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Old 02-22-2014, 07:14 PM   #1
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Hensley Cub Installation

I need advice regarding installing a Hensley Cub I purchased. Is this adding too much stress and weight? The TT hitch is structurally sound on the TV. Plan the installation in April.
TV is a Toyota 4Runner with 7000# towing TT max.
TT is a 3500# 2012 FKV Skylark with 420# tongue Wt.
Includes 345# cargo. The TT channel frame is reasonable structurally but some what on the light side.
The Hensley Cub weighs approx. 150# v.s. the Reese 66151 at approx. 75#.*

I grateful for the positive information contributed on this Forum.
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:26 PM   #2
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:46 AM   #3
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Ron it will work just fine they are great things to have on your RV. The very best advice I can give you is to read the instruction manual now.. and reread it several times before you start the install. Then have it open with you as you do the install. Go through all the parts and make sure they are all there. Good luck ..happy towing
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Old 02-23-2014, 11:36 AM   #4
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To address some of your concerns, I would first suggest contacting Jayco directly about the incorporation of the Hensley Cub on the Skylark's A-frame. The Jayco Skylark utilized many lightweight design considerations, and there may be some known WDH limitations with the Skylark's A-frame design that Jayco can confirm.

Like with any WDH proper sizing and adjustment is key to it's effectiveness. Based on a positive response from Jayco, I would then plan on taking your TV/TT under loaded conditions to your local CAT scale for a weigh-in. The CAT scale data will confirm your loaded tongue weight, confirm that you are within the weight limits stamped on your TV's receiver hitch, impact on TV payload capacity, within TV & TT GVWR, etc.. The CAT data will also confirm that your Cub is adjusted properly distributing the proper weights.

The one thing I wouldn't recommend when using any WDH is exceeding the weight limitations of one's TV receiver hitch. All WDH's utilize leverage via the TV's receiver to distribute weight.., but do to the unique design of the Hensley WDH it can exhibit enhanced forces via the TV's receiver.

CAT Scale how-to: https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...igh-Your-tt-tv

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Thanks for the replies and and advise about installing the Hensley Cub on our Skylark.
I followed up on Rustic Eagle's advice. I called Jayco's technical department and was told there is no WDH test data available or WDH limitations for any WDH manufacturer's hitch available for the Skylak TT. This applies to any WDH. I understand this well because it would open Jayco to liability issues.
I believe Seann has the best solution for now. Common sense will rule.

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Old 02-24-2014, 07:49 PM   #6
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Great that you touched based with Jayco, at least they don't have a known concern.

I do know that Jayco has put WDH maximum rating labels on some of the lite-weight A-frames, but sounds like it isn't an issue with the Skylark A-frame, plus the Cub isn't a high weight range WDH.

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Ron,

I found the past JOF thread that prompted some of my earlier comments. I'm not trying to steer you away from the Hensley, just forwarding additional data that may help address your initial questions/concerns. Please note post #3 in the following JOF thread:

https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...hlight=skylark

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Hensley Cub Installation

Hensley Cub hitch installation report.
Hensley was supportive sending additional photos of other Cub installations on Skylarks with more install support and guidance. I did read the Hensley Cub Installation Manual a number of times which is a must.
The installation time was several hours. The assembly went together in an orderly fashion and very pleased. Vehicle and TT level.

The Hensley Cub Hitch assembly is designed for TT tongue weight maximum of 600 pounds.
We gave the Hensley a run this past weekend. The Reese 66151 was very good but truly this better.

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Old 06-15-2014, 08:06 PM   #9
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Ron,

Good to hear that your Cub installation went well, and that the first trip out was a success

If you get a chance sometime visit a CAT scale for a weigh-in....., the information will confirm if any minor adjustments need to be made with the HA.

Thanks for the follow-up, very helpful for those considering similar decisions.

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Wink Hensley Cub Installation

We enjoyed a 2000 + km. vacation trip around the north shore of the Great Lakes, the EAA Aviation Convention at Oskosh, Wisconsin also Mackinac Island.
The Hensley Cub WD Hitch performed as Hensley reports. The engineering of this hitch is spectacular. I am very comfortable with my wife driving now. The TV drives rock solid with a Hensley on the Skylark hitch.

Being proactive I welded a light steel angle brace from the tow vehicle's main frame each side to the TV hitch receiver to resist any side thrusts transferred to the TV from the hitch.

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