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Old 11-22-2019, 06:35 AM   #1
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looking at a possibly new to us 2004 hi-lo 31 with the tip out slide.



My wife & I have been popup camping for the last 15 years & are ready for a bigger camper.

I know certain years have there own issues what are the 2004 known issues on 2004?
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looking at a possibly new to us 2004 hi-lo 31 with the tip out slide.



My wife & I have been popup camping for the last 15 years & are ready for a bigger camper.

I know certain years have there own issues what are the 2004 known issues on 2004?
I have a 2404 and haven't had any issues with mine. Here are a few things to look for on the pre buy checklist.

This was taken from NDgent's post here on the forum. It is a great go-by list. You can do a search of thinking about buying and find his post to read it first hand.

Basically, start with the visual items
1. Exterior
Look for water stains and discoloration on inside walls and around ceiling anywhere vents, skylights, windows, etc. exist.
Push and prod with your hand on the inside walls for soft spots (which could indicate a water leak and a damaged or rotten interior wall).
Check for bubbles in the wallpaper (a sign of delimitation or water intrusion)
2. Interior cleanliness of the unit-
Look for water stains and discoloration on inside walls and around ceiling anywhere vents, skylights, windows, etc. exist.
Push and prod with your hand on the inside walls for soft spots (which could indicate a water leak and a damaged or rotten interior wall).
Check for bubbles in the wallpaper (a sign of delimitation or water intrusion)
3. Test appliance functions
lights
fans
refrigerator
air conditioner
heater
water pump
range hood
stovetop
oven (if equipped)
microwave (if equipped)
stereo (if equipped)
4. Lift System-
Does the unit raise and lower properly
Check the lift system for hydraulic leaks (puddle under the trailer)
Check the lift cables to see if they are in good shape and not frayed
Check the seal between the upper and lower body halves for tears or damage
5. fill the tanks to the top and check for leaks
6. Battery
7. Solar Panel (if equipped)
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I'm going to add this to Ruben's excellent post. As far as I know, there are NO "model year" specific issues on any of the HiLo's. The main concern I've seen in older models is water leaks in the top half, which rots the roof or the sides of that portion.

I suspect all other issues are common to pretty much any brand of trailer, from any model year.

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