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Old 06-13-2021, 08:33 AM   #1
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Hensley hitch owners trouble shoot

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I have a fifth wheel trailer saver Hensley hitch. Does anyone have issues hooking it up? I have the hardest time getting the pin to lock into the hitch. Any suggestions?
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Are you using a hitch lube plate? Hensley recommends a 1/8 inch thick plate for the tight tolerances of their hitch.
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I have an older TS3 and have always used a Lube plate and never an issue.

I always have the trailer pinbox about 1/2 inch to 1 inch lower than the truck at hitch up. I center up the pin and let the trailer ride upon the hitch plate and push down the plate a bit. Make sure you have the locking arm in the 9 o'clock position to start and as you push into the trailer, it will latch on to the pin. Then drop the trailer down and leave the front jacks about 1/2 inch off the ground. With the chocks still in place and manually using the trailer brakes, put the truck in drive and do a slight test tug to make sure the jaws are latched.

The Binkley hitch head is pretty fool proof and reliable.

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I always have the trailer pinbox about 1/2 inch to 1 inch lower than the truck at hitch up. I center up the pin and let the trailer ride upon the hitch plate and push down the plate a bit. Make sure you have the locking arm in the 9 o'clock position to start and as you push into the trailer, it will latch on to the pin. Then drop the trailer down and leave the front jacks about 1/2 inch off the ground. With the chocks still in place and manually using the trailer brakes, put the truck in drive and do a slight test tug to make sure the jaws are latched.
This is what I do. Never have a problem using this technique.
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Are you using a hitch lube plate? Hensley recommends a 1/8 inch thick plate for the tight tolerances of their hitch.
This^^^^ be sure you are using a thin1/8" plate or no plate a lube.
A standard 1/4" plate will be a hassle.
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This is what I do. Never have a problem using this technique.
exactly what I do, the trailer needs to push down on the head loading the airbags on the hitch. If you try to back under the pin box and long it with out any vertical load its not going to latch.
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11 years (175K mile of fulltime travel) with a Hensley Trailer Saver hitch & no problems. All the above advice is right on the mark. The once or twice I backed in with the king pin too high, where it wasn't putting a load on the hitch plate as it engaged, is the only time it failed to lock around the king pin.
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Welcome to the forum. Good advice above. Latch arm in the center position is critical. I find it is important that the kingpin is backed straight into the center of the hitch head. Also, it will take a firm bump to completely close the jaws. When you have it right, the lever will "snick" effortlessly into the tow position; don't try to force it.

Not all kingpins are the same. I have to stack 1/4" and 1/8" lube plates together to center the wide jaws in my kingpin groove. Otherwise the upper ridge would ride on the jaws and the hitch plate and pin box plate would not be supporting the trailer.
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