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Old 12-12-2012, 08:51 AM   #21
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If it helps to know...

We loaded our trailer with all the stuff it will be hauling minus luggage for an actual trip. Basically, just missing clothes and some food items. Otherwise, all the other equipment we intend to haul was in there. This was with a full tank of water, two batteries, full propane, still had a bunch of junk in my bed, and a tonneau cover. Then we towed the trailer to where we store it. That was a short 15 mile drive with traffic lights for part of the distance. Stopping, going, and cruising all seemed very easy. I wasn't sluggish and even kept pace with traffic when starting from a stop. After seeing how it was when more fully loaded up I really feel like it is going to travel fine. I think I just need to make sure that we don't start loading up a bunch of junk that isn't necessary in order to keep the weight reasonable. Otherwise, it seems good to go.
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:53 AM   #22
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I weigh 145 lbs and my wife weighs 140 lbs. The other two adults are my daughter and her boyfriend and they weigh less than us. We are small... LOL
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:55 AM   #23
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By the way... my wife doesn't mind the weight being posted... we have both lost a lot of weight in the past year so she is happier with her number today. LOL Still working on a few more pounds though.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:19 AM   #24
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My appologise....I am 6' 2" and 240#.....I can't remember ever being 150#, if I was I wouldn't have a problem with the GVWR. You probably won't travel with a full tank of water, so there is close to 400# of weight you won't be hauling...just remeber that what weight you put in the trailer only represents 10% added to the TV. If you've got trailer capacity put the weight there and try to increase the tongue weight to 12% -13%% for more stability. Do you have anti-sway control in the TV?
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:41 AM   #25
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I was looking at your pic's....very nice combo! Do you have towing mirrors? If not can you see OK with the stock mirrors.
I was looking at the CIPA slide on mirrors but they don't have them for my truck yet...they are apparently in production.
I am beginning to wonder if I even need them....any comments would be appreciated.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:06 PM   #26
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Yes, I think pretty much I will load things in the trailer and put near nothing directly in the truck. I think that will help. The truck does have the anti-sway feature. I've got a weight distribution hitch and two anti-sway bars on that as well. My mirrors aren't huge towing mirrors like on the F250 but they are pretty big and have the parabolic mirror thing inside the main mirror. I can actually see pretty good. First time backing the trailer into a spot I managed it in a single attempt and was pretty spot on. I was happy about that because I was unsure how it would go having gone from a 20' trailer to a 34' trailer.

No apology needed. I'm only 5'4" so 145 lbs is actually supposed to still be a little bit overweight. But, a year ago I was 185 lbs so I am not complaining. The camping thing has helped us to live healthier and to be more active. Better than just sitting around watching tv and eating junk like we used to do most of the time.
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By the way congrats on the weight loss. I bought a Sherline tongue weight scale, something you may want to think about...it cost me $150 in Canada but I've seem them for $89 in the US. This will let you dial in and adjust your tongue weight so you will know exactly what's loaded on your TV. I think I'll try adding the glue on parabolic mirrors on my standard mirrors first to see if they are good enough.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:04 PM   #28
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Thanks Ron!

The parabolic mirror is worth a try. I think if that wasn't already there on my mirror it would have been more difficult to get a good visual along side me. Since I have that though it seems good enough and the huge towing mirrors would likely be overkill and an unnecessary additional expense.

I think I will look for the scale. Seems like a good investment and would give me some peace of mind knowing for sure that I am not overloading my rear axle. I feel pretty confident that as long as I am not getting crazy with loading up the trailer I will probably be within all my weight limits but the scale would make that a certainty instead of a close enough guess.

Good luck with your 30DSRE! I think we will be enjoying these travel trailers. I can't wait to take that first trip and see how it goes. My very first trip is going to take me over Mount Eagle Mountain just north of Chattanooga and it has 6% or more grades. So... this will be a trial by fire test I suppose to see how well this truck / trailer combination works out. Of course, it really better work well because at this point what is done is done... I have the truck... I have the trailer.
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I just noticed today that Jayco is now listing the Glacier Package for the White Hawk. I sent Jayco a message and asked what all that would do for the R values. This is what they sent me, not sure that I am totally convinced that the R values are correct.

Thank you for your e-mail and for your interest in a White Hawk by Jayco.

For this option the floor will have a layer of bubble foil insulation added for a total R value of R22. The roof will have increased insulation for a total R value of R26. The front wall, sidewalls and rear wall will remain the same.

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Jayco's Glacier Pacage

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I just noticed today that Jayco is now listing the Glacier Package for the White Hawk. I sent Jayco a message and asked what all that would do for the R values. This is what they sent me, not sure that I am totally convinced that the R values are correct.

Thank you for your e-mail and for your interest in a White Hawk by Jayco.

For this option the floor will have a layer of bubble foil insulation added for a total R value of R22. The roof will have increased insulation for a total R value of R26. The front wall, sidewalls and rear wall will remain the same.

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GLACIER PACKAGE
standard glacier Package: Provides thermal protection by combining the most-protected underbelly in the industry with the highest-BTU output furnace in its class. The enclosed underbelly, tucked and foamed inside the I-beam rails, features blown heat and triple-insulated holding tanks.
The glacier Package features the following r-values.
Value uniT area
R-5 All vertical walls R-15 Behind front cap R-27 Roof
R-29 Main floor
R-14 Slide floor
R-22 Bedroom floor R-14 Inside open pinbox
TyPe oF insulaTion
Block foam
Double R-7 insulation
Double R-7 insulation + R-14 foil Double R-7 insulation + R-14 foil R-14 foil
R-7 insulation + R-14 foil
R-111 bedroom floor Flexfoil and fiberglass insulation
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