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Trailer security, i.e. hitch locks, etc.

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We've had many discussions regarding our trailers on this forum such as axles, suspension, brake systems, hitch types, and tow vehicles.  I'm curious about what some of you do regarding securing your trailers from either outright theft and/or break in while your trailer is parked at a show or even at home while it's not in use. This topic has come up in a discussion around the shop lately and there doesn't seem to be a general agreement.  For instance, there must be 30-40 different ball locks (sometimes referred to as coupler locks) on the market today.  If you look at the various reviews on line none seem to really receive overly positive reviews.  I'd like to hear from you folks on how you address this issue.

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The man-door (excuuuuse me, PERSONNEL door) is the weak point for break-ins.  A good friend had his Featherlite entered that way.  Fortunately nothing was stolen or taken from the 1937 Packard 12 inside, but the lock and latch were proprietary Featherlite items which took >$300 and 3 weeks to replace.

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Put a GOOD!! video camera pointed at the doors from inside. And tie it to your cell phone.

Run 440 to the door handles. LOL

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If a trailer is disconnected from a tow vehicle and not being actively used - position it so it is backed up against a wall - fence - vehicle at the rear and block the front with another vehicle that is disabled.

 

If it is actively being used and is attached to a tow vehicle - when you stop and leave it unattended ( like at a motel for the night ) - back it

up so the rear is blocked - disable the tow vehicle.

 

I tow just about every day - if I leave my rig unattended - this is what I do.

 

 

Jim

 

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As part of my personalized single car service, I sleep in the trucks during transports. I never stay in a hotel with a customers car on or in my trailers. At the bigger events where I am bringing a high end vehicle to be displayed the sponsors provide a parking area with a 24 hour security guard for the trucks & trailers (IE SEMA, HAN, Invitational, Etc) this allows me to enjoy the show without worrying about the truck & trailer. I still disable the trucks though. I also use the hitch lock & receiver lock. My next enclosed trailer will be an ATC & I am looking into a complete security system with motion sensors, cameras & GPS tracking. I do not believe I can ever do enough for my customers piece of mind.

 

  One last thing...Paint your trailer something that stands out! The vast majority of enclosed trailers stolen are plain black or white. They are being stolen to be used as "mobile meth labs" As you can see in the picture, mine stands out in the sea of plain trailers! LOL

 

God Bless

Bill Squires(owner)

Bill's Auto Works

https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/nationwide-single-car-transport-hauling-open-or-enclosed.614419/

 

 

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A suggestion was to paint 5 letters/numbers 4 ft high on the roof.  Most trailers look the same from the air & a sign on the roof will help identify your trailer.  Not perfect but will help if an air search.

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On 10/1/2019 at 6:41 PM, huptoy said:

A suggestion was to paint 5 letters/numbers 4 ft high on the roof.  Most trailers look the same from the air & a sign on the roof will help identify your trailer.  Not perfect but will help if an air search.

Cops not going to send a chopper in the air for a stolen trailer. Still a good idea. We had a 500k rig stolen and the cops wouldn't do a thing. We found it ourselves between the GPS tracker that we installed and the locator from the factory computer.

Stolen from WPB Fl and we found it near FT. Lauderdale.

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If you are a professional hauler with an actual company - not just someone pulling a trailer behind a pick up truck - you have regulations and rules to observe.

 

One important one - you cannot legally sleep in a pick up truck without an approved commercial sleeper conversion - either external to the truck cab or integrated into the rear seat on a crew cab of a quad cab:

 

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After driving the legal limit of hours in a given day - the last thing professional haulers want to do is sleep in their pick up truck - that is just depressing and frankly would stink up your truck real quick ....

 

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Jim

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8 hours ago, Trulyvintage said:

If you are a professional hauler with an actual company - not just someone pulling a trailer behind a pick up truck - you have regulations and rules to observe.

