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Old 04-21-2014, 11:35 AM   #1
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Whitehawk 28DSBH Shakedown Cruise

We had our shakedown cruise to Beverly Beach State Campground in Oregon this weekend. The Whitehawk is amazing and everything we hoped it would be. The interior living space is massive with the double sized slideout. We used everything except for the shower. We have some things we need to have the dealer fix for us. The first is the pull down shades above the sofa will not stay open. Second is entirely my fault, I forgot to lift the rear stabilizer jacks before jacking up the front to hook up the truck. This resulted in the left side stabilizer buckling. I can't believe I did that.

As for the TV, the F150 has plenty of power and capacity to pull the TT but the rear suspension is way to bouncy. We had a lot of porpoising. I checked the weight at a closed road side weigh station and the weight is pretty well distributed according to the scale 3550 Front / 3750 Rear / 5850 Trailer. I will probably go the airbags and 10ply LT tire route. From what I have read, this solved this issue for a lot of people. I am not sure why Ford doesn't put LT tires on the Max Tow trucks.

Overall we like the Whitehawk and really enjoy it. Here are some pictures at a stop we made on the way home.

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Old 04-21-2014, 11:49 AM   #2
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Sounds like you really enjoyed it.. I went with the roadmaster suspension system.

Easy install and does great. Did not effect the ride quality when not hooked up.

Happy camping.

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Old 04-21-2014, 12:43 PM   #3
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snip..... We had a lot of porpoising. I checked the weight at a closed road side weigh station and the weight is pretty well distributed according to the scale 3550 Front / 3750 Rear / 5850 Trailer. ......snip
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Unfortunately the axle weights that your scale provided only tell you where you stand relative to the associated axle GAWR's, and GVWR's.., not weight distribution.

There could be a number of things going on with how your TV is reacting (i.e.; not enough weight returned to TV's front suspension, etc.), but IMO a trip a CAT scale for a complete TV/TT weight-in will tell you everything one needs to know like; all TV/TT weights, proper weight distribution, correctly sized/adjusted WDH, tongue weight, etc..

CAT scale TV/TT how to: https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f37/how-to-weigh-your-tv-tt-3871.html

I agree, "LT" tires would enhance your TV's handling of the 28DSBH TT.

Hope this helps.

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Old 04-21-2014, 01:30 PM   #4
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Congrats on the trip. It's funny you mention the shades above the sofa, because ours has the same problem. Essentially it never worked from day 1. I would rather fix it myself but it's been relatively low on the priority list.

Safe travels and enjoy the camping season.
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We added the roadmaster active suspension to our F150, same trailer and it handles great. We never towed without the roadmaster so have nothing to compare, but we do not get the bouncing.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:23 PM   #6
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Thanks for the tips on the bouncing so far. I will definitely follow the steps that Bob provided a link for getting the weight distribution hitch set up. At the dealership we followed the procedure of measuring the heights before and after hookup.

I have never heard of the Roadmasters I will check those out. So far though I have read several threads on other forums where the problem was specific to the FX4 possibly due to a spring rate for the off-road package.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:45 PM   #7
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We have camped at Beverly Beach. Such an awesome place. Since we live in So. Oregon we hit up Florence and Bend when its warmer. 100% agree, the Whitehawk trailers are so comfortable and spacious. Hope we meet up on the road sometime.
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Whitehawk 28DSBH Shakedown Cruise

Nice pictures. Glad to hear you're enjoying the 28DSBH. We're picking ours up this Friday. My f150 ecoboost is a XLT.... so we'll see if I get the same bouncing or not. I couldn't find a max trailer tow truck that I liked, so I hope having the more common 3:31 rear end doesn't hurt me too bad. It's still rated to tow 9,200 lbs (which was more than the V8 powered GM's I looked at) and I've towed a 6,000 lb boat no sweat. I understand there isn't the same wind resistance there as a TT... but I was still impressed.
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Looks like a very nice set up! We pick up our 28DSBH next month and are looking forward to our first trip. I have a 2012 F150 with the off road package which has the same suspension as the FX4 so it will be interesting to see if we get any bouncing.
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+1 for the Roadmaster Active Suspension. I installed it on my truck after a particularly jarring trip last year. Towed with it for the first time last weekend on a standard trip and with a properly set up WDH, virtually all our bounce is gone and the truck handles the load much better with less sag. Much easier than airbags, but not truly "adjustable", at least not to the level that airbags are adjustable. You can adjust, you just have to jack up the rear of the truck. Incidentally, I checked my adjustment while I had the rear end of the truck lifted while putting on the spring bars...
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