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mattoktm



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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 9:08 pm    Post subject: Van security Reply with quote

Hi,

Just looking for ideas on security of our bushtracker while we're not around, hitch locks etc. we have a do35 hitch. Planning a 3 week trip, we'll be doing a lot of day trips and want to make sure it's still there when we get back😀

Thanks
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi I use a pin thru my Do35 from vehicle components. Also drilled a hole thru waterproof door which I padlock when away.
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Howdy Matt,
A retired 'D' from NSW told me that what ever only the less savage of crooks will be stopped. Apparently they carry the cordless angle grinders and cut off the bolt on hitches etc and put their own on because quite a few hitches have aligned bolt holes!
Never the less he said we should try our best to deter the mongrels by having a locked pin through the DO 35 receiver hole, cross the chains as tight as one can under and then up and over with a very good quality lock securing.
We also have a system which is real painful (one has to go down and get dirty in order to install), but will do if we are needing - that is to utilise the front wheel hand brake set up which is on our front wheel brake backing plate and set the brake on with a screw set up, which means the van front wheels will lock if towed. Not very visible and will cause delay as they work out how come the wheels still lock up when they have released the van hand brake lever.
Finally, but I can not yet afford one, is to use the tracking set up now available with GPS set ups.
Hope this all assists
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great thanks for the ideas, the locking of the brakes is a great idea and I'll def be installing a lock on the waterproof door and hitch.

Thanks again,
Matt
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matt,
Have a look at the purpose made lock for the DO35 in stainless steel with 2 multi facet and very distinct keys. I got mine from BT when I picked up my new van or you can get them or;

http://www.vehiclecomponents.com.au/hitches-couplings/do35-bi-lock-1

Also, suggest you go on Ebay and purchase some “warning stickers” which if you scroll through, you can get as externally stuck on the windows or a few are internally stuck on windows but you need to read the comments on each one to get the internal ones.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/321416706909

as an example or search on this url:

http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2047675.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.XGPS+TRACKING+CAR+ALARM+WARNING+Sticker+Decal.TRS0&_nkw=GPS+TRACKING+CAR+ALARM+WARNING+Sticker+Decal&_sacat=0

But as Mobi Condo says “only the less savage of crooks will be stopped.”
But there is nothing like a good deterrant to slow them down……. or make them think twice.
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just got a reasonably large bolt and nut, drilled a hole for a small padlock, and have never used it.... Confused





Short work for an angle grinder but it kept me busy until beer o'clock.
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2016 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


This works for us
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



This locks the wading door making it more difficult to open the van door. This style of lock should take a bit longer to open with an angle grinder than a standard padlock. Even if the outer knob is cut off the lock is still engaged.
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be aware that if you lock the waterproof door after you have screwed it tight with the supplied T bolts, you will probably have issues if it rains while you are away.

Water will fill up inside the door and then enter the van through the gas vent in the van's door.

Put a couple of thick washers on the lower T bolt between the waterproof door and its frame so that there is a gap left for the water to drain out.

You should still be able to use a padlock on the upper T bolt hole.
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Loki, Job for tomorrow. I have a padlock above the top bolt on the door but didn't think of the old rain filling the wading door trick.
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Loki but if you look at the photo closely there is a gap... the lock does not close the door tight. The lock goes in the hole where the lower T bolt is located.

As the pin of the lock is just a fraction too large for the existing hole I made a new T bolt from a M14 bolt and drilled and tapped the hole to suit. It is a standard M14 thread with a 2mm pitch. Very easy in aluminium.
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zC_FaLKDEQ

With this sort of promotion on the Internet, it's no wonder people can get around any lock these days.
The time it takes to break through a lock has reduced to 6 seconds according to a Police Inspector friend.
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With this sort of promotion on the Internet, it's no wonder people can get around any lock these days.
The time it takes to break through a lock has reduced to 6 seconds according to a Police Inspector friend.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zC_FaLKDEQ
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was just a tip for all readers, not a specific comment on your setup, Bill.

If people use the T bolt on the bottom hole and a padlock on the top hole, rain will be an issue.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi ,Im having trouble finding any information on a solution to secure the hitch ezy on my van.Is there a device that can cover the hitch by a locking mechanism to further deter villains.Regards Peter
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Insurance policy and stop worrying about it. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter,
Look under FAQ's on:

http://www.hitch-ezy.com.au

http://www.hitch-ezy.com.au/faqs.html

Q. Does Hitch-Ezy have an anti-theft mechanism?
A. Yes. There is a hole for a padlock below the stainless steel button that has to be pressed before the lid can be rotated to the release position. The supplied dummy tow-pillar can therefore be padlocked inside the coupling to deny hitching up. When hitched up the dummy tow-pillar stores inside the aluminium tow-pillar cover. It is not advisable to travel with the coupling padlocked to the tow-pillar proper as the padlock may clash with a WDH on cornering.

All the best.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave thanks for your reply, on track now Peter
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:13 pm    Post subject: Hitch ezy. Reply with quote

The instructions say NOT to lock when connected to the tow vehicle.
I lock mine so no one can steal the nylon plug.
I recently stayed for a couple of weeks in the one place so installed the hitch onto the caravan turned 180 to fit back under the caravan draw bar, then locked that on. It was just so I could drive around without the extra weight on the car.
Be careful when you try to release the hitch with the tung installed as it may drop on your foot. I was lucky, it missed mine!!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the picture of Leo John and Chris the kids miss him and yes you are right the best form of security we are in the stages of buying a Shepard for the same reason , all the best Luke , Katrina and kids
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loki of Condor wrote:
I just got a reasonably large bolt and nut, drilled a hole for a small padlock, and have never used it.... Confused





Short work for an angle grinder but it kept me busy until beer o'clock.

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Exactly the same as I use mate.. Cool Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was just thinking earlier tonight about external lighting and realised I have a new double Par38 security light out in the shed, and a couple of new PaR 38 LED globes, and seeing that we have lithium now, no reason not to leave the inverter on all night and plug the security light in on the outside power point. Give a heart starter to anyone prowling around in the middle of the night. Might be worth a try. Might be providing a free give away too.

We were over in WA camped up at Mary Pools, and when I would go for a walk around the track in the middle of the night this big motorhome would light up the whole area if I walked within about 60 feet of it, scared the bejesus out of me the first time, - lovely cool quiet starry night, couldn't sleep, go for a walk - BANG daylight, set dogs off barking, sent this old fat bloke scurrying off into the dark.

Needless to say other nights I went the other way. They were obviously self contained too, - after all you wouldn't go out and walk 80 feet away for a midnight or early morning pee.
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