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Old 09-11-2019, 11:39 AM   #1
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I just bought a used ATV and I would really rather not trailer it back and forth. I hunt at a friend's ranch plus an adjoining place we lease. We have not had thief problems but of course it is always possible if not inevitable. Buying a storage container is not in the budget right now. I know that a determined thief with the right tools will get it no matter what I do (will have insurance for that) but I'm looking for the best way to thwart casual crooks. I have considered buying one of those locking boots people put on trailers that immobilize one wheel and cover the lug nuts but they look a bit flimsy. There is chain that can't be cut with bolt cutters ($10/ft!) I could buy some of that but under the carport where I plan to keep it there is nothing to chain to. Is there a way to chain it to itself so it can't be rolled? I guess I could dig a big hole and fill it with Quickcrete and anchor the chain to that. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
If a professional thief hits us it I can file an insurance claim - I just want to make stealing it as difficult as possible for wandering meth-heads
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Old 09-11-2019, 11:41 AM   #2
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Old 09-11-2019, 11:45 AM   #3
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I drilled a post hole and concreted in a chain. Thick wire rope run through my Ranger and a padlock to discourage would-be thieves.
But you said it right. A determined thief will do anything to get what you have.
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Old 09-11-2019, 11:45 AM   #4
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If it's worth Any amount of $, I would be more concerned with rats chewing your wiring harness up. I've seen this happen to lease trucks and UTV/ATV's. Haul it until you can get a container. I'm no help on securing it out in the open from thieves; sorry.
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Old 09-11-2019, 11:46 AM   #5
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I’d just dig the hole and drop 2-3 sacks of Quickcrete with some sort of anchor point buried in then cover it back up.
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Old 09-11-2019, 11:51 AM   #6
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I keep mine in a locked barn. Ranch owner is out daily. Has worked well for me
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Old 09-11-2019, 11:52 AM   #7
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Take the wheels off and chain it up....
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Old 09-11-2019, 11:59 AM   #8
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Chain it through the frame to a large tree. Harbor Freight has heavy duty chains for $30 and a pro series pad lock for $30.
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Old 09-11-2019, 12:18 PM   #9
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Run the chain thru the tire and then thru the frame.

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Old 09-11-2019, 12:20 PM   #10
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If it's worth Any amount of $, I would be more concerned with rats chewing your wiring harness up. I've seen this happen to lease trucks and UTV/ATV's. Haul it until you can get a container. I'm no help on securing it out in the open from thieves; sorry.
Was my first thoughts also. Had them do $1400 worth of damage to my grizzly. Upgraded to a UTV and bought a cargo trailer to store it in for that reason.
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Old 09-11-2019, 12:23 PM   #11
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I put insurance on mine and take the key out, if somebody wants it they will get it.
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Old 09-11-2019, 12:26 PM   #12
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Buying a storage container is not in the budget right now.
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Old 09-11-2019, 12:34 PM   #13
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Trailer it back and forth, would be the best bet. And I know you do not want to do that but leaving it outside is asking for rats,mice and meth heads.
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Old 09-11-2019, 12:35 PM   #14
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Been thinking on this too.

Buying a storage container is not in the budget right now

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Old 09-11-2019, 12:37 PM   #15
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If it were me I'd just trailer it back and forth unless someone stays there as their residence. If a thief wants it they get it or tear it up trying. I don't leave mine at my ranch cause I don't want to deal with the headache a thief would leave me with.

Back in the day my grandfather had a place near the Red River and it had a brick house, and a concrete floor metal shop. In the shop we had big thick chains concreted in where we would lock the 4 wheeler down. One day we showed up and the whole shop and house were cleaned out. No idea how they got that 4 wheeler out unless they had a grinder or cutter of some sort and plenty of time. After seeing that, I won't leave anything of that much value at my place. They destroyed everything that night.
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Old 09-11-2019, 12:40 PM   #16
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I just bought a used ATV and I would really rather not trailer it back and forth. I hunt at a friend's ranch plus an adjoining place we lease. We have not had thief problems but of course it is always possible if not inevitable. Buying a storage container is not in the budget right now. I know that a determined thief with the right tools will get it no matter what I do (will have insurance for that) but I'm looking for the best way to thwart casual crooks. I have considered buying one of those locking boots people put on trailers that immobilize one wheel and cover the lug nuts but they look a bit flimsy. There is chain that can't be cut with bolt cutters ($10/ft!) I could buy some of that but under the carport where I plan to keep it there is nothing to chain to. Is there a way to chain it to itself so it can't be rolled? I guess I could dig a big hole and fill it with Quickcrete and anchor the chain to that. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
If a professional thief hits us it I can file an insurance claim - I just want to make stealing it as difficult as possible for wandering meth-heads
I wouldn't waste my money on a cut proof chain. As mentioned, rats would be my concern.
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Old 09-11-2019, 12:46 PM   #17
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A DeWalt cordless grinder can cut through any chain or lock that is made,...…..you need to get it out of sight. You might consider parking it in the brush, covered with a canvas, camo tarp.
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Old 09-11-2019, 01:50 PM   #18
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A used cargo trailer,hitch lock,and a chain run through a wheel.If it's not a very attractive cargo trailer,you'll never have a thing to worry about.Found one on C.L.several years ago,cheap.Kept corn in too.It was handy at the place.

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Old 09-11-2019, 01:52 PM   #19
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John, I third the point about the rats. Those little critters can make short work of your buggy. I have to trailer mine for 6 hours and hate it but it really beats the alternative. After I retire, I will get a storage container, but for now I just suck it up and trailer it.
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Old 09-11-2019, 01:56 PM   #20
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Is it not an option to load it in the bed of your truck?
That would be best and you don't have to trailer it.

