Regarding Towing with the Alko Hitch lock attatched. Alko do state that this is possible however as a member of the Fire Service for 26 Years I would recommend that this type of lock is only used whilst Parked. It is a simple job just to fit it when a stop is required and remove again before setting off. I have replied to this before (see Eddie 11-10-2005). For the benefit of new members I will repeat my previous Comments, if the need should ever arise to immediately disconnect Car from 'Van, the Lock could either delay or make this impossible. In the event of an accident preventing the Driver, and usually the Key holder from doing this the next most likley person is either the Passenger, most likely to be in shock and concerned more about the well being of the Driver. Another Motorist or the Police. Neither would have the resources, this could prevent moving or delay recovery of the unit. The comment about Fire appliances carrying cutters is not quite correct. Whilst most Brigades equip First attending pumping Appliances with Rapid Intervention Kit, usually to assist with Forcing Entry into Buildings or the Rescue of Trapped people,this is useless against a Thatcham Sold Secure Anti Theft Device. The real Rescue Kit, Angle Grinders Hydraulic Cutters and the like, is Carried on a purpose made Rescue Tender, which if the Call was recieved as a "Fire" would not attend. If a small Fire was to develop say, inside the Caravan the simple act of disconnecting it from the Towing Vehicle might be all that's required to save the Car! The time taken to unlock, (in a Panic, possibly in the dark))would probably be long enough for the Fire to develop out of control leaving the Driver no choice but to retreat to safety. I don't want these comments to cause alarm but s--t does happen and I don't see any advantage at all in Towing with the caravan Locked to the Towing Vehicle.
Regards Eddie 1 from Nottingham