hitch...back up to the trailer and drop it on the hitch regardless of whether or not it was locked, hook up the chains and take off til they got to where they could secure it properly.
    I burnt the stud off of several old balls and lock them into my hitches, along with locking up the chains. I know that I'm only slowing down a determined thief, but maybe that'll be enough...

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    There is not much you can do to stop a motivated thief. The best you can hope for is making it not worth the effort or making sure they get caught. Under some simple things you can do to make it not worth the effort, I can think of a couple that aren't too hard for you but might keep a thief moving.

    1: Your coupling is removable; take it with you. Even better, lock something in the way of them putting their own on. Who carries a coupling around with them? Not opportunistic thieves.

    2: Put a quick disconnect on your wiring, and take the trailer plug. Not a huge deterrent, but if they are stealing at night it might make them nervous about getting pulled over.

    3: Take your jack handle. Even better, take your jack if it's a heavy trailer. I've seen construction company trailers with the couplers on a low block, no jack in sight. They either bring the jack or use their equipment to lift it. Either way, it's a pain for a thief.

    Lights and camera's are the best deterrent if you can't be there. Stuff that slows them down and makes them nervous about how long it's taking might make them move on.

    Sprinkling .308 brass around on the ground by the coupling might be seed for fears, too.
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