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Old 08-31-2017, 06:13 PM   #1
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Hensley chain vs jack

We're getting a 27' this month, and since Hensley manufactures hitches right near my work I'm thinking I'll get one for the new trailer.

Which version do you prefer, the newer style with the chain or the jack version?
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Old 08-31-2017, 06:17 PM   #2
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Definitely Jack. It's much more easy to align the stinger when hitching. Chains let the head flop around.
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Old 08-31-2017, 09:38 PM   #3
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Hensley chain vs jack

And using a wrench on a jack is much, much easier than trying to pry the chain bracket in place if you need a lot of WD bar tension.

And speaking for myself, I'm not getting younger and stronger, either.
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Old 08-31-2017, 10:23 PM   #4
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Jacks for sure. I just use a rechargeable drill to tighten them. Takes 5 seconds each. The same drill and bit fits the Airstream stabilizers too so double duty.
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Old 09-01-2017, 07:56 PM   #5
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One big advantage to using the jacks instead of chains is the added benefit of upward spring bar dampening of the TV/TT vertical movement while pitching up and down on interstates. Known as freeway "jounce," it is caused by uneven slabs. Years ago Hensley recommended their hitch for that among other reasons. About 13 years ago, I had replaced my Easy Lift for that reason and it helped.
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I have had a Hensley since 2009 and pulled my AS over 40,000 miles with it. Absolutely love it. I have the jack distribution bars which I prefer, and if I'm correct, back in 2009 that was my only choice. The jacks allow you to angle the hitch head to match the stinger in those rare occasions when the TV and TT are at different angles. There is a learning curve, but once you "get it" you can hook up and unhook on any site and at any angle. (Having a backup camera on the pickup helps.

I'm a big fan of the projection hitch, Hensley or ProPride.

Now having said that, let me also say if all you are going to do is pull the trailer a few hundred miles from home, a couple or three times a year, I don't know if it is worth it. There are a lot of good hitches out there that can meet you needs. But if you plan on going from coast to coast, then I think the projection hitch is worth the $$.
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Old 09-04-2017, 06:25 PM   #7
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I have had a Hensley since 2009 and pulled my AS over 40,000 miles with it. Absolutely love it. I have the jack distribution bars which I prefer, and if I'm correct, back in 2009 that was my only choice. The jacks allow you to angle the hitch head to match the stinger in those rare occasions when the TV and TT are at different angles. There is a learning curve, but once you "get it" you can hook up and unhook on any site and at any angle. (Having a backup camera on the pickup helps.

I'm a big fan of the projection hitch, Hensley or ProPride.

Now having said that, let me also say if all you are going to do is pull the trailer a few hundred miles from home, a couple or three times a year, I don't know if it is worth it. There are a lot of good hitches out there that can meet you needs. But if you plan on going from coast to coast, then I think the projection hitch is worth the $$.
Money's not an issue. I want the safest hitch. I still work so we're only on vacation a couple times a year. Last vacation took me from oil change to oil change. I think that qualifies.

If I can figure out the right stinger to get, I'm getting the Hensley.
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If I can figure out the right stinger to get, I'm getting the Hensley.
Talk to the Hensley about what stinger they suggest and get it. The drop will be close enough to being correct to get your trailer home. If it is not quite right, your being near the company makes exchange easy. If things haven't changed, an exchange is free or nearly so.

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I'm getting the Hensley.
Good for you. I think you will love it and they do add a degree of safety.
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