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Old 05-13-2015, 02:01 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by debmunro View Post
Thanks Ruben! Let's hope I didn't stretch the cables. I will follow your maintenance advice and see what I can do. One question to you both, is it better to store a Hi-Lo trailer in the up or down position? I'm assuming they stored it in the up position for a reason, but I don't know.
It should be stored in the down position to relieve strain from the lift system. Also, the upper half provides protection to the lower half when down.

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Old 04-21-2016, 08:59 AM   #32
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I am haveing the same issue with my 1987 hi lo camper did you guys figure out what to do to get it to lower? thanks for the help

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Old 04-21-2016, 10:11 AM   #33
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Default Yes, figured it out

My Hi-Lo issue was a combo of operator error and a low battery. To get the top to lower, you have to pull out on the cable and keep it pulled out the entire time while lowering so that the red light stays on.

If you can't get that to work, then it's probably your battery. I learned that you need to disconnect the red battery lead while storing the trailer or the battery will drain within a month or two due to the gas sensor inside the trailer. Hooking up the battery to a trickle charger or the truck with the truck running may work after hours of charging, but a quicker way is to use jumper cables and jump start the camper battery.

If that doesn't work, your battery is probably shot. Replace the battery.

One other thing that helped a little was the advice to raise the top with the switch slightly to get it off where it settled on the seats before trying to lower it. If your red light is coming on when you pull the cable, this could fix the problem and get it to lower.

Last, the cables underneath the trailer need to be lubed occasionally, and it's always possible the hydraulic fluid is a little low.

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