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Old 09-28-2013, 05:26 PM   #1
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Crappy coupler?

I've got a 1969 overlander, when I tow, a check trailer alert goes off in my truck, I'm pretty sure it's because the original coupler sucks. Should I buy a simple coupler replacement or replace the entire tongue to a different style coupler?
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:15 PM   #2
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What kind of TV? I don't think your TV can diagnose a coupler. An ITBC, however can diagnose a bad electrical circuit in the trailer brake system.. That's all I can think that you are experiencing.
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:33 PM   #3
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That is the electrical connection (connector) not the coupler giving that indication. Shoot some electrical connector cleaner or WD 40 in and on it. Try again.
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:11 PM   #4
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I've got an 06 ford powerstroke. Ya my electrical cable is pulled out of the socket on the trailer end. I've got a replacement for it so I'm hoping that will solve the check trailer warning issue. But there is a lot of play in the coupler, I believe it's called a Melvin coupler??? I'd like to make sure it's good to go too. I've replaced all runing gear and just wanna make sure it's safe to tow
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Probably a Marvel coupler, you can purchase a rebuild kit from Vintage Trailer Supply and other vendors.

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I've got an 06 ford powerstroke. Ya my electrical cable is pulled out of the socket on the trailer end. I've got a replacement for it so I'm hoping that will solve the check trailer warning issue. But there is a lot of play in the coupler, I believe it's called a Melvin coupler??? I'd like to make sure it's good to go too. I've replaced all runing gear and just wanna make sure it's safe to tow
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If you do need a new coupler, remember that it has lasted 45 years to date. It is hard for me to call that a "crappy coupler". Everything wears out. I found cracks in the one on my '74 Argosy, and had it removed and a new one installed. It was a 2 hour job and total cost including the coupler was in the range of $225.

But, like the others mentioned, it sounds like you are getting an alert for your brakes, as no tow vehicle cannot check the coupler as far as I know.
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I've got a 1969 overlander, when I tow, a check trailer alert goes off in my truck, I'm pretty sure it's because the original coupler sucks. Should I buy a simple coupler replacement or replace the entire tongue to a different style coupler?
A new coupler can be welded on your existing tongue, or you can rebuild some couplers. I'd replace one that's seen a lot of wear over almost half a century. I do however agree that it's probably your emergency brake cable that's sending the check trailer light.

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It's been a great coupler, but after half a century, it's now crappy and requires fixing. Thanks for the help
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