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Category: Ramblings

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July 8, 2017
Coffee a Camping Staple

The crackle of the campfire above 10k feet of elevation in the predawn chill of the Rocky Mountains, accented by the massive echoing call of a bull Elk and a steaming cup of your favorite coffee taking in the view from your travel trailer.  That is part of what makes coffee a camping staple in […]

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June 24, 2017
FOB Ollie

With the military many years behind, some of the terminology seems to have remained. I had used the term FOB, an acronym for Forward Operating Base, in a conversation with the Oliver sales manager. Betty and I were describing our camping style and where we wanted to go with an Oliver camping trailer. He listened […]

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June 10, 2017

When we think about some of the mechanical problems we have experienced out there on the open road, we tend to think in terms of flats and fuel filters. This time however, it was a bit different! The laptop is a critical component in our travel trailer for our travels around Americas heartland. We mount […]

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May 27, 2017

Although we were totally excited about our delivery of the new Oliver Legacy Elite. Even though we were knee deep into the item by item check list. Even though various plant workers were hooking it up to our Jeep’s hitch, making sure that the driving lights were correctly operational before pulling out. Even in the […]

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May 13, 2017
Our Early Oliver History

One year, almost to the day, had passed, since Betty and I laid eyes on the first Oliver Legacy Elite that we had ever seen. That had been at the first River Valley Egg Rally, in Van Buren Arkansas. On this particular day, we were at the River Valley Egg Rally number two, with other […]

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April 29, 2017
Axle Count

Just how many do you want to deal with? Over the years, as we came out of the work a day world and into retirement, our RVing style changed to suit our needs. And, usually, it simply came down to just how much “stuff” we wanted to carry with us. Now “stuff” readily translates into […]

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April 15, 2017
Trip Planning with our Travel Trailer

It can start by browsing through a book, or maybe the internet, at any rate, our planning seems to usually start there. We identify places of interest and figure travel distance. Now, you might notice that there is no mention of campgrounds or specific overnighting locations. The plan doesn’t even have an ending point ! […]

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March 18, 2017
Ten Oliver Years Ago

Ten years have went by ever so fast! And, it seems just like yesterday. It was well after dark as we had left the Oliver Plant in Hohenwald. The factory crew had stayed over late to finish up a few things and we hit the road. It had been a long day and candy bars and coffee lost […]

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March 4, 2017
Shopping Bags

Shopping bags galore! A quick way to store, use and dispose of those pesky plastic shopping bags by putting them in the trash right away. Out of sight, out of mind. Yet, they will be readily at hand come bag replacement time! Many Oliver owners are reluctant to put tissue in their black tank and […]

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February 18, 2017

There are washers, and then there are washers, and you don’t have to own an travel trailer for very long before you figure out just which ones work for you. And, you will always keep a few spares around for emergency’s. We are talking about rubber water hose washers, the inexpensive, easily lost and just […]

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February 4, 2017
Freezeproof Camping

Our first year that we work camped for Amazon, was in Coffeyville, Kansas. We had just finished the sugar beet harvest up in North Dakota and the winter weather there had been brutal. It was warmer, further south in Kansas, but we knew that winter was close on our heels. We were camped in the […]

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January 21, 2017
Safety Detectors

It has been our tradition that just after the holidays, usually the first week in January, that we put new batteries in our travel trailer detectors and test them. However a decision that Betty and I made about a year ago came home to rest with us during the wee hours of the morning. It […]

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