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I am going to Cape Cod next Monday. I have a suspicion that crime is higher there than my rural lake in NH. We will also be staying in a house without a garage. So I spent the day trying to research security options.

As best as I can tell, there are 2 kinds of theft, drive off and lift off. To protect against drive off, I will remove my spare tire and keep it in the car trunk. Chain the wheels to the frame of the trailer with heavy gauge chain and locks(http://www.amazon.com/Trimax-THEX50-THEX-Super-Chain/dp/B000W0RQY6 http://www.amazon.com/TRIMAX-MAX60-Shackle-U-Lock-Sleeve/dp/B000W0MOH0/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1407802021&sr=1-1&keywords=trimax+max60) and get a coupler lock. Now the thief needs to remove and provide 2 tires, or cut through some heavy chain, or break some solid locks.

I could find no You Tube videos or other videos/websites of easily defeating this pair of chain and locks, so I am hoping it will be enough of a deterrent to have the thieves find the next easiest target.

Using 4 more chains and locks, I plan on chaining the sparks down to the trailer frame. Hopefully this will be enough to deter lift away type thieves. Of course, when possible, we will park in such a way to make stealing even more difficult, with cars in the way.

So what are other folks doing for vacation security?
 

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Someone will always get it if they want it.
If I was traveling with a Spark I would have bought insurance (Which I did not).
Good Luck!
 

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I do the exact same thing your doing and hope for the best. My insurance only covers theft it is kept in a secure garage and stolen with visible signs of forced entry. Cost of insurance is 400 a year
 

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I didn't think that the Spark is in a lot of danger of being stolen. Most of the time you keep it in a garage or you are using it. It seems kind of difficult to steal since you'd have to put it in another truck and then drive away. Couldn't you just chain it to the trailer itself so that they wouldn't be able to remove it from the trailer?
 

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I have insurance, but what good is a check from the insurance company? I can't ride that. There are no more sparks around here. Plus there is a deductible.

Anyway, a few chains and locks, and a hope that my trip to the Cape will be fun.
 

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I have insurance, but what good is a check from the insurance company? I can't ride that. There are no more sparks around here. Plus there is a deductible.

Anyway, a few chains and locks, and a hope that my trip to the Cape will be fun.
I have insurance also, but you never win with insurance! better to not have to put a claim in, they just jack up your rates after anyways!

I have a lock on the receiver and one on the hitch, and I use a cable to lock them to the trailer at the bow hook. Other than that I figure if they want it bad enough they will get them anyways! A zip disk on a battery powered grinder will take care of a chain, and a couple of big guys can easily lift a spark and carry it away. Sounds like you have done enough that will be a deterrent they will just walk by and look for something easier to grab!
 

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I lock the tongue, then lock handle down on the tounge theeen run a cable thru the ski under the knee panels and lock the ski to a concrete block in the ground
(or you can lock it to something near by) and last but not least I run a cable thru the rim and around the frame of the trailer.
 

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I was thinking about putting one of these in series with the start button to complicate taking it from a dock. As had been said if they want it they will carry it away. At least with this a culprit cant just show up with a magnet and drive it away.

http://www.rfidadvance.com/
ya, you could do something like that, looks like its pretty much like the DESS system, but I would put money on BRP coming out with a DESS kit for the spark next year, they did it back in 95 where you could add DESS to certain models and the spark is already set up for DESS in the Ecm its just not turned on, some dealers actually activated the DESS system on early sparks by accident and they didn't have a way to turn it off until they came out with a new version of their diagnostic software.

In all reality what you could do is just wire in a switch in series with the tether switch and hide the switch in the glove box or even behind the left or right side panel and that would stop the magnet and drive off thief! That would be a lot cheaper! just don't show anyone what you did and be discrete when you use it.
 

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I really like those rfid kits. They are so cheap, I bought 4 of them but haven't really played with them yet. My only concern is how water proof the little module is. I would hate to flip the ski and then my rfid kit not work and leave me stranded. I would have to have a way to defeat it that is well hidden. I figure I could wire one of the rfid kits inline with the start button and put the antennae in the glove box. That way when I jump on all I have to do is throw the fob in the glove box and fire it up. Again my only concern is the water proofness of the module.
 
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