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Old 08-13-2016, 05:52 PM   #29
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I have taken the easy way out. I just leave everything attached to the Airstream. I put the shank pin complete with lock into the shank and put a coupler lock on. Cover the whole mess with an IKEA bag. I also leave the sway bars and weight distribution bars in place. So far no problems.
Even though I have established a very successful hooking up procedure, I still prefer the simplicity of the Hensley and look forward to going back to one once I break the current set up. Jim


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The distance from sway ball to sway ball when straight should be 25 inches, it seems some gave a problem with them breaking., Strange since they've been in use at least since the mid eighties, was recommended by Avion for use with my 84 30 footer in the owners manual. I also noticed on your picture that the adjusting handle is low on the bar with the adjusting nut below it. Mine are the opposite with the handle on top. I have one husky sway bar, one eazlift sway bar and one other unknown one and they are all alike. I wonder why yours are different?
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Old 08-13-2016, 06:58 PM   #31
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Don't know the answer Avionstream. I have not broken anything for a while and it may be because I am not tightening the sway bars as much as I was in the beginning. I was used to the rock solid Hensley sway performance and thought that if I really tightened the levers on the sway bars that I might get something close. Nope. What I got was broken sway bars. Now I have just gotten use to the performance and get by for now. I don't think it matters if the levers are on the top or bottom since the pressure applied by the pads is the same regardless. Jim


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I always tighten mine a lot, interesting scenario here. Is your ball to ball length 25 inches!?
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I will check when I am next at the Airstream. When I say tight I mean hand tight followed by another 180 with a torque bar. Really tight. Jim
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I think the instructions say tight but no torque bar.
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A Google search shows the handle to be used to keep the device together. Not to be overnightend. The adjusting screw is used to increase sway effectiveness. So over tightening the handle is not necessary. If the sway control is not enough, tighten the adjusting screw. I googled sway control adjusting. One part of the instructions said over tightening of the handle can cause breakage, as well as over tightening the screw can cause noise and chatter. I learned something!
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Thanks for the Google reference Avionstream. Some good information there, particularly from Sean Woodruff. I also learned something and will check the setup next time out. Most likely tomorrow. Jim
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The ball to ball length is 24" oc. Jim
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I will check when I am next at the Airstream. When I say tight I mean hand tight followed by another 180 with a torque bar. Really tight. Jim
I wonder if that's your problem, Jim. I only ever hand tighten, and don't overdo that, either, and I've not had a problem in five years of use. Not including trying to get the Airstream to turn more that it should have when backing up in the dark, obviously; the less said about that little faux pas the better!

Hope all is well with you and the missus; we've not been out much this year but always look for you when we are.
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Hi Steve,
I no longer tighten the sway bars too much and I have been enjoying much improved performance. I have also developed a much better technique for hooking up and unhooking so I am much more pleased with the overall experience. We have been to Long Point once but mostly Selkirk for a few days during the week. We find Selkirk fits our style since the place is mostly empty and there is good cycling along the Waterfront Trail, plus it is only an hour away, sort of like your Rondeau.
We will be on some bigger trips in September and over the winter. This being retired is just awesome.

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