PRODUCT TEST: BOLT LOCK

October 2019 Product Tests, News Steve Janes Web Exclusive

There are a ton of trailer locks available on the market. But the trouble with all those locks is that you end up with all those lock keys. Wouldn’t it be nice to have all these locks work with just one key … say, even your truck key?

Bolt Locks has designed a series of locks that can accommodate all your needs and can be programmed to match your truck key.

The secret to this is that you use your truck key to set the lock tumblers. The process is simple—remove the warning sticker, insert your key and turn it clockwise as far as it goes. Once it’s done, it’s done. One key will fit all your programmed locks.

Bolt Locks has locks to fit receivers, tool boxes, spare tire locks, coupler pin locks, padlocks, cable locks, off-vehicle coupler locks and collar/kingpin locks, etc.

We took the Bolt Off-Vehicle Coupler Lock to program it for our Dodge truck since we’re always pulling trailers loaded with snowmobiles and side-by-sides. Often we have to drop these trailers and leave them unattended for a time. It’s nice to be able to secure the hitch so someone doesn’t drive away with our toys.

The Off-Vehicle Coupler Lock is solid and well-designed to secure the hitch. The locking system is clean and easily accessible. It takes only a minute to attach it. It retails for $74.99.

We also tried the Cable Lock. This is perfect for securing equipment or bicycles. The lock is slick … and it’s the same key that fits our truck. It retails for $39.99.

The only downside to this system is that if you sell your truck (and we assume the keys are going with the truck), then you may as well give the locks away with the truck and purchase a new system. But that’s okay, the prices are very reasonable and Bolt Lock offers discounts for loyal customers.

Instructions

1) Insert your car key.

2) Turn once clockwise until it stops (as far as you can … to make certain you mated the lock to your key.

3) The lock now is keyed to your vehicle key.

It’s secure, convenient (since you always have your truck keys with you) and it’s weatherproof.

For more information visit www.boltlock.com.

 

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