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Old 04-30-2008, 05:15 PM   #21
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Sorry, but I see no way this receiver is adjustable vertically, how is that

done? As you can see it bolts directly into the frame rail extensions.

(IF this is the reciever in question)
Actually Robert, we were discussing the drop receiver in post #14 and if it would work with the Tahoe's receiver....
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:27 PM   #22
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...my new 2007 22 ft Airstream...
hi pete...

did a/s make ANY 22 footers in the 07 model year?

other than the safari sport, which is an 08 i think.

i though the 22 ft ccds stopped in 06.

does YOUR unit have 14 inch tires/wheels?

IF so, the wheels/tires could be replaced with the more common 15s and that would raise the trailer a tad...

perhaps enough to get ya level hitching with the 8 inch bar...

just another idea.

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Old 05-01-2008, 09:50 AM   #23
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Actually Robert, we were discussing the drop receiver in post #14 and if it would work with the Tahoe's receiver....
Kinda what I thought....we need a glossary.
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Old 05-01-2008, 01:16 PM   #24
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the op has a 23 inch high receiver...

this is MORE that an 8 inch bar will accommodate...

the 2008 FORD SUPERDUTY 4x4 also has this height on the receiver...

the only OFF track suggestion is to modify a 50-100,000$ trailer when other hitch options exist...

or suggesting a/s is looking into this, or that it's ge'em issue ...

there will be LOTS of folks with this issue on NEW TOW VEHICLES...

while the hitch vendor that IS the subject of the thread is ignoring this issue.



so another option for this member is JUST RETURN THE CONTRAPTION, it's still within 90 days right?

if the hitch cannot be used safely and without altering the trailer or tow vehicle...

and the maker suggests it's someone else's problem, spend the 3,000 $ on some other approach.

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see the FORD pic below for just a few 100,000s of potential tow vehicles...
I didn't know that the Ford's SDs were also same height...

Looks like Hensley does need to look at a refresh in design to accommodate the newer truck hitch heights.
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Old 05-01-2008, 02:29 PM   #25
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That's about what it will take, though "refresh" is putting it lightly. Fortunately, we're looking at new designs already. Unfortunately, that's not fast enough to help out you guys right now. All the ideas posted here are good ones, but not the final solution.

Back to the drawing board...
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Old 05-01-2008, 06:25 PM   #26
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That's about what it will take, though "refresh" is putting it lightly. Fortunately, we're looking at new designs already. Unfortunately, that's not fast enough to help out you guys right now. All the ideas posted here are good ones, but not the final solution. Back to the drawing board...

Ron,
We spent some time with Kevin & Prim last weekend or so, talking about the hitch (they love it)... this was sometime after talking with 2Air in Branson (he loves it)... well, maybe "loves it" is a bit strong, but they do swear by it.

$3 grand is alot of bucks to spend, so the company behind the product is the clincher in the deal. Too many businesses use the popular cliche "customer #1" and "service is our goal", and so on and it's usually not more than words on letterhead.

We are seriously considering either the Hensley or ProPride.

This is an issue after market manufacturers have to pay attention to. We're paying attention to it...
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Old 05-02-2008, 07:36 AM   #27
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Jaxon, you're right. The aftermarket companies have always had to keep up with the trends in the OEMs. It's just part of the business. This receiver issue will, no doubt, push us into a major re-design. After 15 years, maybe it's time anyways.
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Old 05-03-2008, 05:17 PM   #28
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Hi

The last post from C. A Streamer helped me a lot, Bearing in mind I intend to tow a 34 footer with an H2 ,and just to be totaly clear, should I go for the maximum drop tow hitch (10 inches not twelve or who does a twelve? it is mentioned that a twelve is not available) and be done?

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Old 05-03-2008, 06:07 PM   #29
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... Bearing in mind I intend to tow a 34 footer with an H2 ,and just to be totaly clear, should I go for the maximum drop tow hitch (10 inches not twelve or who does a twelve?...
issues to consider...

-ball height, it's not the same on ALL 'streams, so MEASURE your trailer on a level surface...

-tongue mass, it's not the same on ALL 34s so weight the tongue, and trailer axles...

-receiver height, it's not the same on ALL h-toooz, so measure the inside upper box height...

-does the h-t000 ((what year is it?)) have auto/air leveling at the rear?

