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Old 09-11-2021, 04:23 PM   #1
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Default Bunk Weight Limit on 2002 Hi Lo Tow Lite 17'

Does anyone know what the weight limit is on the bunk in a 2002 Hi Lo Tow Lite 17'? Thank you in advance.
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Old 09-12-2021, 01:20 PM   #2
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Jayne, I've been looking at the brochures in our library in this forum for 1702T model. The brochure shows the drop down bed as optional on your model. However, the weight limit isn't provided. I'll check a manual to see if it is in there. From what I remember when we bought our Hi-Lo new in 2009, the drop down bed's weight limit was 125-135 pounds (just about the weight of two small children). So, we didn't get the bed and opted for extra cabinet space in its place.
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Jayne and Dee - This question has been asked over and over. I don't believe the weight limit is given in ANY of the manuals. But, I've heard some of the old-timers say it's 300/250/200# (take your pick). Personally, I would not put more than 200# in mine, but it held our two Grandchildren well (combined weight maybe around 125#) I know it can support more than that, but if you look at the framing, I doubt it would safely support 300#.

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All i can say is I ain't sleeping under it
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I found the following information on youtube but don't know if it satisfies your answer for your Hi-Lo.

https://www.youtube.com
in the youtube search box type "Hi-Lo-Overhead bunk"
You'll see the demo for the "24 overhead bunk" and the weight limit will be given later in the video.

Hope this helps. Beach
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Beach, I'm pretty sure HiLo produced those videos, so 350# would be the limit. Still, I don't think I'd want to be under it with an elephant of that size on it.

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Jack, You and I have the same opinion and I am not going to suggest otherwise; I was just giving up information I found on-line. I do believe that the Hi-Lo's that can support that kind of weight were manufactured to that specification at the onset. Any after-market modification would be suspect to me. And like you, I wouldn't trust it even if it was the original specification.

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J&R might know? Someone could email them in their spare time.
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The sticker on my 19' says 300#
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I wonder if they "failure tested" it at that weight? To do it right, they'd have needed to have a 300# person get up there, and move around the way one does when sleeping.If, it didn't show any signs of stress during or after that, I'd take the limit as valid.

This kind of test was evidentially done in the middle ages and was called a "proof test" of a bridge - the engineers that designed it were not able to accurately determine the strength of the bridge, so they'd send a battalion of men, horses, cannons and so on over it. If the bridge didn't fail, it was considered "safe". A bridge in the 19th century collapsed when soldiers marched across it.

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All I can say is I weigh around 260 and the bunk feels perfectly solid to me. It's where I sleep. Far more comfortable than the other two options.

Edit: Just don't forget to put the legs down!
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All I can say is I weigh around 260 and the bunk feels perfectly solid to me. It's where I sleep. Far more comfortable than the other two options.

Edit: Just don't forget to put the legs down!
I made the same mistake the first time I used mine. I found out quickly what those two little holes in the trim were for....
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