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Old 09-16-2006, 10:43 PM   #15
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Thanks 2Air. I'm not sure I follow your explaination, but I admit it is likely that I am not fully familiar with the HA setup. I have mentioned this problem to HA owners and have not been satisfied with their solution which was always a bit vague. It may be that they just haven't experienced this situation.

As I understand, you say that the angle between the TV and trailer is negated by using the jack (tongue jack I presume), but this changes the hitch heigth.

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hi buzzy4

well it is difficult to explain without pictures or a hitch to look at.

basically the tv has a 2inch square hole and the front of the haha has the same.

the hitch bar needs to slide into both. on the haha there are 2 jacks assemblies that raise the spring bars to engage the w/d function.

those 2 jack assemblies are also used to re orient the position of the square opening on the front of the haha....
tightening or loosening these 2 jack assembly in a variety of ways moves the square opening in all directions...
so after a bit of learning how to use the 2 jacks, the tv and trailer can be easily aligned for hook up.

this has nothing to do with the trailer tongue jack, but when the tv/trailer are on uneven ground raising or lowering the trailer jack...helps with alignment too.

take a look at the link posted to the haha user manual in post #7. pages 22-24 include pictures of the hook up procedure as related to my words...

i'll post better pictures myself when i have time later this week. when boondocking i spend more time thinking about the trailer axles and leveling the trailer than i do on the hitch alignment....yes it is an issue, but i've not ever loosen the haha or altered assembly to hook up...i can't even imagine how that would help....

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Old 09-17-2006, 07:47 AM   #17
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Hello Buzzy4, I too hitch and un hitch the hensley by myself, and it's not a problem. The jacks that adjust (or load) the spring bars also change the angle of the hitch. There is more than enough room for adjustment to cover any situation where you'd be comfortable sleeping in your A/S. Haha makes a hitch helper which moves the hitch side to side a few inches right or left for about $30.00. I have one but rarley need it. So you have 3 axis of adjustment- 1- up and down (trailer jack) 2- clockwise or anticlockwise (with the spring bar jacks), and 3- side to side (if you have the hitch helper). The haha is a very cool piece of machinery and works as advertised. 2 lane roads S. Fla. thunderstorms, bridge construction, 1 handed steering by 18 wheelers, no problem. If you find an old one that needs work buy it, the're bullet proof and easy to work on once you see how they work. Hope this helps-------mark
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We, too, are get the hang of the dreaded HAHA hookup. We have also learned the trick of HAHA angle adjustment using the tensioners. We the hitch helper also. The best aid that I have found are those magnetic line-up rods. With these I can usually back right in to the HAHA.

I agree with the others. The HAHA driving and handling experience is superb. Big trucks and crosswinds are meaningless.
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hi capt mark...
thanks for explaining more clearly the use of the hitch jacks to lining up tv/trailer.

i too have the hitch helper and i used it once.
because it replaces the usual tongue jack base and is so short,
i haven't used it again....really don't need it either.

hi moosetage and thanks for joining us...

i'm also a big fan of the magnetic hitching rods...

they really do help with solo backing/alignment,

i also use them for perfecting receiver/hitch alignment.

place one on the hitch bar tip and another on the haha front.

while adjusting the haha jack assemblies the upright polls reflect exactly,

how tv and hitch are aligned...

this makes alignment quicker and gives a visual of how each turn of the jacks changes the orientation of the hitch opening...

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Thanx much for the tip on using the alligning rods to match angles of haha and hitch bar.
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Ah yes magnetic balls, I use them too, I tow a fair amount of 25' to 33' boats around and they make life a lot easier on different trailers. As for the haha, does anyone have a good method for stowing the hitch bar? You know how the haha loves it's grease. I was thinking of makeing a rope sling or something to carry it with, maybe a plywood box to store it in. Any ideas? thanks, mark
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Wow, Thank you for all the informative details on the haha. Beth
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We, too, are get the hang of the dreaded HAHA hookup. We have also learned the trick of HAHA angle adjustment using the tensioners. We the hitch helper also. The best aid that I have found are those magnetic line-up rods. With these I can usually back right in to the HAHA.

I agree with the others. The HAHA driving and handling experience is superb. Big trucks and crosswinds are meaningless.

The magnetic line-up rods have worked for me too. I've gone from a frustrating first time hook-up by myself of 1 1/4 hours to now doing it with 1-2 attempts. I haven't found a lot of good use with the Hensley Hitch Helper. Maybe it was just a bad first experience.
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I have been storing my hitch bar in the haha. I remove it from the truck receiver and slip it right back into the haha and lock it down. I put a pad lock in one of the retaining pin holes, and a locking pin through the truck end of the hitch bar for security. When Lucy is in storage, I cover the haha with a large gas grill cover.
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As for the haha, does anyone have a good method for stowing the hitch bar? You know how the haha loves it's grease. I was thinking of makeing a rope sling or something to carry it with, maybe a plywood box to store it in. Any ideas? thanks, mark
hi mark and welcome hooked'

welcome beth too a new a/s and new haha user...

with so many airstreamers towing with that big orange lump o' iron,

i'm sure beth, you will find help here...mark this thread.

when you've got a question about your haha put it here!

capt mark...

a sling to carry the hitch bar is great idea.

storage is an issue...

usually when on the road, i leave mine in the receiver,
because the nk mudflaps are attached.
they are heavy and removing them adds time to setup.
also taking your hitch bar when leaving may be a security plus...
since towing without it is a challenge.

after busting shins a few times (slow learner) i opted to pad/cosy it...

here are pix.
i use an oversided 'pool noodle' and cut a section long enough for the stinger and wings...

these last several months and one noodle is good for 3-4 covers...

usually i buy the brightest color noodle walmart has...2-3$, less off season.

anyone else with ideas for dealing with the 50 lb hitch bar?

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hi moose tags and thanks for joining us....

thats interesting about the grill cover as a hitch cover...
i've been thinking about this issue too...

visit the haha website...they now are selling a fitted cover...guess what color!

i don't like the orange color, obviously they do!
so the cover really stands out.
is the color is a link to the 'farm heritage' of the haha?

the one potential problem with a cover is retaining moisture inside the cover on metal surfaces

all of the important and lubricated haha parts are protected from water by design...

so a cover might retain moisture/humidity, just a speculation...

have you removed your cover ever to find moisture inside it?

you will have to report back how your hitch 'ages'
most of the 2-4 year old ones i've seen
are pretty beat up and faded unless they've been repainted.

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Our Lucy with her haha has been stored with the gas grill cover in the Florida panhandle where a dry day is 97 percent humidity and rain is an every day event. When I have removed the haha cover, I have not noticed any dampness at all.
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well that makes sense moosetags...
with the baseline humidity at 90%+
how would you notice any dampness

actually with your long rainy season the cover seems very useful...
covered storage for me when not on the road....

err, i mean the airstream...
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