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Old 07-05-2006, 11:27 PM   #15
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Hello Everyone

We are back and what an experience it has been. Please bear in mind that we have no technical knowledge to speak of and our only experiences have been with the Reese and the Hensley HA both of which we still own.

We chose the dually version for reasons of security...two wheels are better than one.....and this arrived in three sections which were relatively simple to put together. Uniting the Airstream and ball was the next step, and this was easier than either of us could remember.... and as practiced many times during the long week-end, This step can be achieved from any angle. The ball height was adjusted so that the AS always remained level and without weight distribution or any sort of anti-sway device, we set out for central PA.

Going down the road, the stability was immediately noticeable and over the next 400 miles or so the only time an eighteen wheeler was in evidence was when this driver looked in the rear view mirror or when it came alongside and the sound of the engine could be heard. Two extra wheels in the vicinity of the ball seem to have a positive effect on sway.

The towing experience was controlled and without stress and this resulted in a less tired driver with a noticeable absence of shoulder or neck pains. Although we tried to maintain a constant 55-60 MPH, there were times when we looked up and the speedometer was hovering around 70 on the flats. Stopping with the HH was also controlled and predictable even though this device has no brakes of its own.

We always seem to get to a campground after dark and this outing was no exception. Backing into a dark site surrounded by numerous campers around campfires the HH was predictable and the AS went exactly where it was supposed to go. Unlike many recent occasions, no one felt the need to assist us into the site, and that felt good.

The HH did not provide us with any super powers when it came to climbing the hills of PA. This was achieved at the same pace as the other hitches in our experience. Although towing was stable and sway was non existant, there was an up and down movement at the ball/wheels when uneven roadway was encountered. We learned to slow down at the bridges along the highway.

Completely unexpected was the attention that the HH can attract from fellow campers. We have met and spoken to more people on this week-end trip than any other outing to date. The Hitch-Helper has been a great conversation starter.

Finally the simplicity of this HH results in very low maintenance. At every stop it takes a few glances to observe that all pins are in place and connections are secure. And at the end of this trip this device was removed from the AS, reduced to its former three parts and stored. That's all for now Folks and thank you for visiting.

Sharon & Winston
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Old 07-06-2006, 12:35 AM   #16
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Hello silvercamper,

great experience you had .It makes since that you had good results with the unit .That tensioning of the arms and shoulders ,ready for the trucks to
go buy or maybe sway UGH. I agree on the dual wheel setup .That device
is a version of the sling dolly of the past ,your benefits now ,were the benefits then .It works ,as that dolly holds up the trailer tongue rather
than tying the frames together with the WD hitch .I would imagine that
the trailer rides smoother on those tires with some suspension to it.
The only issue would be the tires to think about and more wheel bearings.
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Old 07-06-2006, 04:24 AM   #17
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After towing for a while you said you checked the set-up ,pins and such, Did you feel the tires and hubs for heat ?


So far I am very impressed
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Old 07-06-2006, 06:50 AM   #18
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A point and shoot laser thermometer would be great for checking tires and bearing all around.
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Old 07-06-2006, 01:32 PM   #19
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I myself have the proffesional grade raytech laser thermometer ,all should buy
one a gret tool invaluble to easily test temperature of tire ,wheel bearing ,the hubs and much under the hood ,a great investment and peacs of mind !

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Old 07-06-2006, 08:56 PM   #20
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We never thought to check tires but on our next outing we surely will. Maybe we'll get one of those point and shoot lasers. Thank you guys.

So many tools ...... so little time.

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Old 07-06-2006, 09:58 PM   #21
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A point and shoot laser thermometer would be great for checking tires and bearing all around.

Ok I need to know that sounds like a cool gadget.. post info please also.. another side note can you recommend a good tire pressure gauge.. mine broke this past weekend.
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Old 07-07-2006, 01:23 AM   #22
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Ok I need to know that sounds like a cool gadget.. post info please also.. another side note can you recommend a good tire pressure gauge.. mine broke this past weekend.
Just got a new pressure guage from Griot's Garage: www.griotsgarage.com. It has a small hose that allows connections at wierd angles and will still be readible, has 4 pre-set memory functions to let you know when your tires are at that level, has a bleed valve to release air from over inflated tires and reads in a multitude of values other than PSI.

It just arrived today and I haven't had time to really play with it, but it looks like the best so far.

Griot's also sells a little device that screws onto the end of your tire valve. It sets to whatever pressure is in the tire and will start blinking red if the pressure drops by a pre-determined amount (like 4 PSI). It is great for those visual checks of your tires at rest stops to see if they are holding air and eliminates the need to use a guage....just look at the cap to see if it is blinking or not. I used these on the trip from FL to OR and they functioned perfectly. MUCH cheaper than a direct tire pressure monitor system, but you still have to visually check the tires by a quich walk-around. Still worth it IMHO.
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Old 07-07-2006, 01:50 AM   #23
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Those laser tools are made by RAYTEK ,there are probably other brands .
I bought mine thru a tool company .Most carquest autoparts stores have tool flyers all the time showing these point and shoot temp laser guns .Yes they are safe and read temperature of anything you can think of .Radiators .tires
the pavement ,your hand etc.Try pepboys ,kragens ,chief and others .I worthwhile investment and accurate .

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Just got a new pressure guage from Griot's Garage: www.griotsgarage.com. It has a small hose that allows connections at wierd angles and will still be readible, has 4 pre-set memory functions to let you know when your tires are at that level, has a bleed valve to release air from over inflated tires and reads in a multitude of values other than PSI.

I was just at the site and the tire inflating gun looks great too. I have one of those with the white bar that gets pushed out the top to indicate the pressure. It seems to be always reading KGs and not PSI. Maybe I should talk to Santa....
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I have that inflation gun in my arsenal also. It works well, but the guage reading is off by about 4 psi. No biggie, just remember to compensate when filling the tire.
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Old 07-09-2006, 07:40 AM   #26
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Hello All

Since we will be using the Hitch Helper from now on, our HENSLEY ARROW is up for sale. Details are in the classifieds.

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Boy , Thats a statement, out with the old and in with the HH !!!!
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Old 07-13-2006, 08:50 PM   #28
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Hello Friends

When one of these laser guns is employed, what measure should we be seeking to stay within? In other words, at what temperature is this heat build up in the tires etc.to be considered dangerous? We are new to this sort of thing and would want to be safe. Thank you all.

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