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post #11 of 26 (permalink) Old 06-17-2016, 11:52 PM
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Locked up like this?
This is just exactly how my trailer completed the 3300+ mile ride.


The unseen part of that rigging is the hitch pin, and the two clevis hooks that connect the chains to the hitch.

all of it can be undone in 30 seconds, and the trailer towed away, hitch & ball, chains and all.

Making it look tough, might be all that is needed.

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Kinda sorta. If I have to leave my trailer hooked up somewhere I use Buffo hardened locks and hardened logging chain, not light chain like you have, and not tight or near the ground, just slightly slack. Hard to cut hardened locks/chain even with good bolt cutters with just your arm strength. And, if somebody is that tough and wants it that bad, OK, it's all over-insured anyway. And if they happen to wake me up with the noise, then they are in for a few minutes of excitement! I'm not gonna shoot someone over a motorcycle trailer; I mean the sucker isn't full of gold bars or something. I will hold them steady while I call for the LEOs to take it from there. And, I've never had anybody mess with my Wing or trailer.
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I have the super hard cable that is sold to keep motorcycles and trailers secure.
the key for it is on my bike's key ring.

I have never, ever used it. Carried it for years, just in case the trailer is left behind at a hotel, etc.... but, I normally leave the trailer attached to the bike.

I think the "look tough" has more effect than anything else we do.

also, for the bike, I used a Half cover for rain protection, and over that I throw a 30 year old piece of garbage looking full cover that encloses everything down to and under the belly pan... once that is on, no one that I have observed even gives my rig a 2nd look.

I also have a cover that is made for trailers, it is square and has the heavy elastic band to keep it from blowing off. I have never found that to be disturbed. It is not tied down, just the elastic holds it in place.

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I've traveled all over the country with my CycleMate trailer. I've got a tongue lock and that's it. People don't usually mess with it or I could just lucky that nobody has.

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Rudy has a very loud 130 dB horn that he uses with a motion detector.
might add that to the mix, placed on the bike so if either the trailer or bike is bumped, it will trigger and let you know something is going on.
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Over the years only thing I've ever noticed that someone touched was my kill switch.

I never touch the thing myself but I always look at it before I start the bike.

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Jeff,
I used to have one of those back when I had a big dually pickup.
the receiver bar that was on that thing cost over $150 and I worried that someone who knows what a 10,000 lb hitch really costs would steal the thing.

so, it had a locking pin like that.

probably overkill for our bikes, but you just never know until a trailer is gone that you wish you had put one on.

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When I stop at a hotel I back the trailer up to the curb and leave it hitched to the bike with a paddle lock through the hitch. When I'm camping and the trailer is set up, I have a wheel lock that I put on one of the tires and it locks the wheel. Has worked for me...... So far.
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If the pavement slopes uphill towards the curb, I pull in forwards.

If curb is downhill, I back the trailer in.
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If the pavement slopes uphill towards the curb, I pull in forwards.

If curb is downhill, I back the trailer in.

Yup!


I had my bike take a nap on me at a gas pump once as I didn't realize the concrete apron I was parked on was sloped a bit and when I got off the bike it took next to nothing to move the bike forward and then clunk.


That extra weight really pushes. Now I leave it in gear.



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I leave it in Reverse:

1st gear don't always stop it from rolling.
Been burnt on that one.

the last time I tried to pick up ole yeller, I could not do it anymore.
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