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Old 04-24-2017, 06:01 PM   #1
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Hensley Arrow Weight Distribution

I "inherited" a Hensley with the purchase of our "new to us" 29' Excella.

Everyone raves about the sway prevention of this hitch, but I am wondering how it performs insofar as weight redistribution to the TV front wheels, etc.??

Second question: with the Hensley head attached to the AS, the stinger opening is about 4" below my receiver (2016 Ford F-150 Eco). I have two stinger bars: a 2" and a 4". My guess is that I should use the 4" bar upside down????

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Old 04-24-2017, 06:31 PM   #2
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Our Hensley performs well regarding weight distribution. As with any weight distributing hitch, the spring bars should match the weight of your trailer.

Use a stinger in any way that will keep your trailer level when hitched. There is no right side up or upside down for the stinger.

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I "inherited" a Hensley with the purchase of our "new to us" 29' Excella.

Second question: with the Hensley head attached to the AS, the stinger opening is about 4" below my receiver (2016 Ford F-150 Eco). I have two stinger bars: a 2" and a 4". My guess is that I should use the 4" bar upside down????

Thanks for the help!
Similar rig, I have a 34 classic and tow with a 2016 f150 and Hensley recommended a 6" drop,(I currently have an 8" because like you I inherited it. ) Measure the height of your truck receiver(the inside top edge) from the ground and the top of your hitch ball from the ground and call them. They will do the math and tell you which stinger will provide a level ride for the AS.
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Old 05-03-2017, 04:42 PM   #4
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What dvgofaz said . . . the Hensley store team will offer great help over the the phone or via email. You will **love** pulling with a HAHA. We've had thousands of trouble free miles and NO SWAY. Pulling a recent Airstream with a Reese "sway reduction" was a disaster. A big wind in Texas and the Reese failed completely. We totaled the 30' Classic Limited.
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Old 05-04-2017, 05:49 AM   #5
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Measurement Clarity Please

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Similar rig, I have a 34 classic and tow with a 2016 f150 and Hensley recommended a 6" drop,(I currently have an 8" because like you I inherited it. ) Measure the height of your truck receiver(the inside top edge) from the ground and the top of your hitch ball from the ground and call them. They will do the math and tell you which stinger will provide a level ride for the AS.
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I can understand the measurement of my tow vehicle hitch receiver (inside top).
But, excuse my density, when I measure the Hensley, am I measuring to the top of the trailer hitch ball (on the A frame), or do I measure to the top of the Hensley receiver???

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Old 05-04-2017, 07:02 AM   #6
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I pulled my weight slips. I don't always need this much distribution, but this is what it is capable of when, with my setup , I am pulled up to the second notch of the jacks. (a lot of variable here, so just for illustrative purposes only relative to jack position).

Front axle = plus 460 pounds restored
Rear axle = minus 580 pounds removed
AS = plus 120 pounds added
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I can understand the measurement of my tow vehicle hitch receiver (inside top).
But, excuse my density, when I measure the Hensley, am I measuring to the top of the trailer hitch ball (on the A frame), or do I measure to the top of the Hensley receiver???
You measure at the hole where the stinger goes into the Hensley and into your tow vehicle's receiver. So, the top, middle, or bottom of those two holes, top to top, middle to middle, or bottom to bottom. You want to determine the difference between the heights of the hitch and receiver holes to see the height difference the stinger should bridge.

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Old 05-19-2017, 04:12 AM   #8
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You measure at the hole where the stinger goes into the Hensley and into your tow vehicle's receiver. So, the top, middle, or bottom of those two holes, top to top, middle to middle, or bottom to bottom. You want to determine the difference between the heights of the hitch and receiver holes to see the height difference the stinger should bridge.

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This makes good sense.
Other than the truck sag from the trailer tongue weight, all would be level.

So, do you then adjust the spring bars to level the combined trailer/TV and to distribute weight appropriately?
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:12 AM   #10
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So, do you then adjust the spring bars to level the combined trailer/TV and to distribute weight appropriately?
That's what I have done with three different tow vehicles.

Of course you can call Hensley which would be a good idea just to see if the spring bars you have are appropriate for the trailer's tongue weight.

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