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Old 05-04-2015, 01:57 AM   #1
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Hello all. I'm going tomorrow to look at a 1980 Hi Lo Funchaser. Just wanted to ask everyone what exactly to look for as far as problems. Not new to the camping world but very new to Hi Lo. Funny as they were made here where I live about 30 miles away in Bellville / Butler Ohio. Thank you in advance
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Welcome to the forum. Good luck with your search. Just to let you know, you have an excellant HiLo repair/parts facility near you. J&R trailer repair in Mt Vernon if you ever need one. 419-883-3001. Many of us have used them and they are excellant.
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Ok ty very much Jim. I go see her at 5. Fingers crossed!
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Hello all. I'm going tomorrow to look at a 1980 Hi Lo Funchaser. Just wanted to ask everyone what exactly to look for as far as problems. Not new to the camping world but very new to Hi Lo. Funny as they were made here where I live about 30 miles away in Bellville / Butler Ohio. Thank you in advance
Welcome to the forum! Print this out and take it with you. These are the major things to lookout for when buying a trailer.

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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Thank you everyone. It was a mess. They couldn't test anything then I saw a huge water leak far right corner where the bunk was. Fridge didn't work etc. 5he roof scared me big time. It needed a serious overhaul. For $3000 it wasn't worth $500
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So glad you didn't buy this piece of junk!! Water damage is something to run away from. Use the check list. I'm sure the right one will come along for you. Maybe JR in Ohio has a reconditioned one for sale. What is your tow vehicle? Are you looking for a Towlite or a Classic (heavier)? What length were you considering?
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I'm up in the air about it right now. I just want something decent that we can camp in. 1/4 ton 4x4 Chevy. I think I'm gonna take a break from the search right now. I've even looked at all sorts of other TT. It amazes me how people are so unprepared to sell their units. "Does the water work? I don't know. Does the fridge work? I don't know. ..etc" If you went to buy a car and they said they didn't know if it would start or not and wouldn't show one way or the other" no one would just say, "Ok I'll BUY IT!"
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Good luck in your search. We bought our new 2008 Towlite from an Ohio dealer next to the production plant and towed it back to VA. We are now trying to sell it and I tested everything. We had a TV/CD/DVD player installed by the dealer CraigSmith and I never could get it to work. Now that everything is digital vs analog I just used the TV for DVDs. I was hoping it would stir some interest on this site and Craigs list but it hasn't . Guess I'll drop the price but I am not site savvy to edit my post. Keep looking, you will find one.
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I'm up in the air about it right now. I just want something decent that we can camp in. 1/4 ton 4x4 Chevy. I think I'm gonna take a break from the search right now. I've even looked at all sorts of other TT. It amazes me how people are so unprepared to sell their units. "Does the water work? I don't know. Does the fridge work? I don't know. ..etc" If you went to buy a car and they said they didn't know if it would start or not and wouldn't show one way or the other" no one would just say, "Ok I'll BUY IT!"
When we bought our HiLo I had been looking for many months but had not found one in good condition or one at a price I was willing to pay. Had my 32' travel trailer ready to head to Alaska in 2 weeks. Looked at craigs list one night and my 2805C had just been posted in Cape Cod with many pictures an at a good price. Called the owner and he agreed to hold it for me till I got there the next day. Got there bought it and towed it home the next day. Have put over 40,000 miles on it and love it. Keep looking
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Hello OhioCamper Girl, don't have any info however, by word of mouth I was told that theres a business there in Ohio that sell HiLo camper parts . would you know ? if so please pass on any info you know of, we are in need of some interior parts , thanks and goodluck with the purchase we are new HiLo ownere we have a 24ft 50th Aniversity edition
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