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Old 05-17-2010, 03:10 PM   #31
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

Brian, that is quite different from mine.

I imagine Reace will be able to straighten Gerda out. Well, at least in regards to the hitch thing.
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Old 05-17-2010, 03:17 PM   #32
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

We took delivery of our trailer in February, and Reace mentioned that it was a new design.

It is rated SAE Class III.

In each set of pictures the first one is with the coupler in the unlatched position, the second is in the latched position.

The little teeth drop into the body of the coupler, locking the latch down.

We have had no trouble hitching with this coupler.
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Old 05-17-2010, 03:21 PM   #33
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

My 19 has the same coupler system as depicted by Brian's photos. It is called a "wrap-around yoke" style coupler

Per etrailer.com's faqs, the instructions for opening & closing a...

Wrap Around Yoke Coupler operating
Lift latch handle and pull backward, raising yoke onto coupler nose to unhitch
To hitch up, place coupler on ball and push latch handle forward until yoke drops over nose
Latch tips secure into slots on coupler top

Unfortunately, I couldn't find any troubleshooting info on their site.
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Old 05-17-2010, 03:22 PM   #34
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

Yes, that is exactly the coupler Cafe Egg has. And the second pictures with the coupler latched we cannot reproduce. The teeth just would not drop into the body of the coupler. That was already difficult in SSM, when Paul and Bob helped me, but at least then we were able to eventually get it to latch. But now nothing goes with those teeth.
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Old 05-17-2010, 03:48 PM   #35
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

Maybe just lash it together with a bungee cord.
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Old 05-17-2010, 06:57 PM   #36
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

Gerda:

As Brad says, the coupler seems to be this one: http://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Coup...ood/80071.html

From your description it appears that your coupler was damaged in some way.

Atwood's origins were in Madison, WI, so I would hope that there is some one in Madison who might be able to repair or replace your coupler!

If your father is right, that it needs to be replaced, they are not that expensive ($30). A good welder should be able to remove the old one and put on a new one.



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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?


I'm anxiously awaiting the resolution to this problem.....

What's the latest?

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Old 05-18-2010, 09:06 PM   #38
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

Resolution? Alf and I would recommend the following:
  • Sell your 13, 15, 17 or 19 for a profit (everybody wants one)
    • Buy a 5.0 (It's sooooooooo easy to hook up)
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Old 05-19-2010, 12:35 AM   #39
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

Here an update: Indeed something on the coupler is bent. I sent some pics of the coupler to Reace, and he recognized that as something seen before. Something that apparently can be fixed easily with a hammer, a bent in the pin that has the spring on it I guess. The coupler seems to function. Reace and Tammy sent me some photos how to do the fix. I will keep you posted on how this goes. Hopefully Cafe Egg gets the well deserved bath this coming weekend, hehe!
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Re: is there an easier way to hitch the trailer?

Gerda - Could you post the pics & any other instructions that Reace & Tammy sent of how to do the fix? It might be useful to anyone else who happens to encounter the same problem sometime in the future. Plus, I'm curious as well as the others.
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