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Pretty nifty idea. Fits well and locks up tight. The included rubber cover does an excellent job keeping salt and slush off the lock itself, but the rest of the body has gotten pretty rough. Even so, when unlocked the tray can be tough to slide out and I usually have to bang it around a bit with a plastic keychain to open it.
My vehicle (like most) requires a custom (expensive) key from the manufacturer to actually run the vehicle, but I went to a hardware store to get a standard key cut that will just open the doors. If you try to start the vehicle with it, the engine runs for a second and stalls. This is great as I'm assured that I can get into my vehicle if I lock my keys in, but vandals who bust the Hitchsafe open can't drive off.
Realistically, this is about the same price as a single call for a locksmith or tow truck to come pop the lock if you forget your keys inside so it's definitely worth it
Why only 3 stars for a pretty useful product? Because it appears that they designed it in the 1970s and haven't given it any further thought since then. Have they checked out the size of a modern key fob? My normal, ordinary, contemporary key fob (the sole kind that is available with my car), only just barely fits in the drawer. If the key were just 1-2 mm bigger, I would have to take a file to the plastic to get the key into the box. I can probably still squeeze an ordinary house key into the drawer with the key fob, if I choose to do so. The box is really small in cross-section and also pretty short. I think that this product could be re-engineered to gain a very useful millimeter or two in the cross-sectional dimensions and significantly longer in the depth of the drawer. So this device does work for me, but just barely, and you might not be so lucky, depending on the size of your key fob. Also, where's the leash for the dust cover? The dust cover fits pretty tight, but it isn't that hard to knock off. Not having a leash almost seems like part of a racket to sell more dust covers. After fitting the unit into the hitch, the next thing I did was to add a leash for the dust cover using monofilament line (this is just a temporary measure--I'll be upgrading the leash material later). So you've got a really potentially useful device with blatant compromises that it shouldn't take an engineering genius to fix, and, frankly, shouldn't be there anymore. All of this means the HitchSafe gets a qualified thumbs up from me.
I live close to Moab Utah, and go off-roading there. I got this so I could lock my keys in it while we do short hikes, while off-roading. This shattered on a very tiny bump. After taking it off after it broke, the inside of the tray was completely filled with sand, which means it wasn't very weatherproof. The metal housing that it's in, is a very cheap and brittle metal. While I'm not blaming the product for breaking on a tiny bump while off-roading, it did expose how weak and vulnerable the materials were.
At first, I absolutely loved this product. It was perfect for hiding my spare key (2018 Jeep Compass).
However, about 6 months into owning it, I had my first issue with it getting jammed. Luckily, I was able to get it opened that time and came to the decision that it was because I had put my spare key AND a credit card in there which just caused a bad angle and too much friction for the springs to eject the shelf properly.
Well, it seems that is still the case because it has jammed again, this time for good (about 9 months into ownership). The springs are just too weak. I have no idea what I'm going to do because both my trailer hitch and spare key are rendered completely unusable. Figuring my best hope is to attempt to drill a hole in the face plate and hope I miss the tumbler and the hidden spare key inside.
Overall this works really well...park the truck on the beach, lock your keys. No problem. Leave your rocket box key in there and never drive an hour to Brighton just to find that you wife took the key out of the truck last trip and now you can't get to your board. Less marital discord. What doesn't work is the cover. Without that I don't know that the lock dial is going to work right with road debris and dirt getting in there, and you're advertising that you have the safe there. But that cover pops right off when you get off-road. We lost it on just a short stretch of rutted jeep trail, and at $10 each to replace, you're going to want to find a way to keep it from getting dropped.