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- January 25, 2017 at 4:01 am #43794
Not quite sure where to post this here on the forums but here goes.
We have our Oliver done HURRAH!
Problem: Now we need to get a secure lock for the tongue so we can take our Oliver home to be stored.
- What did you choose for your tongue lock?
We are researching.
Anyone see the You Tubes on how fast it is to destroy the locks?
For instance the Master Lock can be breached immediately as can the Reece.January 25, 2017 at 7:47 am #43796
I found these on an earlier thread about “trailer security ” and purchased them. There is more information on the manufacturers website than on amazon. They seem to be a fairly secure hitch option.
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1 user thanked author for this post.January 25, 2017 at 8:01 am #43797
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I found these on an earlier thread about “trailer security ” and purchased them. There is more information on the manufacturers website than on amazon. They seem to be a fairly secure hitch option. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HL2NM0K/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005UMBM28/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
These are what we use. It will slow a determined thief. We store in a very secure storage area and haven’t stayed in any questionable campgrounds.
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1 user thanked author for this post.January 25, 2017 at 8:08 am #43798
This is Mrs. Bugbite… I know Mr. Bugbite engineer will correct me when he read this… it’s the coupler lock (you know the ball area on the bulldog)
Not the pin that secures the Oliver to the truck for towing. I hope I am making myself clear…
Here is one we ran across that has a You Tube video touting their product and destroying others.
It does have a lightweight aluminum puck but the rest looks s t r o n g.
Here’s one with a steel “puck” however the key lock is exposed.
I wonder how long it would take someone to drill it out?January 25, 2017 at 8:13 am #43799
Thank you very much Grey Ghost for responding.
We really need to at least order something today. Hopefully whatever we choose will ship fast.
Ready to roll weather permitting to get our Oliver as soon as we can lock it.
Imagine the nightmare of it being stolen after all the wait and expense.
Shudder!January 25, 2017 at 8:20 am #43800
Thank you Mike and Carol.
Mr. Engineer Bugbite will getting the links yall and Greyghost passed along.
Mrs. BBJanuary 25, 2017 at 10:42 am #43805
Depending upon your anticipated storage time, you can always remove the bull dog hitch and just keep extra lock nuts handy.
This would seriously slow down even the most determined thief, as most show up ready to defeat any security device, not ready to overcome no way to hook up.
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1 user thanked author for this post.January 25, 2017 at 11:13 am #43810
Great solution Randy for long term storage to remove the coupler completely.
Thank you for answering.
Here is the one we just ordered on the phone.
Today is Wed. supposed to be delivered Fri.
Pricey to say the least. But putting the cost up to a deductible to be paid if BOB gets stolen a far worst thing.
Proven Lock Industries has a You Tube video touting their product and destroying others.
It does have a lightweight aluminum puck but the rest looks s t r o n g.
~ Mrs. BBJanuary 25, 2017 at 11:13 am #43812
Apologies and Corrections
Omitted words of duplicate post but don’t know how to get the whole post deleted.
Therefore I will delete words and add more.
And my beloved Mr. BugBite took me to school it’s H U L L not H A U L.
Fortunately he edited the errors not wanting his lovely wife to look foolish to the group he says.
I am corrected beloved.
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~ Mrs. BBJanuary 26, 2017 at 10:15 am #43852
I watched the video and they leave the coupler open on the others and have it closed on theirs. Then when it looked like theirs popped, it immediately switched to a different view. On the first test the ball was the one for a smaller trailer, they sell different sizes. Either way, if someone is going to steal a trailer, they usually have what it takes. I’m still looking but I have a couple old ones that I want to see if they fit. Trailer pick up day for us is 2/13 🙂
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1 user thanked author for this post.January 26, 2017 at 10:49 am #43853
Our primary line of defense will be to use a coupler that no one else has. We’ve asked Oliver to install a McHitch Automatic Coupler from Australia. If anyone wants to hook to it, they’ll either have to swap out the coupler or somehow rig a chain and tow with that. Same idea as removing the coupler, but without the hassle.
