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Old 03-28-2013, 08:57 PM   #1653
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Hey Chief have you been to the Aviation museum over at Pensacola ????? Stayed overnight there a few weeks ago and visited it. Great museum. I'm putting it on my list for a return visit. Nice campground over at Blue Angels too.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:06 PM   #1654
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What I was trying to say regarding the math side of it, is that as we all would likely agree, we need the engineering and 'numbers' side of this as much as we need the real world testing and evaluation. It's, as always, a balancing act, with tradeoffs involved.

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Old 03-29-2013, 01:08 AM   #1655
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We just ordered a 2013 Flying Cloud 23D for delivery next Friday April 5. We are replacing the Atwood/Marvel 88000 series coupler with the Quickbite 7700XT and installing an Anderson hitch. We are also going to use a DirecLink brake controller.

Our previous 23' Safari had an Equalizer hitch and a factory (Atwood/Marvel 88000 series coupler). We look forward to not having to deal with the heavy spring bars on any more.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:10 AM   #1656
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I hope you like the Directlink. I put one in and just got home from the first trip using it. I like it a lot better than the old one I had. Very smooth braking. Down the road a bit I may consider the Quickbite. I like the comments from the users and also the way it works is attractive also.

Good luck with it.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:50 AM   #1657
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Hey Chief have you been to the Aviation museum over at Pensacola ????? Stayed overnight there a few weeks ago and visited it. Great museum. I'm putting it on my list for a return visit. Nice campground over at Blue Angels too.
Not in years. I hope to be able to spend a few days in the P'cola area soon. The P'cola WBCCI unit has an Airstream park that I would like to visit. It looks like the perfect place to base out of for a short visit.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:08 AM   #1658
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Thanx. Maybe we can check that out next trip south. Have never been to one but we won a door prize at the Florida Rally for a couple of nights at one in Georgia
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:47 AM   #1659
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My Aderson WD and Quickbite

So I had a new axel, brakes, tires. rims, Quickbite and Anderson WD put on my 64 Trade Wind during the winter. March 8th We took off on a 5800 mile journey that included Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and both Southern and Northern California. We pulled the trailer with a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. I was completely satisfied with the Quickbite and Anderson. While I must say I had no towing experience prior to this journey I believed they performed well. I had a 50 mph head wind for 6 hours and three hours of 30 mile cross winds during the trip. I felt stable in the winds and would say I felt trucks passing about 50% of the time but never felt out of control. The trucks felt pretty close to what I would feel when driving a sedan. I drove at speeds from 55 to 70 but mostly about 60. I am going to take it though some scales sometime soon and will post the results. Many thanks to Howie who gave me soon offline advice.
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Andersen and the Atwood (Marvel) coupler Replacement

I cut off the 88010 and installed the 81911 yesterday. It was easy to cut off with a metal cutting blade on my hand grinder but was was a real pain grinding the welds down to the frame. Might consider having the welder torch it off.

The welder welded two 1/4" filler strips inside of each side of the coupler, lined up the jack, then welded the coupler to the frame. He welded anywhere the coupler touched any part of the frame. I hooked up the Andersen and it looks like it was made for the 81911. See pictures.
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A question for you Larry.....how much farther back on the "A" frame would the new coupler have been if the 1/4" plates had not been installed?
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Without the 1/4" filler strips the jack holes would not have lined up and the jack would be back 1/2" and I could not use my propane tank cover. The inside of the coupler where it meets the front end of the A-frame was perfect. See the attached PDF. You will note that the measurements on the 88010 and the 81911 are different. Besides width, the length is different. The 88010 is longer (C), but the 81911 and 81912 measurement is longer (B). This compensates for the difference. The 81911 worked on my 2002 Classic.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:36 AM   #1665
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Larry,
great job and appreciate you sharing. it will help me.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:05 AM   #1666
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Some time back someone posted a cross section of the Atwood 81911 coupler.

Could you repost it or reference the post #?

It is going to be an interesting comparison between that and the QB retrofit.
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