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Old 07-16-2019, 06:42 PM   #1
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https://www.brycefastener.com/securi...-products.html

Not sure Bryce fabricates alternatives to locking hitch pins (no anwer to my query from a few days ago) but wondering about a more tamper resistant hitch pin set up for some additional piece of mind?

Has anyone experienced the loss of their hitch/custom hitch accouterments/bike rack/box as the result of tampering w/ a locking hitch pin (OR is this a proposed solution to a problem that so rarely exists)?

(BTW-their minimum order is $100...a few interested might group up & I have NO affiliation w/ Bryce).
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Old 07-16-2019, 07:24 PM   #2
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Default Re: Secure (more?) Hitch Pins

I use these Locking Anti-Rattle Receiver Pin from U-Haul.
https://www.uhaul.com/MovingSupplies...-Pin/?id=16372

Amazon - Trimax TAR300 Anti-Rattle 5/8" Keyed Receiver Locking Pin System https://www.amazon.com/Trimax-401021...gateway&sr=8-5
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Old 07-16-2019, 09:20 PM   #3
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A cordless die grinder will cut a locking hitch pin faster than I can type this sentence! I do use locking pins on an adjustable hitch to discourage friends that borrow a trailer from changing my set up.
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Old 07-16-2019, 09:59 PM   #4
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https://www.brycefastener.com/securi...-products.html

Not sure Bryce fabricates alternatives to locking hitch pins (no anwer to my query from a few days ago) but wondering about a more tamper resistant hitch pin set up for some additional piece of mind?

Has anyone experienced the loss of their hitch/custom hitch accouterments/bike rack/box as the result of tampering w/ a locking hitch pin (OR is this a proposed solution to a problem that so rarely exists)?

(BTW-their minimum order is $100...a few interested might group up & I have NO affiliation w/ Bryce).
Have a look at this site. They are really good to deal with and, Oregon, no sales tax.

http://www.hitchsource.com/locks-pins-c-38_39.html
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Old 07-16-2019, 11:59 PM   #5
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A cordless die grinder will cut a locking hitch pin faster than I can type this sentence!
The choice to do nothing to deter would-be thieves makes no sense either. Two guys with a grinder and a shotgun may well take anything they want, but a bike/spare tire dual hitch setup with multiple levels of deterrence, including remote control vibration alarms, multiple locks will slow them down. Such a setup may lead the thieves to go to the next, easier opportunity. I described my setup in the related modified tire carrier/bike rack thread.
Also, checking insurance coverage to assure bikes are covered against loss is important.
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Old 07-17-2019, 01:23 AM   #6
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The choice to do nothing to deter would-be thieves makes no sense either. Two guys with a grinder and a shotgun may well take anything they want, but a bike/spare tire dual hitch setup with multiple levels of deterrence, including remote control vibration alarms, multiple locks will slow them down. Such a setup may lead the thieves to go to the next, easier opportunity. I described my setup in the related modified tire carrier/bike rack thread.
Also, checking insurance coverage to assure bikes are covered against loss is important.
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Agree, seems ardent bike thieves thoroughly factor the time/effort it will take with each successive hardware hurdle and will attempt an easier target (vs. a more desirable-expensive bicycle to steal/part out).

We also sport a very visible 3/8" (thick links) Abus chain/lock w/sheath through all four wheels-two triangles on the bikes....tho have a keen eye toward your decibel deterrent while camped at night (believe a contributor to this forum posted last summer that she had her e-bike stolen, thrown in the back of a truck as she saw it speeding away) AND some atypical hitch pin hardware.

Here in CO, the bicycle stealing syndicates clearly target along the interstates, metros but not always...the time of day/location makes a huge difference (Last week returning from Leadville in front of the Frisco, CO Whole Foods at about noon, my Wife saw two, grunge-clad, young men eyeing the back of our Unity w/our locked bikes-she did not see any visible tools).

Perhaps the homeowner's insurance may cover the stolen gear (post deductible).
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Old 07-17-2019, 01:27 PM   #7
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we were spending the night at an Ohio Turnpike rest area. The turnpike crew showed up in the morning to place concrete around a recently-replaced fresh water hydrant. I chatted up the crew as I filled our fresh water tank.

They commented on our bike rack, and said it looked like a good one (1up USA)

also, said you might be surprised at how many of these they find in the middle of the turnpike, and the spectacular accidents they can cause.

said they found one with three bikes and a spare tire in the left lane.


so the moral of the story is that theft is not the only reason to pay close attention to how your bike rack is attached to the hitch.
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:36 PM   #8
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ugh, yep....gotta be vigilant & tighten 'em down regularly-especially on the back of our previous TT where the bikes would buck like a PBR rider on the back of a rank, bucking bull (1Up's popularity means a plethora of the custom allen wrenches are out there-bought a couple of their locks that block access to tightening screw-lock entry...hopefully an added deterrent for thieves to find an easier target but a lil' more of hassle re-tightening). thanks.
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Old 07-17-2019, 07:22 PM   #9
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We also sport a very visible 3/8" (thick links) Abus chain/lock w/sheath through all four wheels-two triangles on the bikes....tho have a keen eye toward your decibel deterrent while camped at night (believe a contributor to this forum posted last summer that she had her e-bike stolen, thrown in the back of a truck as she saw it speeding away) AND some atypical hitch pin hardware.
I have a stupid newbie question! To what do you actually lock the bicycles when they are on the rack? Just the rack itself, or can the abus chain loop around the hitch receiver or some other more permanently anchored piece of the motor home itself?
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Old 07-17-2019, 08:57 PM   #10
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I run a cable through the towing chain securing loops on the factory hitch, from there under the bike rack, through both sets of wheels, frames, and secured with a combination lock.
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