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  4. We’re in northern NM just outside of Durango and this rig pulled in last night. The badge on the front says Ford. Other than the US flag there art no other markings. It’s also cold here, 19 degrees this morning.
  5. djpinaz - Drop Matt Duncan an email at - mduncan@olivertechnologies.com - I'm sure that he will be able to help you get your hull # plate. Bill
  6. Congratulations. We’re in Arizona (Mesa) and have a 2014, hull #62! If you need any assistance being so far away I’m happy to help in anyway I can. I’ve asked someone at Oliver for a hull plaque a couple times and in spite of them saying they would send it I haven’t yet... Darren
  7. Not a problem.... I don’t really care for it here either. I prefer your side of the mountains... which is a big part of us wanting to be able to hook up and get away. Initially, my plans were to sell and leave after I retire, but the grandkids have come (9 in 6years) and grandma is becoming reluctant to leave. I guess she can always come visit me : )
  8. Oops, I misread your NW to mean NE. Senior moment, I apologize. No offense intended, I just don’t like the crowds (and climate) on that side.....I have a sister who lives up on the hill 1 mile west of downtown Portland. John Davies Spokane Wa
  9. Thanks Overland. The only thing I’ve been given by the dealer is a serial number... hopefully that’s it. If so, this is #061. Thanks again for the quick reply.
  10. Hey John, we live west of Portland in Hillsboro. Thanks for the info on finding the hull number.
  11. Welcome. Oliver customer service sent out complementary gold metal Hull Number placards last summer to all owners, I believe. I put ours in the entrance above the main switch panel. So you might see one stuck somewhere. If not, send them an email with your personal info for their records, and ask for a Hull Number placard. Where do you live? I am very fond of that half of Oregon. Not so much the Wet Side.... John Davies Spokane WA
  12. For a 2014 model, the hull number will be the last 3 digits of the VIN, which you’ll find on a sticker on the front left of the trailer. Congratulations on the new purchase!
  13. I assume that you’ve checked for any obviously loose bolts or screws. If no one can provide you with a quick fix, I’d give Oliver a call on Monday. I’m certain that they’ll take care of it.
  14. My wife and I are in the process of buying a 2014 Ollie Elite II which we found this weekend in Arizona. I’ve been looking at them for years, and wasn’t going to pick one up just yet, but when ran across the listing and saw that it had most of the upgrades I wanted, I decided what the heck let’s leap and join the Ollie family. Still need to finish the buying process this week and then figure out how I’m going to pull off a last minute trip to the Phoenix area to bring it home. I had a question for you all... you talk about you hull numbers... are these marked on the trailers somewhere? Looking forward to reading the many posts here in the forum and learning as much as I can. This is our first RV... I’ve had a boat for 20 years however. Mike and Deb
  15. So we have used our awning maybe 5 times since we purchased 441 less than a year ago. We were camping locally this weekend when my husband said the awning is sloping left. We got home and opened the awning and it really slopes and doesn’t close completely on the left. We have used this sweet camper only 4 times due to a hectic 2019. Take a look at this video and tell us what you think? Oh we never noticed a sloping before. IMG_7484.MOV
  16. Wow, really nice Don. But I think I'll stay with your ex. She so cozy and warm. Still loving it so much. Mary R.
  17. Hey Ctshort, did you install the Sumo Springs? I’ve heard good things about them and think this would be a good thing to install on our 2017 Tundra 1794. In the process of buying a 2014 Oliver Elite II, and plan on towing it with the Tundra. Thanks, Mike
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  19. Wowza! Thanks to all who replied to my question. The specifics are very helpful, and much appreciated. We want to see exceptional sights, while also being super efficient with our me time. We hate sitting in traffic so anything that “feels slow and congested’ is not our cup of joe.
  20. I would like to second the comment about being prepared for nasty winter weather, even in the summer. Always have emergency gear along, including abundant water, some food and a sleeping bag for each person. The Beartooth Highway out of the NE entrance is a truly amazing place to visit. But it may not be open by the time of your visit. This is from last summer.... https://www.powelltribune.com/stories/stranded-motorist-rescued-from-beartooth-mountains,19307? Folks from less severe climates just can’t believe that they might face four foot drifts in June..... Go prepared. John Davies Spokane WA
  21. Maverick - You'll like that Grizzly campground - clean, nice showers, nice people. Hopefully you will get a spot over in the southeast corner in that it backs up to NFS land and you can take a hike, walk the dog, and its a bit quieter over there. However, there really isn't a bad spot in the entire place. If you get bored with YNP or are looking for something a bit different then take a look at driving north/northwest to the Hebgen/Quake lake area. Last year in taking a short hike out of the Cabin Creek campground there was a mother griz and her two very cute cubs climbing the west side of the canyon not 50 yards up the trail from the campground. There is a decent laundry in town with free WiFi and the coffee shop right across from the larger of the two grocery stores has good pastries and coffee. Bill
  22. Since the Fishing Bridge Campground inside Yellowstone NP is closed in 2020; we made reservations for a trip there this year at the Grizzly campground in West Yellowstone. According to the person I spoke with at Grizzly campground they are filling up fast.
