Black Series HQ Tips, Tricks, and Learning.....

lenny007

New member
don't have an HQ, but my dominator pulls fantastic tanks empty or full, even at higher speeds.
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Hi All, I just bought a new 2021 HQ-12, towing with a Tundra Crewmax, 4x4, 5.7L with Fox 2.5 adjustable coil-overs, lifted maybe 3 inches. Extremely pleased so far after our first weekend out. I noticed that when the tanks are 100% full (freshwater and drinking water) the tow was perfect, I didn't really push it on the highway maybe up to 70 max, but kept it around 60-65. Smooth as could be, extremely stable, zero sway. After the weekend, I decided that I would empty the tanks when I got back to my RV storage. The grey water tank was at about 50%, black water tank 45% full upon the end of the weekend. Immediately once on the freeway, I noticed it started swaying at about 62-64 MPH and got worse the longer I stayed at that speed. It was actually a little concerning. Any suggestions? I was thinking about adding Airlifts to the Tundra, and also I want to upgrade the tires on the trailer to a 10ply or something similar to what I run on my truck. Aside from this, we love it! Seems to be built solid, and I agree with some of the other posts, the bed needs to be topped with memory foam or something similar. Oh, and the TV speakers were the worst I have seen on a TV, not really a black series issue but cheap RCA? Anyone else experience this? One more thing, I think I may add the "poop tube sewer hose mod", I like the idea of keeping that mounted under the rig and out of the way. Look forward to more posts in the future.
A couple of tips and updates on the Black Series HQ12. I did a couple more experiments on towing with different tank levels. It tows extremely stable with both drinking water tanks 100% full or 100% empty; no sway at all. This weekend I emptied freshwater and drinking water tanks prior to returning home, the grey water and black water tanks were at 75%, towed fine. I think the issue with swaying with my setup was the tanks being at 50% which makes sense since there would be more space for water in the tanks to create a back and forth motion while driving. I hope this helps someone who might be experiencing any issue with sway. Also, just a note, on the first startup of the heater the initial burnoff might trigger the smoke sensor. Mine went off once and then after it didn't do that again. During the first use, you could smell a slight furnace odor but quickly went away. One more recommendation, getting a portable generator makes offshore camping AWESOME. I bought a 3500 watt at Harbor freight (Predator) and was extremely happy with how quiet it was. I highly recommend it! In a couple of hours, you can charge your batteries 100% and also being able to run your AC. You're supposed to get about 11 hours of run time on one tank of gas.
 

jcbenten

New member
Hi All,
This is an great place my wife found to learn about the Black Series. I have a question and hoping I can get a couple of pointers. My wife and I are looking at an HQ19 tomorrow and possibly purchasing (our name is on it but we have the right of refusal) at Fun Time RV in Cleburne, TX (south of Ft. Worth). I have read the entire thread and taken some notes on what to look for and I think I can work my way through most of them but have questions/concerns about two potential issues:
1) Flashing/blinking taillights. Not sure I understand the issue and how to induce to check for the defect. I am pretty sure I can do the repair if required.
2) Wheel bearings: Is this still an issue and is it possible to check on the lot? Or does the trailer need to be jacked up and wheels removed.

Any pointers on the above two items, or anything else, is much appreciated.
Thanks, chris
 

Bikepals

Member
Hi All,
This is an great place my wife found to learn about the Black Series. I have a question and hoping I can get a couple of pointers. My wife and I are looking at an HQ19 tomorrow and possibly purchasing (our name is on it but we have the right of refusal) at Fun Time RV in Cleburne, TX (south of Ft. Worth). I have read the entire thread and taken some notes on what to look for and I think I can work my way through most of them but have questions/concerns about two potential issues:
1) Flashing/blinking taillights. Not sure I understand the issue and how to induce to check for the defect. I am pretty sure I can do the repair if required.
2) Wheel bearings: Is this still an issue and is it possible to check on the lot? Or does the trailer need to be jacked up and wheels removed.

Any pointers on the above two items, or anything else, is much appreciated.
Thanks, chris
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You should consider joining the Facebook Black Series group. Lots of good information. A HQ19 just had the bearings burn out and it is posted on Facebook. Have them check the bearings before you buy. They do have to remove tires and pull the drums. Be there when they do it to make sure they are ok. I have a HQ15 2020 and do not have the blinking lights. Hook up your truck start the engine and check the break lights. They will pulse if there is a problem.
 

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TheLex

New member
The delaminating and cracking laminate is possibly a continuing problem? Some say BS has switched over to a new glue.

Hi All,
This is an great place my wife found to learn about the Black Series. I have a question and hoping I can get a couple of pointers. My wife and I are looking at an HQ19 tomorrow and possibly purchasing (our name is on it but we have the right of refusal) at Fun Time RV in Cleburne, TX (south of Ft. Worth). I have read the entire thread and taken some notes on what to look for and I think I can work my way through most of them but have questions/concerns about two potential issues:
1) Flashing/blinking taillights. Not sure I understand the issue and how to induce to check for the defect. I am pretty sure I can do the repair if required.
2) Wheel bearings: Is this still an issue and is it possible to check on the lot? Or does the trailer need to be jacked up and wheels removed.

Any pointers on the above two items, or anything else, is much appreciated.
Thanks, chris
 

TheLex

New member
Does anyone have a Black Series HQ17T or HQ22T? These are the ones with the bunk beds in the garage area. The 22T looks like it'd be perfect for a larger family. Only issue is they don't have much of an inside refrigerator. But on the 22T there's quite a bit of room aft of the bunk beds to install a small residential refrigerator it seems. Unfortunately RVs of America doesn't carry either of these models.
 

haqi

New member
Hi HQers,

New here. It’s been great to read all the posts here to get more inside information on the Black Series HQ models. Both good and bad!
I am taking delivery of the 2021 HQ17 over the next few days and plan to tow it with the 2021 Defender 110 HSE which has a towing capacity of ~8,201 lbs. I noticed that mostly trucks (not a huge fan of trucks) are used to tow these trailers so it makes me curious how it would feel with the vehicle like a defender mentioned above. Anyone tow with something that’s not a truck? Thanks for your input. Cheers!
 
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