Thought I’d take this opportunity to describe why my trailer is set up the way it is.
Let’s face it, a trailer is a pretty easy thing to steal. Especially if it’s hooked to a vehicle. Ok, sitting on the ground isn’t so difficult either. I’ve towed my share of Uhaul Tow Dollies and Car Carriers, what with moving up and down California and across the country a few times. Those trailers are really easy to acquire! At least with mine, I have the option of locking it to the car.
That little padlock works in both scenarios. When the trailer is attached to the car, ready to move, it keeps the tongue from being raised off the ball. If it’s parked, it keeps the tongue from being lowered on the ball. That’s about the simplest way I know!
There’s also this nifty doodad, which also came from Tractor supply. It’s a ball lock. As you can see, it is shaped like the ball on the trailer hitch.
It fits inside the tongue, where the tongue would normally sit on the trailer hitch.
Lift it up into position, maybe give it a little wiggle …
Lower the tongue latch and it will even hold the lock in place!
Insert the loop and press down until it reaches the lowest position possible. No play means no rotating out of position.
With the loop in place over the top of the ball receiver, there is even room to install the latch lock! It’s a little tricky to get it back off, but it’s possible.
It’s not for use when the trailer is hooked up, obviously. The bright yellow is a pretty clear indication this trailer isn’t going anywhere!
The carrier slides into the receiver and gets pinned in place. Carriers come with this very simple, easy to use, pin. It has a cotter pin that slide through the slot in the end to keep it from wiggling out as you go bouncing down the road.
That’s all well and good if you’re hooking up the trailer, going somewhere and either leaving the trailer there or bringing it right back home to park it. If, however, you think maybe you’ll leave the trailer attached to the vehicle while it’s parked, all you’re going to do is slow down a thief. Of course, they have to have the same size receiver as your carrier for this to succeed. Luckily, mine is the smaller size than most. But …
There’s always this rather simple device. It works on the same principle except the “cotter pin” is inside a locking cover.
My car sits pretty low even without the trailer attached.
Which also means getting in and out of that stupid driveway I showed in the previous post can do a little damage. This is the bottom of the hitch after, oh about four trips in and out.
Slide the hitch into the receiver. Line up the holes for the locking pin.
Slide the pin through the hole …
Place the latch cylinder over the end of the pin …
Press the spring loaded key receptacle in while jockeying the latch cylinder a bit until it latches …
Slip the cover over the end. Same level of security as far as keeping the trailer from sliding down the road behind you, but higher security for keeping the trailer for yourself.
In Part 2, a look at what goes in that trailer trunk.