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Old 05-20-2012, 08:20 AM   #61
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The dent in the rock guard is related to the accident. i kicked it. I was that pissed.
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The first time I kicked something because I was angry, my foot hurt so much I now control that desire. I hope your foot is ok.
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My foot hurts. especially since I forgot that my right ankle has arthritis.
Way off-topic, sort of, but that's what killed Jack Daniels. Yes, THAT Jack Daniels. He had a large safe in his office, and one day the latch stuck, and he couldn't get the safe open. He got pissed, and kicked the crap out of the safe. It did zip to the safe, but he broke his toe. The toe got infected, and he died from the infection.

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Coupler latches are adjustable; there is a big nut on the bottom that should ALWAYS be checked. You can adjust how tight the coupler grabs the ball. If you never check this, and tow for 80,000 miles, it's bound to develop play (due to never tightening the nut or checking it) which of course could cause the trailer to come off the ball.
I've repaired and replaced a lot of coupler latches, and I've never seen one of these on a modern Airstream. The coupler replacement kit consists of a spring, hand latch, and coupler latch. Replacement coupler assemblies (the ones you weld the whole thing on) have no adjusting nuts, either.

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I've got a question. We use a Hensley Hitch where the pivot point is not the ball. To take off this hitch after every use to grease the ball would be unreasonable. How do you guys with Hensleys handle this. I have seen folks drill and tap 1/4" holes into the top of receivers and add grease zerks. Anyone tried that? The people at Hensley told me this was something I would not have to worry about.
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I've added zerks to a few Hensley setups, and it really does no good. The grease goes everywhere but where it is needed. The best thing is to simply lower the big orange part and glob some grease on the ball, then put it back up and latch it.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:05 AM   #62
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I've got a question. We use a Hensley Hitch where the pivot point is not the ball. To take off this hitch after every use to grease the ball would be unreasonable. How do you guys with Hensleys handle this. I have seen folks drill and tap 1/4" holes into the top of receivers and add grease zerks. Anyone tried that? The people at Hensley told me this was something I would not have to worry about.
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I let the tongue jack do all the work.

Leave the stinger (in your TV) latched into the lower receiver box, disconnect the struts, and un-pin the torsion bars. Then simply raise the jack until the coupler is free and clear.

Makes maintenance a snap.
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:00 PM   #63
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Thanks Bob and Finalcutjoe . Good advice. I think I am going to take the head assembly off every winter and put it in the shop. I think next winter I may paint everything as the black and some of the orange paint is failing already. Maybe I could have the whole thing chromed. Now that would be nice.
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:51 PM   #64
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I know your selling the unit so I presume you went with standard replacement coupler?
I replaced the worn out coupler with the same model.
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