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Trailer security?

Michael Wilkinson 3461
I have searched the forum but not found anything on this.

In a month I will be picking up a 12 ft dinghy on a combi trailer. I will need some security, not only for when the dinghy and trailer are stored in the garage, but also for when the trailer is unattended while the boat is on the water.

I am thinking in terms of a hitch lock and a wheel clamp.  A quick Amazon search shows a bewildering array with prices from a few quid to three figure sums.

What do other members use or recommend, please?

Thanks, Mike.
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John Lidstone 1503
Hi Mike,
Any committed thief will be equipped with bolt croppers so any device which uses a padlock will be easy for them. Anything that can be bent open with a handy 5ft length of tube will also be easy for them. A wheel clamp needs to fit tightly on the tyre. A hitch lock needs to cover the hitch mounting bolts. Both need to have integral locks that are resistant to drilling. Even with these, if it is not locked to the car, it can be lifted onto a roof-rack and taken away.
I use a wheel clamp that covers one wheel nut and clamps around the back of the wheel because it's smaller and easier to carry around than the big ones. It does claim to have approval from have some kind of test/insurance authority or other. I also sometimes use a motorcycle cable lock (made by Oxford) which has an outer layer of armour to foil bolt croppers - it flattens out to increase the required cropping force.
Anything CAN be removed, given the amazingly powerful array of battery powered grinders and drills that are available. Just make it look like too much trouble. You just need to be better protected than the next similar trailer in order to get the thief to move on and leave you alone!
Regards
John
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Alastair Law 2624
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As John says, anyone who is determined to take your trailer/boat will
do so.

My insurance requires that I have an "approved" wheel clamp or they
will not pay out. I have a calliper type, as John describes, from
Halfords, as it takes up little room and is quick to fit


On 22 Jun 2017 at 4:14, Michael Wilkinson 3461 [via DCA Forum] wrote:

>
>
> I have searched the forum but not found anything on this.
>
> In a month I will be picking up a 12 ft dinghy on a combi trailer. I
> will need some security, not only for when the dinghy and trailer are
> stored in the garage, but also for when the trailer is unattended
> while the boat is on the water.
>
> I am thinking in terms of a hitch lock and a wheel clamp.  A quick
> Amazon search shows a bewildering array with prices from a few quid to
> three figure sums.
>
> What do other members use or recommend, please?
>
> Thanks, Mike.
>
>
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Roger Barnes 936
I usually just lock my trailer to the car. But considering the hitch can be unbolted from the trailer this is only of limited deterrence. If I cant do that I lock the trailer to something like a lamppost with a motorcycle cable lock. I used to take a wheel off the trailer and lock it in the car.  Now I can't be bothered.

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On 22 Jun 2017, at 17:00, Alastair Law 2624 [via DCA Forum] <[hidden email]> wrote:

As John says, anyone who is determined to take your trailer/boat will
do so.

My insurance requires that I have an "approved" wheel clamp or they
will not pay out. I have a calliper type, as John describes, from
Halfords, as it takes up little room and is quick to fit


On 22 Jun 2017 at 4:14, Michael Wilkinson 3461 [via DCA Forum] wrote:

>
>
> I have searched the forum but not found anything on this.
>
> In a month I will be picking up a 12 ft dinghy on a combi trailer. I
> will need some security, not only for when the dinghy and trailer are
> stored in the garage, but also for when the trailer is unattended
> while the boat is on the water.
>
> I am thinking in terms of a hitch lock and a wheel clamp.  A quick
> Amazon search shows a bewildering array with prices from a few quid to
> three figure sums.
>
> What do other members use or recommend, please?
>
> Thanks, Mike.
>
>
>
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when you have to be at work in the morning.

Alastair Law
Yeovil, England.
<http://www.little.jim.freeuk.com>


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Yeovil, England.
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Re: Trailer security?

Andy Biggs 3272
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Hi

Agree with the other comments

I've also recently added some locking wheel nuts, although one side will have the wheel lock covering the wheel nuts, the other side is open to access

We also have a spare, which is locked on as well

Andy
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Michael Wilkinson 3461
I did a lot of reading reviews and examining photos and ended up with a Bulldog wheel clamp which goes on very easily and seems pretty robust.  It has a broad steel disk that completely covers all of the wheel locks.

I'm still looking at hitchlocks, if only so that I can annoy my wife by asking her to pass me the "Alfred".
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