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  1. For years now I have tried to tell those "working folk" I run into just how stressful retirement is. After they initially laugh I go on to explain that since they are working they have a fairly good idea of exactly what their day will bring. They know when they will get up, what they will wear, probably what they will have for breakfast, where they will go, what they will do, maybe even where they will eat, what time they will head for home and what they will do when they get there. We "retired folks" don't necessarily know many of these things and we have to make decision upon decision
    9 points
  2. I chimed in on the topic of transporting bikes on the rear of the trailer last year. My Background/expertise comes from being an executive at Yakima Products for 20 years. I'm impress with some of these creative and eloquent solutions. I simply want to voice to proceed with an abundance of caution when engineering bike soultions that attached to the rear bumper of any trailer. As I stated before, the forces at the rear of a trailer are magnitudes greater than at the hitch of your tow vehicle. The axle of your trailer is a giant fulcrum/pivot point and the rear of your trailer is the launching
    7 points
  3. Best low cost addition to the Ollie that I’ve made is this plug holder for the 7 pin connector. Keeps the plug off the ground and dry when set up at the campsite. Purchased from etrailer.
    6 points
  4. Because most of the better bike racks come with 2" receivers, and customers who buy better trailers tend to also buy better bike racks.
    6 points
  5. John The mainstream RV wiring are like rats nests Airstream included Oliver has the best wiring I’ve seen. I’ll admit wiring is one of my weak points. The Oliver is easy traceable A least my 2019 Ollie is.
    6 points
  6. It's the middle of the night & Fido needs to go out. You want to be able to grab a flashlight without the need to turn on a light. This Command Broom Holder is the answer. Plus, it stays put when rolling down the road. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01G1Y42H0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_-YJJFb4833X8E
    5 points
  7. Perfect weather for picking up Hull #676! Staying one extra day at DCSP.
    5 points
  8. This isn't a gadget, but it sure is handy to keep around. Shoe Goo. My favorite hiking boots, and my favorite waterproof shoes, have both had issues with the soles coming detached in places, in the last few years. The stuff is waterproof when cured (24 to 72 hours). It's messy and true to it's "goo" name. Goes on like sticky putty, but it really works. Best if you have a way to clamp it while it cures if you're fastening the sole to the boot.
    5 points
  9. Thanks for the offer of trays. A Milk crate and Rubbermaid tote ( probably from Renys) are part of the set up. I built a rig to wrap 50’ of electrical cord around that will keep it under control with a compartment for misc small electrical stuff.. I’ll probably build a box for the tools I want stowed in that area as it enables me to get it exactly the size I’m looking for.. it’s all pretty prototypical, we’ll see what works and what doesn’t and fine tune things after the first road trip.. You’re right about the anticipation.. we’ve been having a ball getting ready ever since we placed our or
    5 points
  10. Hydrogen Peroxide to bubble organic matter from weep holes seems to be easier than pipe cleaners. Put 1-2 tablespoons of first aid grade hydrogen peroxide into the window troughs. Hear the fizz? Wait 5 minutes. Use a paper towel and q-tip to remove most of the icky stuff in the trough. Slowly pour about 1/2 cup of water into the trough to finish the flush. If you are successful, you will see water coming out of the slits on the outside. Don't pour the water too fast or you will have a wet mattress.
    5 points
  11. Here are some in-production pictures I took mid August during our tour. It might give you some idea of the hidden wires that are between the inner and outer shells before they are put together. We were very impressed with the quality.
