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Old 01-11-2011, 10:42 AM   #1
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What do you do with your Hensley during the winter?

I bought a used Hensley this summer and have left it on the trailer at all times. Now I'm wondering if it would be better to take it off and store it inside. Of coarse it is freezing outside and its snowing. I do have the front part covered with plastic. But that's it. Is there any harm in leaving it hooked up at all time's? Or should I store it when not in use?
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:50 AM   #2
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I keep the whole trailer inside but realize that won't work for everyone.

The pivots are pretty well sealed and I wouldn't worry too much about leaving it out.
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Old 01-11-2011, 11:35 AM   #3
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Mine stays on my trailer all the time, which is stored outside. I do bungie a BBQ cover over the Hensley, propane tanks and battery...partly to hide it from prying eyes and partly to protect the paint from premature fading. Otherwise there's no need to remove it, except for lubing the hitch ball periodically.
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Old 01-11-2011, 11:38 AM   #4
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Otherwise there's no need to remove it, except for lubing the hitch ball periodically.
And if you're feeling brave, you can install a small grease fitting on the coupler of the trailer. All you would have to do then is pump a couple of squirts of grease in periodically, and take the Hensley down occasionally to inspect the ball.
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Old 01-11-2011, 12:21 PM   #5
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Mine stays on all the time, but I live in California and use my trailer all year. I was covering the hitch with a BBQ cover during the rainy season but stopped as moisture would get in and be retained inside the cover. I found it better to just leave it out in the elements.
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:03 PM   #6
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I take the hitch off and store it in the garage.
I purchased a used HAHA a few years ago. When I disassembled the hitch for a rebuild/repaint there was a lot of moisture in the grease and pitted bearings other wise the hitch looked like it would have performed just fine.
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:14 PM   #7
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I take the hitch off and store it in the garage.
I purchased a used HAHA a few years ago. When I disassembled the hitch for a rebuild/repaint there was a lot of moisture in the grease and pitted bearings other wise the hitch looked like it would have performed just fine.
I do the same. I built a self for all my hitch stuff. and store it in a cabinet in the garage. Just used some scrap sq tube they were tossing in the trash at work. Leave the frame brackets on the trailer but put some oil on them.

Mine also had moisture in it. Im guessing its from condensation but not sure. I also sealed around the grease caps with a little clear caulking. Summer, I have been just leaving it. I was covering it but it caused more bad than good. Might end up doing some kind of hard cover but probably just leave it out.
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:12 PM   #8
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Taking it off every fall for winter storage is the only time it and all its components get a real dose of TLC - stripped, degreased, checked, cleaned, waxed and polished - gave it a complete facelift two years ago - now its fire engine red and polishes up just great.


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