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Old 01-30-2014, 08:41 AM   #1
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What do you do to secure your 5th wheel hitch?

Not sure if many of you have to worry about leaving your 5th wheel hitch in your truck unattended but here in So Cal, nothing surprises us.

I've heard of two guys "lifting" one in a matter of seconds. Kinda like locking your tailgates today. Leave it unlocked and it's just a matter of time.

I've tried to use 1/2" locking pins but none seem to fit close enough to lock with the tight clearance. I do use a cable and padlock and go thru both the bottom and top pivot piece but there must be an easier way.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:14 AM   #2
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This is an item that may work for you.
http://www.etrailer.com/Locks/Reese/RP58093.html

Also if your pins have a hole for a locking pin they can be drilled out to 1/4" then use a pad lock.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:45 AM   #3
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Along with locking my tailgate, I have a bed cover and follow the out of site - out of mind line of thinking.

Hopefully that does it for me ... and thankfully have been able to stay out of the 'bad areas' so far.

besides if they want to pick up my hitch, I'd rather not be around to fight them because it takes a MAN to just lift my old style 18k superslider, much less carry it around !!!
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:54 AM   #4
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I have one of these and with the tailgate locked, I feel pretty secure.
http://www.bakfliptonneaucover.com/roll_x__new__
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:45 AM   #5
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This is an item that may work for you.
http://www.etrailer.com/Locks/Reese/RP58093.html

Also if your pins have a hole for a locking pin they can be drilled out to 1/4" then use a pad lock.
Wow. Such a simple idea that looks like it will solve my issue.
Many thanks.
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Old 01-30-2014, 02:08 PM   #6
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I lock my hitch for two reasons.
First possible theft
Second and more important to me is someone pulling the pins which then could cause a serious accident when trailer and hitch leaves the truck.

My nephew has a Reese slider and his 8 year old pulled the slider locking pins. As a result the slider would activate when he stopped and started. If the 8 year old would remove the slider locking pins I can only assume he may also remove the hitch to truck pins if given the opportunity.
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Old 01-30-2014, 02:11 PM   #7
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I have one of these and with the tailgate locked, I feel pretty secure.
http://www.bakfliptonneaucover.com/roll_x__new__
Lloyd, did you install it yourself? The video they have online looks easy enough. I have a vinyl folding cover, but I really like the looks of this. Amazon has it for a very good price.
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When we are camped for any length of time, we take the fifth wheel hitch out of the truck bed and chain it to the bumper of the trailer.
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Old 01-30-2014, 02:34 PM   #9
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Lloyd, did you install it yourself? The video they have online looks easy enough. I have a vinyl folding cover, but I really like the looks of this. Amazon has it for a very good price.

Yes I did the install. It's pretty straight forth.
"Do not" buy it from Amazon!!!!
If you want any warranty, or support from the factory, buy it from their authorized dealer.
When I got the first one they sent, (it was cut wrong) I called the factory, and the first thing they wanted to know was where I had purchased it. As soon as it was authenticated that I had purchased from one of their outlets, all was good.
They took my info and built me a new one and made arrangements to have the first one picked up.
They said they will not warranty anything purchased from Amazon.
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:51 PM   #10
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So far, I've used the "hope my insurance covers it" strategy, but maybe I should consider one of these ideas. Good discussion.
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