-it's not clear if you are planning to use an ORANGE hitch or not, but 8 inches is their max offering.

b'cup toe-z with an ach-2 and uses a haha ...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/memb...rcup-7487.html

as does 66o' (but no haha) ...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...cle-11972.html

either might have useful info for ya...

also there are a few threads JUST on these...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...ream-2674.html

for 10 and 12 inch bars on conventional hitches, reese has offerings as do the aluminum guys...

...Alumastinger...

generally the deeper drop bars may only be rated to 10k, but some are rated higher

and there are several forums DEDICATED to towing with your vehicle, so check'em out...

also look at the AFTERMARKET RECEIVERS that are compatible, you may find options that ride lower than the oem...

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Old 05-16-2008, 06:29 PM   #30
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Jaxon, you're right. The aftermarket companies have always had to keep up with the trends in the OEMs. It's just part of the business. This receiver issue will, no doubt, push us into a major re-design. After 15 years, maybe it's time anyways.
Ping - What is the timeline? Are all the Hensley owners going to be left with compatibility issues on the new trucks like the Tahoe of the original poster or the 2008 and up Super Duty's as 2Air has pointed out.

2009 Super Duty features are already known - I will probably order a truck soon.

I assume Hensley is on top of the evolution of truck hitch heights and will have a solution soon?

This will be a key topic to see how well Hensley and Pro-pride differentiate themselves in support of these new trucks. I beleive Pro-pride already has a solution in the works, just a matter of going into mass pro.

How 'bout Hensley?
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Double Ping,
My 2005 Suburban in not getting any younger... I would hate to think that my Hensley would not work with a new Suburban....
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Old 05-17-2008, 11:48 AM   #32
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Double Ping,
My 2005 Suburban in not getting any younger... I would hate to think that my Hensley would not work with a new Suburban....
220,000 miles or 12 years, you've quite a ways to go. My father had only two tow vehicles in a 26-year period.
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Ping - What is the timeline? Are all the Hensley owners going to be left with compatibility issues on the new trucks like the Tahoe of the original poster or the 2008 and up Super Duty's as 2Air has pointed out.

2009 Super Duty features are already known - I will probably order a truck soon.

I assume Hensley is on top of the evolution of truck hitch heights and will have a solution soon?

This will be a key topic to see how well Hensley and Pro-pride differentiate themselves in support of these new trucks. I beleive Pro-pride already has a solution in the works, just a matter of going into mass pro.

How 'bout Hensley?
Bumping the thread - any updates from the owner or Hensley?
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Old 12-26-2011, 01:02 AM   #34
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Another bump - without having done a thorough search on this topic, was a satisfactory solution figured out in the last 3 and a half years??
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:42 AM   #35
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The largest Hensley Mfg offset is 8".

In the Fall of 2006 is when this issue first started with the Airstream. I went across the street with the owner of Hensley Mfg and measured a GM vehicle. at that time I told him that an Airstream would not tow level with that vehicle and the maximum offset of 8".

It's now 5+ years later and the maximum Arrow drop is still 8".

They will tell you that the maximum offset that can be handled by the hitch is an 8" drop.

On the other hand, I have been making and selling extended drop hitch bars for 4.5 years without any issues. The maximum drop on that bar is 12".
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:44 PM   #36
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Does additional drop put additional stress on not only the WD hitch, but also on the vehicle frame / support structure. I have heard the term fulcrum used in describing WD hitches and it seems like there would be considerably more stress on the frame/support structure when the additional leverage of the drop comes into play ???
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:55 PM   #37
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We first purchased our Hensley for the 2007 towing season to match our 03 Pathfinder with our 02 19' Bambi.

We purchased an 09 Pathfinder in 2010 but the 8" stinger left the front of our Bambi 2" high - and obviously 2" low at the back. The rear-end would drag on occasion - most often when getting into or leaving a gas station - and occasionally on an uneven campsite. Also an irritant was the need to lift both trailer tires if we wanted to stay hooked up on a level campsite.

The problem was solved with the fabrication of a stinger with a 10" drop done by Can Am RV this spring. The stability and endurance test was our Alaskan trip - 12,000 KM of ups, downs, dips, dives, potholes, gravel, washboard, broken pavement and one hard-braking incident to avoid a moose that insisted it had the right-of-way.

We've always loved the driving comfort of the Hensley and on this trip there was no sense the hitch performed any less admirably than it has done on any of our past trips.



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