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    Re: M32 Stolen - now what?

    Sounds like they had already scouted to place and found what they wanted and knew what it would take to get it. Kinda like maybe steal on order?
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    Re: M32 Stolen - now what?

    Quote Originally Posted by avvidclif View Post
    Sounds like they had already scouted to place and found what they wanted and knew what it would take to get it. Kinda like maybe steal on order?
    Very much looks like it.
    Devastating loss...3 yrs of customizations, the personal effects etc....
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    Re: M32 Stolen - now what?

    Just an update and followup Q....unit was never recovered (not that police actually actively did anything).

    Insurance covered 70% of value...I suppose that's better than nothing :-/

    For our new unit I upgraded to a Masterlock Trailer Locks #389DAT that should make it a litte harder.

    Would it make sense to pull/remove the emergency brakeaway pin as an extra measure? Will this actually lock the brakes/wheels assuming thiefs disconnect the battery?
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    Re: M32 Stolen - now what?

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterS View Post
    Just an update and followup Q....unit was never recovered (not that police actually actively did anything).

    Insurance covered 70% of value...I suppose that's better than nothing :-/

    For our new unit I upgraded to a Masterlock Trailer Locks #389DAT that should make it a litte harder.

    Would it make sense to pull/remove the emergency brakeaway pin as an extra measure? Will this actually lock the brakes/wheels assuming thiefs disconnect the battery?
    If you pull the breakaway pin while the trailer battery is connected, and leave it that way, you'll likely damage the brakes.

    If you disconnect the trailer battery cable(s), the brakes will not be activated at all.


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    Shoot...was hoping to add another obstacle to potential thieves, but if they are smart and disconnect the battery they can just pull the unit.... :-/
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    Re: M32 Stolen - now what?

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterS View Post
    Just an update and followup Q....unit was never recovered (not that police actually actively did anything).

    Insurance covered 70% of value...I suppose that's better than nothing :-/

    For our new unit I upgraded to a Masterlock Trailer Locks #389DAT that should make it a litte harder.

    Would it make sense to pull/remove the emergency brakeaway pin as an extra measure? Will this actually lock the brakes/wheels assuming thiefs disconnect the battery?
    I truly feel bad for your loss a while back. The breakaway has to have an active 12v system to work and that is why, for example, our farm trailers with brakes are all sold with a small battery similar to a lawnmower battery. Most of these trailers I referred to are not hooked up with a 12v supply hot from the vehicle for accessories to keep the battery charged. The trailer breakaway needs a power source to work.
    I think that the problem with any anti theft gadget is that the professional criminal has a way to counter almost any device. My thinking is that the best anti theft device could possibly be one that grandpa would have used, example, a big old chain to a post or wheel to wheel. Donít get me wrong, I use the gadgets also because it may cause them to move on. The problem in your case was that they probably had a long time to stay at it. You didnít need me to tell you that.
    I built a fifth wheel locking device that is shielded in every way from cutters but if they had enough time, they could probably remove it.
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    Re: M32 Stolen - now what?

    On the topic of insurance, insuring the rig for the price you paid is something to look into, rather than a depreciated value.


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    Re: M32 Stolen - now what?

    You could always remove both tires/wheels on one side and leave the trailer up on jackstands.

    Or, you might want to do a websearch on "Vehicle anti theft GPS trackers". These things are surprisingly inexpensive, and I bet they wouldn't draw much current from your battery. I chatted with one company rep, and although their product is primarily aimed at trucking companies tracking their trailers, the rep said that the device would work for tracking for vehicle recovery by the police. I guess they keep a gps location in memory, and can communicate via the cellular telephone network to your smartphone.

    On edit: I should have mentioned that the rep I chatted with said that their GPS tracker device could be configured to notify you if your trailer is moved from storage.
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    Re: M32 Stolen - now what?

    Sorry for your loss. Have you checked out amplock or ftknoxlocks? Just about anything can be defeated with enough time, but these seem pretty substantial. Looks like they make locks for 5th wheels and bumper pulls. I donít own one from either company (had a different brand on our last 5th wheel). Iím going to get one from just havenít decided who to go with.


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    Re: M32 Stolen - now what?

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterS View Post
    Shoot...was hoping to add another obstacle to potential thieves, but if they are smart and disconnect the battery they can just pull the unit.... :-/
    I have used Trimax Wheel Chock Locks in the past. Yes more than one and makes another trailer more desirable do to the time it takes to cut them off. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0031XULF2...osi&th=1&psc=1
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