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Old 08-15-2016, 04:56 PM   #1
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New Hummingbird

Picked up a new Hummingbird FD. Just came back from our Shakedown weekend. We had a Jayco pop-up but was to much work. Love our HB.
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Old 08-15-2016, 05:09 PM   #2
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Vicrus,

Congrats on your new trailer and shakedown weekend.

Out of curiosity, when we had our White Hawk in for warranty work last week, I noticed a new Hummingbird on the lot. The service manager mentioned a customer had brought it in as it had a tendency to "bounce from side to side" when towing. He also mentioned the owner towed it with a one ton pick up. The conversation got us both wondering what there is for suspension on this trailer. The Jayco specs state it has a "rubber-torsion suspension". We looked under the trailer and noticed that the axle had no springs and was attached directly to the frame.

I was curious how well it towed and if you could elaborate on the suspension of your new Hummingbird?

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I didn't really drive too far. Only about 30 miles, but found no problem towing the trailer. Tow vehicle is a Tahoe. Not sure about the suspension.
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I found some information about the suspension type.
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Old 08-16-2016, 05:15 AM   #5
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Hi Murff, we just bought a Hummingbird 17RB. We took it ~300 miles to Myrtle Beach towing with a soccer mom suspension 2003 Tundra. We had friction sway control added just incase it would be encountered. We had no towing issues however the fridge warmed up there and back.
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My opinion of Torsion suspension is they work great until they don't.
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Just found out that ours won't even go into production until the end of October now.....come on Jayco !

Ordered a 17RK about three weeks ago and was told it would be about 8 weeks before it was delivered.....I have plenty of time to get our FJ ready for towing.

Looking forward to hearing more about everyone's experiences and mods with these, they are so new it's hard to find much about them online.
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We recently picked up our 17FD and took it for its first trip down around Mt. Rainier in Washington State. We're pulling it with a Toyota Tacoma with an anti-sway bar and it pulled great on freeways, twisty mountain roads, and in town. We had a camp site with full hookups, so we were able to test out all the systems. We didn't run into any problems except for being unable to get the refrigerator to run on propane. On electric, we had it turned all the way up and it froze my Diet Pepsi.

One inconvenience is that the grey water outlet and the black water outlet are separate. I've seen on some RVs you can hook up your hose, flush the black water, and then flush the grey water. On the Hummingbird, you have to hook up the hose, flush the black water, unhook the hose and attach it to the grey water outlet and then flush the grey water.

All in all, we're happy with it.
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Good to hear! The service manager & I speculated it might just be the one-ton TV might be part of the problem.

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