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Old 05-04-2016, 03:25 PM   #1
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I have had our 2015 Whitehawk 28DSBH for one full season now. Going into season two I decided to add some more cargo space. On the tongue of the trailer I added a Kobalt truck box. Moved the battery into the box and also went from a group 24 to group 27. On the back of the trailer I had a 24"deep cargo deck fabricated with a bike rack. Both use 2" receivers and are easily removable. The plates for the rack are welded to the trailer frame rails as well as the bumper to lock everything in. I added a larger delta tool chest on the deck and filled with lighter items. Total spent was $135 for the kobalt box, $260 for the delta and $250 for the deck and bike rack.
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Old 05-05-2016, 06:59 AM   #2
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So my next task will be adding a back up camera to rear of the travel trailer. I think I am going to go with the furion wireless camera. Looks like I will have to find a way to power the camera off of the rear marker lights. Not sure if any one has done this? Maybe they can chime in.
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Will also be adding a vortex II bathroom fan.
Kitchen skylight broke when I was washing the trailer. Called dealer and a factory replacement is only $20. They seem pretty cheap and flimsy. Found a translucent white lexan replacement from eztopsworld from around $100. Not sure if anyone on here has ordered from them or can give their opinion on the quality?
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Old 05-05-2016, 07:59 AM   #3
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Watch your tongue weight.. with all that stuff on the rear bumper it takes weight off the tongue and can cause sway..
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The front is loaded pretty heavy. The front pass through has my camp chef grill and steel griddle (85lbs) all the way towards the front. Plus the tool box and items in it on the tongue. Rear has lighter items, camp chairs, mats and such. Hopefully once i get everything in I can get a tongue weight. If I understand correctly I want between 10%-15% of the trailers weight? Somewhere between 600-900lbs on the 6000lb trailer. Probably shoot towards the higher end. Chime in if I am wrong.
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You are correct in your target tongue weight - 10-15% is the acceptable range, most people finding that the better tow comes from the 13-15% range. With all of those changes you made I would definitely visit a scale to confirm your weights.

Does that front box have good ventilation for the battery?
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You are correct in your target tongue weight - 10-15% is the acceptable range, most people finding that the better tow comes from the 13-15% range. With all of those changes you made I would definitely visit a scale to confirm your weights.

Does that front box have good ventilation for the battery?
I hope so. There is slots on the right and left side of the box where you would mount it to a truck bed. The battery has been in for about three weeks with no issues so far.
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How did you mount the carrier on the back of the trailer? In one of your pictures I see what appears to be a hitch receiver welded to the bumper. If only the bumper is holding the weight, be aware that they are not rated very high. More than one person has had their bumper fall off.
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How did you mount the carrier on the back of the trailer? In one of your pictures I see what appears to be a hitch receiver welded to the bumper. If only the bumper is holding the weight, be aware that they are not rated very high. More than one person has had their bumper fall off.
The plates for the rack are welded to the trailer frame rails as well as the bumper to lock everything in. In the picture the plate is on the bottom and the 2" receiver runs along the plate all the way back to the frame rails.
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After looking at the camera install some more, I pulled the trigger on the furrion observation system. One idea I had was to remove the third marker light in the middle and add the camera using the existing 12v electrical. ANy thoughts on why this would be a bad idea?
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The plates for the rack are welded to the trailer frame rails as well as the bumper to lock everything in. In the picture the plate is on the bottom and the 2" receiver runs along the plate all the way back to the frame rails.
I don't know who did your welding, but I wouldn't trust it. The beads are lumpy indicating poor technique and most likely a very weak weld.
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