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Old 09-29-2008, 10:29 PM   #1
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The Hensley Cub

So, I went looking at Hensley's site tonight and found a brand new product! The Hensley Cub seems to fit the needs of those with smaller trailers (between 2000 and 6000 lbs.) Hey, that's me!

I used the search feature and found nothing about it, so I'm guessing it's just been announced in the last couple days.

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So any details yet on this little brother to the Arrow? Delivery date? MSRP? How much it weighs?

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Old 09-30-2008, 07:14 AM   #2
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Thanks for bringing this product to the forum's attention. Sounds like a needed product from a very good company.
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Old 09-30-2008, 07:56 AM   #3
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Hey Brad that's sweet! A scaled down version. This would be ideal for the vintage trailers. Hopefully the price will be scaled down to something more reasonable.
Admittingly I have only had the Hensley Arrow hitch for a total of two small trips so far but I am impressed. I had my trailer out over the weekend for a quick one night trip. I had two semi-trucks pass me - and I DID NOT feel any wind pushing me around. It works well with my short wheelbase vehicle. My Wagoneer is only 109" wheelbase.
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Crispy, you're exactly the kind of guy I was thinking about when I first spotted it. Shorter, lighter trailer, and someone who wants all the benefits of the Hensley but would like to save a buck or two (big assumption it'll cost less than the big one).

If it *is* cheaper, then this is the thing that could be a tipping point for me. I don't plan on upgrading to bigger, heavier trailers and I just can't justify the price.

Probably won't be significantly less though - after all, it's simply a specifically designed hitch for a different application that happens to use a little less steel, but it doesn't seem to skimp on features, safety or the length of time it takes to make and market it.
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If heavier trailers haven't needed that extra piece of steel for strength, how did it get there? And wouldn't Hensley have eliminated it already, if for nothing else than the chance to say "New and Lighter!" in their marketing?
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Bredlo,
Here is a photograph of a standard Hensley. The extra orange steel has a little finger that locks it into one of three positions when the hitch bar is not inserted. I assume this is to lock the head into place when hooking up the hitch.
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Here is a photo of the main unit of the 3P. I didn't know there was a "special code" - you may want to think about one of these. It seems that Sean has cut way down on the excessive amount of steel. It looks lean and mean.


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... it's simply a specifically designed hitch for a different application that happens to use a little less steel...
well this is basically the take home message, 'lo....

removing the front chunk of iron may have lightened it 20 lbs.

perhaps another 20-30 lbs for the lesser spring bars and hollow stinger.

the lighter spring bars (750lbs) have been available for a year or so...

i'm not wild about a hollow spring bar, but IF they really wanted to lighten THAT bit, it could be aluminum.

lastly, it's still covered with the same CHIP PRONE orange paint!

and sean is right, some significant competition is finally bringing benefits to the customer base.

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So, I went looking at Hensley's site tonight and found a brand new product! The Hensley Cub seems to fit the needs of those with smaller trailers (between 2000 and 6000 lbs.) Hey, that's me!

I used the search feature and found nothing about it, so I'm guessing it's just been announced in the last couple days.

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So any details yet on this little brother to the Arrow? Delivery date? MSRP? How much it weighs?
Yes, we just announced the Cub. I towed our company trailer (19ft.) out to Hershey with it. We took steel out of the front and bottom plate, reducing the weight of the main unit by about 20 lbs. The hitch bar weighs in at 15 lbs. I've been lugging the solid bar around for 10 years, so it was a welcome change. The spring bars are 550lbs.

The trailer I towed had a 450lb. tongue weight, overall weight of 5000 lbs. I tow with a Chevy Avalanche 1/2 ton, 5.3l engine. I had some pretty nasty weather in and out of Pennsylvania, too. Could hardly tell the trailer was back there.

Give us a call if you have any more questions. I'll have the Cub, along with a new 5th wheel hitch, out at the California RV show next week. That's in Pomona (near L.A.). Stop by and visit if you're in the area.
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Looks good, Ron. Glad you added the Cub to the line, as its big brother has always seemed to be a bit of overkill for my modest needs. I'm nowhere near California (I always hate saying that) but I'd like to check it out sometime.

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Yes, we just announced the Cub. I towed our company trailer (19ft.) out to Hershey with it. We took steel out of the front and bottom plate, reducing the weight of the main unit by about 20 lbs. The hitch bar weighs in at 15 lbs. I've been lugging the solid bar around for 10 years, so it was a welcome change. The spring bars are 550lbs.

The trailer I towed had a 450lb. tongue weight, overall weight of 5000 lbs. I tow with a Chevy Avalanche 1/2 ton, 5.3l engine. I had some pretty nasty weather in and out of Pennsylvania, too. Could hardly tell the trailer was back there.

Give us a call if you have any more questions. I'll have the Cub, along with a new 5th wheel hitch, out at the California RV show next week. That's in Pomona (near L.A.). Stop by and visit if you're in the area.
Any discounts on the new cub for show attendees??
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Will the cub work for us?

We have a 68 Ambassador that will weigh under 6000 pounds and will be 28' in length including the tongue......can we use the Cub? pj
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hi spot...

since it's basically a haha with a few lightened/removed bits, sure u can use it.

but why would u want to?

IF your trailer has 600-900 lbs at the tongue, it will be OVER the spring bar rating.

so while the unit appears to be 40-50 lbs lighter, that may not be much of a benefit with a 28ft/6k trailer.

what will be used as the tow vehicle ?

that may be important in your case, depending on HOW MUCH weigh transfer is needed.

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Any discounts on the new cub for show attendees??
Of course! That's the best part of going to a show. Tell you what, bring me some real food (show food sucks) and we'll talk. I don't see Airstream on the list of manufacturers, though. That's too bad. I enjoy looking at the new models (and dreaming).

See you in SoCal!
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