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Old 08-16-2016, 06:47 PM   #1
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Repair Kit for Atwood Coupler

I have a 1994, 34' and need to replace the coupler inner components. I got a repair kit from Atwood, kit #88061, for #88007 and #88010 2 5/16 ball. It does not seem to be the correct kit as I cannot install the retainer and retainer spring in the coupler. Can't find the coupler model number anywhere on the coupler. Any ideas from someone that has done this repair. It seems I have wrong kit, but nobody at any of the local RV places seem able to help. Thank you, Chris
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Old 08-16-2016, 07:50 PM   #2
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Repair kit for Atwood coupleer

Are you sure you have an Atwood coupler and not a Marvel? My Argosy has a Marvel (MC 883) coupler. It is stamped just in front of the tongue jack. This coupler does not have the "infamous" shark fin. Therefor it does not use the spring assembly which holds the shark fin engaged.
From what I can determine Atwood acquired Marvel in 1996.
Vintage Trailer Supply has what appears to be the right parts for my particular coupler. Perhaps it will work for you.
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Old 08-16-2016, 08:13 PM   #3
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I think you are right. Went out and looked again at the coupleer and did some more digging on the web and it seems that the correct kit is a #88060, which does not have the retainer and spring, but all other parts are the same . Will install it tomorrow after work and see if things improve. Last time hooking up, when I lifted the unit to hitch up the WD hitch bars, the ball dropped out and the truck dropped. Not a good thing!!! If kit has no improvement, then it is time for a new coupler!!! Thanks, Chris
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Be sure to clean the coupler and check for cracks and excessive internal ware. The pawl would have had to experienced excessive wear to allow the ball to come out.
I will assume you have a 2 5/16" ball on your TV and not a 2".
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Old 08-16-2016, 08:42 PM   #5
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Ball is a 2 5/16" for sure, and the old pawl looks a little worn. Will put things together tomorrow and see what happens. If I'm not happy with the results, then a new coupler will get installed. A lot easier than the 3 axles I did already! Chris
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Take a look at the Bull Dog coupler. They are really robust.
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Old 08-17-2016, 12:16 PM   #7
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Bull Dog Hitch

I have always liked the bull dog hitch and use them on flat bed and boat trailers. I have always wondered why I have never seen them on RV's. One person told me they thought that it was because the bull dog were more expensive. they sure are easier to use. Anyone know a good reason they are not used on RV's?
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Old 08-17-2016, 01:26 PM   #8
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I had horse trailer w/sliding collar bulldog coupler, never again, as some times difficult to slide collar either to close or open so will stay with snap down type. For any heavy duty type of trailer use pintal if closed won't lose trailer. Had flat bed w/ball jump off with machinery on, next day installed pintal hook, also have several w/screw type coupler to ball.
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I had a Boat Trailer that I built from a kit. The coupler on that was so tight just getting it down over the ball was nearly impossible. I called the manufacturer to question whether they sent the correct coupler. They stated that the want the coupler tight on the ball even when open to assure a good hold when the coupler was closed or screwed down; they had previous experience with closed couplers jumping off the ball. So you might want to look at your existing head in this light. Wear on the lip could mean your going to be too loose even with the repair kit.
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Never had a problem with a Bulldog coupler and I have had many. Slip the collar back, insert the pin raise the tongue.
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The bull dog coupler that was on horse trailer did not have pin just slid back and forth.
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Old 08-17-2016, 11:49 PM   #12
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I just ordered a repair kit for my Atwood 88007 coupler. Not because of any issues, but because mines 25 years old and I want to rebuild it. One thing I did notice is that the kit said it was revised. I'm hoping it installs correctly otherwise I'll be replacing my coupler too.
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Wondering how the coupler repair went? I'm thinking about repairing mine as well, a 1989 Limited 34'. No issues yet, but it is almost 30 yrs old.

I looked on Airstream supply, and they only show one kit for all Airstreams with the 2 5/16" ball, and the kit includes two springs. I've not looked up inside my coupler.

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Old 11-24-2016, 06:09 PM   #14
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Did the job, and left out the extra spring for the "new" style latch. Is a lot tighter now, and the ball dosen't drop out when I lift the hitch to install the hitch bars. I think the PO never heard of grease. I lube my hitch every trip. It is an easy switch out, and took me aboout 10 min. Chris
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