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Old 02-27-2013, 05:37 AM   #1
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Hitch Latch Rebuild Kit?

I was hooking up last weekend in my driveway, which I have done dozens of times. The drive is on a sloping angle, but this go 'round I had a difficult time getting the vertical part of the latch to seat under the catch. Usually, I can use the tongue jack to raise or lower to front of the trailer and get it to seat, and doing this, I finally got it to work. However, raising the hitch a little in order to ease the link-up of my WD bars, the vertical part of the latch popped to the side of the latch catch, marring/bending that vertical part, and allowing the ball to pop off. Hope that makes sense. I know that "vertical part" has a name. But alas...

I would really like to rebuild the hitch mechanism before we get into the towing season, but my Google-foo is weak in the RV world.

Any suggestions on a rebuild kit for the late model Atwood hitch mechanism? Thanks in advance.
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I just purchased a repair kit for an Atwood coupler from: R and P Carriages. Com. The part number for a 2 5/16" ball is: 350375633069.
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I was hooking up last weekend in my driveway, which I have done dozens of times. The drive is on a sloping angle, but this go 'round I had a difficult time getting the vertical part of the latch to seat under the catch. Usually, I can use the tongue jack to raise or lower to front of the trailer and get it to seat, and doing this, I finally got it to work. However, raising the hitch a little in order to ease the link-up of my WD bars, the vertical part of the latch popped to the side of the latch catch, marring/bending that vertical part, and allowing the ball to pop off. Hope that makes sense. I know that "vertical part" has a name. But alas...

I would really like to rebuild the hitch mechanism before we get into the towing season, but my Google-foo is weak in the RV world.

Any suggestions on a rebuild kit for the late model Atwood hitch mechanism? Thanks in advance.
Parts stocking Airstream dealers can help you.

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Old 02-27-2013, 09:31 AM   #4
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My first though it that you have Too much rearward pressure on the pawl of the coupler and that is forcing the pawl up against the incline in the back of the coupler. If this happens again try pulling the TV forward a Very Small amount (1/4 in.) to move the pressure to the front of the coupler. At that point the pawl should slide down the incline and allow the latch to drop into place.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:49 AM   #5
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Thanks, gents. Much obliged. I'm normally a pretty handy guy, but every now and then I find myself in the center of a perfect storm of unfavorable conditions and something usually gets broken.
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:03 PM   #6
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I just purchased a repair kit for an Atwood coupler from: R and P Carriages. Com. The part number for a 2 5/16" ball is: 350375633069.
Arrived quickly. Hope to install this weekend.

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If you still haven't found the repair kit, Google for 88061 Atwood. I saw it for $23 plus on one or two web sites.
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If you still haven't found the repair kit, Google for 88061 Atwood. I saw it for $23 plus on one or two web sites.
That's the kit shown above...on my dining room table. Thanks.
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Let us know how the repair went. This might be a good item to have on hand, just in case.
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Can you see a model number of your hitch thru the paint? Mine (2007 Classic) is stamped in the metal, don't have the number but I researched mine and it was non-servicable IIRC.
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:15 PM   #11
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Let us know how the repair went. This might be a good item to have on hand, just in case.
WILCO, sir. Heck, I might even document the occasion. (And hopefully nothing else breaks.)
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Can you see a model number of your hitch thru the paint? Mine (2007 Classic) is stamped in the metal, don't have the number but I researched mine and it was non-servicable IIRC.
Actually, I never checked. But you're telling me that a high-stress mechanism isn't serviceable? I am not doubting you, but I find that hard to believe as the only recourse would be complete R&R of the hitch.

Wow. I guess we'll find out soon. Thanks.
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I'm the suggesting that the exact model number of your hitch searched on the manufacturers website will provide the factual answer. I don't have my hitch model number handy today, but I searched this a while back and IIRC, mine was not servicable at the component/repair kit level. I'm sure we'll figure it out.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:25 PM   #14
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No, I understand, and I appreciate the head's up.
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