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Old 11-27-2014, 02:26 PM   #1
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Hello folks.

My name is Mike, I joined last night. Hopefully I am not breaking any rules already, but I wanted to say I am here with a first post.

I am new to Hi-Lo, but not new to camping. I really enjoyed all the fun and adventure I had when I was young, camping with my family. Now at 40 years old, I thought it would be fun for my girlfriend to experience some of the fun that I had.

About a year ago, I acquired a 1985 Coleman Royale pop up trailer for free. Stored for over 20 years and in very nice condition overall. After about $500,tires/wheels/awning/battery & registration we were ready to go camping.

After 4 camping trips I quickly realized it was time to move up the ladder to a hard sided trailer. Because of storage issues, we needed a trailer that would fit under a 8 foot carport. All the trailers we looked at were 9 feet and above. That's when we discovered Hi-Lo and we are very happy we did!

After a month of looking at ads for Hi-Lo's and checking out a couple in person, we were extremely lucky and found a very original and well taken care of 84 funlite. It too had been stored for many years. The seller had acquired it in a trade from the original owner as partial payment for a landscaping job. A stack of records and receipts found inside a cabinet drawer told most of the story and showed a new dometic awning and coleman air conditioning unit. Both installed by a local RV dealer/repair shop in 2004 at the price of a little over $1100. After some negotiating with the seller, we settled on a price of $2500. Left a deposit and rushed home to post the coleman up for sale. Put the coleman up for sale on craigs' and it sold for $1500 quickly. Very exited, I then wrapped up the deal on the funlite and now the Hi-Lo is here in our driveway.

First thing on my to do list was to get rid of the brown 80's shag carpet that someone added a very long time ago. After about an hour we were both pleased to find the original, possibly armstrong? floor in great condition underneath! Although I really like the dark paneling and rust colored cushions, the lighter color floor really brightened up the inside. Future plans before camping are:

inspect roof and windows for leaks
light the furnace & check for leaks
2 new tires & paint rims white
inspect brakes & re pack wheel bearings
new curtains
find the 1 missing original cabinet handle

After a week of getting to know the trailer better, and having fun reading many posts by other members, my to do list has grown a bit. I have been searching the forums here and google images for early 80's Hi-Lo interior and outside pictures to use for reference. This will be more of a preservation than a restoration. We would love to find a picture of the original curtain material to copy. Also would like to find the original spare tire cover and dual propane tank cover with the original Hi-Lo logos on them. Thanks for reading my post and we are looking forward to hearing any advise, input or ideas from other members. Everyone loves pics, so here are some of our new to us 1984 funlite.
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Old 11-27-2014, 02:29 PM   #2
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Old 11-27-2014, 02:31 PM   #3
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Hello Mike, and welcome aboard. My name is Charlie and we are about as far south on the eastern Ohio border as you can get.
It looks like you found a real gem. Only thing I can say is make sure it is winterized and look at the seams for cracks in the caulking. You are lucky enough to have a cover to protect it from water so you have the good fortune to be able to await nice weather to make her ship shape.
If there is a nice fit between the halves all the way around,(it looks like it in the pictures) there probably isn't any previous water damage. Windows should be removed and recaulked every 5 years if you do a lot of traveling. Putting these things on the road is like subjecting a house to a continuous 4.5 earthquake so seals tend to get cracked.
I have 2 HI-LOs, one a 1994 and the other a 2005 and both are in various stages of rebuilding (currently stored under wraps for the winter.) both have water damage but are very repairable. One of them will be sold when they are rebuilt. Currently think it will be the newer one because it has way more than we need and the 94 is just a little shorter and easier for me to haul.
You will find these folks very helpful. What you can't find just ask.
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Old 11-27-2014, 08:28 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forum. What a gem of a find. Looks about brand new. A couple of small suggestions. Put some wax or a product called shine on your floor. Shine can be bought at HD. Then get a cheap bound rug for the aisle floor. This way if you drag in dirt or stones you won,t damage your floor. I was able to take my mearsurement and fine a $20.00 Rug at Bed bath and beyond. This feel plush as you make your way to the BR in the middle of the night. Charlie's advice was spot on about taking our all the windows and resealing them. You Tube has a video on how to do this. This will hopefully prevent wall water damage that many of us have had. Hind sight is a great thing. It is also avey good idea to wash and wax the exterior. Check with JR or Midget to see if any old drawer hardware is stil available.
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Glad to have you with us, Mike. Your trailer looks like a gem to me. Since you can store it under cover, you can probably do a lot of the work you have planned for it now, and have it ready to go next camping season.

