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Old 07-26-2008, 12:39 AM   #1
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08 F250 HAHA and 08 27'FB CDD

Hi guys

Anyone have the same configuration?

08 F250 Crew cab short bed
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08 27'FB CDD

What size drop bar are you using? I'm using a 6"
What line is your tension bar set at? Currently between the top and middle line.
How many holes are showing at the bottom of the tension bar? Right now 3 holes.

Is your trailer and tow vehicle level with your settings? MIne is not!

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Old 07-26-2008, 01:18 AM   #2
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is it a 4x4? that has an impact or receiver height and stinger length....

measure the distance from the ground up to the upper INSIDE of the receiver box...

that's the number used as the basis for stinger selection.

we discussed the issue of some of the newer tow vehicles being REALLY HIGH and needing longer stingers...

see the picture here that i took of a new f250 receiver height, and browse the thread...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/556451-post18.html

i think bambi_bandit had nearly the same set up as you.

he just upgrade to a new powerstroke, uses a haha and has a 27ccd...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...cle-43167.html

so if he doesn't see this thread u might ping him...

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Hi 2air
Yes, it is a 4x4 and the upper inside when I measured it on "level ground" was 19".
I'm just trying to figure out if they sent me the right 6" bar....or are others using a 4" drop.
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Old 07-26-2008, 11:38 PM   #4
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for some reason, i mistakenly though u had a 4

and wanted to trade for a 6.

my mistake.

IF you can get the trailer LEVEL then you've got the right bar.

so screw the jacks more and bring the spring bars UP...

if the trailer can be made LEVEL you will have confirmed it's the right bar.

is the hitch box really only 19 inches?

that seems low for a 2008 4x4, the ones i measured were much higher.

anyway pm bandit, it looks like he's got your combo...

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I measured from ground to the top inside of the receiver and it's 19".
Do you know the height of the receiver for the HAHA?

One more bit of info ..... when I raise the trailer when hitched 2+ inches to level the trailer I've already loosened the tension bar.

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height of haha box depends on jack adjustments, since even loose spring bars move it around!

it is the a/s ball/coupler height on the trailer when LEVEL that is used as a guide for stinger drop length selection.

this number is in the specs for your trailer, usually 18.75 inches on NON slide models, i think...

i understand u can level the trailer while HITCHED using the tongue jack....

and this will ALWAY reduce spring bar tension and raise the truck rear too...

that's not the sort of leveling i was referring to in the last post...

once connected AND the TONGUE jack is retracted UP,

use the HITCH screw jacks to get the trailer level...

go as far a necessary with the HITCH screw jacks to get level...

IF u can get the trailer LEVEL while connected USING THE HITCH SCREW JACKS/SPRING BARS,

then the 6 inch drop stinger bar is correct.

if at MAX hitch/screw jack tension, the trailer is still LOW at the nose, ya need a 4 inch bar.

capice?

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got it!

Next trip out I'll crank the puppy up and see what happens.

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Hi millvalleyca - Got your PM. I will get some photos.

I will say that the only difference in height between our trucks is that I have 20" wheels, and I don't even use a 6" shank. I think I use a 4" if I remember correctly.

What I do know is that when I am hooked up, I am dead on level in both the truck and trailer.
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Damn... you gave me a good reason to bring Cosmo back home for a bath... I better hurry before it hits the 101 high today....

Anyways, below are my pics of the setup, both unhitched and hitched. I do have a 4" shank drop.

Note the fabricated clip I use to ensure that the jack does not unwind on me by itself....
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I'll try to show overall shots and shots with a small handheld level, both on the truck and the frame of the airstream....

Not an exact science with such a short level, but I'm pretty damn close to level on both the truck and trailer...

Nilesrob on this forum also has the same setup - 2008 F250 with 18" wheels 4x4 shortbed and 27FB Ocean Breeze. He carries a 45 gallon or so aux fuel tank in his bed, so it may seem slightly lower, but again, same setup with the 4" shank and hensley.

Hope this helps... who knows - someone may look at these pics and point out something I'm doing wrong that I didn't know about!
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You may want to drop your strut bar to the bottom hole on the frame bracket. An Airstream has what the haha company calls an A-style coupler and the bottom hole makes the strut the most level.
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Thanks Kevin for the great pics

I like your clip you made.

What size spring bars are you using....it doesn't look like mine and I'm using the 1,000 lb ( mine is flat at the end not bent like yours)
What is the height from ground to the top inside of the truck receiver box? I measure at 19"

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You may want to drop your strut bar to the bottom hole on the frame bracket. An Airstream has what the haha company calls an A-style coupler and the bottom hole makes the strut the most level.
Hi Sean,

Thanks for your advice. Once I get the rig out of my driveway and onto flat ground I'll give that shot.
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Thanks Kevin for the great pics

I like your clip you made.

What size spring bars are you using....it doesn't look like mine and I'm using the 1,000 lb ( mine is flat at the end not bent like yours)
What is the height from ground to the top inside of the truck receiver box? I measure at 19"

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Hi Dennis,

1000lb bars... See pic... I know that Hensley sources the bars from different vendors, so there is probably some variation on design, assuming it still meets the functional criteria.

The clips were designed by Roger Williams Airstream in Weatherford TX. They are great to prevent the jacks from backing up on you. You can call them to get them sent to you while your driving down the road. It's a cross between an aluminum bracket and a zip dee knob thingee... (I can't remember the zip dee part right now).
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