Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@. Skimlinks & other affiliated links are turned on

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • Rolandtheroadie
    • By Rolandtheroadie 12th Oct 16, 10:19 PM
    • 4,622Posts
    • 3,623Thanks
    Rolandtheroadie
    Trailer Security
    • #1
    • 12th Oct 16, 10:19 PM
    Trailer Security 12th Oct 16 at 10:19 PM
    I've bought myself a trailer, and I'm looking for recommendations for security.
    I was thinking a padlock to lock the hitch handle down, and something that fit's in the hitch itself.
Page 1
    • tim9966
    • By tim9966 12th Oct 16, 10:22 PM
    • 393 Posts
    • 160 Thanks
    tim9966
    • #2
    • 12th Oct 16, 10:22 PM
    • #2
    • 12th Oct 16, 10:22 PM
    Wheel Clamp?
    • Iceweasel
    • By Iceweasel 12th Oct 16, 10:28 PM
    • 4,097 Posts
    • 2,970 Thanks
    Iceweasel
    • #3
    • 12th Oct 16, 10:28 PM
    • #3
    • 12th Oct 16, 10:28 PM
    I use one of these:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ALKO-AL-KO-HITCH-LOCK-WITH-2-KEYS-SAFETY-BALL-TYP1-FOR-CARAVAN-MOTORHOME-/331994727670?hash=item4d4c6d84f6:g:~s8AAOSwh2xX-jP7
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 12th Oct 16, 10:59 PM
    • 23,348 Posts
    • 9,204 Thanks
    forgotmyname
    • #4
    • 12th Oct 16, 10:59 PM
    • #4
    • 12th Oct 16, 10:59 PM
    Depends how big the trailer is. A very large thick chain and a decent padlock.

    If the trailer is small then hitchlocks and wheelclamps are a waste of time because they can just lift it into a van or onto a larger trailer etc.
    Punctuation, Spelling and Grammar will be used sparingly. Due to rising costs of inflation.

    My contribution to MSE. Other contributions will only be used if they cost me nothing.

    Due to me being a tight git.
    • Iceweasel
    • By Iceweasel 12th Oct 16, 11:06 PM
    • 4,097 Posts
    • 2,970 Thanks
    Iceweasel
    • #5
    • 12th Oct 16, 11:06 PM
    • #5
    • 12th Oct 16, 11:06 PM
    Some folks get a hefty motorcycle security chain with a monster padlock and secure their small trailer to a lamp-post.
    • Richard53
    • By Richard53 13th Oct 16, 2:33 AM
    • 2,221 Posts
    • 1,921 Thanks
    Richard53
    • #6
    • 13th Oct 16, 2:33 AM
    • #6
    • 13th Oct 16, 2:33 AM
    I have a small trailer and never bothered with a hitchlock. However, I once had to stay overnight in a dodgy part of Oxford. I left it attached to the car and backed the whole lot into a tight corner, then fitted a big motorcycle security chain through the frame and padlocked it to the hole in the towbar where the breakaway cable goes. It (the trailer) was still there in the morning.


    As a routine thing, a hitchlock is easy to use and reasonably secure, although not hard to defeat if someone is determined. Add a chain and a wheelclamp and most villains would think it was not worth the effort.
    Last edited by Richard53; 13-10-2016 at 2:43 AM.
    If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart. (Attrib. to Socrates)
    • Rolandtheroadie
    • By Rolandtheroadie 13th Oct 16, 6:27 AM
    • 4,622 Posts
    • 3,623 Thanks
    Rolandtheroadie
    • #7
    • 13th Oct 16, 6:27 AM
    • #7
    • 13th Oct 16, 6:27 AM
    Think I'll go the alko route and perhaps a wheel clamp or chain as well.
    It's big enough, so couldn't be lifted, and there's normally a vehicle parked in front of it too.
    Between that and a couple of visible devices, it'll hopefully put someone off trying.
    • Herzlos
    • By Herzlos 13th Oct 16, 8:59 AM
    • 4,110 Posts
    • 3,596 Thanks
    Herzlos
    • #8
    • 13th Oct 16, 8:59 AM
    • #8
    • 13th Oct 16, 8:59 AM
    Depends on the trailer.

    I've normally just gone for a hitch lock and either left it locked onto the car, or onto a dummy ball. You can get dummy balls that lock into the hitch (bulldog is one brand), but most newish trailers come with or with the facility to take a hitch lock.

    If you're leaving it parked up for a while, then you may want to go for the wheel clamp, or take one of the wheels off and replace it with a locking stand.

    If it's small enough, or parks on end, you might just be best sticking it behind something and taking the wheels off.
    • butterfly72
    • By butterfly72 13th Oct 16, 7:04 PM
    • 1,181 Posts
    • 1,111 Thanks
    butterfly72
    • #9
    • 13th Oct 16, 7:04 PM
    • #9
    • 13th Oct 16, 7:04 PM
    When I had my horse trailer I had a Bulldog hitch lock which was cost around £100 but was apparently 'gold standard' whatever that means. I also had a wheel clamp. Never got stolen!
    Saving towards my house deposit
    Spending on my passions - dressage & eventing
    Selling my unused stuff - £70.60 so far
    • Richard53
    • By Richard53 18th Oct 16, 2:04 AM
    • 2,221 Posts
    • 1,921 Thanks
    Richard53
    If you're leaving it parked up for a while, then you may want to go for the wheel clamp, or take one of the wheels off and replace it with a locking stand.
    Originally posted by Herzlos
    You can get 'winter wheels' for caravans which bolt onto the hubs and are essentially square. No-one is going to drive it off with those on! I'm not sure you could justify that for a small trailer, but the idea is a good one.
    If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart. (Attrib. to Socrates)
    • Herzlos
    • By Herzlos 18th Oct 16, 8:54 AM
    • 4,110 Posts
    • 3,596 Thanks
    Herzlos
    For a small trailer, you can always just take the wheels off and store them in a shed. Then just leave it on the ground or propped up on some bricks.
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 18th Oct 16, 11:03 AM
    • 11,486 Posts
    • 15,378 Thanks
    Gloomendoom
    I have a couple of cheapo box type hitch locks from Aldi.

    I had a trailer parked outside my house and it attracted the attention of a couple of gents of the caravan dwelling persuasion passing in a Transit. When they realised there was a lock on the hitch, albeit a cheap one, they drove off. Anything is better than nothing.

    I prefer the box type locks as they make it difficult to remove and replace the hitch itself (two bolts)
    Advice; it rhymes with mice. Advise; it rhymes with wise.
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

2,690Posts Today

6,415Users online

Martin's Twitter