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Old 07-29-2010, 03:13 AM   #1
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Thor's former Hi-Lo Trailer Line closes shop

Trailer Life Magazine: Follow the Road to Adventure

Before we got an Airstream we had a Hi-Lo. Sorry to see it go. It was a unique trailer.

”In light of the current economic situation and the downturn in sales of recreational vehicles, Hi-Lo Trailer can no longer continue to operate,”

Hi-Lo, the company that originally brought late Thor Industries Inc. chairman Wade F.B. Thompson, into the RV industry, manufactured a unique telescoping travel trailer that used a push button hydraulic system to automatically raise, lower and lock the top that fit over the lower portion of the trailer when in travel mode.

Thompson ran Hi-Lo for three years before he and Orthwein acquired Airstream Inc. from Beatrice Foods, beginning to build Thor Industries into a national power.
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I never had a Hi-Lo, but I always thought that they were neat. I, too, am sorry to see them go.

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How sad, we followed a Hi-Lo on the highway last night and where talking about it being owned by Thor.

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Old 07-29-2010, 07:44 AM   #4
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I had a TrailManor which lowered to Hi-Lo height for towing. It towed well, but there are simply too many inconveniences that come along with a trailer that lowers. First, a quick bio-stop required raising the top. Second, there are so many compromises to allow it to fold that, long term, it becomes wearing.

One of the worst things was that road dust permeated the curtains which are trapped between sides when lowered. There is no way to totally seal the gap at the bottom of the top section.

Interestingly, TrailManor is now producing mostly non-folding box trailers. They had some really good weight-saving ideas and the box trailers are probably pretty good.

I wish Airstream would be as innovative as TrailManor.
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:44 AM   #5
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Had a Hi-Lo Before our Airstream. Like it ,best part it could fit in Garage. Now i have to pay monthly fee to store.Was thinking of going back to 23 ft.Hi-Lo. Sorry to see them close. But the people on the news say the economy is "Better"
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Interestingly, TrailManor is now producing mostly non-folding box trailers. They had some really good weight-saving ideas and the box trailers are probably pretty good.

I wish Airstream would be as innovative as TrailManor.
I looked at Trailmanor's Elkmont hard-sided trailers. 24 feet and just under 2500 lbs dry. Nice floorplan with a fixed front "queen." All composite construction. (I think the folding trailers remain the bulk of their sales.)

The Airstream Scout prototype used similar construction. I wish AS could build a trailer similar to that Elkmont, just making it more stylish and adding a few more windows...

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We, and some friends, considered the HiLo.. but decided the whole empty/remove/replace/reload cabinets at every stop was not for us. Sorry to see them go though, since they are non-mainstream and different. I heard at The Rally the retro campers are doing poorly and will be discontinued, bummer as we have a friend very interested in the all electric Shasta.
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Our first travel trailer was a 1986 22 foot Hi-Lo. Purchased it used and sold it for more than we paid after using the heck out of it. Sorry to see them go.
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But the people on the news say the economy is "Better"
Some parts of the economy are better... but consumer spending remains poor, because so many folks are out of work and others are buried under a lot of debt. What this country needs is jobs, not cheaper crap from abroad.

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We looked at Hi-Lo too, when we got into the market for a trailer. But up here in Canada, they barely had any representation at all, and you never saw them for sale used, or out on the road.

I guess in the end, it was the glamour of the silver Twinkie that got us.
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