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Old 04-29-2012, 05:08 PM   #1
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It moves!!!

We start full-timing in 7 weeks. I'm new to towing. I felt like a rock star today. Who knows how much of it was luck. Hitched up the Hensley on the first try and backed into the driveway on the first try. The Tundra has new Michelin LTXs, Firstone air-ride kit and a P3 controller. The Hensley is newly cleaned, painted and greased.

How does it look? (as relates to towing.. we will strip and polish before we leave)






One question.. Whats the best way to route my connection wire?
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:55 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums. That is a nice looking set-up TV & TT. I tow with a Silverado Crew Cab using a Reese hitch with weight distributing and friction sway control. I have read a lot about Hensleys on the forums and wondered what they looked like. Thanks for posting the pictures.
I hope you enjoy your new life style and AS adventures.
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Hey, Welcome aboard! Wow, a BLACK Hensley. Some one must have done a re-paint on the upper (usually orange) unit. Some folks may mention to move your connection cord on top of the Hensley and out of that potential pinch point. Nice looking set up.
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Hey, Welcome aboard! Wow, a BLACK Hensley. Some one must have done a re-paint on the upper (usually orange) unit. Some folks may mention to move your connection cord on top of the Hensley and out of that potential pinch point. Nice looking set up.
Thanks..

I just repainted the Hensley this past week. The orange was faded and rusty. I am looking forward to towing with it.

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Old 04-30-2012, 03:51 AM   #5
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Nice job on the repaint. Remember to connect your breakaway cable to your TV frame, not to the hitch receiver assembly. If the receiver should separate, you want your trailer emergency brake to engage. Hooking it to the frame helps give that assurance.
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Thumbs up Welcome Aboard....

Great job on the Hensley, your going to love it.

A few things I've learned....

Run your 7-way cord thru the d-ring pin for the tongue latch.
Attach the breakaway switch somewhere other than the hitch receiver, some have used a ring attached to a license plate bolt.
Secure the 7-way plug with a zip-tie, ask me how I know.
A "hitch'n rod" with an O-ring is a quick way to get the height right.

Your rig doesn't appear level, TV high in rear, AS low in rear.
Too much air in the air bags?
Remember the bags don't increase payload, they only level the TV when bed is loaded.
Iv'e found with ours that the rear-end droop is taken care of with properly adjusted wd bars.

Have you been to the CAT scales yet to properly set weight transfer?

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Those are two good tips for the 7-way cord and break-away cable. I shall go that route.

The truck rear-end is probably a bit high as I just aired up to 30psi and left it. Plus there was nothing in the truck bed and the Airstream is still completely empty. Probably only did a 5 mile loop around the neighborhood and practiced a bit of backing.
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