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Old 10-04-2013, 06:09 AM   #2311
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Another complaint with the Andersen hitch came about after a thousand miles of towing last weekend. It wastes gasoline! Before, where I had to plod along at 45-50 mph to reduce the slam bang bouncing on some of our roughest highways, I was now able to maintain my normal 62-65 mph. I have traveled this route before and was pleasantly surprised by the improvement. I use a minimal amount of compression, just enough to take the bounce out.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:47 AM   #2312
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I love Rendrag's post. Lower miles per gallon, but a much smoother ride. Could this mean less damage and repairs to the trailer. Maybe the lower amount of repair cost will make up for the little more gas burned at high speed.
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And after several thousand miles I to am beginning to see some problems with the Andersen.I find myself repeatedly looking in the mirrors to see if the trailer is still there. Ford has just sent me a notice that my mirrors needed to be replaced form over use. Just another cost of having an Andersen
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Attached some pictures on some stops w/ the new 25' flying cloud and of course my new simple QB coupler I had put in. Traded my vintage 31' which equally ran great w/ the Andersen. May post again in the near future.
OK, now I get it. I was reading your post, and trying to put it together with the photo in your profile, which was definitely NOT a 31-footer. Congrats on getting a new TT!

Um, why not update your profile now/
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I hope that I uploaded the pictures. This is the best that I can do until I hookup again, and that may not be till spring.
Thanks, I see what you meant. I'm very interested in upgrading to one of these quick bite couplers because our old coupler is getting worn out. I figure why not upgrade if there's better solutions out there, and the quick bite sure looks like a better mousetrap to me.
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:14 PM   #2316
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Did make it x-country and staying here for a wk or so then back to the west coast. Yes did travel in all sorts of conditions, even inadvertently going beyond 75 mph on decent driving conditions that have had to put it on cruise control from over speeding. It is that good once finely tuned and not hard to achieve as stated in a previous post. My wife even suggested driving it and perhaps a good idea. Looking at the rear view mirror is inevitable and always amazed at how quietly it tracks the TV. Remarked to my wife on how more solid and stable the TV feels w/ the trailer than w/out.

For those new here, I've had to put in a QB coupler and welded the in/outside brackets to the frame. Attaching photos, too.
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:24 PM   #2317
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Another complaint with the Andersen hitch came about after a thousand miles of towing last weekend. It wastes gasoline! Before, where I had to plod along at 45-50 mph to reduce the slam bang bouncing on some of our roughest highways, I was now able to maintain my normal 62-65 mph. I have traveled this route before and was pleasantly surprised by the improvement. I use a minimal amount of compression, just enough to take the bounce out.
Time is money and getting there quicker pays dividends, besides not sure if gas consumption is significantly different.
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:59 PM   #2318
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Time is money and getting there quicker pays dividends, besides not sure if gas consumption is significantly different.
No hurry these days. I am retired and getting there is part of the fun. I do get quite a bit better mileage at 50 MPH compared to 65 MPH. I was having fun with the mileage thing, but meant it about the lack of bouncing.
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Old 10-17-2013, 06:29 PM   #2319
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Question for you Anderson users:

On a new 16 foot bambi, will the coupler need to be replaced with a QB in order to use the Anderson? I'm struggling searching to find which coupler I have and whether or not it needs to be changed. Steve at Anderson mentioned the Atwood 88000 is the one that doesn't work well with the Airstreams. Is that all of them, certain ones? Any help?

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Question for you Anderson users:

On a new 16 foot bambi, will the coupler need to be replaced with a QB in order to use the Anderson? I'm struggling searching to find which coupler I have and whether or not it needs to be changed. Steve at Anderson mentioned the Atwood 88000 is the one that doesn't work well with the Airstreams. Is that all of them, certain ones? Any help?

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The 88000 series are what Atwood calls flip latch couplers, they also make what they call Yoke style and these are supposed to be fine. I have used the 'bad' flip latch style (with a few mods) for 2000 miles with no signs of any problems. However I will go to one the yoke style this winter before next years trips. Check their website RV Components, Gas Appliances, Marine Products, Chassis Components, Seating Systems, Windows and Doors from Atwood Mobile for pictures to see the difference.
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Thanks for the reply. Based on the link you posted for Atwood, it appears my coupler would be an 88007, 88555, 88010, or an 88600. These are all flip latches I guess? And, in general, a no go with the Anderson?
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Yes Andersen says all the 88000 series are not compatible or some such verbage in the instructions.
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:57 PM   #2323
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Thanks for the reply. Based on the link you posted for Atwood, it appears my coupler would be an 88007, 88555, 88010, or an 88600. These are all flip latches I guess? And, in general, a no go with the Anderson?
Hey neighbor,
Too bad we're on the road to show you the coupler hitch setup, Gonna be on the road for about a month yet. Though must say that the Bay Area Airstream replaced the coupler and installed the Andersen for me. Email me if you want more details.

BTW, still luv the Andersen.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:54 PM   #2324
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Saw your setup at Bay Area Airstream one day a month or so ago. Saw the Dodge and the cool Anderson hitch. I was amazing that it worked on a tow setup like that. Anyway, hope your trip is going well.

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