For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

Mar 26, 2016

Trust Yourself and Have Good Friends

Thursday I decided I would try to hitch the trailer to the truck. The Hensley is totally different than my last hitch. I didn't have much instruction as to how to do it so I was apprehensive. I backed the trailer hitch into the trailer receiver the first try, so I was encouraged. "This was going to be easy" (supposed to be the hard part). NOT.  I spent the next three frustrating hours reading the manual, watching YouTube Videos, and speaking to the manufacturer. Everything/one told me not to follow my instincts. I was tired and defeated. Fortunately, a storm was approaching so I put everything away and came in the house.

I woke up, yesterday, saying to myself, "Try again, and this time follow your instincts." I had emailed Sandie and Jim. Sandie came to the rescue right away saying that Jim was fishing, but she would have him read my email when he got home. (I forgot to ask if Jim caught anything, Sandie!) She reassured me that the first few times were trying for them, as well. Jim was kind enough to call me just as I had started. I asked him a few questions and he was more helpful than anyone. He told me the manual wasn't helpful, and reassured me that I could adjust some parts (names?).

Within the next half hour:

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go! Probably for the best because I unhitched and hitched three more times. Good Practice. Now I need to push myself to get out to a parking lot and finally learn how to back up. My driveway is long and narrow and uphill, not steep but up hill.
Addition to Check List. Make sure the slide is in when driving away.

All is well that ends well. :)


  1. If you've never backed a trailer before the simplest way is to steer from the bottom of the steering wheel. If you want the trailer to go right you push the bottom of the wheel to the right.
    With the Hensley hitch it is always easier on flat surfaces.
    Looking forward to reading about your new adventures.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  2. Good job Nancy, and hope you get going somewhere soon.

  3. I'm going to the Ozarks in April, Jo. Then, to Ohio in May. Then the start of the trip west. I'll stop to see my sister and friend in Pennsylvania and they head west.

  4. Your manual experience sounds like the time I had a Class C Coachmen. I ended up calling them for my answer but the manual was basically worthless. I found more information online and YouTube. That's quite a feat backing up that trailer on a narrow driveway on a hill. Great job.


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