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  1. The seed was planted for this furnace mod when we grabbed a canceled reservation three weeks out at a Minnesota State Park. This reservation was mid October and when the date arrived the weather forecast had changed for the worse. We stayed for only two of the three days and we received our first snow of the season, 6 inches of wet snow. We had a non electric site and my batteries were having trouble making it through the night and I was concerned about the water freezing in the Oliver. I have already addressed switching to lithium batteries and posted about it on Oliver Forum. Now I want to s
    15 points
  2. Here'a a fun project that provides you a backup 12v Pump for your Ollie. I bought a spare 12V Shurflo water pump to carry with me on our coming long long adventures around the US. I decided to build it into a water transfer pump that I could use for multiple uses and still have a backup pump. Some ways I can use this transfer pump: Transfer fresh water from portable tanks and bladders directly through the Oliver fresh tank port. (This is without using the boondocking port.) Use as a pusher pump for a bladder to the street side water port on the Oliver Use ar
    14 points
  3. I found Oliver trailers sometime during 2017 - I was seriously considering a class C 4wd - of the Elkhart clan. After much consternation - it finally jelled in my mind - the trailer was the more flexible platform - with a 4wd TV. I toured the Oliver factory - visited Oliver at least twice before purchase - and we took Ollie home July 2018. As someone with decades of manufacturing experience - I recognized Oliver was perhaps at the top of the heap in RV manufacturing - but just decent -in the whole. Has my ownership experience been perfect, great, good, met my expectations, or worse. Sin
    11 points
  4. Well - with most of local business shut down for the day, and Ollie in his winter cover - we made Lemonade out of lemons - err, umm a snow couple out of the white stuff. About 3 inches, temps warming up, we will be back to normal by Monday. In the meantime - enjoy and be safe. The bounds couple in white. RB
    10 points
  5. As of a few minutes ago, we now have 5,000 members! Thanks to all of you who join and participate. Especially those of you who are so helpful in answering questions from new members. We appreciate all of you.
    10 points
  6. Oliver makes great products and obviously values supporting a healthy community where owners and interested parties can ask and answer questions, share ideas and otherwise communicate. A big thank you and high marks to the administrators and moderators for keeping the forum on a positive path. Both of these roles can be difficult and often times thankless, but in my opinion are being done consistently well here.
    10 points
  7. As it pertains to newbies queries, let me offer this... I come from a family of tent campers. Travel trailers are a totally new thing to me. I have learned a great deal on this forum, mostly by reading responses to questions posed by others. I found this forum to be an invaluable tool in helping me make decisions regarding my model choice and my tow vehicle choice as well. If not for the patience and understanding of the members of this forum in dealing with newbies questions, many of us may have become frustrated and made uneducated choices. In general, I have a rabid disl
    9 points
  8. Long install post- I decided it was a gorgeous sunny North Carolina day and just a good day to install the new tinted glass and blind I ordered from Zarcor. I made this a stand alone post as this window install was a bit different from other installs I have read about here. It appears the Lippert now uses a sealant on the exterior window frame which adheres the frame to the door frame opening. They also use a similar sealant on the interior of the exterior frame, which holds the glass FIRMLY in place inside the window. I could not remove the old opaque glass from the old frame. I decided sin
    9 points
  9. Pick up day was long... I am currently camped at Davey Crockett Park. Yesterday I drove from Austin and stayed in a VRBO near Henderson. Drove to Hohenwald this morning and took a factory tour this morning. Lunch in Hohenwald at Southern Skillet, and then back to the Sales and Service office for payment, and walk-through. Walk-through took a little more than 3 hours. I left the Oliver Sales and Service facility at 4:30. I made a quick stop at the local auto parts store and I drove a portion of the Natchez Trace to the Davey Crocket park. Beautiful drive. Arrived at the park after da
    9 points
  10. A big thank you to Topgun2 aka Bill for his recommendation/suggestion on this modification👍🏻👍🏻. The install is fairly easy. The holder is metal and is fairly stout and can be purchased on Amazon. I happen to have some left over pieces of 8mil paint protection in my shop so I installed 4X4” pieces just below the holder to eliminate any keys scratching the gelcoat. We will likely only hang our keys or fobs there while camped and not while under way. A few photos of the product and the install. Thanks again Bill now our key fobs finally have a home. Not that I have ever forgotten where I put m
    8 points
  11. Patriot, if that's where you're making your martinis, I hope you don't mind if I skip your cocktail party at the next rally. 🤢
    8 points
  12. I have stumbled upon something while doing my humidity and temperature testing that should be of interest to those with the xantrex 3000 getting the occasionally persistent [20] error. First, my Xantrex remote had been working for well over a week. On the 14th, I purposely discharged my battery down to 60% and then back up to 80%. When I got to 80% I tripped the cutoff switch between the Xantrex and the batteries to stop the charging. That immediately caused the [20] error. I left it with the [20] error because I didn't know how to make it go away and it hasn't seemed to cause any pr
    8 points
  13. Some of you have had questions about a recent announcement that there will be a recall of some Cooper tires. We have contacted our distributor and are happy to confirm that the size of tires included on both the Legacy Elite and Legacy Elite II are not included in Cooper's recall. We hope this information helps put you at ease!
