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Old 07-27-2014, 10:08 AM   #1
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1969 Hi Lo Bon Voyage 209 overhaul

Just wanted to start my build thread. Just started gutting it this weekend, Here's some pics:

Bringing her home.






Shots of the interior before cleaning and gutting



Kitchenette on Street side






Original dealership sticker, zanesville oh.


Original Hi Lo sticker


Let the gutting begin!


Removing some of the unneeded appliances to make room for a queen sized bed, maybe king.


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Old 07-27-2014, 10:18 AM   #2
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Where's the pics?
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Old 07-27-2014, 03:03 PM   #3
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Our first camper was a '72 Hi-Lo. What a great camper it was! We pulled that thing all over the place!
I hope you enjoy yours as much as we enjoyed ours!
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Old 07-31-2014, 07:09 PM   #5
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Made some progress tonight. Shortened the galley and dresser to make room for the queen bed.







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Rebuilt the sink cabinet and removed the old fridge today. Found lots of muddobber and wasp nests that were still active! Surprising there wasn't some sort of screen material behind the grates. Hardest part was getting the old fridge out the door. I had to remove the lower door and the trim on one side of the door and also the door of the fridge to get it out of the trailer.



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Nice work! This will be a neat rig when you're done. Purely out of curiosity, what lift system is this one equipped with?
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Nice work! This will be a neat rig when you're done. Purely out of curiosity, what lift system is this one equipped with?
It has a hydraulic pump that pulls 4 cables at each corner. Theres a switch in the closet to the left of the door that raises and lowers it. Takes about 10 seconds to raise or lower
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Just a quick update of the sanding I've been doing, quite a difference, pretty nice wood underneath the faded sticker paneling.

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looks good
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It's looking really nice!
Hi-Lo had always been known for the high quality of the materials and construction of their units.
This is evident in the fact that you are restoring a 44 year old camper with relative ease. The structure is all made from steel tubing. That's likely why it's held together for so long. The downside is they are extremely heavy units for their size.
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It's looking really nice!
Hi-Lo had always been known for the high quality of the materials and construction of their units.
This is evident in the fact that you are restoring a 44 year old camper with relative ease. The structure is all made from steel tubing. That's likely why it's held together for so long. The downside is they are extremely heavy units for their size.
yeah it's definitely not light, about 2900lbs on a 20' trailer. It tows very nicely though, I was surprised by how much having the top lowered down made a difference.
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yeah it's definitely not light, about 2900lbs on a 20' trailer. It tows very nicely though, I was surprised by how much having the top lowered down made a difference.

Yeah, the one we had was bigger, it was around 3500 if I remember correctly.

I agree about the towing, I couldn't believe how easy it was to tow. Wind resistance makes a big difference!

The only complaint, or issue, was forgetting something on the counter when lowering the top down. Other than that though, it was a great travel trailer!

It's a shame Hi-Lo went out of business a few years back, I can't say I would ever buy one again if they where available, but I certainly wouldn't balk at the idea either.
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Finally got some paint down, going for a 50's theme kind of, been looking at travel trailer paint jobs and wanted to do something wild.





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