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Old 07-10-2017, 02:27 PM   #1
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My first post! I'm Doug in Upstate SC near NC border. My wife and I retired here 10 years ago. I just bought a 1999 HiLo 19TL for $2800. It will be towed to my yard tomorrow since I don't have the required 500 miles on my new Nissan Frontier for towing yet. I hadn't planned on buying a trailer yet, but this one was only 4 miles away and seemed cheap. It's a little rough, but no observed leak damage or soft spots. It raised and lowered on battery power. The A/C, refrig, and lights worked when plugged into the A/C line. There was no LP gas, so couldn't test furnace or burners. Didn't test the water systems or pump, but owner said they worked Hope so!
I'm buying 4 new tires and plan to have the axles greased before it's pulled to my yard. I'm enjoying reading the forums and the other resources I've found. I'm a newbie, so will have plenty of questions! Doug
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Doug, Welcome to the forum! Tons of info here, and we're glad to help. Soon as you get a chance, go to youtube and look for "Hi Lo Owners Manual". A member (sting32) put up about 36 videos covering most every system on a Hi Lo, including a bit about maintenance.
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My first post! I'm Doug in Upstate SC near NC border. My wife and I retired here 10 years ago. I just bought a 1999 HiLo 19TL for $2800. It will be towed to my yard tomorrow since I don't have the required 500 miles on my new Nissan Frontier for towing yet. I hadn't planned on buying a trailer yet, but this one was only 4 miles away and seemed cheap. It's a little rough, but no observed leak damage or soft spots. It raised and lowered on battery power. The A/C, refrig, and lights worked when plugged into the A/C line. There was no LP gas, so couldn't test furnace or burners. Didn't test the water systems or pump, but owner said they worked Hope so!
I'm buying 4 new tires and plan to have the axles greased before it's pulled to my yard. I'm enjoying reading the forums and the other resources I've found. I'm a newbie, so will have plenty of questions! Doug
Welcome to the forum. When you buy new tires make sure you upgrade to a "D" load rating. Much stronger than the "C" rated tires that HiLo put on them.
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You have joined a great group of friendly helpful people. Congrats on your new to you HiLo. Do your routine maintenance ans ask us any questions.
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Thank you all for the welcomes!

Treeclimber, I had find the online manual and have watched all the videos. Need to do it again! I also have the original manuals which I'll read today.

Jim and Faye- the previous owner took charge (he's young and I'm 76), buying 4 new tires and greasing the axles while the wheels were off. I told him I wanted and and would pay for good, class D rated tires, but unfortunately he had a local garage put on C rated tires- 4 Pegasus Minon ST175/80R13. Should I be concerned? Limitations?

The trailer was towed the 4 miles to my yard last evening. I was in the truck with the seller, and it seemed to tow easily behind his big Dodge truck. I have a gravel driveway and no asphalt of concrete for the trailer to sit on. I cleared an area of brush, and its's sitting on grass. Is that a problem?

I need to buy an adapter for the 30A camper that allows me to plug it into our house mains. I'll do that today, and I want to wash the outside. I wonder if the off-white color is dirt or the result of weathering and UV? Any suggestions on washing? I need to search the forum on that. The camper was raised with the battery, which I want to replace, and the inside is pretty clean.
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Shouldn't be a problem parking on grass as long as tongue jack and stabilizer jacks have something solid to sit on and don't sink into the ground. There are several products made for washing RV's. You can find them at Camping World or Wally World. I have used dish washing soap on mine with no problems. Never use a pressure washer. Maguire's makes a good wax, if you are feeling that ambitious. You can get a 30A adapter there as well. Make sure you use a heavy gauge extension cord, at least 12 gauge. The shorter the better. Invest in a good cover. Sunbrella makes a great cover. You can find the Tyvek covers for Hi-Lo's at Camping World. They are OK but won't last you as long. I've taken care of the interior wood with Murphy's Oil Soap. Seems to do a good job.
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Thanks Ruben,
Update- Bought heavy gauge 15' extension cord. A/C and fridge working well even on a home 20A circuit. All lights working and battery charging. Hooked up home water to rig, and cold water faucets and toilet working. No leaks. With the little bit of water I emptied into the grey and black tanks, no leaks so far. More testing required.
First washing using dish washing soap and sponge. Much of the dirt came off. Will use brush and some elbow grease tomorrow. Will try Maguire's wax later.
Inside is in very good condition. Found the 12V fuse box, 120V circuit breakers, and the Inteli Power 9155 power converter which may be an upgrade? i need to trace the wiring for the fridge fan and the water level meter because they are not functioning. I have the original manuals and 60 years in ham radio, so the electrical system may be easier to understand than most other things. For instance, I wonder if the water pump is working? From the manual, it appears fragile and stops working if run without filling the tank with water. Hopefully the 15A fuse blows which wasn't blown, and I've removed for the time being. Also, haven't located the break away switch and haven't explored anything to do with the 7 wire plug. The seller towed it the 4 miles here without using the breakaway switch or lights. I have the 7 wire jack on my Nissan Frontier. Should I plug it in and see what happens?
It will be at least 10 more days before I'll have 500 miles on the Frontier and be able to tow. Lots more work and studying to do before a little trip to a nearby RV camp.
I'm an adventurous sort, even at age 76, and may try to do what I did in 1998 when I bought an abandoned Toyota Chinook for $1000- a six week trip through Mexico to Belize and back. The Toyota ran OK, but I had to add a quart of oil every 100 miles, half way between gas fill-ups!
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Doug, the breakaway switch is normally found on the inside of the trailer tongue. You have to get under the tongue to see it. But, there SHOULD be a braided wire running from it that you would attach to your Tow Vehicle (TV). Then, if the hitch should fail, the TV will pull the wire which will activate the trailer brakes and keep it from going out of control.

You can test the breakaway switch by simply pulling the wire to activate it. It's connected directly to the trailer battery, so the TV does not have to be attached. To see if things are working, you'll have to have the wheel jacked up so you can see if it's locked. Then, you jack up the other side and test again. DO NOT leave the breakaway switch "tripped", it will drain the battery rapidly.

You can certainly connect the trailer electrically to your TV to test things out. Your TV MAY have to have a 30A fuse and/or a relay installed in the fuse holder to activate the battery charging circuit, AND the ignition will generally have to be ON (motor can be off) to get charging current from the TV to the trailer. Connecting the trailer electrically won't violate the 50 mile break in rule.

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It seems like you have a good grasp of the HiLo systems. I would recommend that you carry all kinds of fuses as spares. We have blown the converter fuses and was saved by having spares. Keep the questions coming and we will help you.
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Ditt o on break a way switch. Last time I disconnected the trailer I lowered tongue jack on the trip wire and pulled it out. It was raining and I did t want to rehook up trailer so I could raise tongue jack and free it. I figured I would get it next time and " no harm". Well it drained two group 27 batteries completely and likely fried the magnets on a couple of the brakes. Taking batteries down that far is not good for them. So be sure you plug that sucker back in once you test it.

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