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#1 Mayday



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Posted 20 August 2019 - 09:23 PM

I ended up buying a used 18 Hawk in PHX this weekend. After reading through countless posts, I felt like I had enough info picking it up and putting it on the truck. 
Before the trip, I ended up having 10/40 Overland in Riverside Co. install Firestone Rite Ride Airbags and having them put in the Four-wheel camper install kit into my truck. I went ahead and had my 90K done (currently sitting at 80K) to perform all the needed maintenance on my transmission. I replaced my suspension with Fox 2.0 (50K), so I had already completed that maintenance issue.  The last thing I wanted was to overheat and break down in the desert where it hit 112. 
The seller was an awesome guy who was upgrading into a Unimog for extensive Overlanding. His setup included a 7 prong hookup, so we managed to convert it back to a 3 prong to fit in the bed of my truck.
Putting on the camper was nerve racking, but it ended up working out great. I put a piece of 2' foam under the camper as a platform to accommodate for the Chevy notch.  The Hawk cleared the notch and sits very snug in the bed. Loaded up Dry I made the trip back to the Central Coast, CA.  
Driving home in the middle of the summer in the desert was an experience. I wasn't sure how the 1500 was going to handle the new payload and extreme heat. Like a rock.... the Chevy performed outstanding and handled 65-70 mph with dessert crosswinds. The airbags really made the ride feel easy to handle.
We are excited to tinker more with the camper and get a better understanding of how everything works. Overall I am beyond pumped for how my ride handled the setup dry. Next week we are planning a trip up the coast so I can compare and see what it's like with more weight.    


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#2 longhorn1


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Posted 20 August 2019 - 09:31 PM

Welcome to the FWC group. Happy Camping. jd
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Posted 20 August 2019 - 11:23 PM

Nice report and very detailed! Enjoy the new set up. 👍🏻
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#4 trikebubble


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Posted 20 August 2019 - 11:41 PM

Black truck + Silver Spur Hawk = Most excellent combination. Happy travels.

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#5 Bill D

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 01:21 AM

Black truck + Silver Spur Hawk = Most excellent combination. Happy travels.



I was just about to type the same thing  :)

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#6 Mighty Dodge Ram

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 03:23 PM

👍 Not surprised to hear that the Chevy handled it with no drama.
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