Tips on Buying a Hitch Lock
Tips on Buying a Hitch Lock
If you want to stop thieves from stealing your trailer for your recreational vehicle (RV), boat, and van, then you should invest in hitch locks. These locks keep your trailer hitch and receiver from being unhooked until you unlock it with a key. It's literally a lock for trailer hitches and receivers. Like other locks, these hitches have variants, like a combination lock, tongue lock, or a pin lock system.
The Many Types of Hitch Locks
When buying hitch locks, you should remember that the type of lock you buy should also match the type of trailer it's for. To wit:
- RV Travel Trailer Padlocks: RVtravel trailer locks are simply padlocks you can put through the hole of hitch coupler in order to keep it safe and sound until you unlock it with your padlock key. When going for this hitch lock type, make sure that the coupler is closed before putting the padlock through the hole. Any properly fitting padlock can be considered an RV travel trailer lock as long as it fits that designated coupler hole.
- Fifth Wheel Hitch Locks: Most RV travel trailers are designed for padlocks to secure them, but what about fifth wheel hitches? This time around, you'll need a specially made fifth wheel hitch lock for this trailer variant because they don't come with a hole you could snap a padlock to in order to keep them protected from thieves. You can also use a hardened link chain that's wrapped around the pin with a padlock to secure this trailer type.
- Multipurpose Cable Locks For RVs: You can purchase a cable lock system in order to protect RV travel trailers and fifth wheel hitches alike, especially if they're of the tandem axle variety with spoke-style wheels. Essentially, this lock runs through the wheels on one side in order to lock them together unto the hitch, thus the trailer can't be moved because both the hitch and its wheels are tied up (like how wheel clamps keep certain cars from moving).
- Ball Shank Replacement Hitch Locks: Did you know that thieves can use wrenches to unscrew the nut holding the hitch ball and take off with your trailer? A good hitch lock should therefore address this flaw with a design that replaces the nut under the hitch ball in order to prevent unattended trailer theft. Just watch out for fitment. Watch out; some hitch locks are made for one-inch ball shanks only, so Class IV and V hitches require bigger locks.
- Hallmarks of a Dependable Hitch Lock: Your lock—whether it's a general-use padlock that can technically be considered a hitch lock or a trailer-specific hitch lock—should be built to last and resistant to corrosion. It could also come with a kit for quick installation, meaning it can include tools like a long, double-ended 1.5-inch wrench. Installation should be quite easy as well.
Shopping for a hitch lock depends on your RV trailer and its hitch. Some trailers have holes you can put ordinary padlocks on. Others require you to put in padlocks and chains or cable locks over your wheels. A hitch lock specifically made for locking any sort of hitch typically include designs that replace your ball shank so that thieves with wrenches won't be able to unlock the hitch no matter how hard they try.