Bulldog Security Ltd are a UK company based in Shropshire and produce a wide range of security products for cars, vans, caravans, trailers and many larger vehicles. As well as their caravan wheel clamp they also make alarms, hitch locks, tracking systems and caravan stabilisers. They have a unique locking bolt mechanism which has a case hardened shaft with a 10 pin anti drilling and anti lock picking offering exceptional security.
The bulldog caravan wheel clamp range has 10 different products broken into the Titan wheel clamp range, the Centaur wheel clamp, the Euroclamp and the QD range. Most of the wheel clamps produced by Bulldog are Sold Secure Gold approval with only a few in the Silver approval.
Probably the most popular Bulldog wheel clamp will be in the Titan range. Like most other caravan wheel clamps a great feature of the Bulldog Titan wheel clamp is their high visibility. Straight away potential thieves can see they will need to work hard to pinch your caravan and often this visual deterrent will be enough to keep them away.
There is only really one wheel clamp in the Euroclamp range suitable for fitting to a caravan and that is the EM500SS although this wheel lock alone will not satisfy any insurance company if you add locking wheel nuts to your caravan it can obtain Sold Secure approval. The EM600SS is a pack that contains the WS5 Alloy Wheel Locking Bolts already and a carry case for the wheel clamp
The Centaur caravan wheel clamp is very similar in construction to the Titan wheel clamp but comes with adjustable arms that allow fitment to a variety of wheel sizes. It can be adjusted to fit wheels from 140mm wide to 260mm wide and 460mm diameter to 760mm maximum. This makes this a good caravan wheel clamp if you are in the habit of changing your caravan often.
The Bulldog QD range is a light weight caravan wheel clamp that still gets the Sold Secure Silver approval and can satisfy many insurance companies. This bulldog wheel clamp has been given ‘Best Buy’ from Auto Express and Practical Caravan and all testing participants noted the lack of moving parts and it’s simplicity to fit. It was however its lightweight that made this caravan wheel clamp ideal for touring caravans.
Milenco are UK based company with there production factory in Milton Keynes and have been producing their caravan wheel clamp since 1993. According to their information every caravan wheel clamp they produce has been tested by Practical Caravan magazine and been awarded the 'Best Buy' and claim it has been undefeated in every attack test performed by the magazine since 1999. They have developed a few other items aimed specifically at the caravan market boasting "..every new product launched by Milenco has been proven to offer significant benefits over other existing products..." So far they have a range of caravan wheel clamps, caravan hitchlocks and additional caravan security devices along with caravan mirrors, steps, thermal blinds and leveling ramps among many other items for your caravan.
Milenco Caravan Wheel Clamp
There are in fact seven different caravan wheel clamps produced by Milenco but it is the standard one I’m talking about here. New and re-engineered for 2009, this Milenco caravan wheel clamp claims that it is now even easier to line up and that it has still defended against every simulated attack test for the last 10 years. The results from these security tests are what make the Milenco probably the best caravan security product and the reason why it has achieved both Sold Secure and SCM MP03 approved certificates.
Milenco Wheel Clamp Security
This caravan wheel clamp has been purposefully designed as an anti-theft wheel clamp and has been constructed with hardened steel to resist sawing and freezing. It has a great pick-proof lock that is built in to the clamp instead of whelded on. The locking mechanism itself has been built with a corrosion-proof brass material with hardened inserts that are exceptionally resistant to picking, chiseling and drilling.
Caravan Wheel Clamp Sizes
There are three Milenco wheel clamp sizes that fit caravan wheels. The C13 will fit all caravan wheel sizes 165/R13, 175/R13, 175/70R, 185/70R13, 185/65R14. The C14 will fit wheels 175/R14, 185/70R14, 195/70R14 and 185R13 with the last one C15 fitting 205/65R15. Milenco have a pdf file that lists the caravan models and their wheels and what Milenco caravan wheel clamp you will need. Right click HERE and save file to your Desktop or My Documents. You will need a pdf reader to read the file and can get a free one from Adobe here.
Whether you have just bought a new caravan or a used caravan, securing your purchase should be your number one priority. Most if not all insurance companies these days insist on a good alarm, a hitch lock along with a caravan wheel clamp. The security of your caravan should be broken down into four sections with each part requiring different types of caravan security measures.
1. Parked outside your home is the most classic place for your caravan to be stolen from. Just because it’s near doesn’t mean it’s safe so you should have the full lock down as I call it when it’s parked outside for anything more than an afternoon. This would include hitch lock, alarm on and wheel clamp in place
2. Long term storage for the winter for example in something like a warehouse or such places will have their own security but this should be considered an add layer of caravan security and not the only security. Again when leaving the caravan in winter storage you should have hitch lock, wheel clamp and alarm all set up before you leave the
caravan. Check with the storage company that you will be able to do this as some prefer to park the van for you but you won’t be able to check the security of it before you leave.
3. While on holiday at the camp site it is all too easy to forget about security but a few minutes when you arrive locking the caravan down can safe a lot of heartache and hassle later on. Hitch lock and wheel clamps don’t take long to fit and the alarm should be armed each time the caravan will be left empty.
4. While parked at service stations on route home or holiday is another classic location for opportunistic thieves to strike. Ensuring all windows are locked and the caravan alarm enabled before you run off for a coffee or toilet break will ensure it’s not your caravan that is broken into.
Not only will keeping these points in mind keep your caravan safe and secure but in the grander scheme of things you could save money on your caravan insurance. Using the recommended caravan wheel clamp and/or hitch lock can reduce your policy costs.