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Old 01-26-2012, 08:01 AM   #1
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Default 100" wide Classic HiLo

From all I've read, some states prohibit "extra wide" rv's, ie 100" wide rv's from some, or maybe most of their secondary roads.

Has anyone ever had a problem with this in any state? Is it something states don't enforce, unless an "extra wide" is involved in an accident?

On a more practical front, what type (how large) of mirrors are needed? Do most of you have the removable, clip on type of mirrors when towing?
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:11 AM   #2
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We have never had a problem with width thruout the US, Canada and Alaska and on ferries. We have the extendable mirrors that came on the pickup and also use clipon mirrors to get a better view.
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:20 AM   #3
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I have never heard anything about the width restriction. I would say that applies to commercial vehicles, but I don't know about RV's. A can see where certain roads may have width restrictions just like having weight restrictions for bridges.

Mirrors need to extend far enough to be able to see past the trailer. State laws differ on what they require. I think you should apply common sense and use mirrors that will provide you with the best view. Even though I don't have them yet I think the strap on type of mirrors are the ultimate. I am holding out for a new vehicle with telescoping mirrors. Presently I have one mirror that hooks onto the driver side mirror with the rubber straps and the other sticks to the passenger side with a suction cup. They are okay but I would not recommend them to anyone with any trailer bigger than a popup. They are marginal at sticking out far enough.
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I believe most, if not all, Hi-Lo's are at the 96-98 inch width range.
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:23 PM   #5
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Hi Atlee,

When Hi-Lo was making the 100" wide models, I checked one out at our local Hi-Lo dealer (at that time in El Cajon, CA). Without my asking the owner of the dealership volunteered that some states had restrictions regarding trailers that were over 8 ft. wide. That was back in the 90's, and many states have since relaxed their regulations regarding big-rig over-sizing... so I would be surprised if a 100" wide low profile travel trailer would even be noticed by anyone knowledgeable enough to be concerned about size restrictions.

When I lived in Oregon in the early 1980's, I built a 10' utility trailer. I followed a trailer dimension/safety guide provided by the DMV. Oregon law set the maximum width at 8' for that type of trailer. When I went to get it titled, the only measurement they took was the hub to hub distance. Not sure my experience with this is relevant to Hi-Lo's, but it was apparently important to the State of Oregon at at that time.

Bottom line: I don't think I'd worry about the 4" extra length now days.

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Old 01-26-2012, 05:24 PM   #6
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Most or many of the Classic models were 100". I doubt if any lawman is interested in the width of a travel trailer. He has bigger fish to catch.

Added note: Add on another 4" for the awning.
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RichR -- Thank goodness that awning is on the curb side when towing!!

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Default Need help with hilo cables

I have a 2007 30' hilo. I have popped the side cables our of the outsides. I am think the cables may have been to tight. I have had the pulleys welding back in place. Should I loosen all the cables completely so this won't happen again? I would appreciate a suggestion.Or perhaps you know someone in Colorado that can service this problem. Your help will be appreciated. Also do you know where I can buy a service DVD on the HiLO's? Thanks. Marilyn Claycomb. you can also email me at mrwalsh1937@hotmail.com and I could maybe call you if I need more help.
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Hi Marilyn,

I've sent an E-mail to one of my fellow Rocky Mountain Hi-Lo Club members regarding your lift system question. He and his lovely wife, as do most of the Club members, live along the Front Range in the greater Denver/Colorado Springs area.

On your behalf, my question to him was if, to the best of his knowledge, there was a former Hi-Lo dealer somewhere in their area that was still capable of diagnosing and repairing a lift system problem.

I included your E-mail address, so he may contact you directly. If not, I'll relay his answer to me.

Since this is off topic, I'm copying it over to a more appropriate Lift System thread. Please post any replies there so Marilyn's question isn't lost in General Discussion.

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If im not mistaken, the federal trailer width at the widest part (awning,gutter) is 102" I could be wrong, but this is what i was told when i was building trailers
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According to this chart most states are 102". I assume this info is somewhat correct.

http://www.towingworld.com/articles/TowingLaws.htm
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