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Old 03-14-2014, 04:23 AM   #11
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These are some nice locks, you pull the cable tight then lock so they fit tight to anything.



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Old 01-08-2018, 10:16 AM   #12
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My two 30-gal tanks walked off while my trailer was sitting on a pad next to my driveway in a residential neighborhood. I cabled and locked the replacement tanks but then an RV tech explained an alternate theft prevention method. Flatten one of the two steel "wings" that are welded to the hold-down nut, then bend it back up at about the halfway point. Drill a hole through the flat part of that wing and a corresponding hole through the U-shaped steel bar with notches that secure the tank flanges. Crank everything down, line up the holes and install a padlock with a long shackle and lock 'em up tight.
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Old 01-08-2018, 10:23 AM   #13
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Old 01-08-2018, 11:13 AM   #14
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My two 30-gal tanks walked off while my trailer was sitting on a pad next to my driveway in a residential neighborhood. I cabled and locked the replacement tanks but then an RV tech explained an alternate theft prevention method. Flatten one of the two steel "wings" that are welded to the hold-down nut, then bend it back up at about the halfway point. Drill a hole through the flat part of that wing and a corresponding hole through the U-shaped steel bar with notches that secure the tank flanges. Crank everything down, line up the holes and install a padlock with a long shackle and lock 'em up tight.

I did this on mine and I believe others have as well. Don't have to flatten and bend anything. Just drill the hole in the flat portion of the wing and a corresponding hole through the U shaped notched bar. Slide a long shank padlock thru it and you're done. Beats the heck out of the chains and padlocks I was using. Just finished pulling one out to refill and replaced a few minutes ago - SO much easier.
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Old 01-08-2018, 11:20 AM   #15
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Funny how stuff just sprouts feet and walks away.



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There are as many ways to complete this mod as their are lock styles and drill sizes, but this is the way it was illustrated in a recent Trailer Life Magazine.

NOTE: A long shank padlock would work just as well as this "cylinder/rod lock".
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There are as many ways to complete this mod as their are lock styles and drill sizes, but this is the way it was illustrated in a recent Trailer Life Magazine.

NOTE: A long shank padlock would work just as well as this "cylinder/rod lock".
The problem with this, at least for my setup is the rod is just attached with a nut on the bottom... easily removed.

I guess it might slow them down enough to be noticed, but no guarantees.

Fortunately I have never had anyone mess with my trailer... "this is a neighborhood - This aint no residential district" /Richard Prior

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Old 01-08-2018, 05:30 PM   #18
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One of my propane tanks disappeared over the winter and the other one is empty. My guess is someone is borrowing them. They borrowed the first one, drained it and is now working on the seconded on. Hopefully, they'll return the seconded one before camping season. I would rather pay for the refills, than have to buy a new one as well and fill it. A 30 pound tank will cost me over $100 to purchase, initialize and fill.

Anyway, I don't want to make a habit of this, so I would like to secure my tanks. I've been looking at high quality bicycle chain/locks. Kryptonite makes very high quality chains that can't be easily cut without power tools. I can chain the two tanks together, but what will keep someone from unscrewing the top and just taking both tanks?

I'm sure that I'm not the first to have tanks stolen. Anyone have any suggestions?

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It might be a pain for you, but I would suggest just taking them home with you while your rig is in storage. A thief is going to get it if he wants it no matter lock or not.
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The problem with this, at least for my setup is the rod is just attached with a nut on the bottom... easily removed.

I guess it might slow them down enough to be noticed, but no guarantees.

Fortunately I have never had anyone mess with my trailer... "this is a neighborhood - This aint no residential district" /Richard Prior

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The rod is threaded into the base on pretty much all the LP trays. Allows for one tray and the choice of rod length for different size cylinders. I would think you could use some thread locker to further slow somebody down.
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