Now for the important piece of information. Your work hasn't stopped just because you believe you have done everything correctly in tying down your street rod. Your work has just begun. Before starting any trip your tow rig should already be checked and serviced and that means full of fuel. However, if you need to begin your trip by stopping at a gas station that is a good time to go over and check your trailer hookups and tie-downs. Ideally give yourself upwards of 100 miles and then stop and check again. If all is good at this point, odds are you are set for your trip. Remember every time you stop give your trailer and tie-down efforts a once over. You can never be too careful when towing.

Security OK, we have selected the proper trailer, our cargo is tied-down correctly, next up is some form of security. For this segment we went to Master Lock, all of us have at some time in our life come across a Master Lock locking device. I grew up and my dad always had a key-operated master lock on our garage and side gate to our house. (Dad never did give me a key!)

There are three immediate locking points on any trailer that involve security and safety (doors withstanding): the trailer coupler, receiver, and the coupler latch locks.

When the trailer isn't connected to the tow vehicle you have the trailer coupler lock to hinder, if not prevent, someone from attaching their vehicle to your trailer and leaving. The Master Lock Universal Trailer Coupler lock has an adjustable hitch ball that fits inside all tongue-type trailer couplers, and locks in place to prevent anyone from hitching the trailer to their vehicle. Unlike standard coupler locks, its adjustable size is designed to fit the widest array of trailers in use, including 1-7/8-, 2-, and 2-5/16-inch sized couplers.

The next two are both for security and safety purposes and should be mandatory for anyone towing. There's the receiver hitch locking pin, which makes it difficult, if not impossible, to pull the pin on the receiver; and, the coupler latch lock to prevent the latch from coming loose during operation; it also offers added security when the trailer is parked as the coupler latch cannot easily be lifted for use.

Master Lock offers a same-key locking system for the trailer coupler, receiver, and coupler latch locks. One key does it all; the kit also includes a convenient carrying case.

There is one last very cool accessory that Master Lock has and that is the Plug'n Go Back-Up Camera. It is held in place by a strong magnet and locks via a receiver lock. The 3-1/2-inch screen can be placed anywhere on the dash and plugs conveniently into the vehicle's lighter or accessory plug. The system is specifically designed to make hitch alignment and monitoring of what's being towed easier and safer. Now that's cool. I found it particularly reassuring while driving; you could check on your hitch and trailer while at speed-very reassuring.

Well, there you have it. As we said earlier this isn't the definitive article on towing, wasn't supposed to be, but it does give you some "food for thought" on open and enclosed trailers; securing your car to your trailer; and trailer security. Armed with this information you should now be able to make some good long-term decisions on the very important art of towing.