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    How Do You Keep Your Trick Steps From Being Stolen?

    I am in the process of ordering trick steps for my boat trailer. I'm excited to get em but at that price, I was wondering if anyone has secured theirs so someone doesn't steal them off the trailer while gone fishing? Just wondering...

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    Welder and a can of spray paint

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    Burr the nuts. or a spot weld on the bolts
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    Yup, That's what Joe said at Trick Step. Spot weld the bolt ends on the nuts. I'll have to find a buddy who has a welder and owes me a favor....lol
    Thanks for the replies.

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    If they have bolts holding them on a battery powered saw will cut them off easy. You actually need to weld them to the trailer if your afraid someone will steal them.

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    AR 15
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    Quote Originally Posted by adventurejack View Post
    Yup, That's what Joe said at Trick Step. Spot weld the bolt ends on the nuts. I'll have to find a buddy who has a welder and owes me a favor....lol
    Thanks for the replies.
    Or with enough leverage just twist them until they shear off.

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys...I especially like the "AR 15" LOL... I know if someone wants to take it bad enough they can find a way, but I'd like to detour most of the guys with at least something that'd slow them down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adventurejack View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions guys...I especially like the "AR 15" LOL... I know if someone wants to take it bad enough they can find a way, but I'd like to detour most of the guys with at least something that'd slow them down.
    A warning shot usually works pretty well
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    So I installed the steps then took the trailer to a friend who put a bead of weld across the top of the bracket. Someone will have to want them pretty bad to get em off now. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Commanche20 View Post
    A warning shot usually works pretty well
    or maybe a .22 around the knees, make em limp away

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bandone View Post
    or maybe a .22 around the knees, make em limp away
    ouch!

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    Pretty much any high speed projectile will deter or stop the thief
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    Cap 'em in the knee with a small caliber.
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    I tend to go to only a few boat ramps to lower the chance of someone breaking into my truck or taking anything off the trailer.

    That and good insurance are about all I can do.
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