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Old 01-31-2011, 07:50 PM   #1
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Hello All, I need a new coupler for our 68 TW haven't been able to locate one on most of the vintage sites? Will a standard Aframe coupler work? Does anyone have a good source for finding one?
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:18 PM   #2
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As long as the "A" frame angle is the same, I see no reason why a welder couldn't replace it with a new, later model coupler.
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:36 PM   #3
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Greetings Althea68!

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Hello All, I need a new coupler for our 68 TW haven't been able to locate one on most of the vintage sites? Will a standard Aframe coupler work? Does anyone have a good source for finding one?
Marvel coupler rebuild kits are readily available and are an option unless there is physical bending damage to your current coupler. The thing to remember about a replacement coupler is that new 2" couplers often don't carry a sufficient weight rating for our Airstream coaches. Heavy duty 2" couplers are available, but they are often special-order items that must be ordered from the dealer's vendor.

The last that I checked, both Inland RV and Vintage Trailer Supply carried the Marvel Coupler rebuild kits.

Good luck with your investigation!

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I will be doing this soon. I just do not trust the one thats on there now. When I was at the trailer supply, they said there are two main sizes. You just need to measure the distance on the bottom side of the triangle, the ball being the tip of the triangle. If you have a square or hexagon or trapezoid, your in trouble, good luck finding parts for that.

Make sure you have a certified welder put it on. You don't want to take a chance of that thing breaking off and running loose.
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I was thinking I could put on an Atwood coupler that's rated to 5000lbs. As my coach weighs in at approx 4000lbs and being that the tongue weight is 10% of this I should be fine. The coupler that is on there now is still doing the job, questionably though. Also the ones I've looked at seem to be much more heavy duty than the older ones. And yes the welding will be done professionally.
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Greetings Althea68!

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I was thinking I could put on an Atwood coupler that's rated to 5000lbs. As my coach weighs in at approx 4000lbs and being that the tongue weight is 10% of this I should be fine. The coupler that is on there now is still doing the job, questionably though. Also the ones I've looked at seem to be much more heavy duty than the older ones. And yes the welding will be done professionally.
I would be hesitant to consider a coupler rated at less than 6,000 pounds for your coach. When checking the Airstream website, the specifications for the 1968 Tradewind indicate an Empty/Dry weight of 4,080 pounds. It is critical to remember at this juncture that this figure does not include:
  • The weight of any options or accessories installed on the coach.
  • The weight of personal possessions carried in the coach.
  • The weight of fresh water carried in the fresh water tank.
  • The weight of LP Gas carried in the LP Cylinders.
  • The weight of any wastes carried in the waste tanks.
My guess is that your loaded, ready to travel weight is going to be very close to 5,500 pounds. I know that the ready to travel weight for my '64 Overlander rarely drops below 6,000 pounds and is almost always just a little more than than 6,100 pounds.

Good luck with your investigation!

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