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hitch locks for Atwood tongue on Flagstaff TT

Unread postby catmom on Sat Apr 19, 2008 3:15 pm

We just put a deposit down on an 08 Flagstaff TT (831RLSS) and are due for our PDI next week. We have a hitch lock that covers the entire front of the tongue and screws up into the ball receptor - we've used it for years, both with our PUP and now with our HTT. However, the tongue on the Flagstaff looks very different - the ball receptor looks like it's recessed down into the flange (and the actual receptor protrudes below the flange quite a bit.) Our current lock will not fit on this new tongue, so we need to find something effective that does. The one we have is made by Masterlock, but we haven't been able to find anything currently available from that company. Guardian makes some that are quite similar, though. Anyone have any ideas?
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Re: hitch locks for Atwood tongue on Flagstaff TT

Unread postby ButteBumBob on Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:14 pm

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Re: hitch locks for Atwood tongue on Flagstaff TT

Unread postby catmom on Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:19 pm

There are a few possibilities there; we've seen many on other websites too. Thanks for the link - added it to my favorites list and we can peruse it from there. I'm sure there's something out there that will work.
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Re: hitch locks for Atwood tongue on Flagstaff TT

Unread postby PrivatePilot on Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:12 am

The ones like Bob linked to are the best options - one that completely blocks the ball receptacle.

Other lesser locks that simply lock the latching mechanism aren't really good for much if someone is determined to steel your rig - they'll just use a smaller ball (that will just slip into the locked coupler anyways) for a short distance at the initial theft, and then hack off the lock (or knock it off, many small ones are pretty weak) and hitch up properly for the rest of the drive.

The ones that completely block the ball receptacle stops the "snatch and run" thefts since they need to spend time before the theft hacking off the lock before they can even go anywhere else to hide their actions.
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Re: hitch locks for Atwood tongue on Flagstaff TT

Unread postby catmom on Sun Apr 20, 2008 6:46 pm

I agree on the locks that cover the hitch ball - we've been using one on our current & past trailers. However, the hitch ball on the new one is shaped very differently, and the old lock won't fit. It's hard to find one that will. I wish we knew the model # of ours; will have to post a picture so you can see what I mean.

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See how high the flange is around the ball receptor? Most of the locks that cover the ball aren't constructed to allow for this.
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Re: hitch locks for Atwood tongue on Flagstaff TT

Unread postby PrivatePilot on Sun Apr 20, 2008 7:00 pm

Hmm, that's a new one indeed.

Why is it that there's so many different designs....sometimes manufacturers can't leave well enough alone, I guess.
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Re: hitch locks for Atwood tongue on Flagstaff TT

Unread postby LA_Bolt_Fan on Tue May 13, 2008 1:37 am

I had an extra ball, so I just put it in and then lock it. Probably better than nothing.
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Re: hitch locks for Atwood tongue on Flagstaff TT

Unread postby catmom on Tue May 13, 2008 10:15 am

We did find a lock set that works - doesn't fit perfectly, but should still foil all but the most determined professional thieves. :) I can't remember where we got it - will have to ask DH (he ordered it).
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Re: hitch locks for Atwood tongue on Flagstaff TT

Unread postby Limey on Tue May 13, 2008 12:11 pm

I had a hitch like that on my Jayflight TT. I used one of these - this one is available here HeartlandLock, but I would recommend that you measure the width of the flange on the hitch and check with them what the spread is on the lock, before laying out any cash! Mine would only go in one way around if my memory serves me correctly. I also used a lock through the catch on the top of the hitch (also shown below) I use them both on my boat trailer now:
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Re: hitch locks for Atwood tongue on Flagstaff TT

Unread postby catmom on Tue May 13, 2008 9:47 pm

Limey, that's the one we got, and it was from Heartland - that definitely rang a bell. That was the first locking pin we've seen that would fit our hitch, in fact. DH ordered them together so they use the same key.
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Re: hitch locks for Atwood tongue on Flagstaff TT

Unread postby Rough2000 on Fri May 30, 2008 3:59 pm

If you camp in a real bad area, you may try one of these :mrgreen:

http://www.tirelock.com/product.php?cid=1
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Re: hitch locks for Atwood tongue on Flagstaff TT

Unread postby Limey on Fri May 30, 2008 4:02 pm

Rough2000 wrote:If you camp in a real bad area, you may try one of these :mrgreen:

http://www.tirelock.com/product.php?cid=1


A fancy version of our good old Denver Boot! :)
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Re: hitch locks for Atwood tongue on Flagstaff TT

Unread postby catmom on Fri May 30, 2008 6:55 pm

We saw one of those boots at the RV show in January; it looked interesting. So far I don't think we need it. We'll of course hope we don't! We try not to camp in "bad areas." :)
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Re: hitch locks for Atwood tongue on Flagstaff TT

Unread postby mopar1973 on Sun May 29, 2011 9:15 am

I've got the exact same hitch as CatMom... I normally just stick a master lock in the provided hole on the hitch latch... Vehicle thieft is real low in Idaho most people leave there keys in the ignition. :roll:
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