Originally Posted by LandN
I've seen the ads for those for years, but never had a chance to ask anybody who had one: do they really work, and make a noticeable difference?
(Obviously I'm not needing one at the moment, but one never knows what the future might bring!)
They definitely work. it will take any sway or push/pull out completely. Couple issues when I had mine with our CTD. Hensleys are known to produce what they call 'bump'. It's when the brakes on the truck come on before the TT's brakes and you get a bump or push from behind. The TT's brakes need to be adjusted to come on at the same time as the trucks. We have a Ram with the OEM exhaust brake. When slowing down the truck starts stopping before the TT since the TT's brakes aren't activated with the exhaust brake. That's when the bump occurs. It can be a bit irritating at times. Never a safety issue though. It happens because the Hensley has a pivot point built into the hitch that allows the coupler to swing side to side, like a pendulum. So when the EB kicks in, the truck starts slowing down but the TT still has forward momentum. That forward momentum is then transferred to the coupler, which is allowed to move either to the right or left because of the pivot point. That's when the 'bump' occurs.
The other issue is the part that attaches to the coupler stays on the TT. It has a female end on it. A stinger is then slid into the trucks receiver. You then need to guide the stinger into the Hensley's receiver. It can be a bit tricky. Especially when on a V position. You need to be almost straight and level to hitch up. And sometimes the two won't unhitch very easy.
Most of the time it's just a 'practice makes perfect' thing. But you can't control the surface you're setting up on.
The nice thing about it is the bulk of it stays on the TT. You only have to handle the stinger. Not like most WD setups where you have to pack an 80-90lb WD head plus two spring bars.
I bought a used one for $950 and sold it for $900. So buying used is the way to go IMO. Just make sure you have the right stinger. They can be pricey at $200.00 for a new one, plus the cost to ship it.