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Old 05-16-2013, 06:25 PM   #1
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Hi Folks. I have been looking online at HiLo's lately and came across one today. It is a 2810H and the price is $15K. The salesman went to the unit and walked through it and said it is pristine inside and out and has no odors inside and everything is dry. I put a deposit on it (it's in another state) and am checking it out now. I found this website and joined and now find that the company closed up 3 years ago. This doesn't concern me too much because I believe they have a good reputation. I have owned two 5th wheels and a tow behind in the past so I wanted the low profile camper for towing. I am hoping to go to Alaska and back from Texas this summer plus do some other local camping in Texas.

Should I be concerned about buying this unit? I thought the price was great so that's why I jumped on it. I would appreciate your comments.

I have read through several of the threads and am happy to be a part of this community. Good folks here.

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Hi Ray; Welcome to the forum. We have a 2805C. Took it to Alaska in 09. Don't worry about the company closing as no problem getting parts and service. Most parts are common to RV's. The lift system parts are also common hydraulic parts. We got 16+ MPG on the 12,400 mile alaska trip. I don't keep up with prices so can't answer their. I paid $16000 for mine in 09. Is in great condition. Love it and the way it tows. Get back with any questions about the Alaska trip and the HiLo. We are going back to Alaska in 2014. Will want a report from you when you get back. Check out the HiLo ralley in MN in June and come up.
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On 2010 hi-los have a curve front window, the plastic propane covers rub the front glass and leave marks/scratches. Look at this when you pick it up. Don't use one or use the factory fiberglass one. Congrats on your new camper!
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Thanks for the replies. I will look at the front for evidence of rubbing.

Where is the rally in Minnesota? Is this a national gettogether for HiLo'ers?

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The rally is national and is in Hinckley MN. Look here on the forum under "events" for information. Its well worth going to. Inspect around the front window to make sure it is well sealed. If not use lexel sealant to reseal.
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Thank you for the help. I had found the info and unfortunately we have a conflict that weekend. Maybe we can make Colorado next year.

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Hi Folks. I have been looking online at HiLo's lately and came across one today. It is a 2810H and the price is $15K. The salesman went to the unit and walked through it and said it is pristine inside and out and has no odors inside and everything is dry. I put a deposit on it (it's in another state) and am checking it out now. I found this website and joined and now find that the company closed up 3 years ago. This doesn't concern me too much because I believe they have a good reputation. I have owned two 5th wheels and a tow behind in the past so I wanted the low profile camper for towing. I am hoping to go to Alaska and back from Texas this summer plus do some other local camping in Texas.

Should I be concerned about buying this unit? I thought the price was great so that's why I jumped on it. I would appreciate your comments.

I have read through several of the threads and am happy to be a part of this community. Good folks here.

Blessings

Ray
This was taken from NDgent's post here on the forum. It is a great go-by list. You can do a search of thinking about buying and find his post to read it first hand.

Basically, start with the visual items
1. Exterior
Look for water stains and discoloration on inside walls and around ceiling anywhere vents, skylights, windows, etc. exist.
Push and prod with your hand on the inside walls for soft spots (which could indicate a water leak and a damaged or rotten interior wall).
Check for bubbles in the wallpaper (a sign of delimitation or water intrusion)
2. Interior cleanliness of the unit-
Look for water stains and discoloration on inside walls and around ceiling anywhere vents, skylights, windows, etc. exist.
Push and prod with your hand on the inside walls for soft spots (which could indicate a water leak and a damaged or rotten interior wall).
Check for bubbles in the wallpaper (a sign of delimitation or water intrusion)
3. Test appliance functions
lights
fans
refrigerator
air conditioner
heater
water pump
range hood
stovetop
oven (if equipped)
microwave (if equipped)
stereo (if equipped)
4. Lift System-
Does the unit raise and lower properly
Check the lift system for hydraulic leaks (puddle under the trailer)
Check the lift cables to see if they are in good shape and not frayed
Check the seal between the upper and lower body halves for tears or damage
5. fill the tanks to the top and check for leaks
6. Battery
7. Solar Panel (if equipped)
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