    7 points
  14. I can confirm that the state park north of Ouray has daily site fees, vehicle fees, and coin operated showers. We stayed there for a week during the summer of 2019 while attending a Land Cruiser event based out of Ouray. This is a photo of the view out of our Oliver door.
    7 points
  15. OMG. The Houghton is quiet. Really quiet. Just got it installed and hooked up. I'll post more info later but a very quick measurement with the unit running in heat or cool with high fan was about 64-65 dBA. The Dometic was about 78 dBA on my unit, so this very rough, unscientific measurement indicates the Houghton is less than half as noisy as the Dometic. The heat pump feature is a nice addition. OTT are you listening? Probably can't hear me over the sound of your noisy Dometic A/C 🤣
    7 points
  16. FWIW as this is not the exact same problem as most are having with the Xantrex XCPro 3000. I noticed that I was getting the “20” warning code several days after delivery of my new OTT. Long story short, my issue became no charging of the batteries from shore power. I tried checking all the Xantrex switches, the breakers, the cables, etc. to no avail. I finally downloaded the Xantrex Bluetooth app off their website, and after pairing, went to the settings menu and noticed that there was a switch pertaining to charging from the tow vehicle which was on “auto on” . I thought that’s odd becau
    7 points
  17. Here are some pictures of the various things we've been sharing ideas on in this post... First, a boring picture of the 6" vent I put in for the "bilge fan" under the front dinette seat. Again, I wanted a way to move conditioned cabin air throughout the basement (hot or cold) that was independent of the furnace fan - which cannot be run without heat anyhow. And the fan itself. You have permission to laugh at the bungee cord installation. It's temporary for now until I find a good way to mount it permanently. Ugly but it is working! 😉 Here's the rem
    7 points
  18. Cool, I 2nd, 3rd, & 4th the sentiments above. We were a Sept 2020 PU date, and all but one of the issues we had were associated with understanding what we were reading/viewing from Ollie Univ. And the Library they give you with the delivery. The only Non-User issue we had, Ollie Service was able to explain how to resolve, and I fixed it and we were good. If you actually have a Non-User issue, well OTT Service is a phone call away (and if you are at DCSP, a short trip away), and they will walk you thru a resolution or be "Opening up a Ticket , to resolve it. On the F
    7 points
  19. Just an update, did as Cvh suggested and put on a new end cap. The water pump work perfect after replacing the end cap.
    7 points
  20. FWIW - During a meeting back in September (2020), I was advised that Oliver was doing a couple of "new" things on the quality control front. First was a "tablet" based system that required all quality control issues/items to be inspected and approved at each stage of production along with another "final" inspection being done at the end of production. This system then allowed management to focus on any repeated "fails" or "exceptions" in a virtual real-time basis and be able to identify exactly where the problem occurred. Then, partly due to a TN State requirement plus the quality
    7 points
  21. Hmmm, it seems to me that somewhere in the Owners Manual it says that the husband was supposed to get up and crank up the thermostat 30 minutes before wakeup time..... at least, my wife has told me that several times. I am the one who reaches up to turn on the water heater switch, but I can reach that without getting up. Our thermostat is the old fashioned kind, where the husband IS the remote. John Davies Spokane WA
    7 points
  22. I have said this before and I will say it again, camping under a tarp, in a tent or any sort of a RV is a participation sport. So be prepared to get involved. I bought a 6 month old Oliver, so I didn’t get an orientation at the factory. And the Oliver is my first RV. Although we did rent a 24' class C in Alaska for 3 weeks in 1999. So I really was a newbie and I still am. The little I do know about RV's is what I have learned here on the Oliver forum and other forums that I sometimes visit as well as the things I have learned myself playing in my OTT. I have been called an "Oliver
    7 points
  23. Making my way back to Central TX after 2 nights at David Crockett. I am currently camped at the Clear Springs campground on Wright Patman lake near Texarkana. Thanks @Mike and Carol for the recommendation. All is good in Ollie-land.
    7 points
  24. We had our first boondocking experience this past Friday when returning to Texas from picking up our Oliver. It was a short overnight stop through Harvest Hosts (our first time using them) at Melrose Plantation in Melrose, LA. Just parked in their parking lot and the next morning after breakfast we took a tour of the plantation before heading home. It was a fun stop with lots of history. And look at the size of the 150 year old trees with resurrection fern growing on them.
