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Old 03-04-2014, 11:45 AM   #1
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1st long term Whitehawk roadtrip

Just returned home [S Ky] from 6 weeks on Gulf Coast [Miss. and Fla] in our 2014 White Hawk 30dsre. 3000 miles towed by 2010 Silverado Duramax. Mph between 10 and 12 towing and 17+ w/o TT. Overnited 2 nights at 25-27 degrees w/o hookup and warm as toast but make sure you have full propane it you warm up a freezing tt [1 degree when we left home]. The Whawk towed like a champ including 700 mile tow home with 350 miles over rain and ice slick roads. Probably should have stopped when we passed more than a dozen accidents [several vehicle roll overs] in a 15 mile stretch] but slowed to 35mph and followed an 18wheeler at about 250 yards. Never a waggle or side slip and other than a heavy ice / slush build up there were absolutely zero problems. Not recommending pulling on snow or ice, but would have stopped if the truck we were following had pulled off. Secret is to SLOW DOWN and know how to drive on slick roads.

Actual on site experience left us totally satisfied after 4 weeks on the beach in Florida [15k A/C cools to a meat locker if you want but holds temp setting without excessive cycling. Furnace also worked to warm the tt even in subfreezing temps but ran down our single battery so a pair of 6volts will be installed before next trip. Creature comforts exceeded our expectations and really everything worked as intended.

White hawk now sitting on the pad in our back drive waiting for temp to warm up and melt the ice buildup on the outside and underside. 19 degrees inside the tt this am so my decision to winterize in the Wally W parking lot in N ala was a wise one. Used the lowpoint drains and then blew the lines with a 12v compressor [took about 10 minutes from start to finish]. Remembered to add pink stuff after making it home.

Love our White Hawk and already planning our next outing.
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:27 PM   #2
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Happy to read about your experience with White Hawk. We love ours too!
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:07 PM   #3
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Glad to hear you enjoy the Whitehawk. I pick up my 27DSRL at the end of March - looking forward to it. Never owned a camper before so this is a big experiment. Pulling with a 2012 Chevy 1500 5.3L with towing package. I'm a little concerned TT may be a little much for my truck but dealer says it will be no problem.
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:58 PM   #4
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Another one that's glad you like the White Hawk. We should be taking delivery in a couple of weeks, and like KYCamper, this is our first TT too. We're excited and nervous at the same time
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:10 PM   #5
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Got us excited too.....our White Hawk 30 DSQB is sitting on drive in back by the shop....ready to make our first run with it...new to RVing.....Have been trying to dig out all week from a major sleet storm to hit NE Arkansas.
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:19 PM   #6
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Glad your happy with your tt we sure loved using our on our road trip to minniapolis last July.....
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Old 03-08-2014, 09:07 AM   #7
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Ice and sludge has finally melted and dropped off. Today is pressure washer day. Actually sat in the WH yesterday and watched an episode of Blue Bloods that recorded the weekend we left florida that we missed. Again realized how comfortable it really is. Will be sad to pack it up until later in the Spring. Maybe why we are dragging out the clean up process. Has to happen because going in for a knee replacement in 2 weeks that will take me out of action until mid April.

Again I don't want to advocate towing in ice/snow, but wanted everyone here to appreciate how smoothly the WH tows. Any sway or waggle in those kind of conditions would be deadly and is likely the cause of many RV accidents. First and foremost, we slowed to a crawl [35 mph at times] when conditions were at their worst. Never got withing 100 yards of another vehicle and paid close attention to other traffic. Use the 18 wheeler in front of me for about 100 miles as a canary and when he slowed I slowed. Was prepared to stop if he did. Finally got to within 100 miles of home and the conditions improved. TV is a 2010 Silverado HD w/ duramax. Hitch is a Reese WD w/ single friction swaybar.

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Old 03-19-2014, 09:38 PM   #8
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Wow, it's great to see fellow White Hawk owners on here. We just picked up our new 2014 White Hawk 27DSLR last week Thursday. Will be breaking it in next week on our first trip. Been stocking it up and stayed a couple of nights in it in the driveway using everything to make sure it all works.

Enjoy yours everyone! Will give you an update next week.
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Old 03-19-2014, 11:49 PM   #9
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Great update. Thanks for sharing. Took the cover off of our Whitehawk 30dsre. It camping season here in S. Oegon. Just a bit of frost in the morning. Cant wait to hit all our favorite camping spots.
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Great update. Thanks for sharing. Took the cover off of our Whitehawk 30dsre. It camping season here in S. Oegon. Just a bit of frost in the morning. Cant wait to hit all our favorite camping spots.
You guys had a pretty rough winter out there?? Son lives in Eugene and live in the hills out in the subburbs. They reported repeated snow, ice, and the usual excess of rain. Glad to here you're getting ready to hit the road for a new season of rving.

We're probably done for a few weeks, going in Monday for my 2nd knee replacement. Had so much fun [great results] with my first one last Oct that I immediately scheduled the other one. Looking forward to getting thru rehab so we can enjoy the spring outdoors.

Love the White Hawk.
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