Go Back   TeamTalk > General MasterCraft Topics > Tow Vehicles

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-16-2009, 08:53 PM
CantRepeat's Avatar
CantRepeat CantRepeat is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Boat: 06 X30
Location: Roll Tide!!
Posts: 8,687
Securing your trailer to your tow vehicle.

Hey,

My trailer is the type that has the pencil thin pin hole so the lock that that goes through there is pretty weak. I'm sure with a small 5 lbs sledge you could knock the lock part off fairly easy. Since the trailer has the two safety cables that are just attach with a bolt, even if you changed them out for chains and used a lock on one they could just unbolt that. I could put a weld on the nut but that seems the wrong way to go about this.

My issue is where we launch there isn't any real security around and we are gone from sun up to sun down.

Has anyone done anything to secure your trailer to your tow vehicle other than just the little lock?
__________________
Tim
Gone, surfing.

Last edited by CantRepeat; 04-17-2009 at 07:37 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-17-2009, 02:09 AM
thatsmrmastercraft's Avatar
thatsmrmastercraft thatsmrmastercraft is offline
MC Master Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Boat: 1977 Stars & Stripes
Location: St. Paul, MN
Posts: 15,197
Great question. I have never done anything other than a Master Lock and have never had a problem. I don't even use a lock on my drawbar (though I should). I suppose you could always change to a new coupler with a larger hole for a stronger lock.
__________________
Peter

SPECIAL PACKAGE PRICING
4 ST205/75R14 Kenda KR03 radials
4 wheels of your choice
Mount, balance & free shipping
$529




CARBURETOR REBUILDING - $125 + PARTS
LED lights, Hubs, Spare Tire Carriers, Chrome & Powder Coated Lug Nuts

PM or email me tiresplease@gmail.com
*** FREE DELIVERY ON ALL ORDERS ***[/center]

Coming soon.......TrailerEssentials.com
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-17-2009, 11:02 AM
flipper's Avatar
flipper flipper is offline
MC Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Boat: 1991 Prostar 190, fuel injected 302
Location: Under the radar
Posts: 5,083
Really, if they take a hammer to it, they will also take bold cutters to any other lock you put on too. You can chain the wheel together, wheel club, and locking the safety chains will all slow them down
__________________
Lots of power is good, more is better, too much is just right.

'91 prostar 190
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-17-2009, 11:04 AM
flipper's Avatar
flipper flipper is offline
MC Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Boat: 1991 Prostar 190, fuel injected 302
Location: Under the radar
Posts: 5,083
They also have alarms that you can get
__________________
Lots of power is good, more is better, too much is just right.

'91 prostar 190
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-17-2009, 11:07 AM
thatsmrmastercraft's Avatar
thatsmrmastercraft thatsmrmastercraft is offline
MC Master Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Boat: 1977 Stars & Stripes
Location: St. Paul, MN
Posts: 15,197
All just an effort to keep the honest people honest. If someone really wants to steal your trailer, whether the boat is on it or not, they will. All they have to do is hook the safety chains together and loop over the trailer ball and wrap with some wire. Thats enough to drive away with your stuff. But don't let that make you nervous.
__________________
Peter

SPECIAL PACKAGE PRICING
4 ST205/75R14 Kenda KR03 radials
4 wheels of your choice
Mount, balance & free shipping
$529




CARBURETOR REBUILDING - $125 + PARTS
LED lights, Hubs, Spare Tire Carriers, Chrome & Powder Coated Lug Nuts

PM or email me tiresplease@gmail.com
*** FREE DELIVERY ON ALL ORDERS ***[/center]

Coming soon.......TrailerEssentials.com
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-17-2009, 11:13 AM
woftam woftam is offline
TT Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Boat: 1994 Barefoot 200, Yamaha 200 and awaiting delivery of 2010 CC Nautique 200 TE, prompted by Mod 1 suspension. MC should be pleased.
Location: Mid Atlantic
Posts: 277
Here are a few options:
http://www.southwestwheel.com/store/...ler-locks.aspx

I use the Fulton Universal. A friend also uses one on his box trailer. It give me an extra measure of confidence that theives will prefer easier prey. This website, and others, also have wheel locks.
I think you can pick up a Fulton Universal at home Depot and/or Lowes, as well as many marine outlets. FWIW
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-17-2009, 11:20 AM
CantRepeat's Avatar
CantRepeat CantRepeat is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Boat: 06 X30
Location: Roll Tide!!
Posts: 8,687
Yeah, I agree, if someone really wants to steal a trailer they will get it. It's like we all say, is mine the easy one to steal?

So, my deal is if I can slow them down, make it more difficult, or more difficult then the one next to me I'd be happy. I'm thinking of getting some large SS chain and tig welding it to the tongue and locking it to the class3 hitch.

I would think if you saw two trailers one with the pencil lock and the other with this master lock on it, you go for the pencil.
Attached Images
 
__________________
Tim
Gone, surfing.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-17-2009, 11:23 AM
thatsmrmastercraft's Avatar
thatsmrmastercraft thatsmrmastercraft is offline
MC Master Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Boat: 1977 Stars & Stripes
Location: St. Paul, MN
Posts: 15,197
Agreed. Better polish the surface rust off your lock shank before you get lit up for it.
__________________
Peter

SPECIAL PACKAGE PRICING
4 ST205/75R14 Kenda KR03 radials
4 wheels of your choice
Mount, balance & free shipping
$529




CARBURETOR REBUILDING - $125 + PARTS
LED lights, Hubs, Spare Tire Carriers, Chrome & Powder Coated Lug Nuts

PM or email me tiresplease@gmail.com
*** FREE DELIVERY ON ALL ORDERS ***[/center]

Coming soon.......TrailerEssentials.com
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-17-2009, 11:25 AM
CantRepeat's Avatar
CantRepeat CantRepeat is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Boat: 06 X30
Location: Roll Tide!!
Posts: 8,687
I would, but it's the lock on my backyard RV gate. If it was on the boat, I'd do it pronto!
__________________
Tim
Gone, surfing.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-17-2009, 11:26 AM
ShamrockIV's Avatar
ShamrockIV ShamrockIV is offline
MC Addict
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Boat: 2002 X30 ltr
Location: Brush creek, TN
Posts: 5,002
thing is the pencil lock is hard to get at with bolt cutters if u do it right. but then again u are just keeping the honest man honest.
__________________
Billy "Shamrock IV" Burgess Jr.

Resident TeamTalk Jacka$$
2002 black X30
1973 s&s project
Look for me on CHL!! I am in the black X30 with the stars and stripes flying off the tower!!!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:29 AM.