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Old 01-31-2013, 08:00 PM   #1303
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Apparently the Quickbite come a couple of different finishes. Zinc Oxide Steel and Zinc Plated Steel. What is the difference and what finish do the knowledgeable folks here think would be the best?
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:56 PM   #1304
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I have written to Andersen (see note above), with NO ANSWER yet! I may have to call them to get an answer.
Has anyone here contacted them about this concern?
I recently purchased and installed the Andersen hitch when this issue was brought up. I have an older unit with the original coupler so I called Andersen today about their product.

They stated they have yet to hear of this issue and asked me if it had been happening to my trailer. I stated I have yet to make a road trip but was concerned about the possibility of this happening to me.

They had no solid answers, stood behind their product and encouraged me to take it to a professional to have the installation evaluated.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:53 PM   #1305
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Hi Liz

I tried to answer your PM but got a note from the modes that it did not go out. A shortcoming of the software or my understanding of my IPhone.

The issue of the failing lock of the Atwood coupling is being reviewed from both sides.
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:45 AM   #1306
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Apparently the Quickbite come a couple of different finishes. Zinc Oxide Steel and Zinc Plated Steel. What is the difference and what finish do the knowledgeable folks here think would be the best?
I wonder if the finish effects whether you should weld or bolt it on the trailer.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:40 AM   #1307
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Any coating of any type should be removed in the areas to be welded. Including the paint from the "A" frame of the trailer. Any foreign material in the weld will affect the strength.
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When you grind down the areas to be welded there are a couple of choices for a coating. There are weld through paints that can / should be applied to the bare metal to protect that which is behind the welded part. In the photo's shown above you can see the rusted metal when the old coupler was removed. Any coating applied to the bare metal is a + in rust prevention and these weld through coatings make for a really nice job. They are available at any source that sells automotive paint supplies. NAPA auto parts is one common source.
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I sent an email to the maker of the Quickbite asking about the available coatings and received this back:

The difference is that that Zinc oxide steel has a coating on it. The Zinc Plated Steel is plated and is more durable. If you have any other questions, please contact us.

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1701 Century Dr.
Goshen, Indiana 46528


I also talked to a couple of local welding shops and they both said their labor rate was $75 an hour if I brought the trailer to them and $100 an hour if they came to my house to do the job (clock starts when they leave their shop).
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My Quickbite got here this morning. Very quick service. My welder is coming in the morning and grind off the old and weld the new.
This is the one I got.
Quickbite Trailer Coupler - A-Frame Tongue - 2-5/16 in Ball - 15k
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Hmmm . . . we have a new trailer but I'm seeing this coupler as a relatively inexpensive upgrade to a stronger and easier to use system. Our user-friendly Andersen hitch could be further improved with this?

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I actually wonder about the strength of the Quickbite.

Seems like all of the pressure in all plains is applied to the two little pins that hold the jaws.
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Andersen is great about some things and not so about about others. I am Airstreaming in PS using my new Andersen for the first time. I am with friends who bought one I did but couldn't use it on this trip because Andersen has had his brackets since November and won't send him the new angled ones they promised. At their instruction he shipped the original ones to them. They keep promising to send them, but never follow through. So he had to come out here with no WD whatsoever. Yes, this is second hand info, but he is sitting right next me as I type this. In fact he let me check his Andersen for sizing, which led to my purchase. Very poor customer service IMHO.
FYI my friend FINALLY got his brackets. It only took a few months of asking and waiting and going without any. But at least it is finally done.
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OK, I got the Quickbite installed yesterday. I took longer than what I expected and wound up a 3 hour & 15 minute job for my welder. He charged $195. which I thought was reasonable. The old hitch was welded really good so he had to use the torch to get it off. Also, it appeared one side of the frame was slightly longer than the other so we were careful to get it lined up from the axles to make sure it would be on straight. The Quickbite is made of a thicker metal and the welder said it was a lot "more" of a coupler than the old one.
I had to completely reinstall the Anderson and move the brackets about and 1.5 inches forward. I will check it again when I go out this week to see if it needs tweeking again. Hitching with this thing is really sweet. I back in to it the first time just using my back up camera.
The photo of the coupler looks like there may be a broken piece in the upper left side. I think it is different than where HowieE's was but I did not see it until I looked at the photo of mine.
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Russ: it does look like your coupler has worse internal problems than the one I replaced. Now, mine had not been used with the Andersen when I discovered the internal cracking so it was already there when I changed hitch types. Yours may have also had the problem from prior use, but who knows at this point.
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I have been in contact with the in inventor of the Quickbite and he said that Airstream at one time would deliver a new unit with a Quickbite coupler.
Even given the markup that they may want it would be a good idea considering what I have seen with my Atwood failure.

For those that are following things I hope to replace the Atwood before heading north as I would not want to travel Jersey roads with a coupler that can come off if I hit a good pot hole,
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