We’ll also have a GPS tracker that we’ve asked Oliver to hide between the shells and we may also consider some sort of wheel lock as a secondary defense. But I think that if they’ve figured out the oddball coupler, any additional locks would be little more than an annoyance to them (and me).
And we’ll have insurance, naturally.
I will be more concerned about someone breaking into the trailer and stealing any valuables inside, or just pilfering anything left around the trailer at camp. That’s one of the reasons that I’m a little on the fence about using portable solar panels, since they’d be such an easy and attractive target to would be thieves.
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1 user thanked author for this post.January 26, 2017 at 1:25 pm #43857
Another fine coupler lock that hasn’t been talked about yet is the Gus Hill Industries cast aluminum Bulldog Coupler Lock:
I also sprung for the higher quality Assa lock. It has lots of great reviews if you look and I’ve been very pleased with it. I think even Buzzy has one!!
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1998 Ford E-250, 5.4 literJanuary 26, 2017 at 1:52 pm #43859
Overland you take paranoia to the N-th degree. Love it!
Good for you! Thank you for answering.
Love the remove the coupler and get a foreign (we pronounce “fern”) brand ideas.
One good thing about the lock/shroud we just ordered is the cables (or chains should we choose to replace cables later) are covered under the shroud.
Not thrilled about the aluminum puck idea the Bulldog Proven Industries we ordered but the shroud may help deter some.
For even more expense we can replace the Proven Industries puck for another insert hidden shackle padlock.
Saw a video on the Master Lock disk and it got destroyed by drilling immediately.
Yep, right on the “hardened” area no less. And yep it’s made in China.
Now the American Lock Company seems to have a better puck.
We figure our efforts will delay a determined thief just long enough for the long arm of the law security camera storage unit lot might just take their picture.
It will keep an honest person however more time from taking it.
It may seem more obvious the thief in a campground may be stealing our BOB with more energy expenditure on their parts.
So it will be wise to invite the next door neighbors for buddy bonding time at the campfire.
Key is to make nice to your next door neighbors to keep an eye on your rig while you are out enjoying yourself elsewhere too.
Say… gee if someone other than our Tundra pulls up and someone is busy at tongue of our BOB please bring your ball bat and friends.
As to your excellent point my beloved thought of the GPS tracking device too. We can purchase one separately and install ourselves.
This should keep the resident Mr. Engineer BugBite happy for hours and hours and days and days of spec-ing out!
Out of curiosity Overland (if you would kindly share) how much did it cost to get a device incorporated in the hull build?
There are a myriad of GSP configurations to choose from:
” gps tracking device for cars “
Good news to report Heather emailed us some pictures of our Oliver, BOB (Bug Out Buddy).
Check out profile in a bit for the uploads.
It is very gray to say-the-least to match the charcoal Tundra but can be perked up with blue accents.
It should hide dirt well and hopefully merge with the crystal white sands of the Gulf we will track in.
See yall in ETN and FL!
~The Intrepid Mrs. BBJanuary 26, 2017 at 2:44 pm #43864
That looks like yall mean business… in fact like a medieval shield.
You and Buzzy picked a winner.
Just the looks of it say I have an axe and a giant sword should you mess with us because…
We have the ultimate protection.
~ Mrs. Bugbite
Warrior on people!
1 user thanked author for this post.January 26, 2017 at 3:15 pm #43866
Good points Karen thanks on the lock test videos.
Reminds me of “fake news” eh?
Ultimately one must…
We tentatively have our go get BOB week of Feb 20th.
According to the long range weather computer models that week may have warmer temperatures, less precipitation for a stretch and the lows being high enough the pipes don’t freeze overnight. Add to that we have Roane Mountain and Cumberland Plateau to sweat the elevation changes. Roads are not treated and scraped here right away.
God willing we can pick BOB up sooner than that.
Weather reports in TN are volatile. If the weather man is right forecasting for even the same day is considered a real red letter event.
Have a safe trip from the left coast and back.
~ BB in anticipation of BOB and praying.
Patience is a virtue (I keep telling myself).
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