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Old 04-24-2010, 06:38 PM   #1
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Wink We joined the HAA today

That would be Hensley Arrow Anonymous. The HA is in our rear-view mirror. It took 4 years but we finally hit bottom last weekend after another 40 minute session of trying to hitch the thing up in a non-level campsite (not to mention the usual unhitching issues). Mrs Silverback said it all, "we're just too dumb for a Hensley". So we drove off today towing with a new Equal-i-zer. Does it tow as nice as the Hensley? Maybe not quite as smooth. I felt a little more push from passing semi trucks. But not enough to get alarmed over, and no sway. Today we experienced easy hitching and unhitching (less than 10 minutes total for both as Eqaul-i-zer rookies) for the first time in years. I know it won't always be that way but it felt damn good. Anyone want a used HA in pretty good shape?
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Old 04-24-2010, 06:49 PM   #2
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Hey Ken & Linda... You'll be fine with an Equal-I-Zer..and they have to be the easiest hitches in the world to work with... We've never had any issues with ours.
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Old 04-24-2010, 07:26 PM   #3
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Ken,
Sorry you had problems and had to go to the expense of a new hitch. My HaHa never takes more than a couple of minutes.
I hope you can recover some of your money.
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Old 04-24-2010, 07:46 PM   #4
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I may be interested in the hitch, what are you asking for it?

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Old 04-24-2010, 11:57 PM   #5
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Hi, this change over might be one for the history books. Be very careful, you might get forty lashes from the exclusive Ha Ha group.
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Old 04-25-2010, 03:19 AM   #6
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We bought our first Airstream and Equal-I-Zer hitch 25 days ago. I have put about 600 miles on it so far and have no serious complaints.

It sure was noisy before I decided to grease it at the wear-points. The only real issue was the length of the stock shank, 12". This 12" shank would not allow me to open my tailgate, so I had to buy one that is 18". The 18" shank works, but it sure sticks out there.
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Old 04-25-2010, 07:58 AM   #7
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Hi Gator,
I have a Hensley and no experience with your hitch but I do remember reading that you should always try to get the ball as close to the rear of the tow vehicle as possible.
Sounds like you are going the other way.
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:50 AM   #8
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Hi Gator,
I have a Hensley and no experience with your hitch but I do remember reading that you should always try to get the ball as close to the rear of the tow vehicle as possible.
Sounds like you are going the other way.
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Thanks Al. I'm not quite sure what to do.... because I must be able to drop the tailgate. I wonder if Hensley or some other brand will resolve this, with a short shank.
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Old 04-26-2010, 11:01 AM   #9
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Hi Gator, I have a Hensley and no experience with your hitch but I do remember reading that you should always try to get the ball as close to the rear of the tow vehicle as possible. Sounds like you are going the other way.Al
If I am correct but if you put a trailer with a hensley hooked to the tv and a trailer with a standard hitch hooked to a tv side by side and measure the length from the reciever hitch to the trailer ball hitch you will find that the hensley does moves the tong of the trailer back about 15-18 inches further than the standard ball hitch.

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Old 04-26-2010, 11:05 AM   #10
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Hi Gator,
I have a Hensley and no experience with your hitch but I do remember reading that you should always try to get the ball as close to the rear of the tow vehicle as possible.
Sounds like you are going the other way.
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Al,

I gave your comment additional thought and yesterday, I changed back to the shorter shank. The chains and cord didn't fit with the long shank anyway and I didn't want to keep changing stuff.

To resolve the tailgate issue, I simply changed the jack head so that it now points to the street side instead of forward. I don't care for the look and it's not quite as handy, but with 1/4" clearance, I can now open the tailgate. It's close, but it beats disconnecting the trailer just to put my dog into his crate.

My GSD usually rides in the backseat, but the upholstery is leather and when he gets filthy and wet while playing like the nutcase that he can be, I need to park him in his extra-large crate until we get to where I can cleanup the bratty boy. ;>) As well, I can now get to the generator much more easily.

Thanks for causing me to rethink this. I will now see what others have done to deal with the issue.

The worst part of being a rookie is the steep learning curve I need to quickly climb. ;>)

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If I am correct but if you put a trailer with a hensley hooked to the tv and a trailer with a standard hitch hooked to a tv side by side and measure the length from the reciever hitch to the trailer ball hitch you will find that the hensley does moves the tong of the trailer back about 15-18 inches further than the standard ball hitch.

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Thanks Sarge.

For the price of those rascals, I'll be studying them for a bit. I already think I want a Hensley, but I need to sell "yes dear" on the idea. LOL This has been an expensive year. ;>)

I am also thinking about having the 18" shank cut down to 15 ". They sell these shanks in 12" and 18" lengths, nothing in the middle with the same drop and rise.

Again, thanks for your input.

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Thanks Sarge.

For the price of those rascals, I'll be studying them for a bit. I already think I want a Hensley, but I need to sell "yes dear" on the idea. LOL This has been an expensive year. ;>)

I am also thinking about having the 18" shank cut down to 15 ". They sell these shanks in 12" and 18" lengths, nothing in the middle with the same drop and rise.

Again, thanks for your input.

Dan
Sarge is correct about the Arrow hitch ball being 12" rearward.

However, the effective pivot point is still projected forward so the extension does not have the effect that an extension of a standard hitch ball has in regards to trailer sway.

I'm sorry to hear the OP couldn't get the help needed to stay with the Arrow. It can be challenging but the improvements we have made to the hitch box of the ProPride 3P have eliminated those problems with hitching. One can be hitched and ready to roll in less than five minutes if the process is followed.



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Old 04-27-2010, 11:08 AM   #13
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Thumbs up Day 4 of HAA

The OP here. First the Equal-i-zer (shank as installed on ours) also moves the hitch ball 12" back. We had no tailgate issues and I wouldn't obsess on that (unless you can't open your tailgate). Also, we had plenty of help for years with the HA. Hensley tech support is super. They're almost always available by phone and there is a vast wealth of knowledge on Airforums. Loved the HA adjust-ability and towing peace of mind but... the many hours spent hitching wasn't worth it for us. Regarding the PP, it took us 40 minutes to hitch up the HA at our last outing. It took the new PP owner less time to hitch up, but then he spent over an hour driving around the campground loop trying to figure out what was causing the clanking, grinding noises. He moved out of the loop to let us go by. For now I'm very happy with the more simplistic Equal-i-zer setup. I'm sure the future will bring some amazing new hitch technology.
Happy hitching,
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...he spent over an hour driving around the campground loop trying to figure out what was causing the clanking, grinding noises...
another 5-6 hours of looping and all of those noises will vanish...

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