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Old 08-20-2003, 07:40 AM   #1
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What's the purpose/function of the stainless(?) "sleeves" on the A/S trailer tongue?

I think those will have to come off to install a Hensley hitch - do the sleeves fulfill any purpose other than decorative?
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Have you got a picture you can post? I can't quite understand what you are referring to.
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I think the stainless is to protect the frame from the equalizer bar chains from rubbing the paint off the frame. That said if you use a Reese Dual Cam or Hensley they perform no function at all. Yesterday I removed the ones on my trailer as I could see some rust on the frame rail at the end of the cover and also had some rust under the LP bottles, so removed everything from the tongue to clean and repaint. When removing the SS covers I found a large mount of rust under them. Was debating if I should just leave them off. The inside of the SS was also very rusty and required sand paper to clean them. I don't understand the rust as the snap up bracket clamps them in place and should not allow any movement.

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Have you got a picture you can post? I can't quite understand what you are referring to.
Sorry - don't have a picture here at work.

I'm talking about some 15" (est.) long sheets of stainless that are folded over the A-frame, between the LP bottles and the front of the trailer. They cover the top of the A-frame, and the outside, and I didn't pay enough attention to see if they are across the bottom and/or inside vertical parts of A-frame, or not.

It just seems to me that a) they will have to come off for the Hensley hitch mounting, and b) with no special hitch mounting they serve no particular purpose at all.

Just wondering...
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You are probably right about them needing to come off. I haven't seen anything like what you are describing but it sounds like they may be on there for looks or protection for something as previously mentioned.
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The stainless sheets are there to slip the clamp ups for the weight transfer bars over. This protects the frame from the clamp ups digging in and allowing rust to start. At least that is the supposed reason. If you are going with a hensley they serve no purpose. I think they actually creat more of a maint. issue as described above.
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