    6 points
  25. I believe he's suggesting that since you don't tow with a diesel (as many of us do) you don't technically have a dog in this race.
    6 points
  26. We always welcome newbies with a legitimate interest and questions (we were all newbies at one point). 🙂 This forum helped many of us make our buying decision. And yes, a big thank you to the moderators here for keeping this site pretty focused.
    6 points
  27. I was on the phone with Xantrex tech support for well over an hour yesterday. Jason had contacted them and they asked to speak directly to me since there were many questions about my configuration, what buttons I had pushed, what load I was running for the test.... etc. In summary, here's what I found (I relayed everything to Jason): 1. The tech thinks the [20] error code that I can create every time by throwing the breaker between the inverter and the batteries is normal (sort of). He thinks that by having the battery "ripped" out from it's control causes a normal loss of communi
    6 points
  28. We were camped with Sheri this past week at Lake Livingston State Park near Houston. She has resolved some issues and is heading back to TN to have Oliver take care of some. We had a nice visit and I think she is doing better. This RV life is so new to her with lots to learn, frustration happens easily. Mike
    6 points
  29. TESTING SO FAR (the past two days) - 1. I have connected water and tested pressure from kitchen faucet and bath. I have installed a basic Camco blue water filter and a Valterra brass pressure regulator (with the adjustable dial). I have found no leaks, but not sure I would since the leaks would likely be between the inner and outer shells. I also installed the Oliver-supplied quick connects on the white supply hose and the city water and fresh tank inlets. QUESTION - for those of you that use the quick connects, do you have a cap that covers the inlets while you are travelling? Roa
    6 points
  30. For what it is worth, I bought a Ford F-250, XLT 2019 model. In doing my research I found a huge price difference between the XLT and their top of the line model. A few options brings the XLT up to a very well equipped vehicle for a reasonable cost. I found a 6.7 diesel with the suspension upgrades and nice trim options I wanted...and even preferred over the top of the line models. You can add the chrome upgrade option, trailer towing package, 4 door, bucket seats, large nav screen, and a number of other features and still be 20,000 under the top of the line models. one thing to a
    6 points
  31. Hey, that looks familiar - I second (third?) the recommendation. It’s a good match for the Ollie, well made, and extremely useful.
    5 points
  32. We have a 2020 Tundra Limited Double Cab TRD 4x4 with factory tow package and 38 gallon fuel tank. It has a tow rating of 9100 lbs. which is the lowest rating for the model year due to the off-road suspension and increased fuel capacity. We will be accepting delivery of our Elite l in early June. If we max out the 5000 lb. GVWR of the Elite, the Tundra should handle it easily. Even with a full water tank, partial waste tanks, and full LP bottles I doubt we would ever reach 5000 lbs. unless we loaded it with cinder blocks. We pack light anyway. We were going to get the Anderson
    5 points
  33. I prefer shaken ice cubes in my tank...not stirred!! 🤣
    5 points
  34. As a teenager, we had a Ford Country Squire station wagon (like the one shown in the lower right of the pic above). It must have been as long as our F-350 pickup! It had a huge fuel tank - I remember filling it up and it took $10 worth of gas . . . . What was gas then . . . . . 30 cents a gallon or less? I'm sure it would have pulled an Ollie . . . . but probably only got 6 mpg. Wouldn't this look great with an Ollie in tow?