  23. After having had a Pex Elbow fail while camped in the middle of nowhere (details HERE in an earlier Sharkbite thread), I recommend all owners get Pex repair parts and tools in advance. After my experience I suggested a crimping tool with clamps ($26.99), and some brass elbows ($8.99) from Amazon. Also some 3 foot segments of Pex tubing from any hardware store; Amazon seems to sell Pex in 50 or 100 foot rolls. I also keep my Pex stuff in the water pump compartment.
  24. I would echo the previous comments about western South Dakota. The Black Hills/Custer St. Park/Mt. Rushmore region is not to be missed if you haven't been there before. As for Yellowstone, try to avoid the Memorial Day weekend holiday (from Friday through Sunday). The park fills up with local and regional visitors. Memorial Day itself is not a bad day to check into Yellowstone, since most of the "locals" who occupy the park that weekend head back to their homes to go to work on Tuesday. Actually, anytime that week is not a bad time to be there with regard to crowds. However, be aware that you'll be in high elevations, and any type of weather can occur there that time of year (cold front with blizzards, or sunny and 70's in the daytime---it all can happen). It looks like you'll be heading west on I-90 from South Dakota, then south at Livingston, MT, on HWY 89. If that's the case, you'll be entering the park at the north gate at Gardiner, MT. If you truly are looking at just two days in late May for Yellowstone, camping is typically better on the north or west side of the park, as those areas receive less winter snowfalls and have typically melted out to a greater degree than the east and south regions of the park. If it were me, and I wanted to stay "in the park" as opposed to one of the gateways, with my entry point at Mammoth, I'd shoot to reserve two nights at the Madison Campground (14 miles east of the park's west entrance at West Yellowstone, MT). This is a concessioner-operated campground (Xanterra) and is reserve-able. If I actually had only one day to see the park, I would drive the "Lower Loop" of the park clockwise, from Madison, to Norris, to Lake, to Old Faithful, then back to Madison. That will afford you the opportunity to see most of the major sites in the park, and then you'll be positioned to exit the west gate on your way to Oregon. That loop drive will take you all day to complete (if you take time to make stops/take short hikes, and see much of major features). The reason I suggest the "clockwise" route is that you should reach the Canyon area mid morning when the lighting on the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone/Lower Falls is the best--truly spectacular. Likewise, you most likely won't reach the Old Faithful area until late afternoon, but that's good because most of the "midday" visitors to that area will be heading back to their various villages/gateway communities for the night. Thus, you'll miss the most crowded part of the day, and again, the late afternoon lighting is best in the geyser basins and through the Fountain Flats area. In case you haven't looked these up at, the NPS campground schedule can be found HERE And, here is a schedule for the Xanterra campgrounds: 2020 Campground Dates Campgrounds Opening 8am Closing 11am Bridge Bay Campground May 15 September 7 Canyon Campground May 22 September 20 Fishing Bridge RV Park Closed Closed Grant Village Campground June 5 September 13 Madison Campground April 24 October 18 Sorry for the lengthy comments, but hope they help. Have a great trip!!!
  25. Yeah, the lines around the West Yellowstone/Geyser area were pretty bad when we went through a few years ago in mid to late may. The north entrance was bad as well. I wondered at the time if the best way to tackle the park would be to stay at Teton and drive up each morning.
  26. Problem is that a lot of the connections in the Ollie are in too tight of a space to get a full sized crimping tool in there to use. I've got a crimping vice that you can use with a pair of vice grips that gives a bit of flexibility, but it's a pita in its own special way. Plus there's far more room for user error with crimps - I'll leave those to the guys who use them every day - PTC fittings are just so much easier. I've got a few connections on my water heater though that are too close together for PTCs to work. And naturally, those are the only ones I've had fail on me. I keep telling myself that I'm going to make up a pre assembled piece of that whole assembly for a spare, but...someday.
  27. I am OK with Shark Bite push fittings, other than their extreme cost, but much prefer their excellent crimp type rings. They are stainless ratcheting and dead easy to install with their tool. They will work with any standard pex fitting and can be removed with a twist of a pair of pliers. They are about $5 for ten rings. This type of ring is perfect for home and irrigation use, up to 1” diameter. https://www.sharkbite.com/products/stainless-steel-clamp-ring If you go with the push fittings be sure to follow instructions as to seating depth. Use their pipe cutter to get a square clean end and BEVEL THE END. If you don’t, it might cut the oring and possibly leak. They say you can reuse fittings but I personally would not trust it. I have made perhaps 150 pex and irrigation connections over the years. The only leaks resulted from push to install fittings. One proved to be very costly to repair. I would never ever use one in a hidden location like inside a wall! John Davies Spokane WA
  28. All of the supply side pipes are 1/2” in my 2017 LE2. Home Depot and Lowe’s stock Pex pipe and fittings. There are push type fittings, such as SharkBite and also crimp fittings which need a special crimping tool that will work with Pex pipe. Cold water pipe is blue and hot is red. White pipe is also available. Some people do not trust SharkBite fittings, but I have used them at home and never had a failure. They are great in emergencies.
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