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Old 10-19-2008, 07:03 AM   #715
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Thanks. The problem I have is that people just want a lot of money for trailers in crappy condition. I plan to keep looking and just tent camp until I find the right trailer.

I was "dreaming" in the Forum classified last week, If you haven't already check 'em out, Stream over and see whats available. Be very careful with e-bay and craigslist. Do you have a size, year and model in mind?
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Old 10-19-2008, 09:12 AM   #716
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I was "dreaming" in the Forum classified last week, If you haven't already check 'em out, Stream over and see whats available. Be very careful with e-bay and craigslist. Do you have a size, year and model in mind?

Just want something in nice condition in the 25 - 30 foot range. Something older where I could do some buffing and fixing to make a real nice camper. Too many have rotten floors, many defects on the metal panels, and just in real poor overall condition.
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Old 10-19-2008, 09:24 AM   #717
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Has anyone heard from "the boss".

Been back from leaf peep'n for a week now and haven't seen any recent posts. Hope all's well.
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:06 AM   #718
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Thanks. The problem I have is that people just want a lot of money for trailers in crappy condition. I plan to keep looking and just tent camp until I find the right trailer.
that is the truth!
we looked for about two years at used models... couldn't find anything my wife and I could agree on (i wanted a heap, and redo from the ground up) I think there's a lot less of a selection for us here in MI...
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:29 AM   #719
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Has anyone heard from "the boss".

Been back from leaf peep'n for a week now and haven't seen any recent posts. Hope all's well.
Yeah, he is going to be hoppin' mad when he sees all these unrelated non haha posts!
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haha help?

I wrote Colonial Airstream to ask if they had a recomendation for a hitch to pull a 16' or 19' with a Jeep liberty and they replied..........

"I would not recommend the Hensley Arrow hitch in its current configuration because it is quite heavy and would also require some modification to the frame of the trailer in order to install it properly."

After reading through some of the posts in this thread I think I would much rather have the haha, is there anyone with more experience than me, which would be any, that would like to comment?

Thanks!
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Old 10-19-2008, 08:05 PM   #721
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I wrote Colonial Airstream to ask if they had a recomendation for a hitch to pull a 16' or 19' with a Jeep liberty and they replied..........

"I would not recommend the Hensley Arrow hitch in its current configuration because it is quite heavy and would also require some modification to the frame of the trailer in order to install it properly."

After reading through some of the posts in this thread I think I would much rather have the haha, is there anyone with more experience than me, which would be any, that would like to comment?

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I know of no reason why they answered your letter in such a manner.

Believe me you will get some replies from Bambi owners who are very happy with their Arrow's.
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Old 10-19-2008, 08:45 PM   #722
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I wrote Colonial Airstream to ask if they had a recomendation for a hitch to pull a 16' or 19' with a Jeep liberty and they replied..........

"I would not recommend the Hensley Arrow hitch in its current configuration because it is quite heavy and would also require some modification to the frame of the trailer in order to install it properly."

After reading through some of the posts in this thread I think I would much rather have the haha, is there anyone with more experience than me, which would be any, that would like to comment?

Thanks!
In adddition to their Hensley Arrow, Hensley Mfg recently introduced The Hensley Cub Sway Control Trailer Hitch which is better suited for trailers in the 12'-26' and 2000#-6000# range.

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Really, isn't the difference just some weight? I gather they slimmed down on covers, decorative or not, but what is the net savings in weight? How many fewer pounds does it weigh?

Price diff is a couple of hundred dollars cheaper, right?
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weight on the arrow hitch

Actually the only weight that is part of the Hensley is the top hitch head (orange part of the main hitch body) and the frame brackets/spring bar jacks.

I wouldnt think an extra 50 lbs to a trailer tongue would hurt anything. Heck most folks need extra weight on the tongue. I would slap mine on a 19' trailer without thinking about it. You might need to go with 750lb bars. The only advantage that I see for the cub is the hollow hitch bar. That would be nice. You might be able to get them to give you one of those instead since you wouldnt need the weight ratings of the solid. Then, if you upgrade later, you can switch it out with their hitch swap program. Atleast thats what I would do.
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Actually the only weight that is part of the Hensley is the top hitch head (orange part of the main hitch body) and the frame brackets/spring bar jacks.

I wouldnt think an extra 50 lbs to a trailer tongue would hurt anything. Heck most folks need extra weight on the tongue. I would slap mine on a 19' trailer without thinking about it. You might need to go with 750lb bars. The only advantage that I see for the cub is the hollow hitch bar. That would be nice. You might be able to get them to give you one of those instead since you wouldnt need the weight ratings of the solid. Then, if you upgrade later, you can switch it out with their hitch swap program. Atleast thats what I would do.
Actually on second thought, the only weight that is part of the Hensley is the frame brackets and spring bar jacks when in tow.

The problem comes when trying to transfer the extra weight since its all tongue weight. If the trailer manufacture used big enough A frame bars, you should be fine. I have actually seen someones trailer frame bend when under weight transfer. Didnt look good. These light weight SUVs cant handle a lot of tongue weight a lot more would need to be transferred than it would be when using a larger truck.

That said, most folks could use an extra 150 lbs in tongue weight.
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Where can i purchase the magnetic hitching bars for my ha?

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I just bought a set from Camping World - about $20 + shipping.


Don't even have my new Hensley installed yet -it just arrived a week or so back!

Only just got the AS a couple of months ago! Trying to get set up for a good trip this winter - all i need now is to find a good recent model 2500HD diesel before Feb. 09! I don't think my 1/2 ton will cut it!


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What size bars? What spare parts?

Well, I got my Hensley installed today on the 2005 30' classic we bought a couple of months back, so we should be all set to head to Arizona in teh new year.

My hitch came with 1000# bars. I think the hitch wt on my trailer is in the ballpark of 800-850#.

I have read a lot about Airtsreams liking a soft ride, and I am wondering how I can best prolong its structural life.

Would I be wise to use my 1000# bars but crank them up very little, or might I be better advised to invest in 750# bars?

I am presently towing with a Sierra 1/2ton 4x4 ext cab with 4.11 gears, but hope to move to a diesel 2500HD before our next winter trip.

I was wandering too, if there are any parts that I should buy to carry as spares with the Hensley. I did buy the "emergency package" but was thinking of maybe a couple of spare U-bolts, shear bolts and that sort of thing.

So far I've only used the Hensley for about 15 miles, towing the trailer back to the storage yard, but all seemed well and it had a really nice solid feel to it when towing com pared to the conventional hitch that I used to bring the trailer home from Ohio where I bought it.

Only problem today was that I left the steps down on the trailer when I finished the hitch installation and went for a test drive and ripped up ten feet of sod on our front lawn! Steps seem fine though! Hehehe!

Cheers ............ Brian, Burlington Ont,
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Hi Geezer,

I think the 1000# bars are recommended for the 30 footer and you should be fine. That is what I have and so far so good. I'm towing with a 2500HD, and I crank my jacks to the 1st marking. I'm not sure cranking the jacks less would change the ride much for the AS, but it will change the ride of the TV if you don't redistribute some of the weight to front axles.

Congrats on the new trailer and hitch, you are going to love 'em.

Yeah, steps and stabilizers, don't forget 'em
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