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Old 01-08-2009, 05:12 PM   #771
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Yup, checks out, so that confirms it probably won't be right once you receive the new bar

This assumes of coarse we live in a Euclidean world.

Well, it seems euclid is alive and well and living in a trailer park near here - the 6" drop bar I got in exchange for my 2" drop bar positions the AS about as level as I imagine I could get so I'm happy and ready to put everything to the test next month on a cross country trip to California!


Now. I'm wondering if anyone has made up any special gadgets to help in hitching things up?

So far I have only hitched up less that a half dozen times with the Hensley, just when bringing the trailer back and forth to our house.

I did buy a set of the magnetic hitching rods that I read about on this thread and I think they will be a great help - but while they do help in lining the stinger up with the receiver box opening and also with what I would call any "cross level" error between the TV and the AS, they don't help in getting the angle of the stinger and hitch box properly matched.

The last time I attempted to hook up I realized how important this is to get right. There was quite a bit of snow and ice in front of my trailer and I guess that upset the geometry some. The hitch bar just would not go in properly - i eventually got it in once I fiddled with the jack screws.

Soooooo! I have made myself a little gadget that i think will help - the pieces are all in the basement being painted right now.


it is a simple piece of oak, about 10" long, with a 2" cross section on one end, and a horizontal ledge on the other. Mounted onto it is a swinging steel bracket upon which is mounted a level bubble. The swinging bracket can be locked in place with a locking knob.


What I plan to do is as follows ......

- back the truck up a foot away from the hensley using the hitchin rods to ensure alignment.

- stop the truck, rest my "haha level" on the stinger, swing the level until the bubble is within the marks and lock it in place.

- now stick the "haha level" into the hitch box and using the jack screws, adjust the hitch box so the bubble one more is between the marks.


Now, the angle of the stinger and hitch box should be properly aligned.

That's the plan anyway - if it doesn't work, I like making gadgets anyway!
I guess you can tell I'm retired with too much time on my hands!

If anyone has any interest, I can try to post a picture once I have it assembled. I won't know how effective it is though until our 6 week trip starting next month.

I guess it is possible that once I get familiar with the Hensley, this may be overkill, but if it works as i hope, it still could be useful if i find I ma really having a problem hooking up.
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Old 01-09-2009, 06:26 AM   #772
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Brian,
Sounds interesting, looking forward to the photo's.

Here is a simple solution to matching the height. O ring on the Hitch'n rod.

It does get better with practice.

Also a little item I call my shin saver.
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HAHA Long Term Storage

I have to put the trailer in long term storage for a couple of years. I'm good on prepping/draining the other sub-systems, and already have the TT on jackstands, but am wondering about the HAHA?

Other than covering it to keep the dirt and crud off, is there anything I should do to leave it sitting for a long, long while?

(Obviously when I get back, I'll clean it up and redo all the grease.)
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big help when hitching...
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Old 01-10-2009, 09:27 AM   #775
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Brian,
Sounds interesting, looking forward to the photo's.

Here is a simple solution to matching the height. O ring on the Hitch'n rod.

It does get better with practice.

Also a little item I call my shin saver.

I liked the O-ring tip!

I came up with a slightly similar idea - but for a different purpose.

When time to unhitch, I found it difficult to tell when I had raised the trailer tongue enough to take the load of the stinger - and not starting to lift the back of the truck with the stinger.


So, with the trailer off the truck, I used my hitchin' rod to measure the
"free" height of the truck receiver, then put a wrap of black electrical tape around the hitchin' rod at that point.

My plan will be to just run the tongue jack until I bring the truck receiver to
the mark on the hitchin' rod - then, I figure the stinger should easily slide out free of any load, up or down. Haven't tried it yet.

The shin saver seems a great idea too, although I expect that for anything other that a one night stopover, I'd be removing the stinger and storing it.

Still, its a good idea, knowing me, I will probably wait until I have the first big bruise on my shin before adopting the idea!

Speaking of storing the stinger, I just picked up a couple of
great tool/storage boxes at Home Depot here in Canada.

On sale for $12 each, dimensions 33"x19"x13", and very substantially made. I think the box will easily hold stinger, greasegun, ultimate chocks, spare parts, gloves, etc etc.

As for the level gadget I made, its is finished now (but not tried) I will try to get a couple of pics and post them. Can't post it in use as the trailer is buried in snow 15 miles from my home!

