I put the Trailer Guardian through
the ultimate torture test-California.
If anyone really wants to steal your boat bad enough, there really isn't a lot
you can do about it. But since I was traveling through a number of different
cities, I wanted to take ever precaution that I could to ensure that my boat
would make it home safely.
So I contacted The Trailer Guardian by DuraSafe, Incorporated
of Wisconsin. I wanted to test this new safety and anti-theft device that the
manufacturer claimed could be installed in seconds. As far as installation is
concerned, this really is an easy product to use. The hardest part is removing
your ball from the ball mount and then sliding the Trailer Guarding on. Then
you reinstall the ball through the base and you're ready to hook up your
trailer. The last step is to secure the trailer coupler to the ball and the locking pin is what keeps it secure. It really is that
The product is designed to slow down most thieves and on my trip it did
allow me to sleep a little easier at nights when I'd leave my boat in the hotel
parking lot. I made it home without
any problems so as an anti-theft device, it passed the test with flying colors.
The Trailer Guardian also eliminates
the fear of an accidental trailer separation. You should always use your safety
chains when towing, but this product can help if a coupler is not properly
secured, you have a mismatched coupler and ball or if your equipment fails. These
are all just some of the reasons a decoupling situation can occur.
I like the design because it's easy
to use and will slow a boat thief down. But in order to really secure your
trailer and to keep it from disappearing in the night, you must have a locking pin for your actual trailer hitch package. If
not, someone could just pull the pin and get away with not only your trailer,
but also your ball hitch.
The Trailer Guardian retails for
around $45, depending on the model you choose and is available at leading boating
and fishing equipment retailers.