 

One important one - you cannot legally sleep in a pick up truck without an approved commercial sleeper conversion - either external to the truck cab or integrated into the rear seat on a crew cab of a quad cab:

 

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After driving the legal limit of hours in a given day - the last thing professional haulers want to do is sleep in their pick up truck - that is just depressing and frankly would stink up your truck real quick ....

 

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Jim

I disagree Jim. Only reason that its not legal is that the cab is not wide enough. They sell extenders for the window to make it legal. This is what we use for our dually. And its legal.Your only lacking about 4in. 2in per side. And for stinking up the truck for sleeping in it? If you do not shower, YES!!. My sleeper is not much bigger than a back seat of a dually. It is higher. And it does not smell.  

 

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When I ran a day cab, I had a sleeping bag and a piece of plywood that I would lay across the seat. Back years ago, DOT would ask where did you sleep? I would show them my sleeping bag and say to them that I slept on the ground away from the truck. Never on or in the truck and never say hotel unless you had a receipt.

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The truck posted with the add on sleeper new is over 6 figures. U can buy a class 7 with a sleeper a couple of years old for darn near the same price. Much safer and less maintenance.

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The “ Notel “ system shown above in the You Tube video is not compliant for commercial use.

 

This sleeper is:

 

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I have seen drivers caught sleeping in their quad cab pick up trucks by Vehicle Enforcement in:

 

Oklahoma

Maine

Pennsylvania

 

The guy in Oklahoma was parked next to me at a Toll Service Service  Plaza.

 

It is no laughing matter.

 

If you can’t afford to purchase the proper equipment to sleep in your pick up truck - find another job.

 

Don’t BS folks by telling them it is for the “ security “ of their vehicle.

 

 

Jim

 

 

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8 hours ago, Trulyvintage said:

The “ Notel “ system shown above in the You Tube video is not compliant for commercial use.

 

This sleeper is:

 

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I have seen drivers caught sleeping in their quad cab pick up trucks by Vehicle Enforcement in:

 

Oklahoma

Maine

Pennsylvania

 

The guy in Oklahoma was parked next to me at a Toll Service Service  Plaza.

 

It is no laughing matter.

 

If you can’t afford to purchase the proper equipment to sleep in your pick up truck - find another job.

 

Don’t BS folks by telling them it is for the “ security “ of their vehicle.

 

 

Jim

 

 

Based on? 7 million miles and having a tow company near scales, I have never seen or proof of sleeper violation. Log off duty and not sleeper berth and not a darn thing that DOT can do.

 

https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/49/393.76

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From TrulyVintage.

(If you can’t afford to purchase the proper equipment to sleep in your pick up truck - find another job)

Anything under class 7 truck should be outlawed for doing over the road hauling.

 

From TrulyVintage.

(Don’t BS folks by telling them it is for the “ security “ of their vehicle)

People that haul high end freight like jet engines and certain HC are required to stay with the truck.

 

 

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On 10/6/2019 at 10:54 AM, countrytravler said:

From TrulyVintage.

(If you can’t afford to purchase the proper equipment to sleep in your pick up truck - find another job)

Anything under class 7 truck should be outlawed for doing over the road hauling.

 

From TrulyVintage.

(Don’t BS folks by telling them it is for the “ security “ of their vehicle)

People that haul high end freight like jet engines and certain HC are required to stay with the truck.

 

 

I agree that the weight some of the smaller trucks are running is ridiculous. The big three all make duallies and while the GM is listed at 26k, Ford and Dodge are listed at 32k. 26k is already too high on pickup tires and brakes but 32k? 

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On 10/25/2019 at 10:30 PM, chistech said:

I agree that the weight some of the smaller trucks are running is ridiculous. The big three all make duallies and while the GM is listed at 26k, Ford and Dodge are listed at 32k. 26k is already too high on pickup tires and brakes but 32k? 


I agree.........even with a trailer with triple axles and 8K electric brakes...........anything over 18k gross just doesn’t stop safely. And......almost no one properly keeps their trailer brakes serviced correctly. There are more asinine rigs overloaded than you can imagine. It’s only a matter of time till some idiot kills twenty people and we will all start paying the price.

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