I do this during season. Strap my cooler to the back of it and one on the tailgate.
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Old 09-11-2019, 02:01 PM   #21
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Are you able to build a small utility shed, out of sight out of mind? That may help with mice too depending on how well you build it. You could also get a nice cover for it and go park it out in the brush where nobody would know to look.
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Old 09-11-2019, 02:26 PM   #22
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Rats and mice have done some serious damage to atvs at the camp when left out.

Cargo trailer with a ramp. Sprinkle snake away at the lower door seam keeps little critters out.

A well hidden trail camera looking over camp also helps. Everyone loves tracking down a perp.


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Old 09-11-2019, 02:39 PM   #23
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I take a wheel with me if I think itíll be a problem. Could also take the battery.


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Old 09-11-2019, 02:49 PM   #24
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Like many have said, just due to rats chewing on wires is why I trailer my UTV back and forth.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:09 PM   #25
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i chain mine to my camper
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:10 PM   #26
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Was my first thoughts also. Had them do $1400 worth of damage to my grizzly. Upgraded to a UTV and bought a cargo trailer to store it in for that reason.


They hit my ranger... was going to have to replace the entire harness as Polaris uses 1 piece harness but the mechanic had some extra plugs from old harnesses he took out. $100 later I was on my way.


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Old 09-11-2019, 03:24 PM   #27
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If I did not have an indoor secure area or if I could not trailer it I would hide it away from camp in the timber with a camo tarp over it. Rats can be a problem in some areas and not in others. We hunted around Thurber for about 20 years. The ranch trucks and atvs never had any rat chewing damage.

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Old 09-11-2019, 04:08 PM   #28
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When Googling the rat/mice problem with ATVs I saw lots of people saying to use mothballs, dryer sheets, peppermint oil and a product called FreshCab. There were just as many people saying none of those worked for them. The most inventive idea was a guy who said he parks his quad on top of some kind of wire mesh attached to a solar fence charger. I wonder if that would work?
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:13 PM   #29
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At my old lease, we were lucky to have not had a single theft in the 11 years I was there. One guy left his Ranger out there all the time. Another left his 4-wheelers during the season. I carried mine in the bed of my truck each trip.
The guy who left his 4-wheelers bought two big shipping crates with doors on them. He locked the ATV's up in there (granted, anyone with a crowbar could take the door off quickly).
He had $500 worth of mice damage to his wiring once, and another $350 another time.
For some reason, the Ranger sitting under a covering was never attacked by the rodents.
Mice also chewed up the little air tube in the gas tank on my ATV stored inside my barn at home.
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:17 PM   #30
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The most inventive idea was a guy who said he parks his quad on top of some kind of wire mesh attached to a solar fence charger. I wonder if that would work?
Hmmmm...

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Old 09-11-2019, 04:25 PM   #31
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When Googling the rat/mice problem with ATVs I saw lots of people saying to use mothballs, dryer sheets, peppermint oil and a product called FreshCab. There were just as many people saying none of those worked for them. The most inventive idea was a guy who said he parks his quad on top of some kind of wire mesh attached to a solar fence charger. I wonder if that would work?
Sure would, if the thief were barefoot...
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:30 PM   #32
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I left my Ranger at a lease once for a month, then it was in the shop for two weeks. Rats ! Never again....
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:34 PM   #33
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My buddy and I stored ours outside unlocked but under a covered area one season. The rats loved his atv and did some work on mine as well. Bought a covered trailer with ramp on the back. Never had a problem since then. 12 years. Trailer Doors have locks and a lock on the trailer tongue. Again if someone wants it they will get it. But at least the rats canít eat it. Good Luck


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Old 09-11-2019, 04:37 PM   #34
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Chain and padlock it to something is all you can do. If they want it they will get.
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:48 PM   #35
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insurance is cheaper than some of these ideas. I parked mine in the brush away from camp for years and never had an issue with it.
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:48 PM   #36
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We never had any mice problems leaving them out. We would hide them in the wood , locked up with a chain. As added piece of mind we would also cover them with a camo tarp.
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:00 PM   #37
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Build a small enclosure just big enough to put the buggy or four-wheeler in. You could even make it look like a picnic table or something.
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:05 PM   #38
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I have a 12" guide wire anchor in the ground with logging chain through it, the wheel and the boat trailer along with a tongue lock to discourage honest thiefs at the coast from borrowing our boat. You could do something similar for a wheeler.



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Old 09-11-2019, 08:45 PM   #39
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How about a self storage in the nearest town. Rent it for a few months during the season, Pick up the trailer on the way in, drop it off on the way out. Insure it for theft. Also have dry safe storage for anything else you may not want to haul back and forth. we did this at Brownwood for a couple of seasons.
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:45 PM   #40
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Are there any close neighbors where you could store it when you aren't there?
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:35 AM   #41
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At my place in Coleman I put mine in the barn and lock it up. Land owners is through every couple days and keeps an eye on stuff. At my place in Young county I pull it under my 5th wheel and put a chain around it. If a thief wants it they’re going to get it!
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:15 AM   #42
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If a thief wants it bad enough he will get it! If a rat wants it bad enough he will get to it. A 5 lb rat can squeeze through a 1"x1" hole!
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:34 AM   #43
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Any of yall with storage problems in South Texas that go through Beeville give us a call. We are a full service vehicle storage facility that will keep the rodents out and your vehicle running and clean year round. All you have to do is let us know when you will be coming through and we will have your buggy ready to go on your trailer, all you need to do is hook up and roll. When you drop it off after the hunt we will get it cleaned up and stored until your next trip.

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Old 09-12-2019, 11:37 AM   #44
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Conex only for me
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Old 09-12-2019, 01:50 PM   #45
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Peppermint oil spray for the rats. LoJack for when they cut the chain. They found mine 2 hrs after I reported it stolen.
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