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I have been looking at rear corner steady locks and have found the Milenco yellow ones that are supposed to stop the screw thread being turned.

 

I already have another type where I can turn the thread with a pair of vice pliers.

 

I have looked in many caravan dealers for the Milenco steady to see how they fit without success.

 

Does anyone out there have the Milenco locks and how do they stop the bolt being turned with pliers or other means?.

 

Colin

Kia Sedona 2. 9TS CDI 2008/Swift Challenger 580 2009

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One of our friends has the steady locks that simply prevent use of the drive brace. I was considering these when I noticed the advert about the Milenco ones, which claim to prevent the thread being turned by such things as pliers. I have not yet discovered how they work but, when thinking about the expense, I need to know how secure they really are.

For example, many of these security devices only seem to cause delays; not complete prevention of the caravan being taken. Could the threads simply be sliced through with bolt cutters either side of the steady, and the legs wired to the chassis to keep them up for towing? If thieves come along with acetylene cutting gear, they will probably have other extreme strength tools with them.

 

It appears to me that the security market and the thieves are engaged in a game of leapfrog; meaning that all security devices have a limited useful life span in being able to do their job. Ultimately, the amount spent on security will not be reclaimable in the case of theft. Once you feel that the maximum amount of time delay has been achieved, then you have exhausted your options. Looking at the costs of these proprietry devices, the following points need to be considered.

(a) Can I make my own delaying devices, and make them as reliable as purchased ones?

(B) If the answer is YES then, on the basis that thieves study the bought types of devices, a good, DIY tool that is strange to them may be more effective.

 

I have considered replacing my wheel clamp with a length of specialist security chain that I found on the internet. The links are case-hardened and and are of 13mm diameter steel. With a top of the range padlock, this set up will be more difficult to cut at, because it is flexible so will not "stand still" in the same way as a rigid clamp. Enquiries with the C. C. insurance confirmed this method as satisfactory.

This chain would probably foil bolt cutters but, again, acetylene cutting gear is unstoppable.

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On our Elddis we have "tube" extensions as standard on the rear legs and we bought a pair of locks that have a hardened pin that locates through the "tube" with a lock on the end,this stops you inserting a leg brace onto the head of the corner steady,i know this won't stop a determined thief but i think the more security devices i can fit the longer it will take them to make off with the van and perhaps get noticed in the process

2012 Freelander SD4 HSE towing a 2007 Elddis Sunstyle GT 482

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Milenco also make tube locks but the van I am getting doesn't have tubes. I agree the more security the better

 

Colin

Kia Sedona 2. 9TS CDI 2008/Swift Challenger 580 2009

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