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Old 11-21-2015, 02:14 PM   #1
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Jayco White Hawk 28dsbh tow hitch?

Picking up my trailer in a few weeks. I have a 2015 Ford Expedition, 9000/920 tow rating. Been looking into weight distributing hitches, wondering what others recommend? The actual weight placard of my Jayco lists 5895 with full propane tanks. Max trailer weight is 7500, no actual tongue weight listed. From the 2015 White Hawk brochure, the dry tongue weight is listed at 635, so I figure my tongue weight range for the trailer empty to fully loaded is 686 to 870. Add the weight of the hitch itself and everything behind the rear axl and I'm right up to the max tongue weight of 920. Friends say the blue ox brand is good at sway control and allows backing up. Any other suggestions?

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Old 11-21-2015, 08:09 PM   #2
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Welcome to JOF

As you stated the GVWR of your 2015 28DSBH is 7,500lbs, so worst case scenario would be a recommended loaded tongue weight range of 975lbs to 1,125lbs (13% to 15%).

Using your UVW ship weight of 5,895lbs + 100lbs (dealer battery, etc.) + 700lbs (cargo, no-fluids) = 6,695lbs........, so a recommended loaded tongue weight range of 870lbs to 1,004lbs (13% to 15%) . The 28DSBH is a 32ft. long TT, a loaded tongue weight closure to 15% would enhance TV handling under less then ideal towing conditions (road, weather, etc.).

I would recommend either a Reese Strait-Line brand WDH or a Equal-i-zer brand WDH, rated at 1,000lb minimum. Both brands/models have integrated sway control and don't require any hardware removal when backing.

Once you have your TV/TT combination under loaded conditions, a CAT scale visit will tell you everything you need to know..., especially that your WDH of choice is adjusted correctly.

CAT scale how-to: https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...v-tt-3871.html



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Old 11-22-2015, 06:33 PM   #3
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Thank you Bob. Very helpful. Looks like the straight line for me.
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Old 11-24-2015, 11:31 PM   #4
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ProPride hitch which eliminates sway and you do not need that much tongue weight to have a stable combo.
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Old 11-25-2015, 07:41 AM   #5
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I use the Reese Dual cam (which I think the other name for it is the Straight line), works great but it takes a litlle patience to get it dialed in. A trip to the CAT scale is a must if you really want to know where you are at.

We are around 6500-6600 loaded and my tounge weight is north of 800 lbs probably really close to 900. I purchased the 1200 lbs bars with the hitch basically because I wasn't sure what I would need at the time.

Just as a side note: the hitch works great but can be a little loud when turning or backing so I put a little grease on the cams and bars to cutdown on the noise. I know some will say that is a no no because it could effect the sway control but I havent found that to be the case.
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Old 11-25-2015, 08:12 AM   #6
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I have the Husky Centerline WD dual piston hitch with 1200# bars. It is a heavy very well made unit that has worked excellent for my TV/TT combination. I have travelled across Canada and Northwestern US ( total of 17,000 kms) with out any issues. I would definitely recommend this hitch.
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Old 11-25-2015, 08:21 AM   #7
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You will get a a few different options in the posts. Most seem to like what they have. We have a Blue Ox WDH and it works great for us.
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Old 01-17-2016, 08:17 AM   #8
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Jayco White Hawk 28dsbh tow hitch?

I have the Reese Dual Cam hitch but use Vaseline to lube the cams.


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Old 01-17-2016, 08:23 AM   #9
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We had the Reese Dual Cam with the White Hawk and were very happy with it. Per Reese recommendation I used Vaseline on the cams as the hitch was very noisy with nothing. The Vaseline did not impact the sway control
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Old 01-17-2016, 08:51 AM   #10
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Hey Xwing,
We pulled our first TT with an '03 Expe 5.4. Our max trailer wt was 8950# so looks like they've found an extra 50# you can tow with. '03 was the first year Ford put an independent rear axle in the Expe and I think it's pretty much the same axle under there today.

Our Rear GAWR was 4128#(check the sticker on the driver's side door jamb) and the CAT Scale weight was 3100# on the rear axle. That left us 1028# of payload. With the TT and WDH the rear axle weighed 3800#.

I agree with Rustic that you are looking at 870# to 1004# hitch weight and don't forget that the hitch itself can weigh 75-100#.

My point is, you may find yourself close to maxing out your rear axle. I'd suggest a visit to the CAT Scale loaded for travel and get your weights when the TT arrives to verify you haven't overloaded your TV. 3 passes over the scale will also show you how well the WDH is dialed in and if any tweaking is necessary.
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