    5 points
  12. Thanks for the kind words regarding my craft. I consider an Oliver the best blank canvas to create a personal space of your dreams I make countertop upgrades for the Oliver along with other organization options. My countertops are relief cut so they sit down on the cabinet not on top of it, this is a classic look of fine cabinets. I offer Mahogany, Mahogany & Maple Strips, Poplar stained grey or dark brown to match the Oliver flooring option and Walnut with or without live edge. Below is a link to my PDF catalog and some sample pictures of my craft. It I can craft something for you p
    5 points
  13. Here’s my favorite item for under $20, an Aukey night light. We got it for $17.99, but it is currently $19.99. We get up to pee at night, and when we first got our Ollie we left the inside courtesy lights on as a night light. We quickly discovered that this produced too much light, especially in the sleeping area. We then tried a battery powered candle on the dinette, but it also produced too much light, and it chewed through batteries at a prodigious rate. I then discovered the Aukey night light. Instead of batteries, it is rechargeable via micro-USB. With our overnight use
    5 points
  14. I’m way overdue introducing myself, but I guess it’s better late than never, as I joined the forum a few years ago. I have been researching and thinking about RVs off and on ever since. I finally came to the conclusion that an Oliver Elite II was the best choice for me so I put down my deposit last month. Much to my pleasant surprise, Anita gave me some early build dates so my pick up date is early February. I thought I might have to wait until late spring or early summer. 😁 I’ve done tons of tent camping ( go figure..I’m an Army retiree) and pop up trailer camping (mostly during my
    5 points
  15. The odds of finding an Oliver, in good shape, is great. It is the odds of finding a used one at all is what is slim. And if you find a used one at all you better be prepared to respond and act immediately. The word is out about the quality of the Oliver, and the wait time for a new one. Do not expect a used one to be a super bargain. They seem to hold their value well, and maybe even appreciate.
    5 points
  16. I am... 36 more days..
    4 points
  17. I go down to the camper in the winter. Turn on the heater, turn on lights, turn on the tv, maybe watch a movie. The solar has snow and ice on it. Usually around 13.4 on the meter when I leave. The sad part is when I forget to turn off a light. Now get dressed again, after dark of course, find a flashlight, wade through fresh fallen snow. Only to find out it wasn't a light after all, it was just a reflection of the moon on a window. Just like camping.
    4 points
  18. We keep the heat register below the curbside bed closed all the time, to try and force heat forward. When camping with electric hookups, we use the Vornado heater that @Mike and Carol recommended here. Overnight we plug it into the outlet at the side of the nightstand. In the morning, we plug it into the outlet next to the bathroom door, and point it into the bath area for half an hour or so. Works well to heat up the bath. When camping without electricity, we use the furnace overnight. Then in the morning, we use the Vornado to heat up the bath for half an hour. Here are my
    4 points
  19. Just picture the captain of the starship Enterprise asking the computer for "tea, earl grey, hot" and getting a plate of succotash from the food machine.
    4 points
  20. We stayed at Davy Crockett 2 nights. Yes pickup was at new sales Center but it will be 2 more weeks before they complete remodeling. Pickup was wonderful and informative but they didn't have electricity in delivery area yet, at least where we were. Also if you are seeing this we just got our name in forum updated to our Ollie hull name Pilots Lounge. N0673. Hope to meet other Ollie Owners in our adventures.
    4 points
  21. Susan, here is a photo of the full curtain rod with curtain. In the photo the cabinet door is down to show it opens fine. I installed the rod prior to a recent two week trip In which we only used our trailer bath facilities and it was not a problem. There is a photo near the top of this thread showing an install under the cabinet but I think that might be more of an issue hitting your head getting up from the toilet. As for the adhesive tape it is also used on outdoor applications so moisture should not be an issue. I think the bigger issue might be if I ever wanted to remove it.. With th
    4 points
  22. While nothing is entirely theft proof, when camping and especially boondocking in places where expensive gear is exposed, and especially vulnerable while away from the campsite (esp inverter generators), one way to heavily discourage a would-be opportunist, is a bolt-cutter proof lock and chain. Pictured is a 1/2” chain and lock. It would take a cutting wheel to break it. This chain is from Tulsa Chain. The lock is a Viro. We worry a lot less about our gear things are secured with it.
