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Road Trip Safety: Avoiding Theft of Your Tow Bar and Trailer

By EugeneYeng Subscribe to RSS | February 27th 2012 | Views:

One of the biggest risks when taking a long road trip is theft. And, while there are personal things you can do to protect yourself and your family, do not forget to take the necessary measures to ensure that your personal effects are not lifted from your possession in a motel parking lot during the early morning hours. Theft is a crime that cannot be predicted and few things can attract thieves quite like a hitched trailer in the middle of the night. After all, the trailer alone is valuable enough to make the caper worthwhile, much less any valuables that may be inside of it.

This isn’t meant to scare you, but instead, simply remind you that there are things you can have added to your tow bar apparatus that can ensure that your belongings remain where you left them the night before. Accessorize your towbars properly, and you will have the peace of mind in knowing that thieves cannot take advantage of your vulnerable trailers wherever your travels may take you. The following items are considered “must haves” when taking that cross-country journey and towing a trailer with you:

Hitch Pin Locks

While it may seem trivial, the theft of ball mounts is very common. They are usually very easy to remove, and once taken, can offer a quick turnaround financially for the thief. A hitch pin lock ensures that your ball mount is attached to your tow bar in a way that prevents a simple “single bolt” removal of the mount itself. This is a great deterrent for ball mount theft.

Dual Trailer Locks

If you’re like many travelers, you like to bring your boat or jet skis to the lake for a weekend away. However, they are quite vulnerable when left on the trailer unsupervised. Dual trailer locks prevent the removal of the nut directly below the towbar, which makes the removal of the trailer next to impossible. Another added perk to this safety accessory: insurance companies love it!


This device is something that serves a couple of purposes for your trailer. Initially, it’s designed to ensure that your trailer hitch lines up over the ball mount every time without strenuous guidance or effort. However, it falls into our safety conversation because it also secures the trailer to the vehicle, preventing an easy “grab” for any passerby that finds your trailer enticing.

Safety on the road is one thing, but when you are considering the thefts that occur every year on highways across the globe, there is no doubt that security of your towing trailers is an important contingency to keep in mind. Many Brisbane towbars installation outlets will have a wide variety of products that they can install to ensure that your trailer is only removed when you want it to be. In many ways, this is your way of getting a personalized insurance policy on the trailer itself and any personal property you store inside of it.

Tow bars are essential to the avid road trip enthusiast, and while they are often built with incredible craftsmanship and are installed with great care, thieves understand exactly how to remove the bolts that release the trailer from the towing vehicle. Don’t fall victim to petty crimes such as property theft, and instead, put the necessary accessories in place to not only deter any questionable personalities, but prevent them from following through on their goals. Trailer theft can be facilitated through a number of tow bar designs, but if you keep these particular items in mind, you can avoid becoming another road trip theft statistic.

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