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Old 04-22-2007, 09:07 PM   #239
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[COLOR=black]]The noise has stopped now that both the Hitch Ball and Frame Brackets have been greased.
I just towed over 1200 miles and the noise issue is cured!![/SIZE]
thanks for the update john...

hope the inspection didn't take long,
and a good going over is a healthy habit!

now that 2 users (thanks dallas) have reported popping noises cured by lubing the frame brackets...

well that IS a good user tip!

and keeping a fat glob of grease on the ball/in the cup may help too...

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Just want to report that all the aggravation we went through with the Hensley Hitch has been worth it...
I drove 3 hours yesterday and again today in the winds and it was like nothing was behind me and I would not drive the motor home. Gail
and gail...

good to read that your efforts paid off...
relaxed towing is a great reward.

looks like we are back in happy haha land!

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Old 05-09-2007, 11:48 AM   #240
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HAHA Repaint...Finished!

Hello All,
Inspired by the previous postings of repainted Hensley Hitches, I decided to do the same with my used Hensley, which I acquired to use with my new to me 2005 30' Classic. I have yet to tow with it...maiden voyage begins this weekend...wish me luck!!!

OK, now on to the photos...remember, I am NOT a professional painter.

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Nice job. thought you weren't a painter!!!
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Old 05-16-2007, 07:58 AM   #242
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Thanks for all the information on this link. I purchases my haha 6 months ago and never had a chance to use it. I am now traveling between Phoenix and Illinois. I am in Albuquerque and find the hitch excellent. I am travelling without wife and had no problem connecting. I did notice that the bolts on the U attachment were not tight and I did not trust my torque wrench so I tightened to firm. I am not receiving hardly any drafts from semis. In compaison to my previous Blue Ox, the haha is excellent. I read the manual about 10 times and now understand the concept of the hitch so it has been relatively easy to adjust and use. I only wish my new Airstream was of the same quality. It is important to follow instuctions and be certain that everything is in place and level.I will fill you in as I travel and report my experience with the hitch. Now if only I could learn to back up. Thank goodness for pull thru's.
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Old 05-16-2007, 09:44 AM   #243
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you are welcome woodedareas....

we've helped each other greatly with the ultimate users guide...

enjoy the towing and camping!

backing will happen.

very nice paint upgrade mmfly4fun

looks great!

keep those hahas lubed and happy folks.

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Old 05-16-2007, 11:56 AM   #244
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I posted a few comments in this string - mostly appreciating the fact that it was started as it convinced me to get a Hensley.

Here's the best part of a Hensley: MY WIFE WILL NOW DRIVE!!!

She was so impressed with the stability that she drove a third the trip home from Tampa to Houston. As long as we were on open highway, or not in construction, she happily spelled me for hours on end.



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Old 05-18-2007, 09:29 PM   #245
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I have almost completed my trip from Arizona to Illinois. I am currently in St. Louis. This is the first trip with the Hensley and it performed as advertised. The draft from trucks is negligible unless there are significant winds and the trucks are speeding over the 75mph limits that exist in the westerly states.For the most part I left the hitch attached overnight but relieved the pressure on the tow vehicle by using the power lift to a predertermined height. Quite frankly in comparison to my previous hitch which I gave to the dealer, I would not tow a trailer as I firmly believe my previous hitch was not safe. Thanks for all the great advice.
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Old 05-24-2007, 03:21 PM   #246
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After raving about the Hensely I had a problem disconnecting from the AS today. The hitch had been attached from Arizona to Illinois. I was not able to release from the trailer and with each attempt it actually pulled the trailer forward. Finally I also removed the pin holding the hitch in to the truck.On the forth attempt (sudden jerk) it release from the trailer. I was then easily able to remove the stinger from the truck. Would grease within the female part of the Hensely help?
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Old 05-24-2007, 05:18 PM   #247
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wax...

I carry a bar of Gulf Wax (parafin) and rub all 4 sides of the hitch bar that slides into the hitch.
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Old 05-24-2007, 05:59 PM   #248
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I would bet that your problem of being unable to release was due to improper orientation, not lack of grease. I never grease my shank or either receiver. Always make certain that your jacks achieve the "floppy loose" status" on each side and there should be no problem in unhooking from the trailer. Similarly, always make certain that the angle of the female part of the hitch is the same as the male shank along with being the correct height and you should never have a problem hooking up.
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You are absolutley correct. I forgot to loosen the jacks as I normally do. I have never had this problem before as the jacks were loose.I actually measure for the correct height so I know that wasn't the problem, so it is definetly the jacks.Thanks for the reminder.
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Disclaimer: I am not an Airstream owner.

I've towed two different travel trailers with a Hensley Arrow (HAHA). I purchased my HAHA in 2001 and have logged over 50K miles towing with it.

I've read all 18 pages of this thread. A lot of good advice.

I'd be happy to share some other tips and tricks either here or via e-mail (computer@drfife.com).

Let me know.

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Welcome to the Airstream forums Russell. We have communicated at the Sunnybrook Talk forum in the past. Maybe we can convert you to an Airstream family.
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After raving about the Hensely I had a problem disconnecting from the AS today. The hitch had been attached from Arizona to Illinois. I was not able to release from the trailer and with each attempt it actually pulled the trailer forward. Finally I also removed the pin holding the hitch in to the truck.On the forth attempt (sudden jerk) it release from the trailer. I was then easily able to remove the stinger from the truck. Would grease within the female part of the Hensely help?
When I disengage, I just make sure the truck receiver is at the same height as when I hooked up (using the tongue jack), and then I make sure the load bars are "sloppy loose" per the manual.

Works every time... no lubricant needed. Remember to chock the wheels, per the manual. Now, if I could only find time to put on a good coat of paint! The Hensley paint job is, well, not up to the engineering of the hitch.

Love the HAHA, the paint leaves something to be desired.
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