    4 points
  23. I'm of the opinion that our trailers have plenty of clearance, for most people. They are not Aussie outback trailers. They also don't carry that 110k plus price tag of the Bruder. We have camped for 13 seasons, in some crazy places, without issue. We use common sense, take it easy, and live with our choices. There are some here who would like different features, different suspension. I'm not one of them. I love the comfort of my trailer. The sturdiness. The feeling of home . But then, we don't want to go rock crawling, intentionally. We did it a few times, uninten
    4 points
  24. One of the "problems" I've encountered when talking to people about the Oliver Travel Trailers and the Oliver Company is that most (if not all) of these people have never actually had dealings with either a product like the OTT nor the Company that makes it. You can tell people about "no sales pressure", "no hassles", "they stand behind the product", "they do what they say they are going to do", "If its their fault - they will fix it", etc. But, certainly all of that "stuff" has just got to be marketing hype - nobody really does business like that these days. Well, Oliver ain't perfect, but
    4 points
  25. On the former two inch Oliver rear bike rack "platform" - that was basically two 2" receivers with an aluminum 2" square tubing platform attached. I was told why they discontinued it - and previous comments seem to be incorrect. I have one- that I installed, and it is a great piece of equipment - certainly capable of holding a goodly amount of weight. Others have have similar devices fabricated and installed on the Oliver - they have been featured on the forum - a search will get you there. Where I a new purchaser - I would forego the Oliver rack - and have one built (probably
    4 points
  26. Not sure how the switch from U.S. made Trojan batteries to the basically no-name Chinese produced batteries jive with your statement. I agree that some of the changes have been positive, but this is one that (in my view) is not.
    4 points
  27. Three owners here for service & one potential buyer enjoying a beautiful evening in the Oliver parking lot.
    4 points
  28. I am a big fan of HASKO suction cup fasteners (hooks). We use them for paper towel holders, kitchen item storage, hanging clothes, and other uses. Adhere strongly to Oliver fiberglass and can easily be moved around as needed. No glue mess. No holes. A simple suction cup attaches to wall. d as needs change. Can get them from Amazon.
    4 points
  29. Free is good too! A fair number of USFS (US Forest Service) campgrounds use a water pump that requires the person doing the pumping to also hold up a valve that diverts the water from a "drinking fountain" into the spout where you can fill your water container. Unless you were a gymnast this can be rather difficult to do. Sticks, pebbles and other assorted forest debris can be used to prop this valve in the open position but if you happen to have the "tab" from a can of soda or beer it works perfectly for this purpose. In addition, it gives you yet another excuse to pop a cold one.
    4 points
  30. The dual fuel, inverter champion we got from Costco is quieter than all the Honda/Yamaha inverters I've run into at campgrounds. I know you've been mostly looking at those, but I see quiet brought up a lot in your post so I thought I'd mention it. It's a little bigger than the 2200 series you are looking at, but it also can power the air conditioner at Gros Ventre (6000-7000') without a problem and no voided warranty to be able to run propane. It's not showing in stock now, but it pops in and out of stock as they get shipments. https://www.championpowerequipment.com/product/100204-3100
    4 points
  31. I measured the Attwood Air Command inside sound levels, using the same Decibel Meter app on my iPhone 6S, I did not remove the case (Otterbox Commuter). The trailer was inside the RV bay, AKA The Hanger deck, plugged into a 20 amp 115V wall outlet. All 110V AC breakers inside the trailer were turned off except for the air conditioner one. The app was set to measure dbA, which is what the human ear hears. I zeroed the display before each test. My system is different, it has Low/ Med/ High/ Auto fan speeds. The cabin fan runs off one small motor up on the roof The compressor runs off a se
    4 points
  32. It's really nice for me to see "Mountainborn's topic" pop up in my feed. So, thanks for that, Susan Huff. Larry and Betty, (mountainborn) were the original Ollie pioneers. His grainy cellphone youtube videos brought a bunch of us into the first 50 ownership group. They're both amazing people, with vast camping, life, and outdoor experience, and we feel blessed to count them as friends. Sherry
    4 points
  33. This key chain ready Olight 3EOS is hands down one of the best little lights I have ever owned. It’s extremely bright and is an excellent lamp unto your path. We have several.
    4 points
  34. In 2006, I rode my bicycle unsupported across country to celebrate my 50th birthday. Sure it was repetitive and God-awful long across the prairies, but those are some of my fondest memories of the trip. I remember with great affection the flint hills of Kansas, camping under infinite skies, combines to the horizon, golden bales of hay. I suspect that creating these unanticipated memories are why many of us got our Ollies in the first place.
