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Old 06 September 2005, 03:41   #1
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Useless Wheelclamps

Doesn't everyone do as I do? Jack it up and take a wheel off. It takes a determined and smart thief to sort out nut/bolt sizes, threads and wheels etc. By which time the sun has come up and you can offer him a coffee.These clamps that the insurance companies insist on appear to be rubbish.
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Yep but most insist on them so you will not be covered if the wheel is off!
But may be if it is off but with the wheel clamp fitted to the wheel
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take one wheel off and clamp the other
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It would be a brave man that flew against the "advice" of their insurance company. I can hear their squeals of delight at your uninsuredness from here!

Does this make sense? Most boats on trailers are nicked from Marinas, yet they almost "insist" on Marina storage, unless hitchlocked, wheelclamped, chained to a post etc with (wait for it) a separate outboard motor lock for a motor weighing in at almost 1/2 a ton! Yeah, there's a lot of guys out there with forkifts - beware.

Best do what they advise no matter how daft.
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That may not stop them

Our club boat was stolen, despite one of the wheels being missing (the bearing failed and it fell off). They just lifted the whole trailer onto a lorry and drove off.

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Lets face it, if a thief wants it he will take it,
I have seen photos of engines that have been cut from the transom with a disc cutter and the transom still attched. you can only do your best and as long as it complies with the insurance companys rules, who cares.
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Doesn't everyone do as I do? Jack it up and take a wheel off. It takes a determined and smart thief to sort out nut/bolt sizes, threads and wheels etc. By which time the sun has come up and you can offer him a coffee.These clamps that the insurance companies insist on appear to be rubbish.
A smart thief will know pretty quickly which wheel he needs, probably nick it off a similar trailer my guess is it's easier to put a wheel on than remove a crap wheel clamp. If it's going to go it's going to go !! therefore make it the Insurance Company's problem not yours, follow their conditions to the letter, don't give them any excuse to get off the hook
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Bulldog !

I got a heavy duty bulldog clamp. This is no piece of piss.
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The bolts/nuts do differ greatly. How about one wheel off, a clamp on the other and remove the hitch (only two bolts). Would that do the trick? If not they deserve to have it off with the thing! :-)
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How about one wheel off, a clamp on the other and remove the hitch (only two bolts). Would that do the trick?
Not if that dodgy Fred Bolton is around! So street-wise, he must have been spending too much time with MeMe I reckon!
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and remove the hitch (only two bolts)
Only 2 bolts to put a new one back on though - cost of £10 - £15 for a new hitch to be able to tow away a 10k or 20k or even more boat.

good investment id say (if i was a RIB thief that is)

I think all you can do is slow them down as much as possible and hope they get seen or disturbed before they get through all your security.

My trailer will be chained to the wall with a chain that is too thick to cut with hand bolt crops, it will have a wheel clamp and locking wheel nuts, another chain secures the area where its parked and the hitch will have a hitch lock.

Add to that a security light so that anyone trying to get all that off will be under a 500W flood light and im just hoping that someone will spot them before they get the boat away.

At the end of the day there are not many security devices that an 18V cordless angle grinder with a steel cutting disc wont get through in a few minutes.
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As well as the wheelclamp and hitchlock

I've got large blocks of fluorescent paint mixed with luminous glow in the dark pigment on my trailer and then 'POLICE STOP- IF NOT (reg no) THEN STOLEN in black marker over the top of it.

It's in 4 inch high letters in places that can't be covered by a tarp without getting tangled in the wheels. You can read it from 10 feet away while the trailer is in the dark-and 30 feet in daylight.
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A full-time security guard could be cheaper Roy :-). There was a 6tonne, 1904 wooden yacht craned out of a yard at night, loaded onto a lorry and not seen since, near Falmouth recently. Amazing.
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A full-time security guard could be cheaper Roy :-)
how much do they actually cost im getting paranoid now - off to find some cctv equipment
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how much do they actually cost im getting paranoid now - off to find some cctv equipment
Or a bloody great dog and a length of chain!! or... keep the missus on a long enough piece of chain to reach the kitchen, the bedroom and the rib at the end of the garden to keep an eye on it!!
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So where is the best/cheapest place to buy a cursed wheel clamp?

Never thought I would end up wanting one on my wheel but hey ho....
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heres a couple of options

http://www.towsure.com/default.asp?t=148&p=0&d=36
http://www.saundersonsecurity.co.uk/...el_Clamps.html

the second one has free delivery so take that into account when comparing prices
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In some ways the wheel clamp is only as good as the lock. For educational purposes only, you understand, I have used lock picks and your average lock only takes 3-5 secs to pick, even with anti-pick pins.

For about £12 you can get your own picks and in the hands of a pro the time will be 1-2 secs.

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So where is the best/cheapest place to buy a cursed wheel clamp?

Never thought I would end up wanting one on my wheel but hey ho....
Go for a bulldog titan and don’t worry about locking wheel nuts they are useless on a steel wheels, come off in seconds Des
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In some ways the wheel clamp is only as good as the lock. For educational purposes only, you understand, I have used lock picks and your average lock only takes 3-5 secs to pick, even with anti-pick pins.

For about £12 you can get your own picks and in the hands of a pro the time will be 1-2 secs.

Mark
Mark that is bollox,the average lock in the UK is a Yale and it takes even the best people almost a minute to pick one
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