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Old 05-15-2013, 07:26 PM   #1
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Airstream coupler thread

Hi, in this "Airstream Coupler Thread" you can discuss any and all couplers used by Airstream or aftermarket couplers that you have installed on your Airstream. And couplers that you might want to consider for your Airstream. Or even coupler designs that you would like to see made.

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I'm not in a rush but eventually I will probably change mine. Not sure which way to go yet though. I like the Quikbite and was looking at them recently but have not yet gotten an answer to my inquiry regarding coupling / uncoupling at an angle. I tow using the Anderson hitch and if the QB is not found to be angle friendly will most likely go to the other Atwood design that is more Anderson compatible.
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I'm not in a rush but eventually I will probably change mine. Not sure which way to go yet though. I like the Quikbite and was looking at them recently but have not yet gotten an answer to my inquiry regarding coupling / uncoupling at an angle. I tow using the Anderson hitch and if the QB is not found to be angle friendly will most likely go to the other Atwood design that is more Anderson compatible.
Hi, polarlyse; I think you can still connect to the Quickbite coupler at an angle, but you have to line up the ball and drop the coupler onto it like when using an Atwood coupler. Someone who owns one of these should be able to tell us how they do it.
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Old 05-16-2013, 04:50 PM   #4
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The Quickbite coupler does sound interesting, but a major install on a newer TT.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:13 PM   #5
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Fortunately my 1964 Bambi II has the original cast iron Marvel coupler. It still works as well as the day it was installed. If and when it ever does crap out and is unfixable (parts are still available) I suspect I will replace it with a Quickbite. Until then I will just happily motor along the highways knowing I have a safe and secure combination of Marvel/Andersen WD/2012 F150 Ecoboost.
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:03 AM   #6
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Thanks Bob. I was thinking along the same line as you on the QB coupler. I was hoping to hear from users to confirm our thinking. Still thinking on it.
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Has anyone looked at the Bull Dog coupler?
They are a robust unit and you can hitch at an angle.
I believe you have to be pretty much straight on to set up the Andersen system.
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Like any other hitch if you are at a troublesome angle with the Anderson you can just set it on the ball and pull out. Once you are straight the chains attach easily. You can also turn the triangle plate to compensate. So whichever works best. My concern with the QB coupler was getting into the jaws. But, it seems, like any traditional coupler you can also set it down on the ball. I certainly appreciate the opportunity to toss this around.
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I just checked my Quick-bite coupler. No , you cannot set it straight down onto the hitch ball. You may be able back in at a 20 to 30 degree angle to get the jaws to close around the ball. The Quick-bite encapsulates the ball by about 80% to 90% when the jaws close and the coupler locks down. The quick-bite closes and locks down when you back into it, then you insert the pin through the coupler to secure it.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:04 AM   #10
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Thank you for looking closer at that for me. Since I seem to encounter this often enough to ask the question I think I shall look into one of the others when I decide to make the change. Too bad, I do like the function of the QB. My trailer is done at the emergency room and I will pick it up next week. Now to decide where to go with it.
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I looked at the Bulldog coupler when I replaced mine last year. It is very strong and has been made in essentially the same form since the mid 1930's. It is a very common choice on horse trailers which are used and abused far more than any other trailer I know of. Be aware that it is longer than the original Atwood coupler by 2 to 3 inches, and that can change where your brackets for your WD chains are located. On many AS units, the gas tanks and battery locations make it hard to move the brackets forward very much. On the Reese, Draw Tight and other WD hitches you want the chains to be vertical, so the bracket location is fairly critical. On the Andersen, the chains may have to be lengthened.
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