Has anyone here actually had their ATV stolen or messed with while parked at a Trailhead? If so, where, and what would you do differently? I have never had any problems in Colorado, nor have I heard of anyone having theft issues here in the National Forest. I'm sure it happens but if it were common I would think news of that would circulate more on a local level.
I have used the cable/padlock option and also have left it unlocked. I haven't had a problem yet, but am concerned that it will be there when I come back. I could probably wrap the winch cable around a tree and tighten it too.
My buddy (this is So. California mind you) hides his in brush then removes a spark plug and replaces it with a busted one. One time he heard some asshat trying to start it and he fired a shot when he was 20' away. The guy nearly had a heart attack. My pal had shot into the ground but this guy didn't know that...and then told the would-be thief he had twenty seconds to get outta range. Was probably tough to run in jeans filled with BM but he moved pretty quick. LOL
I also just pull key also and leave it. But again like others have stated that’s why i have it insured. But i also feel the areas I’m leaving my UTV there isn’t going to be much activity around anyways
I winch nice and close to a good sized tree. Not gonna stop someone determined though. Thought of pulling a tire and stashing it. Definitely get a locking gas cap, dont wanna make it that easy for someone to mess with your fuel system. No fooproof way that ive seen. Keep us posted if you find any GPS alternatives.
Locks only keep honest people out and a bolt cutter is a common tool in the thief's toolbox, along with cordless grinders.
What about a hidden kill switch? Too easy to find with some time?
I'd assume it's far enough off of roads to require someone to drive it out, so disabling it to be driven out, whether it be the spark plug trick, remove and hide a wheel, hide another critical part would work pretty good.
Pretty tough to hide an atv off a trail without making some sort of track to where it was stashed unless you spend time repositioning bushes, etc.
I keep mine locked in my shop during hunting season but on other trips Iv disabled it plug wires battery cable something light and easy to throw in the pack. Also disabled one I found a couple miles into a wilderness area game warden chewed my arse pretty good when I gave him the plug wires but also thanked me for the waypoint and tip off.