With the price of scrap copper wire near $2 a pound, it's not a wonder that some unscrupulous folks might target what's easily available and steal it away. For RVers, a very heavy piece of copper wire containing "stuff" is that fine power cord that tethers your RV to the shore power post. While thieves would have to be pretty bold to run up and steal your shore power cord while you're parked and using it, the same can't be said when your rig is not in use, and simply parked someplace in storage.
For some, power cords can be completely disconnected from the rig and locked away in a compartment. But others don't have that luxury. Our travel trailer power cord is always connected at the "RV end" of the cable, and when not in use, is simply shoved away into a hole through a sidewall port. That means when we're not looking, any old crummy thief could run up, pull our cord out of the port, whack it off, and make off with it. Not a pleasant thought.
This simple but clever device is like a high impact aircraft grade aluminum vault that securely mounts to the side of your RV. With the PowerLock cover door closed and locked, there's no way (short of cutting a hole in the side of your RV) to reach in and grab the power cord. Time to hook up to shore power? Insert your key, give it a turn, and pull open the door. Inside the cover a standard (pre-existing or owner provided) plastic cover opens, giving easy access to the power cord and plug. Yard out whatever amount of cable you need, then close and relock the door. It's easy, and it's decidedly secure.
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After a year of use, our PowerLock was going strong, keep the cable safe from bad guys when our rig was not in use. Then one fatal day, motoring down Interstate 40 in Arizona, we blew a trailer tire. From the driver seat, the pilot could see the rig power cord streaming out from behind us. Sure enough, that blown tire had ripped open the PowerLock door, snagged the power cord, and jerked it all out ‘til the end of the cable full stopped.
They’re a tough beast to defeat.
You can find Torklift PowerLock on Amazon.