Formerly Known as Newbie
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Helsinki, Finland
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I've pondered this question a bit with my kayak trailer. When I go paddling, I leave bike and trailer behind, sometimes for several days. My solution: find secure parking.
The trailer is a relatively long and clumsy looking affair, without the kayak it's not even obvious what it actually is. Number one concern for me is vandalism rather than theft, but there's not much one can do about that. In all I have three locks: a ring lock for bike's rear tyre, a U-lock to connect bike frame to a solid object, and finally a flimsy chain to immobilize the trailer and connect it to bike frame. When I park the combo, I first lock my bike into something solid, then disconnect the trailer from the hitch and park it next to bike so I can run the flimsy chain lock through the bike frame.
In my case, getting heavy and expensive locking hardware for the trailer doesn't make sense, as the trailer disassembles into manageable parts for storage with just one common size hex key (frame) and a spanner (wheels). From what I've seen, many utility trailers are equally easy to disassemble. Replacing the hex bolts with something more exotic doesn't help with vandalism. So I concentrate on trying to find safe parking instead. So far it has worked for me.
Last edited by Juha; 02-23-13 at 04:17 PM.