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Old 01-16-2013, 11:11 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. I'm new on the forum. My beautiful bride and I just bought a Hi Lo sight unseen from a family member. We live in Lubbock, Texas. The trailer is in Grantsville, Utah...about 900 miles away. Generally I don't buy stuff without looking at it, but we're picking this trailer up for a cool $100 bill (it is sort of a wedding present). Anyway, we're going after it next month. I have seen pictures of it, and I HAVE the following information...

Numbers on some tag read:

22 B 78-13

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HLT 2875c

Factory weight is 3590.

I wonder...does the 2875 mean I have a 28-footer?

Any help anyone could offer would be most appreciated! For instance, I would love to know the year of this trailer, the kind of wiring harness connecter it might have, and the height of the hitch at level towing. Really, anything.

This forum is really cool. My hats off to the creator(s), and thank you all for your help!
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:35 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome!

I'm pretty new to the HiLo world myself but from what I've learned from this forum sounds like you have a 1978 28ft Classic. You can check the library in this forum to see if any other information for this model has been posted.

Before dragging this thing home please verify that is road worthy. Nothing can spoil the fun like a break down. Tires, wheel bearings, brakes should be inspected or verified in good condition from the previous owner. Don't forget the tow vehicle either, is it up to the task?

Once you get it home you will find plenty of things to work on. I have had a lot off entertainment and good learning working on mine. And thanks to this forum's members' wealth of knowledge I haven't made too many mistakes.

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Old 01-17-2013, 11:07 AM   #3
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Hi Zgpruitt; Welcome to the forum. I have a 2805C. If your numbers are correct, 2875C, then you have a 1975 28ft classic. I do question the weight tho. My owners manual and brochure show a unloaded weight as 5320 lbs. This does not include options, A/C, spare tire, extra battery etc. I do not know a lot about the older HiLo's but sure someone on the forum will know about the weight. Does your HiLo have the tipout? I do not know how a 28 ft HiLo could weigh so little. What vehicle (TV) are you going to tow with? If it is a 28 ft HiLo you will need a TV with a towing package, a weight distribution hitch, and a brake controller. Check the age of the tires, you can check here on the forum how to read the age code on the tires or ask a good tire dealer. If they are around 5 to 7 years old they should be replaced. Do not go by what the tread looks like. A blowout on the road is not fun and can do a lot of damage to the RV. Pay attention here on the forum to stories about water damage to the roof and sides and plan on resealing the windows, door, vents and trim in the near future. Also follow the info from miniceptor. Have fun with the HiLo. The best way to prevent problems is to know your HiLo and preventive maintenance. I also sent you a private message.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:17 AM   #4
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Hi,

I stand corrected 1975 model is correct.

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Old 01-17-2013, 04:25 PM   #5
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Man, yall are awesome! Thank you all so much for your help.

I have a 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser. My rig has a tow package. It is rated to pull 5500 lbs. My new cousin in Utah says the trailer weight is 3590. MAYBE he read me the model number wrong...or the weight. I think this might be the case because he seemed to think it was an '85 or '86 model. I'm asking for pictures of the little metal ID tags on the trailer.

If my vehicle is not up to the task, my brother will swap me his truck for a few days so I can get 'er home.

I'm a country boy, so I know about towing trailers (though travel trailers are new to me). Thank you for the admonitions about the bearings and brakes. I'll have a look at all that before I drag it home. We've built two days into the trip in order to deal with unexpected issues. I can re-pack bearings and fix brakes.

I'll take four brand spanking new tires with me. My best bud is a tire guy, and is going along for the ride. I do love a project. We're always remodeling something around here, so I am looking forward to taking this sucker apart, and getting it ship-shape.

I will do my best to go for some more complete information before I re-post.

Again, thank you all for your help.
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Sounds like you are the person for the job!

Good luck and keep us posted.

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Welcome to the forum.

First- the weight is propably more, though I don't know about hi-los of that vintage. My 22 footer (2001) weighs 4000lb empty with just the propane tanks filled, though the sticker says 3200lb. Batteries, awnings, air conditioners all add weight and are not included in the posted factory settings.

I am sure you bought a "project". But for 100.00, you can't lose....as even the adventure of going to get it is worth that, right??

You need a weight distribution hitch- do a search of the forum for discussions and then go to etrailer.com for more info and an idea of costs.

Check the library on this forum to see if anybody has posted a "manual". From what I have read, those older units were built with wood frames so be prepared for structural damage if it wasn't kept up and stored appropriately. Also---from what I have read, brakes and wheels on those older models may be difficult to get parts for------so I would look into that some more.

Put some thought and pre-work into this because, as you know, a 900 mile trip is nothing to take lightly. I would spend lots of time reading back posts on this forum- including re-build projects etc . Also search "J&R" on this forum and get a number for them. They are the "repair" facility back in Ohio for Hi-los and they are wealth of information on any hi-lo. In fact, you may want to give them a call from the start just to have a better idea of what you are getting and what to prepare for. If you can "scan" the pictures and post them we would love to see it.

Hope it works out for you

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Thanks, Rick.

And, yes, I'll do anything for a good story. I'm a Texan.

I will call the Hi Lo repair shop. I guess Hi Lo went belly up recently? Is this J&R the remnants of the company? It couldn't have been too long ago. Folks are discussing 2000's models on this forum.

I do want (and need) a weight distribution hitch. I will look into that. I am now learning that the model number I was given is not correct. My new in-laws in Utah pulled the trailer all over tarnation with a minivan with no trouble. And the pics I have seen do not lead me to believe that the trailer is a 28-footer. So I am thinking (and hoping) that it is a smaller, newer model. It does not resemble the 70's pics I have seen. It looks more like an 80's model. It says "Funchaser" on the side.

As soon as I am able to get an accurate model number, maybe we'll be able to make heads or tails of this deal.

You guys are super, by the way. I'm a big fan of communities like this.

Here's a pic.

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I hope that worked.
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Hi lo went under in 2010. Check this forum link:

Hi-Lo Trailer Co. Closes Shop

A FunChaser. Bunch of people on here have had them or still do.! You should get some good feedback and help.

And, yes, j&r is made up of ex employees .

Hopefully your new in-laws haven't established this as a test designed to see if you are resourceful enought to merry their daughter.

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The picture is an 80's vintage 22' Funchaser. The B7813 that was on the tag is probably the tire size and the weight designation would be accurate for this model. The awning is a box style crank-out awning probably by A&E systems.

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