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Old 04-02-2013, 05:25 PM   #1667
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Howie, did you weld your new coupler on yourself or did you have it done locally ???
I may be interested in having mine done one of these days after we get it back from the repair shop.
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:46 PM   #1668
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I had it done in Fl. before heading back to the washboard roads in Jersey.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:18 AM   #1669
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Cross section Atwood and Marvel

Here is the cross section of the Atwood 88010. Picture is located in the lower left.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:49 AM   #1670
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It is the 81911 that I would like to have posted again.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:44 AM   #1671
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I found the thumbnail photos and video of the Atwood 81911 on this site helpful:
Trailer Coupler, 2-5/16" Ball, A-Frame Tongue (10,000 lbs) Atwood Trailer Coupler 81911
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Is this a coupler that may be non-compatible with the Andersen? It's the original Marvel coupler with a serial number that begins with 88.

I have used it once for about 350 miles and had no issues. But I was also nervous and really backed off on the tension. Only about three threads showing.

I can't find where, on the Andersen website, their equipment is not compatible with this coupler. I also called the regional rep and he never called back.

I'm not against replacing it but feel as though Andersen should be more forthright in information and returning phone calls from their consumers. Seems to me they should return the product after discovering these problems.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:37 AM   #1673
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Sorry, I have no idea why the photo flipped.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:46 AM   #1674
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Atwood Coupler and Andersen

This does not look like the one I had (88010). Not sure it is an Atwood. It may be suitable, but I wood check with Andersen. See attached.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:51 AM   #1675
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Atwood Coupler and Andersen

You may want to send a picture to Mark at Atwood. He could identify the coupler if it is an Atwood. He has been tremendous help with my coupler problems.
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It would appear to me the the rearward pressure would lift the latch shaft. Have you noticed the latch shaft moving up?
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:58 PM   #1677
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Star Kitty's coupler is a Marvel. Not an Atwood. It is on a '67 Globetrotter.
Looks to be original.
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If you don't see any lifting of the thumb latch, you may be okay. Again, I would run it past Andersen
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On a little three hundred mile tow up from South Texas yesterday, I made a discovery of sorts. I started out with the Andersen pretty well maxed out for front axle load transfer. There was a quartering 15-20 mph northeast wind which affected me some but not bad. Half way through the trip, I reduced the bushing compression by about half. The drivability improved quite a bit. The steering went from feeling stiff and somewhat rigid to much more like it is when not towing. I did not notice any change in trailer control, just more relaxed steering. May not have any factual reason, just a personal preference.
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Makes sense to me. It would be like having over rated spring bars. If you have too much tension on the bushings.
I think handling is the key.
What type of coupler do you have on the trailer?
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