Thanks Tom. Hope the family is doing well and ready for some camping.
Hi Gregg, I love my Hensley but it does have a few quirks you have to figure out when it comes to hitching. Never make the mistake of trying to unhitch after backing your trailer and leaving it at ANY angle other than pretty much straight. Ask me how I know? I backed my '86 Sovereign
up the driveway and angled over some so that I could unhitch and park my truck for a straight shot down the driveway. Big mistake. I had problems unhitching and when I attempted to rehitch I had all kinds of problems. So, always unhitch in a straight line for easier disengagement and approach when you want to hook up again.
Pay close attention to the written instructions provided and also visit the Hensley site on the internet for additional tips for hitching up. Now, having said that, here is what I have found works for me:
1. Block the trailer tires so that the trailer will not roll backwards when you hook up. This is extremely important! Place the stinger (shank) into the receiver and pin it in place with the receiver pin.
2. Back the vehicle up until you are a little less than a foot away from the Hensley.
3. Observe the angle of the stinger from the side.
4. Remove the pin and stinger from the vehicle receiver and lock it in place with a camming action on the Hensley with the "tire tool looking device" provided. Place the provided pins in place to prevent the bars from unlocking (I'm doing this without looking at the manual for the correct names of parts so if I confuse you then let me know and I will get the manual for the part names).
5. Back the vehicle up until the stinger is less than an inch away from the opening of the receiver on your vehicle. Observe the angle of the stinger now as compared to what you remember you had when it was installed in the receiver.
6. You will find that the spring bar "posts" on either side can be adjusted by hand, socket wrench, speed wrench, etc. to change the angle of the stinger up or down. You will also find that adjusting one side over another will change the angle from side to side.
7. Use your power jack on the tongue of the trailer along with adjustments noted in step 6 above so that all you have to do is back the vehicle up and the stinger will slide right in. A little Reese ball lube helps the stinger slide right in. If you find some binding, make a few adjustments with either the power jack or the spring bar "posts". I have an Enkay Rock Tamer mudflap system which stays on the stinger all the time so it allows me to rock the stinger to check for precise alignment.
8. A few times I have left my truck in Reverse and made adjustments but as posted by another individual, I am a little leary of this. Practice has helped me get it right most of the time without that technique.
9. Place the receiver hitch pin in place, remove the tire chocks (may have to pull slightly forward to relieve any pressure on the tires) and pull forward.
10. Double check locking pins on receiver and on the Hensley then use a "speed wrench" to tighten the spring bar "posts" equally on both sides. Don't over do it.
You should be ready to travel provided you have hooked up the electrical umbelical cord, breakaway switch and checked all turn signals, brakes, etc.
Hope this helps.