It may be that the gadget isn't that necesssary, as 2air has pointed out to me that the hitchin rods can be used to check that the longitudinal angle of stinger / hitch box are matched.

I hadn't really thought of that, but I guess it is true, you should be able to stand alongside the hitch look at the angle of the two hitchin rods, and use the screw jacks to bring the rods parallel to each other at which time the angles should match. I had only thought of doing that to correct side to side mismatch, not fore & aft!

Gonna try my little level gadget anyway now I've made it! If it works, it should be simpler still and perhaps more accurate. We shall see!
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I liked the O-ring tip!

As for the level gadget I made, its is finished now (but not tried) I will try to get a couple of pics and post them. Can't post it in use as the trailer is buried in snow 15 miles from my home!
I'll attempt to add a couple of pics - my first try, hope it works!


If the pics show up, they should help explain how I think the level might help:

(1) place the left hand surface (where the locking knob is located) onto the stinger when the TV is close to the trailer.

(2) in this position, loosen the locking knob, swing the level vial (black
metal piece) to get the bubble level. Then tighten the locking knob.

(3) now remove the gauge and stick the opposite end (2" square) into the
hitch box opening on the hensley hitch.

(4) Without touching the locking knob, use the hitch jack screws to once more centre the level bubble.

stinger and hitch box angles should now match.

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I have to put the trailer in long term storage for a couple of years. I'm good on prepping/draining the other sub-systems, and already have the TT on jackstands, but am wondering about the HAHA?

Other than covering it to keep the dirt and crud off, is there anything I should do to leave it sitting for a long, long while?

(Obviously when I get back, I'll clean it up and redo all the grease.)

Why not just take it off. I do every Winter. The tongue gets covered and the haha is stored inside the Trailer in it's original box. Only takes about 45min to re-install, and thats a good time to check it over, make sure everything is ok. Makes even more sense for long time storage outdoors. Then there's the theft angle if it's not locked-up.

A little anal maybe?.....but then again I'm the one who off's the wheels also.
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Why not just take it off. <snipped>. Then there's the theft angle if it's not locked-up.
Good point. It is in a locked shed, in a fenced compound, thus out of the sun & weather and somewhat theft deterred.

Although, I was kinda eying the lighter Cub model on the Hensley website. They do offer a trade-in allowance. Maybe I should sent it back to Michigan?
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I know it's one heavy puppy. My procedure.... put the stinger in the receiver, lift haha with floor jack into stinger, drop tongue onto haha.
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Has anyone bought the Hensley Arrow Vinyl Cover? Any comments on how it looks, color match, etc.

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Yep, very pleased with it.
Stays on all season long. (haha gets taken off for winter storage) Keeps it clean & dry and out of the weather.
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Has anyone bought the Hensley Arrow Vinyl Cover? Any comments on how it looks, color match, etc.

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Don,

I bought one last Fall when I bought the Hensley. You know how it is, when you are spending that much on a hitch, it seems a piddling amount to add in all the other stuff and at least get it all in the same shipping/brokerage fee,
ultimate chocks, easy hitch, spare parts kit, cover!!

My first reaction when I saw the cover was that at $85 I had been seriously ripped off!

Reflecting on it a little more, it is cut to fit fairly well and is of fairly heavy vinyl construction with velcro tabs to secure it so - still think $85 is a bit steep though, especially as it is lithographed to advertise the Hensley - you'd think they could throw it in at the price of the hitch!

I am wondering how the vinyl will stand up to UV exposure without cracking or fading - too soon to tell.

Didn't compare the colour match that closely as it wasn't that much of a concern to me.

After buying the cover, I noticed that at the same storage yard where I keep my trailer there is another Hensley-equipped AS with a Hensley. The owner's solution to offering some protection to the hitch is a garbage bag. I guess I could have bought thousands of them for the price of the real thing!

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Thought I'd add a shot of a Hensley (2007) on my 34' 1983 SILVER STREAK after a quick rattle-can job.

Had Dave Tidmores crew add this at ROGER WILLIAMS AIRSTREAM the day after I bought the trailer. Added new, longer electrical cord and connector, new breakaway & lanyard, and safety-chain extensions. (Trailer being prepped for sale).

(Big Worthington propane tanks removed to other storage; battery box is at rear, between frame rails.)

The second shot is the day it came home from storage, still in original [unacceptable] orange paint.
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robert cross thread # 722 solution to your shin saver. this is a nice way to store stinger when not in use. you can also put a lock for theft purpose.
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