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Old 04-06-2015, 01:11 AM   #43
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Had another challenge today

only took about 7 attempts - but the basic problem was that it's rained a LOT and when I almost got in on the first attempt, the back tires dug in about 2 inches - making every subsequent attempt yet another height and pitch adjustment.

So - I figured out yet another trick - in loose soil switch to 4 wheel drive low range. You won't dig a hole with your rear tires!

Normally when you get the wretched stringer in with 3/8 inch or so needed to snug it, you can lock the trailer in with a good bit of force applied on the square wrench. I could NOT get it to go on three different tries, but finally put a pipe over the end of the wrench and leaned on it hard.

Oh well, I seem to need a maintenance and helper kit for everything! It's also time to repaint the hitch - yikes it's getting quite a bit of rust this close to the sea. Guess it's time for an overhaul. Back to the manual again.

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Old 04-06-2015, 08:35 AM   #44
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Just got back home from a 7 week trip where we unhitched/hitched the Hensley multiple times.

Since we have owned it, I have tried various methods to make the process easier - some helped, some didn't.

Of all the things I have found to help, a combination seems to work best for me ....


I insert a 2"x2" wooden bar into the hitch box on the trailer the extends out at least a foot,
this enables me to visualize the hitch angles well.

On the ground, under this extended bar, I lay a 25' tape measure and run it out a considerable distance - maybe 8-10' - as parallel to the wooden bar as I can.

I then use a swift hitch backup camera on the truck with the camera angle set so that I can just see the end of the stinger at the bottom of the image on the monitor.

I back up the truck lining up the stinger with the tape measure on the ground so that as near as I can make it, by the time the stinger gets close to the hitch, it's approach angle completely matches the angle of the hitch box.

I stop short to enable me to pull the wooden guide bar out of the hitch.

I then continue backing until the stinger is on the point of entering the hitch box, then go back and using a combination of the tongue jack and sidewinder adjuster under the jack post, I centre the stinger with the hitch box.

So far that has worked first attempt for me every time. Once on a while it doesn't pull in fully onto the wedges, but when that has happened, I have found that the hensley wrench for the overcentre links easily pulls in in the final fraction of an inch.

I do also spray the stinger with white lithium grease.

The idea of breaking the corners on the stinger with a grinder sounds interesting - presume we are speaking of just the edges/corners on the leading edge of the stinger? I would be interested to know if people who have done that have noticed any effect? Might do that - I don't suppose it would have any negative impact.

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Old 04-06-2015, 09:23 AM   #45
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I thought this might help. It helps me a lot with my Pro Pride. Also I have painted the end of the stinger with bright orange paint to make it more visible by my back up camera

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Old 04-06-2015, 01:45 PM   #46
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I thought this might help. It helps me a lot with my Pro Pride. Also I have painted the end of the stinger with bright orange paint to make it more visible by my back up camera

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Snark, Snark, chuckle chuckle .....

When correctly viewed, everything is lewd (Tom Lehrer) I could make a porno version of that! I already LUBE the stringer, maybe


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are inclined will come up with even better punch lines than I could.
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Old 04-06-2015, 02:02 PM   #47
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We are full-timers and our trailer came with a Hensley. Jackson called Hensley about 5 times for tips to hook up. First we thought OK different hitch for us! Hensley said we will buy it for site unseen for $600 and pay shipping. Hummm.. we thought.. this must be worth it. Well we learned..I back up with his directioning and he stops me to adjust the hitch opening a bit. We sometimes use the tall hitch poles and one has a piece of tape on it for height.

Of course now we try hard to be in level and not crooked sites.

It is worth it. We don't feel the sway from the big trucks.

That is our take!
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Old 04-06-2015, 03:03 PM   #48
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I thought this might help. It helps me a lot with my Pro Pride. Also I have painted the end of the stinger with bright orange paint to make it more visible by my back up camera

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Yep, that is pretty much what I use. On my wooden bar I also duplicated the wedges on stinger but probably not needed.

So what I do in addition is to lay and extended steel tape measure on the ground underneath the wooden bar and exactly parallel to it, then when backing up with the stinger end on the truck visible on my camera monitor, I steer so that the stinger end follows the tape right up to the wooden bar and that ensures it is truly parallel and ensures an easy hook up ........ most times!

The sidewinder available from Hensley is useful also for fine tuning the positioning of everything once you are really close. I did weld some angle irons either side of the base on mine to give it a larger footprint and make it more stable though.

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Old 04-06-2015, 03:34 PM   #49
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I just eye ball the thing for correct angles, and using the Jeep back up camera, back in, adjust for lateral and vertical alignment if necessary, hook up, and go. The only time I have ever had an issue is when I had help. Rule one, stop process when help arrives, have a chat, continue process later. Jim


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Old 04-06-2015, 03:59 PM   #50
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I have learned that as long as you back up straight into the hitch box, I can hookup at any angle to the trailer up to about 45Degrees from the trailer. Just need to go straight into the hitch.
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Old 04-08-2015, 01:59 AM   #51
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I have yet to spend more than 5 or 10 minutes getting my trailer hitched.

I just back up in the middle of the trailer and get out and look a couple of times as I get closer, and adjust.


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Older thread, but... Paula, sorry for your travails, I can sympathize and have been there although never that bad.

I have the pp and it is my experience that hookup is frequently time consuming in those situations where the hitching lineup has changed since unhooking or where it is necessary to park on uneven ground.
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Good ideez! I learned the hard way, now it is almost automatic... Almost.
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