Trailer Hitch Lock Basics

30 Oct Trailer Hitch Lock Basics

It’s bad enough if your camper or trailer gets broken into, but what if the whole thing’s gone when you return to your parking spot? Yes, it happens and with retirees and non-traditional workers hitting the road every year, the numbers are going up. So what can you do to keep from becoming a “home-away-from-home-less” statistic? A good place to start is with a trailer hitch lock.

Travel Trailer Locks

Travel trailer hitches come with couplers that have a hole for a padlock. You close the coupler and padlock it to keep the hitch from fitting over a ball of the same size. But a thief with a smaller ball hitch could conceivably still get it to fit on his vehicle.

Hitch locks that clamp the coupler or ball from any sort of hitch-up are a much better choice. There are dozens of different styles ranging from bars that prevent a ball from being attached to a coupler to models that render the coupler unusable by covering it completely so it can’t be lowered onto a ball hitch. A quick look on Amazon will show you a wide variety of lock types available.

Fifth Wheel and Gooseneck Locks

Fifth wheel and gooseneck hitches must be secured with locks designed for those types of hitches. Amazon again is a good place to get an overview of the different types of fifth wheel hitch locks.

Other Security Measures

A determined thief can crack most locks, given enough time, tools, and skill. Motion detector lights can discourage them by depriving them of a hidden place to work. Wheel boots keep the trailer from rolling, even if the hitch lock is defeated. Cabling or chaining a wheel to a frame, axle, or other wheel can also keep that wheel from turning. Simply parking the trailer with the hitch to the rear is also a discouragement. It may be inconvenient for you, but it is to a thief, also.

Talk to a Pro

When it’s time to upgrade your recreational or work trailer security, the pros at Alexius Security, The Denver Locksmiths, can help you choose and install the system that’s right for you.

Our services go beyond simply working on locks, too. We can advise you about the best systems for your safety and convenience and recommend security measures for all of your property. Just give us a call at 303.617.3717 or use our online contact form for prompt, professional attention to all your security needs.

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