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Hensley Hitch

BETTER BRAKING
by Ron Estrada
Hensley Manufacturing

"What happens in those precious few seconds from the moment the driver pounces on the brake pedal to the sigh of relief at the end..."

    

STOPPING IS NOT OPTIONAL
A 7 part article by Hensley that should be read by every travel trailer owner

Pilots have a saying: Taking off is the second greatest thrill in flying. Landing is the first.

What holds true for flying holds true for anything that moves at high speeds. Stopping is not optional. While most RV articles talk about the dynamics of motion or the joys of the destination, few address the principles of going from 60 to 0mph without damage to trailer or occupants.

While Hensley Mfg. put itself on the RV map with the introduction of the Hensley Arrow anti-sway trailer hitch, a product designed for a vehicle in motion, we've recently become interested in what happens in those precious few seconds from the moment the driver pounces on the brake pedal to the sigh of relief at the end.

We began our quest with what has become a necessary evil for the trailer enthusiast: the brake controller.

Call Hensley Mfg. at 800-410-6580 or visit their website at www.hensleymfg.com 
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Readers' comments:
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Coby H :   This is a great series of articles. Thanks.

Romney K :   I believed that the best solution was electric/hydraulic but the low cost way is the way to go. I've used Hensley for years and always been happy but I wondered if there was something better at a higher cost. I think not after reading these articles. Many thanks

TPK :   I always thought that the controller needed to respond to the brake system in order to get the timing right between the puller and pusher. I think I understand it better now but I still don't understand the proportional braking problem. I have a 2006 Jayco with a Hensley and so far so good. I think the best way to go is a motorcoach towing a car - the big one towing the little one. If you need to get to the little one towing the big one I think you really need a Hensley. Great articles. Thanks.