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Old 04-14-2013, 11:09 AM   #1
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Question Reseasling roofs and Hi-Lo 24' Ft behind Nissan Frontier

I just purchased a 2010 240D model (or will be making the final purchase this week on wednesday we think). We were looking at standard Ultra Lite Trailers and felt this would better suit our needs because of the 8.5 width and extra room. It is a dual axel with electric brakes. My Truck is rated for 6500# and this is dry 4200. We would not carry water with us until we were close to our camping locations and try to keep the grey and black tanks as empty as well or aat least empty them before we head back out.

Has anyone towed a 24ft wtih a 4.2 V6? It has a larger engine than the Tacoma V6 and I have read that people have towed behind those. We also have a pilot rated at 6000# (brand new on the ridgeline truck frame) but I dont think we will use that to hual it much.

The truck I have is a lease and I plan to trade it in on a full size Tundra or maybe a Titan in the next 1.5 years..... so it would really only need to get us by for one season.

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OHHHHHHH Also what is with this "newly sealed roof" that a lot of people talk about? This one has not had the roof sealed and I wonder if that shouldnot be a negotiation point. It is a fiberglass model that has been VERY well cared for and even raised 4 inches to assist with getting into areas most trailers cannot

Do you have to replace the seal around the outside of the trailer? Is is hard to get parts now that Hi-Lo is no longer being made?

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Welcome and congrats on new purchase. J&R in Ohio has parts but most stuff can be bought at local rv stores or online etc. many folks here with answers and experience but while you are waiting I recommend you peruse old posts and use the search engine. It's amazing what is in archives.

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As long as you pack light like we do you should be okay with the Frontier. If you keep your cargo and passenger weight in both the TV and TT limited to the necessaries the TV will do fine. Limit the trailer weight to 80% of the tow capacity you will have a comfort zone of about 1300 pounds to allow for truck cargo and some power for the hills. We towed our 2310H with an '07 Tacoma with tow package for two years with no problems. The 2310H is about 4000 pounds dry. The Tacoma worked on the hills but I let it downshift and took it easy, it isn't a crime to slow down when required. With the F150 EcoBoost it's a whole different experience, hills aren't a problem and I get better MPG.
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Another thought.

Hopefully with that new of a trailer the roof will not be a problem but check it for leaks. What you WILL NEED is a weight distribution hitch if you don't have one. That will run you 250.00 to 700.00, new, depending on type and complexity. If I had it to Do over I would negotiate that into the price if one is available from the seller. Also, the dry weight of my 2201 is about 4000 with two batteries and air and awning. Hitch weight is around 520.00. Check your vehicles gvwr to make sure that the weight of your vehicle plus people plus gear plus hitch weight does not exceed that.

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We tow a 2408T with our 2010 Nissan Frontier, Crew Cab, 4wd, V6. Our Frontier has a tow rating of 6100 lb. and a Gross Combined Vehicle Rating (GCVR) of 11,133. Full of fuel, with two people on board, and a canopy installed it weighs 5160 lb. So we cannot go to the max tow rating of 6100 lb. because we would exceed the GCVR. We can load the trailer to a max of 5973 lb. This allows us to have the water and propane tanks full and the trailer ready to camp.

It works out fine and I don't see the need to move to a full size truck.

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Incidentally, Nissan requires trucks used for towing to follow the severe service intervals. Among other things, this calls for engine oil changes every three months and (I believe) transmission, differentials, and transfer case oil change every 24 months.

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rthousand,Welcome to the forum. The reason we reseal our roofs is to prevent leaks and costly repairs. Should cost around $100.00 for the primmer and paint. Your HiLo may not need this for a while. It is easily a diy job. Likewise the seal between the top and bottom shouldn't need to be changed for several years. Find the back post with a check list for buying a used HiLo.
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I just purchased a 2010 240D model (or will be making the final purchase this week on wednesday we think). We were looking at standard Ultra Lite Trailers and felt this would better suit our needs because of the 8.5 width and extra room. It is a dual axel with electric brakes. My Truck is rated for 6500# and this is dry 4200. We would not carry water with us until we were close to our camping locations and try to keep the grey and black tanks as empty as well or aat least empty them before we head back out.

Has anyone towed a 24ft wtih a 4.2 V6? It has a larger engine than the Tacoma V6 and I have read that people have towed behind those. We also have a pilot rated at 6000# (brand new on the ridgeline truck frame) but I dont think we will use that to hual it much.

The truck I have is a lease and I plan to trade it in on a full size Tundra or maybe a Titan in the next 1.5 years..... so it would really only need to get us by for one season.

Thoughts?


OHHHHHHH Also what is with this "newly sealed roof" that a lot of people talk about? This one has not had the roof sealed and I wonder if that shouldnot be a negotiation point. It is a fiberglass model that has been VERY well cared for and even raised 4 inches to assist with getting into areas most trailers cannot

Do you have to replace the seal around the outside of the trailer? Is is hard to get parts now that Hi-Lo is no longer being made?

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Here is the checklist for the major things to look out for. Hope it helps.

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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Default Towing Witn Nissan Frontier

I have a 2007/6 speed and it is NOT a good choice. I towed just 15 miles to my home from my office. It may be that the standard transmission is the killer but I won't be using this truck to tow. I'm thinking V8.
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I have a 2007/6 speed and it is NOT a good choice. I towed just 15 miles to my home from my office. It may be that the standard transmission is the killer but I won't be using this truck to tow. I'm thinking V8.
It sounds like the issue is the transmission. My Frontier has an automatic transmission and is a great tow vehicle.
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