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Hi does anyone know of a hitch post that can be bolted into the ground instead of concreted as we have a pressed concrete drive 

thanks 

Rob

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Thanks web site only got 1 and have to concrete it in

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There’s lots on EBay for inspiration, you can also get security bolts to ensure it can’t be unbolted after installation 

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Hi insurance insists on hitch post not security post 

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have a look here http://www. crookstopper. com/caravan_trailer_hitch_posts. htm  or here http://www. crookstopper. com/caravan_trailer_posts. htm you can get security sleeve bolts or rawlbolts with security or shear off  heads to hold them down like these https://www. fastenright. com/products/security-fasteners/security-anchors

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Thanks one of those should do 

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1 hour ago, dobbo said:

Hi insurance insists on hitch post not security post 

That is a very strange requirement for Insurance.

May I ask who that is with?

 

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14 minutes ago, dobbo said:

Hi insurance insists on hitch post not security post 

 

A bolt down security post or hitch post usually relies on 4 x M10, or if you are very, very lucky M16 rawlbolts.

 

The base's are  on average 150mm x 150mm.

 

Many concrete drives are 150mm thick if you are lucky and the strength of the concrete can vary enormously from not much more than mortar to airport runway strength and quality.

 

On average the rawlbolts are 60mm to 80mm long.

 

Taking the best scenario, 150mm deep high spec concrete,  M10 shear bolts, it doesn't take much to wrap a chain around the post, give it a swift tug with a decently heavy vehicle and out it comes with possibly a nice 150mm x 150mm x 150mm concrete cube, the concrete nicely weakened by the 4x16mm holes for the rawlbolt and weakened more by the bolts being tightened at a torque greater than recommended thereby splitting the concrete, the " this will never come loose syndrome.

 

Now look at the buried post, many are 400mm + below ground, the hole is at least 150mm x 150mm, the better ones having a larger hole, deeper below ground post and more reinforcing bars.

 

So now you are trying to pull a 400mm + long x 150mm x 150mm lump of concrete out of the ground.

 

Even these can be pulled out of the ground eventually, but with great difficulty, more so with a caravan locked on the top.

 

I wonder why insurance companies insist on these ?

 

All caravan security devices, even those above can be overcome surprisingly quickly with a good quality battery angle grinder and the correct disc or a decent hydraulic spreader, if they want it, they will get it, all we try to do is delay the theft or by making it look difficult move them on to someone else's.

 

In your circumstances with a nice drive you don't want to disfigure. I can see only two options, bite the bullet and fit a buried post that complies with the insurance specs, have it professionally done, possibly by the original drive company, or have a smaller opening in the drive to bury a deep post with a 150mm x 150mm plate welded on top, allowing a ' bolted ' hitch post to be fitted if the insurance co would accept this.

 

Bearing in mind that any form of ' making holes ' in the drive may negate any warranty of the drive  if not done by the supplying company. !

 

Simple question, if you have a caravan worth £ 2,000 to £ 30,000, why quibble over an investment of couple of hundred quid that will give you a) peace of mind, b) cheaper insurance and c) something that will be useable for subsequent caravans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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