Caravan Hitch Lock

Caravan Hitch Lock

To understand what a caravan hitch lock is, you firstly need to know what the hitch is. If you don’t know what a hitch is, how are you going to fit the lock ? 🙂

Caravan Hitch

The very front of the caravan is the A frame. The very front of the A Frame is the hitch. It’s the part that attaches the caravan to the tow car. AL-Ko make 98% of caravan chassis in the UK, so the likelihood is your hitch will look something like this.

Caravan Hitch

So, meet the AKS-3004. This is the caravan hitch, it’s sometimes known as the stabiliser, this is because part of its job is to keep the caravan stable as you tow. The handle at the top lifts up to expose another handle which you in turn lift to open the hole at the bottom where the tow ball goes. I’m sorry, these articles can get a bit technical, but you know what I mean..

Now, where was I? Oh yes, the caravan hitch lock. So, to prevent anyone from stealing your pride and joy, you can purchase a lock that basically prevents anyone opening the hitch and therefore attaching to their very own tow car, which we obviously want to prevent. With the hitch locked, no one is going to steal your caravan. However, nothing in life is guaranteed and naturally where there’s a will there’s a way, nothing is perfect! You can only do your best.

Now you know what the hitch is we can look at ways to secure it when the caravan is off and indeed on the tow car. Yes, some locks are designed to be on the hitch whilst travelling. Now this subject opens up a can of worms. To test it, why not go onto a caravan Facebook group and ask if you should leave the hitch lock on whilst travelling.

If you’ve done it you’ll be looking for a way to cancel your Facebook account! What I’ll say is that some hitch locks are designed to be fitted whilst travelling, if you want to fit it then please go ahead. Just make sure it’s designed to be fitted whilst travelling as most aren’t.

Here’s the hitch lock I have.

AL-KO Safety Premium UK Black for AKS 3004
142 Reviews
AL-KO Safety Premium UK Black for AKS 3004*
  • Length: 156 mm.
  • Height: 194 mm.
  • Width: 191 mm.
  • Weight: 4890 g.

You can, of course, buy cheaper hitch locks, I just find this one of the easiest to fit and remove. It can also be left on whilst travelling, however, I’ve never done this. Why? Because I’ve read all the Facebook comments and it’s put enough doubt in my mind to not use it as such. You see, even internal caravan vloggers can doubt themselves sometimes…

Best Selling Locks

Which one should you buy? It’s a personal thing. I think they are much of a muchness. This article isn’t sponsored so I’m not going to convince you one way or the other. Find one to suit your budget and one that looks easy to fit. There is various safety standard such as “Sold Secure”. You could also talk to your insurance company as they may recommend one, they may indeed insist on a certain type.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Stronghold 5412C Hitch Lock (Alko) - Sold Secure
476 Reviews
Stronghold 5412C Hitch Lock (Alko) - Sold Secure*
  • Stronghold hitch hock (Alko) - Sold Secure NOTE:The Black and Grey handle on the image is part of a caravan and is used for illustration purposes only.
  • Hitch lock for use on AL-KO AK130, AK160, AKS1300, AKS2004, AKS3004 and AKS3504 couplings (including the new 2012 range)
  • Sold Secure tested and approved at Caravan Gold standard
  • Easy to fit hitched or unhitched, and a high-visibility deterrent
  • Comes with a handy storage case and plastic ball for extra security for fitting unhitched
Bestseller No. 2
CZC AUTO Trailer Hitch Lock Universal Tow Ball Coupler Security Kit Heavy Duty Anti-Theft Protection for Trailer Caravan Horsebox, 2 Keys Yellow*
  • UNIVERSAL: Ratchet is adjustable for 11 locking positions, make the space between the U-shape steel bar and the ball is 1-5cm. Suitable for all 50mm trailer coupling and perfectly fits 47.6mm, 50.8mm and 58.7mm Coupler.
  • HEAVY DUTY: 13mm steel U-shape bar with chrome plating; the body is constructed of aluminum alloy with yellow powder coating. High resistance to rust, corrosion & weathering. Also resists the drilling out, saw open & pry open.
  • EASY TO USE: Fits into the tow hitch in exactly the same manner as the tow ball on your vehicle. U-shape bar can slide on snugly over trailer hitches for easy adjustment. Quick to install and remove.
  • INTIMATE DESIGN: Spare Key Included (2 Safety key). Highly visible yellow colour helps to increase the Deterrent effect. Universal coupling lock to fit most caravans, horseboxes, trailers etc.
  • WARRANTY: 30-day money-back guarantee, 12-month warranty for quality-related issues. We will solve all quality-related issues through REPLACEMENT or FULL REFUND. If you have any questions when receiving or using our products, please contact us.
Bestseller No. 3
MSA Heavy Duty Tow Hitch Lock & Keys for Towing Caravan Trailer Security Trailer Lock*
  • KEEP YOUR CARAVAN OR TRAILER SAFE AND SECURE WITH THIS HITCH LOCK
  • VERY EASY TO APPLY AND USE
  • Locks onto the caravan/trailers hitch
  • Visible security that obstructs the tow hitch
  • Guards against theft of caravans and trailers, advanced locking mechanism for improved security
Bestseller No. 4
GADLANE Universal Trailer Hitch Lock - Robust Caravan Hitch Lock with 6 Locking Positions for Easy Installation made from Heavy-Duty Aluminium - Tow Ball Trailer Lock Security Kit - Includes 2 Keys*
  • THEFT PREVENTION NECESSITY - Unhitched and parked trailers are highly susceptible to theft or crime. If you own a boat, trailer, camper, or RV, you need this universal trailer hitch lock!
  • TOP QUALITY HITCH LOCK - This tow bar lock trailer security kit is robust and designed to withstand severe weather and theft. It’s manufactured with aluminium alloy and powder coating for lasting functionality.
  • EFFECTIVE AND EASY TO USE - No one else can hook their vehicle up to your trailer or camper when this trailer hitch lock is securely attached. Simply slot the ball section inside your trailer hitch, and you’re all set!
  • ADJUSTABLE UNIVERSAL FIT - This universal tow hitch lock includes 6 locking positions to fit nearly all trailer applications with a standard 50mm hitch. It’s a convenient and simple anti-theft solution!
  • INCLUDES 2 KEYS - If you’ve ever lost your keys, you understand the importance of a spare key. The bright yellow GADLANE Hitch Lock For Caravans & Trailers has you covered with 2 keys. Keep one in a safe place for insurance!
SaleBestseller No. 5
Hyfive Heavy Duty Hitch Lock for Caravan/ Trailer Stainless Steel With Padlock Security Lock for Caravan*
  • Keep your caravan or trailer safe and secure with this hitch lock, very easy to apply and locks onto caravan/trailers hitch.
  • Bright yellow for a visible deterrent. Made from 70mm steel with a thick locking bar. Stainless Steel hardened shackle padlock.
  • Heavy duty coupling hitch lock and two keys. An ideal security lock for vehicles, caravans and trailers. It has been constructed to suit hitches of most home use, regular trailers, touring cars etc.
  • Forged with carbon steel of high intensity and round heavy duty stainless steel padlock with 2 keys. Approximate Dimensions: 20cm Long x 9.6cm High x 10.5cm Wide.
  • Can also be attached whilst caravan or trailer is attached to your car securing the trailer to the vehicle when in car parks etc. Must not be fitted whilst driving.

*Last update on 2022-05-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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*Last update on 2022-05-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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