New Member Intros Say Hello! Tell us a little about yourself and your camper; we're fairly friendly :)
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 08-06-2018, 09:57 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Iowa
Posts: 8
Default New Member

Hi everyone. Newbie here. I took a crash course in HiLo 101 this past weekend. I sort of inherited a 2009 TowLite T17 because my parents were no longer able to use it. Overall it's in pretty good shape other than the walls around the side windows are bowing out from water damage. I'm looking forward to learning the ins and outs here.
__________________

jackrabbit5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2018, 12:12 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Riverside County, CA
Posts: 627
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jackrabbit5 View Post
Hi everyone. Newbie here. I took a crash course in HiLo 101 this past weekend. I sort of inherited a 2009 TowLite T17 because my parents were no longer able to use it. Overall it's in pretty good shape other than the walls around the side windows are bowing out from water damage. I'm looking forward to learning the ins and outs here.
Welcome to the forum jackrabbit. I am not qualified to offer advice for extensive repairs, but others have gutted their units with major overhauls. I am sure you will be hearing from a number of them. And good luck.
__________________

__________________
Fantastic Wife
2005 Toyota Tundra V-8 4.7L
2705T Tow Lite
1999 21T Tow Lite
Garry is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2018, 04:42 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Ruston, LA
Posts: 170
Default

Hi Jackrabbit - turns out I inherited a HiLo from Iowa too a couple years back. I think mine may have been more of a basket case than yours but you can certainly fix those soft spots.

How far down below the windows has it softenned? You'll find that pulling the windows isn't too bad and regular maintenance consists of making sure those seals are always good and caulk is fresh. The windows seem to be a common point of failure on these trailers from what I can tell.

The wall is a composite "sandwich" with the fiberglass outer glued to a 5mm piece of plywood, 1" thick inner foam core, then another piece of wood on the inside just under the wall paper. Here's a quick link to an album I put together on flickr (which is way way more damage than what you're talking about, but you'll see how the walls look and go together which might be helpful to you):

https://flic.kr/s/aHskGjjPyn

Keep us posted - there is a lot of great help here. The group was really helpful walking with me through the mess you see collected on Flickr there.
__________________
--
2000 24' Classic, "We have the technology, we must rebuild it"

Also in the garage, some stuff to pull it:
2018 Tundra
1993 Roadmaster wagon (well, it probably won't pull it)
r67northern is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2018, 08:50 PM   #4
sam
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Niagara Falls,NY
Posts: 3,533
Default Welcome to the forum

I'm in the water damage club. Our has been fixed by DH and my self. Correct the windows are a large cause of water damage. You tube has a video on removing the windows and resealing with butyl tape and Lexel caulk. The wall layer description is correct. Tear your wall apart and you will see how they are put together. I found HD Liquid Nails to be real good for puttting the layers back together. You have the right attitude for repairs. Some with Towlites have had to brace inside while doing repairs. We are here for any questions you may have.
sam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2018, 09:53 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Iowa
Posts: 8
Default

Thanks guys, I think I'm gonna need all the help I can get.
jackrabbit5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2018, 10:05 PM   #6
Member
 
TheWebbs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: De Soto, KS
Posts: 55
Default

Welcome! We are also in the midst of rebuilding our HiLo. I have a fairly decent post with links to all my pics from demolition to rebuild. We replaced a good deal of our walls. DH is very talented and I'm stubborn enough to not give up while learning along the way. You are in good company.
__________________
Kathleen & Joe
____________________
1993 22L Classic, "Myrtle"
Eastern Kansas
TheWebbs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2018, 06:21 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 25
Default

It is sad to say, but in my case of leaking windows and rotted walls and beams, it was that the opening in the wall for the window install was cut too large and in an irregular rather than uniform shape. Window manufacturer says there needs to be at least 3/8" overlap between the wall and the window frame for the butyl calk to seal the overlap. In fact, the opening had to be exactly the size of the window in order to achieve the 3/8" overlap between the opening and window trim. In my case there were places where there was only 1/16" overlap and therefore the butyl calk was totally ineffective at the top of the window. I ultimately had to build closure pieces into the wall to make the opening smaller in order to seal the window. Unfortunately, you may have the same problem.
Beach Papa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2018, 06:13 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Marietta, Ohio
Posts: 143
Default

Only way you will know what is going on is to get in there and take a look. I have a 1969, and even then, the plywood is super thin and easily warps and degrades. The most important thing is to get the leak stopped sooner rather than later, get a tarp over it or something until you can get in there to take a look. I was lucky with mine, the plywood was junk, but I was able to get everything dried out and just used liquid nails to put "decorative" plywood over top of the junk plywood inside. My walls are painted so it's hard to even tell it's there.
__________________

guitarman023 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Hi-Lo Trailers Worldwide or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:49 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
HiLoTrailerForum.com Copyright 2010