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Old 06-12-2012, 06:05 PM   #41
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I must apologize to you zookeeper and hilltoll, just looked at the 1998 F150 manual and it does say the tow rating is 7,000 lbs. For a 4.6 engine, 4x2 Super Cab, auto trans and a 3:55 axle ratio. The trailer life list must have an error. I should have done this sooner when there was a large difference.
What is wrong with the trailer, how was it miss represented?
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:14 PM   #42
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[QUOTE=PopRichie77;12900]I must apologize to you zookeeper and hilltoll, just looked at the 1998 F150 manual and it does say the tow rating is 7,000 lbs. For a 4.6 engine, 4x2 Super Cab, auto trans and a 3:55 axle ratio. The trailer life list must have an error. I should have done this sooner when there was a large difference.
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No problem I was just confused because I thought i must be reading it wrong. I asked about water damage and he said there was a SMALL patch on the ceiling but the roof had been repaired. Well if you mean small as in a quarter of the ceiling on that side and the wall beneath it then I guess he was right! I'm very sensitive to smells and the mold smell is still in my nostrils!
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Yes, that is one to stay away from, unless you get it very cheap and have the time to repair, but a 31 ft would be a very large repair project. Look in the Library there are smaller Hi-Lo s that come with a full size bed. I almost bought a 2209 with a factor installed full size bed where the couch is. But then I found the one that I bought cheaper, I have removed the couch and put a twin mattress in it's place. the other one didn't suit anyway as we don't sleep together.
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Thinking of looking at a 2003 24' towlite with a tipout now. It doesn't have the rear bedroom I really wanted but my thinking now is that maybe we will camp in this for a few years, see how my husband likes towing it and if I REALLY still want a rear bedroom - selling it if a good deal comes along.

A couple questions - any problems with a tipout? And I don't think it has a weight distributing hitch. It is a 6-7 hour drive and I want to be as sure as possible that we will purchase it! Is the WD hitch something we could buy and add once we get there?
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Yes, A WD hitch doesn't come with a trailer, unless the previous owner has one that goes with it. Any RV dealer sells them. If you go to look at it be sure to get a demonstration of everything. There is a movie on you tube for new owners, it was from Hi-Lo and gives good instructions on operating , and the tip out. You should look at it. HiLo "Video" owners manuals... youtube!
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:00 PM   #46
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Look on craigs list or Ebay or similar sited for a used wdh. I would not recommend towing it home without one. Perhaps your local Rv dealer has a line on a used one. Great idea to view the you tube video. I don't have a tipout so I can't tell you about any problems. Ask JR about any potential problems with the tipouts.
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Thinking of looking at a 2003 24' towlite with a tipout now. It doesn't have the rear bedroom I really wanted but my thinking now is that maybe we will camp in this for a few years, see how my husband likes towing it and if I REALLY still want a rear bedroom - selling it if a good deal comes along.

A couple questions - any problems with a tipout? And I don't think it has a weight distributing hitch. It is a 6-7 hour drive and I want to be as sure as possible that we will purchase it! Is the WD hitch something we could buy and add once we get there?
Anything over 17', wdh is recommended. The only problem I had with my tipout was when the top settled, it wouldn't retract. I performed the maintenance for the creep and haven't had that problem since.

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Decided to pass on it. Didn't want to deal with the hassle of trying to get a wd hitch in a short time frame down there. Found a couple used ones on Craigslist (thanks for the suggestion) but not really knowing how to hook them up didn't want to deal with that either. The guy kept trying to convince me I didn't need one but no way did we want tow it that far without one. If it had one we would be on our way to PA right now (even though i'm kinda relieved we aren't making that trip). Oh well, back to searching and hope we can find one a little closer! In the meantime I'll peruse the suggested you tube videos. Thanks.
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Ok I thought you were supposed to get wiser as you get older what I am about to do could classify me as certifiably crazy lol. We are leaving about 2 today (hubby would prefer to leave as early as possible but there is work he has to get get done this morning if he wants to keep this customer) for Ohio. It is about a 6 hour drive with no breaks and you know there are gonna be a few of those! Staying in a holiday inn in athens over night with one of our dogs that is too old (and cranky) to be boarded. Meeting the hilo owner in the morning who has agreed to drive from wv to meet us (what a guy!) We are going to purchase a 1998 31 footer with a tipout (just what I wanted) Or at least I at the moment. This trip might change that! Lol. Driving straight to the campground to camp with the family then coming home Sunday to prep for a procedure Monday and major surgery on Tuesday. Like I said, crazy! Feeling very anxious and nervous but also excited at the same time
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Best of luck with this one. We won't comment on the crazy. LOL
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