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Old 05-22-2020, 05:50 PM   #1
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I am buying a hi lo in a few days ftom a guy whos mom won it on The Price is Right. Its new never been used. Selling for 5100 got it for 3500. Its a model 2204T can someone tell me the age of it. Thanks in advance
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Hello and welcome! If the model number is 2204T, it's a 22ft long model (measured from the trailer hitch to the back bumper) and the model year is 2004. It might have been made in 2004 or 2003 to be in that model year. Sounds like you're getting a great deal.

Plenty of information on this forum, spend some time looking through it.

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Old 05-22-2020, 08:12 PM   #3
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I’m wondering if this was won in 2004. Even though it’s never been used I’d think the tires need replacing just for age.

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Thanks so much. I was sent this also. Are these basic things that i need??
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I hope the winner got a “title” which can be signed over to you at the transaction.

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Yes John. Title in hand
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Thanks i havent been able to get off. Learning so much. I guess i thought i could just hook it on to my GMC Envoy and be done but i think its a little more to it. I guess i have to buy another truck as well. I heard you need a V8 engine is that correct?
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The list you posted in Post #4 appears to be the equipment that is installed on the trailer. Looks to me like it is fully equipped.

You need a tow vehicle that can take the weight the trailer tongue puts on the tow vehicle's axles. You don't necessarily need a V8 engine. The limit is not really the weight of the trailer, which could probably be "pulled" by a V6, especially if it was turbocharged. But the tongue weight is going to max out a smaller tow vehicle's suspension. You would be safe with a "SuperDuty" class pickup truck such as one of Ford's F-250s or a GM or Dodge 2500. Those generally DO come with V8 engines and are often diesels, which will have all the power you need.

I think you also need a Weight Distributing Hitch (WDH) that will transfer the tongue weight of the trailer to BOTH axles of the tow vehicle, rather than leaving it totally on the rear axle. I would suggest a hitch that has a tongue weight rating of 800-1000#. I suspect your tongue weight will be in the neighborhood of 700#.

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From the brochure, the 2204 has a GVWR of 5500 - which is your starting point for your TV (tow vehicle). You need a TV that has *at least* that much capability (though personally I prefer to have a bit more capacity).

Then as Jack stated, you also have to consider max hitch, and max axle of your chosen TV.

Theres a lot of good info out there about calculating this stuff. Check youtibe for some videos on how towing works.

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Thanks guys thus site is AWESOME!!!!!!!! and think. I spent 4 days online trying for find out one thing. What year was my RV. Havent left the site since.
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Sadly i wont be purchasing the hi lo. Someome i know went to look at it a few weeks ago for her mom and she passed because the fans on top were leaking gue to cracks and it wasnt level so the water was going into one side she said the floor in the bath was soft also anothe soft spot i just cant do it. Plus its been up for so long. Im going to pass on this one im super crushed right now
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Don't be sad, I looked for years to find "the right one", since then I've owned three great
Hi Los and have an '86 to restore. I've also been blessed to have worked on a dozen or so with their owners, repairing all sorts of things.
When the time is right, it'll be there.
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I think you made a wise choice. I wanted to go buy it until I found it had been sitting for so long. I e mailed them with specific questions about the condition twice - and they wouldn't respond - big red alert . I'm in Gainesville - where are you -- in case one of us finds a good one.
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Hi Tomikasmom, we have a 2004 HiLo Towlite 17T that we’ve owned since new. It is an amazingly good trailer—we even lived in it (two of us and two cats) for one year after a financial crisis. It’s still in like new condition. I hope you can find something like this!
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Not meaning to hijack this thread, but question for you TreeClimber - I have a mid-80’s Funlite, need to replace the exterior lower trim (the plastic band that runs around about 6” up from bottom).

I can’t seem to find a source - J&R seems not available right now (maybe they’ll come back). Any ideas?
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Too bad about the condition of that trailer - probably a good move to pass on it with the water damage, though.

If you want info on various HiLo models, there's a page on HiLo's web site (https://www.hilotrailer.com/home/then) that has PDF copies of factory brochures from the 1960's through the end of production in 2010 - very helpful if you're looking for specifications or trying to compare models.

We bought a 2nd owner 50th Anniversary 2307C (2007 23' Classic) about 2 years ago after owning everything from Coleman pop-up tent trailers to a vintage 26' Airstream - other than the little tent trailers, the HiLo is easiest towing trailer I've ever owned.

We tow with a 2002 GMC Sierra 1500 - 5.3 V8, automatic transmission, short bed, extended cab, factory tow package (listed towing capacity is 8000 lbs; hitch capacity with a weight distributing hitch is 12000 lbs / 1200 lbs tongue weight, 6000 lbs & 600 lbs tongue weight without).

Dry weight for the 2307C is 4023 lbs (3475 lbs axle, 550 lbs tongue) - we use a weight distributing hitch and a pair of Air Lift air springs on the rear axle (aired up to about 70 psi) to firm up the rear suspension when towing. We've had zero issues in multiple trips - on level ground we average around 14-15 MPG at a steady 60 MPH, and when traffic is light it's all too easy to creep up to 70 or more.
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