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BOLT Padlock Receiver Lock

If you are like me, you have at least one car trailer with several different locks for the receiver, padlocks for ramps or doors, plus a lock for the hitch. Now, if you are also like me, you have more than one trailer with locks for each of them. When I get ready to go someplace with either of the car trailers or the horse trailers, I have a hand full of keys to deal with. Each lock has its own key. I have even attached a label to each key and have them coded by what trailer they go to, but it is still confusing. Have you ever set your keys down and driven off with them laying on the ground and then can’t unlock anything when you get to your destination? I have and it isn’t fun.

I recently discovered a brilliant solution that should have come a long years ago. It is brilliant. What if accessing your tools, sports gear, and trailers didn’t involve wasting 10 minutes searching for the right key? Eliminating all those extra keys is easy with STRATTEC® Security Corporation’s BOLT® product line. I know, I just got a system for all my trailers!

BOLT Padlock Utility Uses

BOLT locks feature breakthrough One-Key Lock Technology, which permanently programs the lock to a vehicle’s ignition key. When owners insert their truck’s ignition key into the BOLT Lock cylinder, spring-loaded plate tumblers move up and down to uniquely code the cylinder to that specific key. They are available for owners of Ford, GM, Chrysler, Jeep, Toyota, and Nissan vehicles!

BOLT’s patented technology is designed to prevent theft as well as reduce the key clutter that can build up over time. I can use many BOLT locks with one ignition key, making it convenient for vehicle owners with several types of security needs. All BOLT products have a limited lifetime warranty.

  • The Padlock 2.0 is a chrome plated 5/16-inch hardened steel, spring loaded shackle lock inside a crush-resistant body shell. A stronger double ball bearing locking mechanism makes it the perfect lock for commercial and industrial applications. The automotive grade stainless steel lock keeps out weather and debris, ensuring a longer usage life.
  • The Receiver Lock is an auto-return spring and automatically locks when the key is removed. The solid stainless steel pin is durable and keeps out elements and debris. The six-plate tumbler sidebar prevents picking and bumping, guaranteeing your gear is safe on your vehicle.
  • The Cable Lock is a six foot 1/4-inch coiled cable with a 1/16-inch black vinyl coating. The flexible cable is able to pin and loop over many items for added handiness and to keep items protected from picking and bumping.
  • BOLT also has Trailer Spare Tire Locks, which fit the steel rim wheel to a studded mount. They made the locks with an electronic nickel plated carbon steel pin or shaft assembly for strength and durability.
  • The Toolbox Latch Retrofit Kit features a solid zinc core and an automotive-grade cylinder with a patented six-plate tumbler sidebar to prevent picking and bumping. A stainless steel lock shutter keeps out grime and wetness.
BOLT Padlock on the coupler

If I had suggestions to improve this locking system, the first would be to provide a method to change the key every lock might take. There are household locks on the market that can do this. It would be nice to keep all the locks and simply re-key them when changing tow vehicles. However, this is a minor complaint and when I change vehicles, I simply carry a spare key for the other vehicle with me that works with all the locks. A second recommendation, or at least a warning for newer truck owners, is the length of the shaft on the receiver lock. When I updated my tow vehicle to a new F350 dually, the original receiver lock I used from the old truck broke within a few miles. I replaced it with a new BOLT receiver lock and it, too, broke within a few miles. The problem was with the larger size of the new receiver. They designed the newer and larger truck receiver to pull larger trailers and is therefore much larger. The BOLT would go into the receiver and lock but it would break the lock off with any stress on it. As a result, I almost lost two trailers on the road. I went back to one of my old locks until I could find a larger BOLT with a longer pin. I have had no problems since, but I need to carry two keys with one key just for the new receiver lock.

BOLT Receiver Lock


STRATTEC Security Corporation is the world’s largest manufacturer of automotive locks, keys, and related access control products, and is the primary lock supplier to Ford, GM, and Chrysler. STRATTEC’s history in the automotive business spans 100 years. For more information, write to 3333 West Good Hope Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53209; call 414.247.3333; or visit


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