You have finally found that perfect trailer. You have it loaded and ready to go. Then you realize, that you aren’t really sure how to keep this trailer safe once you get to your destination, whether it be the job site or vacation spot, the last thing you need is to have your trailer stolen.
Locking your trailer is the best way to deter thieves. And there are a few different options, as well as a few way to securely lock a trailer. First, lets go over the different ways you can lock a trailer. You can lock the coupler down, so that it can’t be opened to safely hook it onto a ball. Here is a great lock to keep the latch secure:
Coupler Latch Lock: You can use this lock when you are attached to the ball for towing too. Keeping the coupler secure while towing helps keep the couler latch down and safe. Be careful if you have a 2 5/16″ coupler. If you rely on this locking method only, it is possible to hook up with a smaller size ball. The thieves wouldn’t get very far, but it is possible.
The other option for locking your trailer is to block off the bottom of the coupler completely. This method doesn’t allow you to hook up any ball to the trailer. Here are two of our favorite locks to use here on our lot.
The yellow coupler lock above will fit most standard couplers, no matter what ball size it made for. This is perfect for odd shaped couplers, or the “turtle” style coupler. The black lock above is size specific. It is made for the 1 7/8″ , 2″, and the 2 5/16″ size too. The largest size will work on most 2″ couplers as well, but that is the only cross over in size for this lock. This coupler will not fit a larger or wider coupler rim.
Last, I do want to mention the last precaution for locking trailers. If you plan on keeping the trailer attached to the tow vehicle, then the first coupler lock is the way to go. However, you may want to consider locking your ball mount into the truck or SUV. This is a combination kit that is available for the tow vehicle and coupler lock.
Once you have your ball mount locked in place, no one can get the trailer off of the ball because it is locked, and no one can take your ball mount out either.
I hate to say that trailer’s aren’t safe out there, but to be honest, it is the truth. We need to safeguard out things for the worst case scenerio. I hope this cleared some things up and showed you a few options that are out there for your trailer. Guard your gear, and happy towing!