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Old 05-30-2007, 09:29 PM   #253
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Welcome to the Airstream forums Russell. We have communicated at the Sunnybrook Talk forum in the past...
Dwight, thanks for the welcome. I was not sure if this forum allowed SOB's (Some Other Brands) to post.

I thought I remembered you from the SunnyBrook Talk Forum and the NTXCA!
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Russell, 'streamers are an accepting group of folks. I don't believe anyone will object to having someone share their knowledge about products.
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Take a look at the these photos of my Hensley. It seems like the square receiver hole is becoming enlarged. The hitch bar seems to be going in further. The upper plate is developing an upward bend as evidenced by the cracking paint. I sent the enlarged receiver hole photo to Hensley. They wrote back saying this is normal.

We just got back from a 9000 mile trip, and the Hensley performed flawlessly. I would like to get some experienced opinions as to whether I should be concerned.

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Brian-

All I can say is "Yikes"!!!

But, I bet it will function perfectly well for quite awhile in spite of looking a little worse for the wear.

Have you noticed whether the over center latches loosen up over time? It looks like the stinger is intruding too far into the hitch box. Trailer brakes not coming on soon enough might worsen that by slamming the trailer into the TV...do you notice the trailer 'bumping' you when you apply the brakes?

Just some thoughts...
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I'm not getting any movement toward the TV upon braking because I have been able to adjust the lugs enough to keep a tight connection. I am concerned that I will eventually reach the limit of this adjustment.
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I guess I meant a different type of movement...if your trailer brakes are not leading the TV, the Hensley hitch box will pivot around one direction or the other via the linkage and 'slam' into itself when it reaches the limits of it's movement. That momentum might be carried forward enough to thrust the stinger into the hitch box. This would occur independently of the OCL's being tight enough, though definitely worsened if they were not tight enough!

I'd be worried, too, as you pointed out, by the limits of adjustment of those OCLs. Also, that 'flared' box seems to me that it might be very necessary for maintaining the integrity of the mechanical relationship between trailer and TV. When that it lost, it might get very interesting....
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I first noticed this distortion on our recent long trip. I have not noticed any shifting of the trailer upon stopping. As a matter of fact, I have been watching for just that response. I have just recently noticed the buckling paint on the the upper structural plate. I'm afraid this indicates that the outed ends of this plate are starting to bend upward.
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some observations moosetags...

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Take a look at the these photos of my Hensley...
thanks for posting this issue here...

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... It seems like the square receiver hole is becoming enlarged...
a close look INSIDE the hitch box will reveal 4 flange/ramps on each side. i've noticed these DO tend to compress with time as the stinger beds in.

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...The hitch bar seems to be going in further...
perhaps, but mine fits pretty much like that too. checking for play in the over center latches is a good idea,

remembering that they did 'loosen' a little in the first few towing trips.

from your photo the flared ramps on the STINGER look to match up uniformly with the 4 sides of the hitch box,

again a sign they have adjusted to each other.

do you notice any unusual 'wear' on the stinger?

while the top side of the hitch box may appear to be changing shape.

IF it matches up to the top stinger surface, that would seem normal

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... The upper plate is developing an upward bend as evidenced by the cracking paint..
the upper side of the box at the entry has lots of stresses...
-hitch mass
-even greater forces from the w/d system
-occasional coupling/decouplings where the stinger/trailer drags a bit...

looking at mine, the upper interior flange is more compressed than the sides or bottom flange...

the original paint 'cracking' may be misleading...

since any time the box is bumped a little, this paint may crack...

now, looking at your close up of the top side, i can imagine some tiny cracks in the steel

which may just be rust lines from the paint.

my suggestion is,
-completely remove ALL the paint from the hitch box opening, use an abrasive paint wheel for this.
-clean the metal with a pre paint solvent.
-repaint JUST the hitch box (top and sides)
-watch this paint for signs of metal deformation

living where you do, there is more potential for sand getting in the box and causing wear.

i tend to keep the box 'clean and dry' with only a light coating for corrosion protection...

grease and sand aren't a good combo.

lastly you might rotate the hitch box completely and take some photos, far left and far right.

this would give a better view of the part in question.

approaching 45k on mine with a 1300lb tongue, keeps me watching 4 all of the signs of metal fatigue.

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...I have been able to adjust the lugs enough to keep a tight connection. I am concerned that I will eventually reach the limit of this adjustment.
the ocls should be "snug" only.

in the first few trips there may be a need to retighten these as the threads bed in...

but after 5k or so of towing the over center latches should NOT need additional tightening.

IF you are regularly re-tighening the ocls then you are FORCING that connection to be more snug than needed.

this WILL compress those 4 internal flanges more than needed and cause wear...

since the trailer is normally pulling back on these ocl bolts and wings...

they "tighten" under driving conditions.

a mm or 2 of motion at that joint is not unlike the gap between a ball and cup on other hitches

i've adjusted might 2-3 times only in 2 years of towing.

so this might be an issue.


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See what you started 2Air? Check out my "new" Hensley. No more faded orange. For the top coat I used Airstream touch up paint in a 16 ounce spray can. The color is Dupont Metallic Gray (#360151-01). This is a nice automotive grade paint and although slightly different than the Pewter Gray on my '05, it has a much more appealing look and blends nicely with it.

I love the new look and was sick of the faded orange. Everything blends nicely now!
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Hi Moosetags. I noticed some bending and paint chipping at the top of the flange too. Not as much as yours but not as many miles either. Ifr Hensley said this is normal I wouldn't worry about it. When I first noticed the paint chipping on the upper flange lip, i used some rust retardant on it and repainted it, which I try and do on a regular basis as soon as the rust appears. Here is a picture of my receiver...I don't show this to just anybody
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Hi Moosetags. I noticed some bending and paint chipping at the top of the flange too. Not as much as yours but not as many miles either. Ifr Hensley said this is normal I wouldn't worry about it. When I first noticed the paint chipping on the upper flange lip, i used some rust retardant on it and repainted it, which I try and do on a regular basis as soon as the rust appears. Here is a picture of my receiver...I don't show this to just anybody
Yours looks a lot more square than mine. Mine seems to be turning into a circle.
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...I love the new look and was sick of the faded orange. Everything blends nicely now!
nice job slowolf!

we'll soon have enough for a gray haha rally...

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nice job slowolf!

we'll soon have enough for a gray haha rally...

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I am completeing my first season with the HaHa and I am now comfortable hooking up even on irregular surfaces. Simply put it is great. Much of what I learned about the HaHa came from the Forum and from 2airishuman. I do have to do some tightening on the bolts of the brackets as they tend to loosen. I also periodically adjust the struts per the manual and lub the bars.
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