    4 points
  35. You probably know this, but it's not a good plan to skip the chains based on planning to simply sit out any snow events. There are some roadways where they're required to be in the vehicle all season long whether they're required to be on the tires at the moment or not, and you never know when you might get caught in an unexpected snow squall. You sound like a cautious and well informed individual so this is likely not necessary input 🙂 but it seems worth mentioning in any thread like this for folks who may not have spent much time in western states...
    4 points
  36. I don’t pay too much attention to tow vehicle topics on the forum, but I am watching the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series and just saw the Hummer Electric Truck commercial. I didn’t remember seeing any discussion about it here previously, so I searched the forum and didn’t see any topics about it here. This surprised me because you guys are normally pretty talkative about trucks and I think any truck with 1000 HP might get at least a whisper, even if it is electric. Mossey
    3 points
  37. My plan is to replace my tires (BF Goodrich) next spring/summer when they go over 5 years. I was also thinking AT’s.
    3 points
  38. That info is obsolete. See the section for Black AGM on the attached. The codes are stamped on the top, near the edge, middle of longest side. TROAJN-BATTERIES-MANUFACTURING-DATE-CODES.pdf
    3 points
  39. That is good to know. And, this happens more and more to me. My wife uses technical terms like “thingy” and uses her hands to show motion, direction and shape. Then, like magic, I remember the step I left out.
    3 points
  40. One final post about my issue or non issue. It was all my fault. I forgot to reinstall the neutral bonding plug back on the generator/inverter that I removed while we were in transit to our first campsite on this fall trip to NY. I give credit to my wife, Paula, for asking a few questions that triggered thought about removing it. It was over a year ago that I experienced it after trying my Honda eu2000i inverter to see if it would power the A/C with the ezStart capacitor and I simply forgot the symptom. David
    3 points
  41. I requested from Service some of the stickers that the are putting on the new units. Jason told me where to place them. Basically they point to the metal frame for lifting points. Basically I think the placement would depend on the unit and year model. A quick check with Service would confirm placement. A great item that might save the frame if you weren't present during a lift?
    3 points
  42. If you are thinking of adding a shower curtain as seen above, I just installed the rod like described by Overland but used 3M VHB tape to secure to the wall. I cut the threads off the screws and glued them in place to make it appear to be screwed to the wall. Came out real nice and the wife is pleased, so I'm happy.
    3 points
  43. I’m not sure if you were asking for information about PDI or not, but the following link will provide some additional information. Their phone support is excellent and a call provided all the information I needed. https://www.progressivedyn.com/support-manuals-troubleshooting-guides/ The previously posted picture for Leisure Time Distributing has a phone number in it and they are very helpful and a great company to deal with. Mossey
    3 points
  44. Just 10 minutes ago I took this pic and had to share. No, I'm not in the Oliver but the pic is from the deck of the beach house.
    3 points
  45. Highly unlikely that you'll get Oliver to make that change. It's a DIY job for sure. Besides, Oliver's m.o. for the past two or three years has been to carefully study what owners want, have researched, implemented, are satisfied with, etc., and then do something different.
    3 points
  46. An accumulator tank is a water chamber which has a pre-pressurized internal air bladder. They are installed on the pressured side of your pump and dampen water pressure 'spikes', reduce pump cycling, help increase the pump's life and also save battery power.
    3 points
  47. 13 minutes ago I'm sorry. I just don't get this aversion to the midwest. I grew up in New England, wentbto school in Colorado, worked fro Wyoming Game and Fish in the Tetons, grew oysters on the coast of central California, worked in the Turks and Caicos Islands for 2 year, run a pan-Caribbean ngo, and have worked for Florida Fish and Wildlife doing marine research in the Florida Keys for the last 35 years...all beautiful places...and I think the plain states are absolutely gorgeous. Have you seen the buffalo grazing in the tall grass prairie? Or watched a thunderstorm rumbling
    3 points
  48. Hi Lexi, thank you to you & Oliver! As a quasi event planner in a previous life, I learned to capitalize on someone else's legwork. My suggestion is to find out where other RV groups hold their rallies & go from there. We're heading west next year & hope we can work this into our itinerary!!! Chris
    3 points
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