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Old 06-16-2009, 07:47 PM   #43
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Steve, Wow that is a lot of wt. in three tanks. I don’t know how much fuel it takes to push 1000 lb. Down the road. But I bet I would see a decline in fuel cost for the days run.
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:49 PM   #44
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I have seen it claimed that having the fresh water tank full allows the trailer to ride better with the weight down so low.

I like to keep it full because we never know when we can't find a campground with water. You can rent a space with just electric if you carry your own water and have enough space in the grey tank, then use the campground dump station in the morning.

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Old 06-16-2009, 08:15 PM   #45
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Just bought our Classic 30' last Fall and decided that our i/2 ton extended cab gas truck was too marginal as we too like mountains!

Bought a new GMC Sierra crew cab short box 4x4 diesel and just love it! I hope GM stays around long enough to honour my 6 year extended warranty though!

We gave it a good test thus winter on a 7000km trip, towing at elevations up to 8000 ft.
and it was an extremely relaxing experience! Hensley hitch probably did its share too!


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Old 06-17-2009, 11:14 AM   #46
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Brian, Do you think the Hensley is worth the money?
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Old 06-17-2009, 11:15 AM   #47
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Thanks Gene for the info. as i said i don't know what i am doing yet.
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:56 PM   #48
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Yes, the Hensley is the best money I've ever spent and I have spent money on all sorts of extra toys I've bought to play with for the Airstream including a Huges Autoformer, Hitch'n Sticks, a flag holder, flags with light, a tire pressure monitoring system, a 21' Zip Dee awning mat, a Jason tonneau cover, a Bed Slide, a commercial grade 12 volt air compressor, etc., etc. I've towed this trailer with a Reese for 6,000 miles and now with the Hensley and there is no comparison after over 15,000 miles of towing with the Hensley. I'll never pull a travel trailer again without the Hensley. I may not be worth it, but my wife, pets and equipment are and I arrive at the next campground rested rather than wrought.
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Old 06-17-2009, 07:43 PM   #49
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I didn't know there was a tire monitoring system for trailor tires. Is that a high dollar upgrade to make.
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:42 PM   #50
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There are several brands. Pressure Pro and Doran 360, last I looked, cost $200 for the monitor and $50 for each sensor. One sensor for each tire. Thus, $400 for 4 tires. There's another brand that would cost a total of $600 for 4 tires, but on those you can put air in the tire without removing the sensor. For $200, I decided I could remove the sensors. You can add sensors for the tow vehicle too, but most vehicles have them now.

I have the Doran and like it. You can find these by Googling the brand names or "TPMS" which means "tire pressure monitoring systems" and not "terrible PMS".

They will tell you if you are losing pressure steadily, the precursor to a blow out, or lose pressure really fast (the Doran does, don't know about the others). Doran also tells when the pressure is getting high which can happen when the temp goes way up as you travel—you may go from a cold place in the morning and then cross into another climate zone. I use it to check pressure each morning too. This is easier (and more likely to be done) than going around to each wheel and checking pressure.

A tire failure can mess up the aluminum panel nearby—that's really, really expensive.

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Old 06-17-2009, 09:12 PM   #51
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I am sold. Thanks Airperson
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:50 AM   #52
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Brian, Do you think the Hensley is worth the money?
I guess it is a very subjective sort of thing.

For many years I got by without one just fine, and felt that it was ridicuously expensive - although I was impressed by the glowing testimonials.


Eventually, when I got the point that the $$ wasn't such a big deal,
and also, my "Mrs" had been harping on about the safety aspect for years) I decided that I probably wouldn't have too many more years of RV'ing, so I might as well spoil myself a bit!

Having made one big trip with it, I am very impressed with the improvement compared to the standard equalizing hitch/sway bar arrangement I have always used.

The trailer feels to be so much more in control and the whole towing experience is so relaxed - never the slightest hint of sway during our 7000 mile trip.

One day we were driving in very heavy winds - I had absoluteky no idea how windy it was until I stopped for gas and nearly lost the truck door when I opened it!

The "Mrs" is happier now too!

I would spend the $$ again - but obviously it depends on ones circumstances and priorities

There is a bit of a learning curve to hitching up, but there are a few little tricks and tips that can be picked up on the forum. I have it pretty much aced now ...... I think!

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Old 06-18-2009, 10:11 AM   #53
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We tow with an F250 (6.4L diesel) and just came back from a 1,500 mile trip through the mountains of KY and TN. While I cannot compare to other non-Ford TV's, the F250 is a superb towing vehicle. Having towed previously with a Ford Expedition (basically F150 chassis) the difference is huge in terms of stability and power.

The other consideration you might take into account is your ability to find a place to service your tow vehicle on the road. We have had several instances where for various reasons we needed service, and there were very friendly and competent Ford dealerships nearby. No matter the brand you decide, think about which brand has the service locations - and talent to repair the vehicle. In the case of Ford, because they sell so many trucks and use the diesel engines on so many vehicles, we have been very impressed with the ability to get technicians to work on our vehicles (have owned two Ford Excursions as well - each with diesel engines).
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:17 PM   #54
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Question on 12 volt air compressor - Is there a best one ? I saw one at PEP Boys that connects directly to the battery and I saw one at Wall Mart that connects to a 12 volt power point plug in. They were both with 16 ft. air hoses. The price was about the same $50 something. I have installed new tires but for safety, reasons I thought it might be helpful to have a compressor. Is this a good idea? Do you have a recommendation
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Just bought our Classic 30' last Fall and decided that our i/2 ton extended cab gas truck was too marginal as we too like mountains!

Bought a new GMC Sierra crew cab short box 4x4 diesel and just love it! I hope GM stays around long enough to honour my 6 year extended warranty though!

We gave it a good test thus winter on a 7000km trip, towing at elevations up to 8000 ft.
and it was an extremely relaxing experience! Hensley hitch probably did its share too!


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In my opinion, an almost perfect setup, even though it took us a bit of convincing before we purchased the Hensley. The Hensley was a good insurance policy and we're happy we made the leap. 'Almost perfect' because the 4X4 is a bit stiffer and most likely gives our Airstream a bit of a rougher ride. If you can find a diesel without 4X4 it would probably be a bit easier on your trailer; however, at this point I wouldn't trade my setup. The wheelbase on the 'crew' is a perfect length for our trailer in order to avoid sway issues. Anything less (especially without the Hensley) would be a nightmare. I know there's a formula to reduce the effects of sway that someone on this forum may recall but I do remember that the longer the trailer, the longer the wheelbase of the tow vehicle needs to be to lessen the impact of sway. Good luck in making your selection.
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Question on 12 volt air compressor - Is there a best one ? I saw one at PEP Boys that connects directly to the battery and I saw one at Wall Mart that connects to a 12 volt power point plug in. They were both with 16 ft. air hoses. The price was about the same $50 something. I have installed new tires but for safety, reasons I thought it might be helpful to have a compressor. Is this a good idea? Do you have a recommendationThanks Airperson.
I can't comment on a 12 volt compressor, other than the cheap one in our car's emergency kit wouldn't handle inflating larger truck tires.

Just a thought...

We carry a 110V "pancake" style comressor on our trips. We fill up the tank before pulling out just in case we need the air along the side of the road. It's a bit bulky, but it's saved us the expense of buying another air compressor.

In our two years of trailering, we've fortunately never used it for tires on truck or trailer during a trip.

If you take a generator with you on trips, you'd have a ready source of power for one at all times.
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