Hi-Lo trailer - up and down of these - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-03-2017, 02:33 AM   #1
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Hi-Lo trailer - up and down of these

So looking at some HI-LO trailers and wondering what is the general consensus of these fiberglass and metal trailers? Seeing a few in the area in the $10k to $15k range.
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Old 04-03-2017, 03:11 AM   #2
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There is a Hi Lo trailer forum. I've seen 2 or 3 on the road or in camping areas. Interesting concept but you might not find any on this forum.
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Old 04-03-2017, 03:55 AM   #3
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Think the biggest thing I've heard about them Kevin, is that they are very heavy. Have to agree with Jack, you may want to check out their web site for better info. Being that this site is dedicated to molded fiberglass trailers, you may not get to many positive answers to metal trailers but who knows...
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Old 04-03-2017, 04:23 AM   #4
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Think the biggest thing I've heard about them Kevin, is that they are very heavy. Have to agree with Jack, you may want to check out their web site for better info. Being that this site is dedicated to molded fiberglass trailers, you may not get to many positive answers to metal trailers but who knows...


They are 90% fiberglass body. I think.
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Old 04-03-2017, 05:51 AM   #5
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This site is about all-molded fiberglass towables. The "all-molded" part means coach bodies are produced in large molds, forming a frameless, self-supporting shell. That's a bit different than trailers having a wood or metal frame covered with a fiberglass skin. Hi-Lo is conventionally framed with a fiberglass skin, which is why we don't know too much about them here.

They seem like the right choice for someone that needs a garageable hard-side trailer due to HOA restrictions. As said, they are heavier than a molded trailer of similar size, which somewhat negates the towing advantage of the low profile. And, of course, the exterior seams and lift mechanism will require additional maintenance compared to an all-molded trailer. I have a good friend who used one for many years and liked it, but we never camped together.

As said, you will be more likely to get feedback from folks with first-hand knowledge of Hi-Lo trailers on a general RV forum or on the Hi-Lo owner's forum.

Best wishes!
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Old 04-03-2017, 06:47 AM   #6
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We actually own a Hi-Lo now, this is the member forum: Hi-Lo camper travel trailer forum
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Old 04-03-2017, 08:01 AM   #7
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I guess they're back in business after going out in 2010? I almost bought a 2009 15'er. Glad I didnt. They were expensive- apx $5K more than the Scamp 13'er that I DID buy. Plus, later on, I saw a 17' HiLo at a local dealer and it was delaminating HORRIBLY. The dealer told me they were bad about leaks with the way they were designed!

IF they're back in production, hopefully they corrected/revised the design.

For what it's worth, it is NOT a fiberglass trailer. It is a telescoping LAMINATE basically made like the other Jaycos, Keystones, etc you see on the road.

Forget HiLos and go for an Escape...the next trailer of choice in the Scamp/Casita arena for 13-19'ers. In my opinion though, the Scamp 19'er is one of the ugliest-made campers on the market. But that's just my opinion.
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Old 04-03-2017, 08:19 AM   #8
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Hi-Lo made a very good product. Like so many manufacturers, the cheap products put them out of business.

They only require basic maintenance like any other trailer with youtube videos from Hi-Lo that explains all the required maintenance.

They are not like Jayco and Keystone, etc.

Let us not forget that any trailer, ANY, can leak around the windows and all roof openings, this includes a fiberglass molded. If someone is looking for an RV without maintenance, they will be disappointed in any unit out there.

While OP entered the forums, as many have, without realizing the difference between molded fiberglass and fiberglass exterior, I see no reason to be critical of a product that is unfamiliar.

I have directed the OP to the Hi-Lo forum and have offered to answer any additional questions from our actual experience. I have followed Hi-Lo throughout for a good 20 years and delamination is rare, kind of like the rotted floors in molded fiberglass trailers, so.........

For some, a molded fiberglass TT is either too expensive or too small for their purpose. Right now, we have 3 adults and 2 larger senior dogs, just 2 months ago, I got a tour of a Scamp 5th wheel and I realize at this point, there was no way a molded fiberglass would suite our needs, in time yes, right now, no.
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Old 04-03-2017, 08:38 AM   #9
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If I'm not mistaken, the OP DID ask about the general "consensus" to which I gave mine. My opinion is based on my personal experience with both the HiLo, the HiLo factory and the dealer that sold them. I even test-pulled the 15'er with my 4-cyl. and it pulled GREAT! They have their place but NO comparison to the FGRV's here- Scamps, etc. And they are made (laminated) like the Keystones, Jayco's, etc. The only difference is, they're basically cut in the middle and have a mechanism installed to raise and lower the top half.

The other two downsides to the HiLo vs the Scamp/Escape/Casita was, it was heavy and expensive!! I'm not "bashing" the Hi-Lo, just stating facts.

And, I will reiterate, it is not a "fiberglass" trailer and this is for the most part a "molded" fiberglass trailer forum. Everyone is welcomed here and as far as I can tell, most help others....even if it may be something they dont want to hear.

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Hi-Lo made a very good product. Like so many manufacturers, the cheap products put them out of business.

They only require basic maintenance like any other trailer with youtube videos from Hi-Lo that explains all the required maintenance.

They are not like Jayco and Keystone, etc.

Let us not forget that any trailer, ANY, can leak around the windows and all roof openings, this includes a fiberglass molded. If someone is looking for an RV without maintenance, they will be disappointed in any unit out there.

While OP entered the forums, as many have, without realizing the difference between molded fiberglass and fiberglass exterior, I see no reason to be critical of a product that is unfamiliar.

I have directed the OP to the Hi-Lo forum and have offered to answer any additional questions from our actual experience. I have followed Hi-Lo throughout for a good 20 years and delamination is rare, kind of like the rotted floors in molded fiberglass trailers, so.........

For some, a molded fiberglass TT is either too expensive or too small for their purpose. Right now, we have 3 adults and 2 larger senior dogs, just 2 months ago, I got a tour of a Scamp 5th wheel and I realize at this point, there was no way a molded fiberglass would suite our needs, in time yes, right now, no.
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Old 04-03-2017, 08:43 AM   #10
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Offroad, they're not "90% fiberglass" as you think. I went to their website to look at the new model they're advertising and here's two "bullets" out of their "Standards".
  • one piece seamless rubber roof
  • laminated fiberglass side walls
Wanderer 17 | New Trailer Models | Hi-Lo Trailers



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They are 90% fiberglass body. I think.
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Old 04-03-2017, 08:45 AM   #11
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The ones I've seen were all older and had metal skin. Looks like the new ones are fiberglass panels. The design obviously offers some nice options for storage in a garage with limited height clearance. One downside I see to the design is the limitation of access to the trailer when you are on the road. I stop every so often and go into the trailer for a beverage or something. Our trailers offer instant access with no need to perform any set up before you can open the door.
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Old 04-03-2017, 08:45 AM   #12
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Was there another company that made a trailer similar to the Hi-Lo. I think I've seen one with a different name.
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Old 04-03-2017, 08:53 AM   #13
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TrailManor.... it actually "folds" in a way. Known for leaking ...especially when you're trying to set it up in a rainstorm.... another expensive trailer!

http://www.trailmanor.com/


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Was there another company that made a trailer similar to the Hi-Lo. I think I've seen one with a different name.
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I just saw on another forum a link to a 1969 Hi-Lo for sale in NJ for $1800. Has a emblem that says "Traveler" which I assume is the model, perhaps designates length. Saw a real big one in GA this winter in a campground.
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