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  1. In conclusion, high praise for the factory. After the rubber strip came loose on my Ollie, I asked them "why they don't simply screw down both ends instead of just one?" Well, I went to the factory today to have them replace the missing strip, and Jason took me to the location in the factory where the strips are installed, to show me that they had already implemented my advice and are now screwing down both ends. I'm really impressed with them for the speed of changing a production issue because of a customers problem. Bravo. Doug
    4 points
  2. No matter what power source you use, 30a shore power, generator or inverter/battery power, you should better understand power management. Your Oliver camper was designed with the 30amp power in mind so your factory installed components are designed to work within the constraints of 30 amps. The inverter option that we currently offer can provide about 15 amps of power to the 120v receptacles before it will max out and shut down. Generators can vary based on their rating but they will be constrained to the 30 amp max that the camper is designed for. How does this impact you or your style o
    3 points
  3. To me, solar is much better than a generator. No noise, no maintenance, no smelly fuel, etc. I can leave the fridge on 12V while we're driving (propane off) and it won't draw down the batteries at all. Yes you get some juice from the tow vehicle but without solar it will still draw down your batteries. How do I know? Driving at night. :-) Like John said you'll need a generator if you are boondocking and need AC but so far we haven't needed it. Beautiful boat, by the way. Do you still have it?
    2 points
  4. The family and I were super excited to take delivery our new trailer last week. Hull #476. Unbeknownst to me the 2 kids decided the name was going to Little Timmy. Why? I haven't got a clue but they won't give it up and I have to say it's growing on me. We are natives to California so we plan on dishing out a lot of West coast Oliver hype! The Oliver folks at Hohenwald were awesome. Thanks for the pizza and keeping the little rugrats entertained during the walk through. Thanks The Barnhardt Family
    1 point
  5. In preparing for the 2019 Owner's Rally I thought that it was time to actually get my new metal tire stems because of my new TPMS and at the same time have the tires rotated and balanced. Two days ago, when I brought TWIST home from the storage facility I noticed that the chrome "plug" in the center of the front driver's side wheel was missing. Upon closer inspection I found that the hub/spindle cap was simply rattling around in the chrome cover on the wheel. Apparently that was the reason the plug was missing. Yesterday I took Twist to a local tire shop and they installed the metal st
    1 point
  6. Thanks Bill. We did have a great time with our micro rally last year and look forward to do it again. We just need to get the May Rally food service done and we will be planning one again. As far as helping anyone who would like to do this in the west or for that matter anywhere, Mirna & I are happy to help you plan one. It all about a plan and working the details. We know the details and are happy to share them. Feel free to PM us.
    1 point
  7. I just inspected and re-packed my bearings too. It was time. I estimate about 15,000 miles on them and I had not looked at them previously. I'll be traveling with new bearings, races, high quality seals, grease and a punch to knock out the races. Don't forget the punch for the races, if you are going prepared to do the work on the road! I was told by the Dexter rep that they used to sell brass punches for this, but no one I talked to could find them in the catalogue. The concern is cracking the race, so the punch should be softer than the bearing race. There has traditionally b
    1 point
  8. I'm constantly telling people about the Oliver company and I always get the sense that they simply think I'm so in love with the travel trailer that I must have blinders on. I guess the answer is that when one does not have any other company that operates the way Oliver does there is nothing to relate it to. Certainly no company can be that good! Well, at least in my experience, Oliver IS that good. Bill
    1 point
  9. Interesting idea. I've not seen it before, but makes sense. Heavy dc wire from 7 pin to battery. I'm assuming there is an inline fuse, somewhere? Never looked.
    1 point
  10. You can also change the plug on a portable solar panel to a 7 pin female plug and wire it to the charge and ground lines. Then you just plug the portable solar panel into the trailers 7 pin plug and your charging on solar. No it does not work while driving but we run the fridge on propane while driving and let the truck charge the trailer. I have done it this way for many years now and never found a need for a separate solar port.
    1 point
  11. With a modern diesel with emissions equipment this is not a very prudent practice, for several reasons. No worries with the generator. John Davies Spokane WA
    1 point
  12. Calypso on a beam reach Sea of Abaco Bahamas
    1 point
  13. If you want the microwave and plan to boondock, you absolutely need solar panels, the inverter and the four batteries. My microwave pulls 75 amps from the batteries for many long minutes....The alternative is to run your big generator a lot, which is irritating to everyone. Solar is dead silent and most always chugs away without any of your attention. If you will stay plugged in most of the time, you do not need it. The people who don’t buy panels tend to be those living in the east, where there are limited places to boondock. If you want to have your Ollie available for a long term emerg
    1 point
  14. If anyone way out West is really interested in organizing a Western Rally I'd suggest besides contacting Hardrock a private message (PM) here on the Forum to Foy and Mirna. Last year they organized an Oliver Mini-rally in northern Florida. Even though they went well above and beyond organizing a dinner and lunch and then had to change a couple of things due to a pending hurricane, I'm guessing that the actual work involved was fair minimal - get a campground, set dates and let it be known to the world. I believe that the old saying - "build it and they will come" - certainly applies here.
    1 point
  15. Space and Rocket Center For those attending the rally, if you travel on I 65 through Huntsville, AL, I would like to recommend a trip to the US Space and Rocket Center. https://rocketcenter.com Here you will see many rockets, missiles developed at Redstone Arsenal and Marshall Space and Flight Center, Huntsville, AL. Miles before you reach the Space and Rocket Center, you will see the top of the Saturn V Rocket. As you near the center, you will see many more rockets and missiles clustered about. A SR 71Blackbird sits by the entrance. If you need to stay the night, within walking
    1 point
  16. Thieves and muggers are lazy and often addicted and they stay in places they know, which is usually urban alleys. You are very safe out in a forest or beside a reservoir. You do need to worry a little about wild animals in some places. Fortunately, unlike a tent, a hard sided Ollie is very comforting when there are bears wandering around at night. This is very rare: https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2018/08/bears-have-prompted-glacier-national-park-restrict-rising-sun-campground-hard-sided-campers For a medical emergency or breakdown, you should have some sort of satellite communicato
    1 point
  17. Thanks for the tips. Which Viair compressor do you recommend? And what leveling system (or systems) do you recommend?
    1 point
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