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Old 06-01-2005, 03:24 PM   #15
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We zoom on the highways at 70-80MPH, passing trucks and not feel a thing.
Slow down ... your Goodyear Marathon tires have a speed rating of 65 MPH.
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Old 06-01-2005, 04:29 PM   #16
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Slow down ... your Goodyear Marathon tires have a speed rating of 65 MPH.
That's what Goodyear says.
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Old 06-01-2005, 11:54 PM   #17
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We just got our Hensley today. It's BIG! It's HEAVY! It looks COOL!
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Old 06-02-2005, 07:19 AM   #18
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Buttercup - Good luck with the installation! Mine went on pretty smoothly, but we did end up breaking a couple of the shear bolts. Fortunately, the Hensley customer service folks were very good and got us replacements within a couple days. I called their customer service line a handful of times during the installation and they were always quick and helpful. If I had to leave a message for a callback, they always responded within a few minutes.
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Old 06-02-2005, 08:29 AM   #19
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Slow down ... your Goodyear Marathon tires have a speed rating of 65 MPH.
ALL ST radials have a speed rating of 65, LT's (like the ones on most of our tow vehicles) are supposed to have a speed rating of 75.
Slow down, and get there safely. Remember, getting there is half the fun!
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Old 06-02-2005, 09:50 AM   #20
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Hensley backs great for us...

And as to customer service, I went to the factory last week just to have them inspect my hookup. They were incredibly helpful, nice, etc. (Granted, I drove 300+ miles to do this). Even the head of the company happened to be there and was a real peach and helpful too.

I wouldn't tow this trailer with anything else...

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Old 06-02-2005, 10:14 AM   #21
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Thanks for the advice on slowing down, but my comment was for when you need to pass the large 18 wheelers on the interstates, there is no sway.
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Old 06-02-2005, 10:43 AM   #22
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Thanks for the advice on slowing down, but my comment was for when you need to pass the large 18 wheelers on the interstates, there is no sway.
We may have overreacted a bit, but no one wants you to find out if the Hensley keeps you from swaying if a tire blows out.
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Old 06-02-2005, 01:56 PM   #23
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I towed a 30' Holiday Rambler for six years with a Hensley. I've now towed with an Equal-I-Zer brand hitch for about a year and a half. I find the Equal-I-Zer much more accurate to back into tight places due to there being no slop in the coupler to hitch ball connection. Hitching / unhitching is much easier also.
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Old 06-02-2005, 02:11 PM   #24
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...no one wants you to find out if the Hensley keeps you from swaying if a tire blows out.
I have it from first hand experience that unless you are looking in your rear veiw mirrors when your tire blows, you will never feel it or know that it happened. The hensley eliminates any prospect of sway.

What a grand piece of equipment.

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Old 08-08-2005, 07:59 AM   #25
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I have it from first hand experience that unless you are looking in your rear veiw mirrors when your tire blows, you will never feel it or know that it happened.* The hensley eliminates any prospect of sway.

What a grand piece of equipment.

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Somehow I am not convinced that is something to be happy or proud about.
If that is the rule, then after spending 3000 dollars for a hitch, shouldn't one add another 400-1000 dollars for a blowout sensoring system.
After all a flailing tire can do about 4000 dollars damage to your airstream undies, which will of course give you a perfect opportunity to see how kind your insurance policy is which will lead to an eventual rate increase. And the beat goes on.
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Old 08-08-2005, 09:44 AM   #26
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Please consider the following for safety's sake in braking and emergency handling. A new 25' Airstream weighs enough to put the numbers into the trouble zone regardless of the hitch.

Consider Airstream's FAQs.

Look in your manual for Vehicle Load Weight Capacity (it's page 9-20 in my 2004 manual). Find your vehicle. This is the maximum load you can put on or in your truck.* This includes passengers, tongue weight, gasoline, tonneau cover, camp chairs, etc. (You also can open your driver door and look low on the frame just above the running board). My GVWR is 6499#, my front axle maxes at 3500# and my rear axle maxes at 3800#. Crank up those weight distribution bars and get thee to a CAT Scale. Hold those dear to you and seek the best solution.

*Forget the advertised 9000# tow weight or the GCWR. Why? Because tongue weight is going to trend to the higher end of 10-15% of your tow weight.
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Old 08-23-2005, 11:30 PM   #27
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Towing With A Nissan Armada

Thanks for the heads up on the tongue/rear axle weight when towing with your Titan. I pull my 2004 28ft International with a Nissan Armada (Big Tow package) and a Hensley hitch. On a recent long-haul to the mountains in TN, I stopped at a weigh station to weigh the rig. Gross weight of both trailer and truck were 12,800 pounds with 4,200 pounds on the back axle of the truck. We drove 3,200 miles round trip without any difficulty. The truck was loaded up with gear (generator, fuel, other stuff) and the water tank in the trailer was full.

I have been cranking to the same setting on the weight distributing bars since I purchased the hitch 8 months ago. I find that if I crank them too much, the ride in the truck becomes too stiff and I worry about over-stressing the A-frame on the trailer.

By the way, I love the Hensley! Had a regular old hitch before and had lots of white nuckle scares when big trucks would pass. Now it's smooth sailing. No trouble backing up either.
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