Considering a special rebuild but want advice
This is my first time posting. I do not yet own a hi-lo. However, I have been attempting to design a travel trailer for a very unique exterior look - a mobile Tudor style home! Completely accidentally I ran across a hi-lo ad on Craigslist. I noticed that the Hi-Lo design mimics the design of Tudor buildings (specifically the overhanging upper part of the Hi-Lo). The biggest problem I had been having in realizing my vision of a Tudor trailer had been trying to design the overhang. But, there it was all ready for me on the hi-lo!! I am very excited. The next step I took was to join this forum to learn more about the issues and benefits of buying older Hi-lo's. After reading a few posts about what to look for in identifying hi-lo issues on older models I came up with a few questions. First, I know that "canned hams" have wooden framing but that framing can be repaired if damaged (takes work, but it can be done). Are the older, wooden framed Hi-los similar to canned hams in this respect? The hi-lo I am considering is an older model. There is a VERY good chance that the trailer needs extensive reconditioning. However, as I had initially been planning to build a custom trailer completely from scratch, a bit of elbow grease to recondition a beat up hi-lo doesn't intimidate me. I just need to know if it is POSSIBLE or if hi-los get so rotted out that they are irreparable??
Second question I have is if anybody can direct me to any hi-lo owners who have tried extensive reconditioning/remodeling of hi-los and posted info or pics online?