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Old 03 July 2016, 16:06   #1
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I am looking for some guidance and advice if I may on what security I need on a RIB trailer. Do I get a hitch lock? Or a wheel lock? or both? I have seen a couple of hitch locks on eBay etc and am open on budget - as long as I get quality - but ideally I want one I can leave on whilst towing, so that stopping in a services etc does not require putting the lock on and off each time, which clearly a wheel lock would. Appreciate all your input and guidance. Thanks J
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Most insurance company's insist on both being used. I use an SAS wheel clamp which is insurance approved and an indespension hitch lock which can be used on or off the towball. There are better ones out there but if Mr tea leaf wants it he will get it imo . Main thing is to get good insurance to compliment the above 👍
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Thanks Kerny, much appreciated. Is that a pain putting on and off every time you stop? I will have my kids with me, so it has not been unknown for an unannounced emergency toilet stop etc, so ideally I want to hook up the trailer, lock a good quality hitch lock and then worry about it at my destination. can you even get a hitch lock that you can do that with ir do you have to put on each time you stop and remember to take off again before you leave. Thanks again
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If money is not an option I don't see any reason why a caravan hitch can't be fitted to the towbar, you know the lever type which can be locked and left locked while you are towing. Just an idea 👍
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Thanks Kerny, much appreciated. Is that a pain putting on and off every time you stop? I will have my kids with me, so it has not been unknown for an unannounced emergency toilet stop etc, so ideally I want to hook up the trailer, lock a good quality hitch lock and then worry about it at my destination. can you even get a hitch lock that you can do that with ir do you have to put on each time you stop and remember to take off again before you leave. Thanks again
Check what your insurance policy says. They are all slightly different (some say hitch lock or wheel clamp, some say both and some say only if not locked to the car - many hitches have the option to lock either with an internal lock or a padlock). You'll also find some insist it must be locked even inside a garage and others who are more sensible.

Now thats the insurance requirement - its ticking a box not preventing theft. There's not much will stop a determined thief, and the insurance requirements will put off the opportunist. If you really want to make life hard for them though you want to: chain the axle to a ground anchor under the boat when leaving it unattended (at home/boatyard etc), and try to pick locations where the boat/trailer is blocked in by the car when its away from home.
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Whilst towing and leaving for short periods I've seen a number of chain and padlock / bicycle locks in use. It'll stop the oppertunist.

Built in hitch locks are a pain but they do mean you don't have to fart about adding and taking off locks each time you stop and as others have said a number of the caravan style lock on for transport.

I have a non tow able lock currently that I throw on when leaving the trailer at the slip or overnight and will be getting a heavy duty bike one to enable the short stop / towing security to be there too.
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Most insurance company's insist on both being used. I use an SAS wheel clamp which is insurance approved and an indespension hitch lock which can be used on or off the towball. There are better ones out there but if Mr tea leaf wants it he will get it imo . Main thing is to get good insurance to compliment the above ��
Couldn't agree more !!
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Thanks all. I am going to get a hitch lock put on, but rather than spend the money on a caravan type I will go with a lock that fits over the hitch, guys in the local yard said they could supply and fit an insurance approved one for about 70 which sounds alright. I spoke to my Insurance company who only require a wheel brace/clamp. They said this only needs to be used when the boat is left for longer than say 20 mins or so, but I wont take the chance on it. Bought one from Barlow Trailers that they recommended called a Bulldog which is made specifically to fit the 165xR13 tyres on the Indispension trailer so should hopefully work well and cost 110 including delivery from them. Thanks to everyone for your input. Greatly appreciated. Best JT
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So if insurer doesn't require hitch lock I'd fit a cheap 10-15 one. Like others have said - they will get anything off if they want to... so your aim is to make them go to the one next to you with no lock on...

I have been known to use a poundshop bike chain when parking up in hotel car park overnight ...

Whatever you do - find a system that means you can't forget to take the wheel clamp off before you drive off. It does the car, the trailer and the clamp no good if you forget ... ... so I'm told! ;-)
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Remember and take pictures of the stuff fitted and send it to your insurers to put on your file.
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