    5 points
  35. Ok, thanks to @SeaDawg's comment above about a software setting to turn the charger off, some kind of neurons fired (or misfired) in my head and I thought of the post I had read from @Dgsmithyesterday about his issue with the charger ignition control "setting" being wrong - not allowing the inverter to charge the battery. Well, I went out and tried toggling this software setting and it works. I can turn the charger on and off with the software setting!! No more [20] error code, no more reaching under the bed all the time to toggle that relay - and its great IF it isn't causing any other uns
    5 points
  36. Just be very aware that your receiver is a whole lot weaker than a steel one of the same wall thickness. Expect cracking in the corners and lots of wear inside. Additionally, the wall thickness at the grooves for the retaining ubolts is now very small. It is highly likely to break there! I think it is a most dangerous modification! I suggest that you replace it with a steel receiver ASAP. John Davies Spokane WA
    5 points
  37. No problem at all. I ordered 4 units (feet) of the cable, which is item No. K650016 and 1 termination kit, which is item No. K651001. I used some heat shrink tubing that I had as well to do an even better job on the cable termination and wiring ends. I also used a 3 amp fuse and 14 gauge red wire for positive and yellow wire for the negative connections. Oh, and some corrugated, split wire loom tubing to protect the wires (same stuff OTT uses everywhere on the wiring). Oh, and the cable turned out beautiful. I carried it around and showed it to my wife and my son and the pets I was s
    5 points
  38. We picked up our new OTT in November. It’s our second camper, but our first new one. It was also a pretty big purchase for us. Like you, I got pretty spooked by reading about folks having issues with their new campers. Part of the problem for me was having 5 months of waiting til we took delivery during which I could obsess about OTT on this platform... which I did (still do.. )... which lead to worries some times, second guessing at other times. In the end I realized that buying an Oliver is much like anything else.. you just have to hope you get “a good one”.. A camper that was built by folk
    5 points
  39. For the most part, and for many folks, annual maintenance is probably it. And, you can have that done at your local rv shop, too. Campingworld, or local shops, offer good prices on winterizing and annual checkup. As in most new purchases, you may have a few hiccups. That's why most of us strongly recommend some time not too far from hohenwald the first few days. Here on our forum, we seem to attract a lot of the extremes. The brand new, never ever had an rv before, or, the technical geniuses, highly experienced rv owners. On balance, it's really nice we have both, but I can see wher
    5 points
  40. Here are some prints of the main parts needed to mount flaps. i just want to make a couple of points to maybe help someone making this mod. The first one is to remind people that this is a wonderful custom built trailer and like snowflakes they may look the same but each one is unique in it's self. I strongly recommend that you take the print and build a mock up out of a stiff piece of cardboard or a thin piece of plywood. Then put up in place and check the fit of the mount holes and how it aligns with the fender well. This way you will see if adjustments to the holes need to be made. The part
    5 points
  41. UPDATE on the Tundra (4WD, SR5, with 5.7L V8) The Tundra pulls the smaller Elite 1 great. The larger gas tank, the bigger engine, make the tow actually pretty pleasant. I am really happy I upgraded the tow vehicle.
    5 points
  42. Lake Ouachita State Park near Hot Springs, Arkansas last week. This is our second time here, very nice park!
    5 points
  43. Bill, by design the tanks are very low and long, and the openings are toward the back, so having the tongue raised a few inches helps with getting all the fluid out. John Davies Spokane WA
    5 points
  44. Tire pressure, and other stuff- I think that Oliver delivers the trailer at 80 psi because that is industry recommendation, assuming that the trailer might have a maximum load, which might need the maximum psi. It is up to us to make an educated decision as to how to operate our equipment, and to listen to industry and user experts. How many of us follow the manufacturer's recomendations on anything without evaluating the purpose if the manual makes confusing or misleading statements? Other delivery issues do not have such a justification. While my main job was being a firefighter, I have
    5 points
  45. This video is of the B52, B1 and B2 bombers that flew over RayJay before the Buccaneers Super Bowl 55 victory. And if you add all of B's up you get 55. Somebody had their thinking caps on when they put the fly over together. Watch the left side of the picture for the B1 and B2. They were blocked by the trees. The B52 flew right over the house. Mossey 20210207_182926.mp4
    5 points
  46. What a great topic and yes! 👍🏻👍🏻 We are chomping at the bit as they say in the equestrian world ready to go. We are already watching temps and ready to de-winterize Ollie. I am planning on replacing our Ollies rubber valve stems with (5) steel stems I ordered from etrailer. I also plan to replace and install the black window seals and clean window track as needed. Other than normal maintenance and visually inspecting our Ollies caulking and a full systems check, everything is a go, and we are ready! Happy Camping Season!
    4 points
  47. I reset the inverter first and got it working properly with the remote before installing the firmware, although it probably doesn't matter since you have to power cycle the inverter as part of the upgrade process anyhow. I just haven't been able to figure out why the "power" button on the inverter works sometimes and not others and I suspected the remote [20] error may have had something to do with it so I did a hard reset first. During the firmware upgrade itself, I was able to use the power button on the inverter to do the power cycle since I had done the hard reset first. 👍 You actu
    4 points
  48. Photos, as promised The embroidered dish towels were my evening projects; I had fun with these. The brightly colored table cloth is from our camper van The final photo is looking into the cabin from outside. I love the navy Gorilla door mat. It picks up water and debris off incoming shoes (mostly the husband's as I can't convert him to "no shoes"). It easily shakes out and is machine washable. The back is non-slip. 24" x 17" is the perfect size for inside the door. It can also be placed in front of the shower door for a bath mat. https://www.amazon.com/Gorilla-Grip-Or
    4 points
  49. Also remember that with the Andersen Weight distributing hitch installed and adjusted, some of the tongue weight is distributed to the Oliver as well. A visit to a CAT scale would be in order to dial in your tire pressure.
    4 points
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