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Old 01-23-2019, 10:58 AM   #11
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Hi Sam. I am wondering if over the years some Hi Lo's had better construction or did they skimp on later years. Also, i'm wondering if the roof material changed and if so, are some years more prone to leakage. A trailer with less upkeep would be desireable if there is such a thing. I have an older Chevy Suburban 2004 with an 8.1 liter engine. It's a workhorse but only gets 10 mpg no matter what your pulling or not pulling. I have this same engine in a 2002 30' class C motorhome that weighs in at 10K pounds and both the car and motorhome get the same gpm. Did some looking last night around the country to see what is available for Hi Lo's. Some get pretty spendy. I did learn that i need a "classic" style for more headroom inside. I also see some models where the dinette can be turned into a king bed which would be great. I see these trailers that sit low to the ground. Most people here move the springs on top of the axles for more ground clearance. Almost a given for back country camping here. Another reason i'm looking at Hi Lo's is because i don't need to climb a ladder to inspect the roof. I just need reliability and comfort and low maintenance--ha. I was looking at older Holiday Rambler travel trailers for awhile but there are no parts available for these. I see alot of sources on this forum for parts and help that people are willing to supply so thats good. Can;t find much of this for a regular style camper. Thanks
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Old 01-23-2019, 08:31 PM   #12
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In my opinion look at a classic 24 to 28 footer since you have a TV to pull it
Both models have tip out couches
The 28 footer has the larger bed and because of layout you could enlarge the bed in widith and length and still have a couch
The 24 or 25 footer uses the dinette for the bed but is easier to get into smaller campgrounds
I would look at 2001 to 2009 years because of fiberglass front and rear caps and a rock shield protecting the front window if drive on gravel roads
All hi los I believe have torsion axles which are very good but if you need to raise the height you have to weld on box tubing to the frame and then bolt axle to these
Roofing is either alumnium or rubber both types need to be maintained
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Old 01-23-2019, 08:58 PM   #13
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campthewestcoast--thanks much. Good information here. I didn't know about the torsion axles--good to know. There are a lot of campgrounds that only allow up to 25' rigs. Hell of it is there is also the car that adds another 15 foot. Good to know about the fiberglass caps. Sounds more durable and prevents dings etc. from thrown gravel. I will be looking for a classic model. I'm sure the 24' model is in demand and might be difficult to find. Thanks for your help here. Was 2001 a big style change for Hi-Lo's?
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For 2001 the towlite switched to aluminum framing from wood framing not sure about the classic models I think they switched from steel framing to aluminum but not sure
How far would you travel to find the right trailer and would you want a tip out couch even if it was a 24 footer? Just wondering to keep a look out
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For 2001 the towlite switched to aluminum framing from wood framing not sure about the classic models I think they switched from steel framing to aluminum but not sure
How far would you travel to find the right trailer and would you want a tip out couch even if it was a 24 footer? Just wondering to keep a look out
What price range do want stay in, I'm always looking to see what's out there
I've had my 22' 06 towlite for 8 years and could never part with it I just keep improving it
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Old 01-24-2019, 01:35 AM   #16
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You have been given some good advice. Your best bet would be to purchase one from a private buyer to get a better price. Probably more available in the spring. I hear you about getting 10miles to the gallon. Our gas hog truck get 10 miles per gallon. Love our 3/4 four door F250 anyway. Think of a trailer like a house. It has all the same parts that will wear out. Many HiLo parts are common to all rvs. Use the buyers check list when checking out a used RV. All trailers eventually leak and need repairs. Seems like you have checked out some back posts concerning repairs. Are you handy?
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Hunter, I have a 1999 22' Classic and it seems to me the bed has a lot of length to it beyond my 6' frame, the bed length set up side to side. TowLights are narrower. Of course, some people don't like sleeping on the bed you get by converting the couch. We do OK with a foam mattress cover on it, but it's definitely no more than double bed width, if that.

Another thing to note is the lift cables will stretch over time and they need to be adjusted properly to get the full interior height. When I bought mine the cables needed to be tightened a couple of inches.
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Campthewestcoast--for now i'm hoping to find something with in a few hundred miles of home. I have purchased and shipped 1 car, 1 jeep, 1 trike and flew to Virginia and picked up a van. Shipping is getting expensive even though I always use USHIP. Last night I nailed down some 2000 plus models. Appears they quit making the classic for one year then came back with only longer classics, and some models with shorter beds. In 2005 and 2006 there are 23C and 25C models that look nice. In 2003 there are 27C and 29C but beds are too small. In 2004 there is a 24LC with good ceiling height and longer beds. In 2002 there are no models with taller ceilings. And 2001 there is the 2201 and the 2401 that have longer beds. Done my homework last night. If a really good deal would come up on one of these and there was a way to check them out I might bite on one. Thanks for your offer to watch for one.
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Sam--I have 3 gashogs here. Probably why I don't get out much. We have a barn here for cover and this prolongs the life of our past rv's. My past experiances with travel trailers and such leads me to wanting to acquire one locally. We usually have a lot of snow so trailers are mostly sitting around all winter and hopefully covered with something. Less wear and tear. Lived in other parts of the country where things would rust or be milldood (spelling). Seen a lot of campers that are year around campers so I just figure these will need more mechanical repairs. But it also seems like campers are more expensive here. I did read a lot of threads here and am learning a lot about Hi Lo's and will probably be getting one when the right one pops up. Gonna have to build another barn soon. Thanks for your reply. For some reason I am not getting notices by email so am just checking forum here and there.
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I'm sure their is a HiLo with your name on it. Just have to be patient. Go to the HiLo Rally and I am sure owners will let you have a tour of their RV. Breaks my heart when I drive by a storage lot and see just about all the RVS without covers. Pay now or pay later. I don't believe a four season trailer would be in need of more repairs. I have been studying Out Doors RVS that are four season. Doesn't cost anything to dream!! Sounds nice..a big barn for all your stuff.
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