Check out your water system too - make sure the pump works. Of course you'll want to check the refrigerator and AC unit too.

Pay attention to the guide rod under the trailer that is part of the lifting mechanism. Clean and grease it. Check all the lifting cables and spray them with lubricant to retard rust. You may have to remove trim inside the trailer to get to the pulleys there and the last section of the cables just prior to where they connect to the top of the trailer. This seems to be an area where rust develops.

Forgive me if it sounds like I'm giving you the idiot treatment. I don't mean to be a "mother hen", but there are unique features of these trailers you may not be aware of.

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Hello folks.

My name is Mike, I joined last night. Hopefully I am not breaking any rules already, but I wanted to say I am here with a first post.

I am new to Hi-Lo, but not new to camping. I really enjoyed all the fun and adventure I had when I was young, camping with my family. Now at 40 years old, I thought it would be fun for my girlfriend to experience some of the fun that I had.

About a year ago, I acquired a 1985 Coleman Royale pop up trailer for free. Stored for over 20 years and in very nice condition overall. After about $500,tires/wheels/awning/battery & registration we were ready to go camping.

After 4 camping trips I quickly realized it was time to move up the ladder to a hard sided trailer. Because of storage issues, we needed a trailer that would fit under a 8 foot carport. All the trailers we looked at were 9 feet and above. That's when we discovered Hi-Lo and we are very happy we did!

After a month of looking at ads for Hi-Lo's and checking out a couple in person, we were extremely lucky and found a very original and well taken care of 84 funlite. It too had been stored for many years. The seller had acquired it in a trade from the original owner as partial payment for a landscaping job. A stack of records and receipts found inside a cabinet drawer told most of the story and showed a new dometic awning and coleman air conditioning unit. Both installed by a local RV dealer/repair shop in 2004 at the price of a little over $1100. After some negotiating with the seller, we settled on a price of $2500. Left a deposit and rushed home to post the coleman up for sale. Put the coleman up for sale on craigs' and it sold for $1500 quickly. Very exited, I then wrapped up the deal on the funlite and now the Hi-Lo is here in our driveway.

First thing on my to do list was to get rid of the brown 80's shag carpet that someone added a very long time ago. After about an hour we were both pleased to find the original, possibly armstrong? floor in great condition underneath! Although I really like the dark paneling and rust colored cushions, the lighter color floor really brightened up the inside. Future plans before camping are:

inspect roof and windows for leaks
light the furnace & check for leaks
2 new tires & paint rims white
inspect brakes & re pack wheel bearings
new curtains
find the 1 missing original cabinet handle

After a week of getting to know the trailer better, and having fun reading many posts by other members, my to do list has grown a bit. I have been searching the forums here and google images for early 80's Hi-Lo interior and outside pictures to use for reference. This will be more of a preservation than a restoration. We would love to find a picture of the original curtain material to copy. Also would like to find the original spare tire cover and dual propane tank cover with the original Hi-Lo logos on them. Thanks for reading my post and we are looking forward to hearing any advise, input or ideas from other members. Everyone loves pics, so here are some of our new to us 1984 funlite.
Hi Mike, welcome to the forum and congratulations on your recent purchase, which looks like it has been well taken care of.
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Welcome, Mike. You can spend a hundred hours reviewing old and current posts, here. There is A treasure of information. Your trailer looks great! I love those old interiors. Good traveling!

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Glad to see another new California member as there aren't many of us! Looks like a classic and clean unit. Welcome to the forum!
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