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Old 07-01-2014, 06:11 PM   #1
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1st Trip! 28DSBH and EcoBoost

Hey everyone - thought I would post a brief summary of our first trip with our White Hawk 28DBSH, towed by our F150 EcoBoost. My WDH is a Reese 12K and I have no sway control.

We live in the Canadian prairies, so flat and windy. Our trip was about 100 km (60 mi), so a nice distance for a first tow. On the way home the wind was going at 50kph (30mph), gusting to 70 (45) at our back then coming from the side. Similar on the way out, but the wind was a little less.

First of all, I thought the EcoBoost did great. With the tailwind, the mileage was crazy good (23 mpg) and when the wind was kicking our a$$ from the side, it handled fine. Considering I wasn't even tapping into it's power potential on this trip, I am confident it would perform fine with hills.

I will be looking for sway control. The sway was tolerable, but still a little uncomfortable for me (coming from a 19'). I was driving about 60mph and then lowered to about 55mph when the wind was coming from the side. I am thinking the Reese Dual Cam would be my best option, given that it's compatible with my WDH.

One thing that I will have to get used to is the fact that the drive will now be part of the vacation. I will not be able to fly down the highway with this bigger trailer. I found this part of the drive actually less stressful (not trying to "make time"). Plus, my wife enjoyed the slower speed, as she was able to see more.

No more interstates for this guy! Scenic routes all the way.

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Old 07-01-2014, 06:26 PM   #2
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The drive is definitely part of the trip and must be enjoyed! As far as I'm concerned when I leave the driveway I'm on vacation. Safe travels!
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Old 07-01-2014, 06:55 PM   #3
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Happy trails flatlander! Born in Saskatoon myself.
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Swift Current here, and I know the prairie winds you speak of

Cypress is our next destination and I can hardly wait!

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Old 07-01-2014, 08:31 PM   #5
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We were on Lake Winnipeg @ Winnipeg Beach. Check out the rainbow! This was between rain & wind
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:57 PM   #6
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I have a sway control on my 28dsbh and had nasty wind from the side all the way home from drum heller Alberta to Calgary..... 23l/100kms was my fuel goin home wasn't going more then 90kmph due to the amnt of wind better to be safe then sorry and end up in the ditch... Glad your f150 tows it well my 5.4 does pretty good
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Old 07-01-2014, 11:40 PM   #7
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Our F150 tows our trailer, through the mountains with ease. But I can't imagine not have a sway hitch!
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:40 AM   #8
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We just bought a Jayflight 28 BHBE and my 2011 Screw Lariat with Ecoboost handle the mountains of WV easily. No concern. I researched a lot and chose the Equal-i-zer hitch. NOT the E2. My dealer installed, and the trip was a breeze. I have no experience towing something this large. So, I was nervous. No sway on interstate, even in wind and rain, getting passed by Semis. I paid about $200 more getting it locally, I'd buy online as you have time to get it, since you have something already. My 2 cents, with only 1 trip for experience.
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Old 07-22-2014, 12:46 AM   #9
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Hey! Another flatlander with an Ecoboost! We bought a 2013 last summer. We pull a supposed "Ultra-lite" 197 with a slide-out. We haven't gone on any long trips with the truck, but have pulled the trailer on a couple of shorter trips. According to some, you won't make it to the end of the street with an Ecoboost.

Our truck is a Supercrew 4x4 with 6.5' box, large fuel tank, XTR. Mileage is poor heading into a wind, but I wouldn't expect otherwise. Truck suits us fine.

Enjoy the good cross-winds we get out here!
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:52 AM   #10
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Update!

Bought a dual cam sway control and it performed excellent. Trip to Black Hills. Lots of hills and curvy highways. Passed by semis on I94 & 91, and I could feel the sway control doing its thing.

EcoBoost performed beautifully too. Put it in Tow/Haul mode and left the cruise control on. Didn't have to do a thing. Engine braked on the down grades perfectly.

Not much wind so mileage was around 23L/100 km (sorry not sure on MPG).

Two 7 hour trips to get here!
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