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  1. 3 points
    Jason, I, for one, am thankful that you take the time and resources to try to maintain the forum website and wish to applaud your efforts. A little anticipated down time for maintenance is not only acceptable in my mind, but actually mandatory in order to avoid bigger issues down the road which could have much more considerable impact on the forum members. What do they say, "A stitch in time....". During the downtime I can do other things like catch the news, weather or even prepare a cup of coffee or pour a glass of wine for my wife. All good uses of my time. Thanks again for all you and everyone else at Oliver does for us. I continue to be a Happy Camper. Hobo
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    Hi y'all, Early this morning our host by our request migrated our website to a new dedicated server box, however we have some unexpected results and malfunctions. We have since reverted back to the old server while we work to figure out what caused the malfunctions. The reason for the migration is we're moving to a larger server mainly due to the growth of the community and traffic. Keep in mind we're doing our best to keep all topics, replies and comments backed up and moved together - this is why we chose to move very late at night / early in the morning. We're working out the details for the next attempt at a successful migration with minimal downtime. We'll keep you posted! We apologize for any inconveniences and thank you for understanding. - Oliver Team
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    So is there a good reason why Oliver uses the cable type over the old chain type of safety chains. I only see it as they curl up making them harder to use, true they don't drag on the ground when not in use, but I've always found a place to hook the chains on the trailer tongue somewhere. I will probably change mine out unless someone can tell me the cables are better and give a good reason for them. trainman
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    Andrew Our goal is to be selling all 3 models at the Quartzsite Rally in January. If that is correct, I anticipate we will have all 3 for sale to the Oliver community before then. We have made a number of modifications that will improve the functionality and efficency of the trackers. Watch our website for updates. coy
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    We do the same, Shallowgal. Having the cold sink in the fridge really helps cut the cooling time.Double bonus, in summertime in Florida, its great to have those big ice blocks in the home freezer for power outages. We found some flat 1.6 gallon or so water containers at Walmart that really help the cooler stay cold, too. Tough to find block ice anymore. Sherry
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    Here's my procedure - Empty water tank. Open drain valve, both faucets, Truma drain, and turn on pump. Raise trailer nose and tilt trailer toward curb side. Allow to drain until empty, then turn off pump and faucets and close Truma drain and drain valve. Lower trailer nose to back level and tilt trailer slightly to street side. Mix ½ cup of bleach into 5 gallons of water. Set pump valves and pump all five gallons into tank. Reset pump valves to normal operation. Begin to fill the remainder of the fresh tank from the city water connection. While tank is filling, turn on pump, and run each faucet, both hot and cold, until you smell chlorine and all the air is out of the system. Allow tank to fill until water flows from the overflow by the door. Let sit for 24 hours. Turn on pump and run both faucets until all water is transferred to grey tank. Refill fresh tank . Let sit for 48 hours. Empty grey tank. Refill fresh tank and repeat step 5. Empty grey tank again.
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    Just to clarify my position, a little background. Our Toyota Land Cruiser requires a weight distributing hitch for the load of a LEII. The Oliver is our first RV, Trailer or camper we have owned. We have rented a class C before and that helped with the decision of what I wanted to own. I started out wanting an Airstream after seeing a vintage 16 footer that was probably a Bambi, in a camp ground in Northern California in 2001. It was as shiny as a mirror and was pulled by a red 1954 Ford F-100 and that set the hook. I watched Airstream's both vintage and newer and never found anything I could afford without getting divorced, as my wife wanted absolutely nothing to do with camping after about 1980. She was quite comfortable staying in cabins in National Parks or hotels nearby. We visited about 70 of the properties within the National Park System in that fashion and she was quite comfortable with that arrangement. So I faced an uphill battle in my desire to purchase my own motel room. I saw my first Casita in 2005 while visiting my mother in Ottawa, IL. After talking with the owner, I set off in a different direction, fiberglass. And although the price point was within reach, I still struggled getting approval from the WAR department. So I kept looking and dreaming and stumbled onto Oliver's shortly before Chris and Cherie of technomadia fame were upgrading from a TAB Trailer to an Oliver Elite and that really lit my ?. I started following Oliver’s from afar and remember the red and black Elite's being offered for sale in Quartzite and then production stopped and Oliver's were very, very scarce. Fast forward to 2014 and Oliver's were back in production and then Krunch and I met Mountianborn at a rest area north of Tampa in 2015. Larry gave me a great tour of the EliteII and Krunch showed her displeasure by staying in the car. Then in 2016, we stopped by Hohenwald on our way back from buying the Land Cruiser in Kentucky and Krunch and I visited the sales office and the factory. We had turned the corner, my persistence was beginning to pay off and my plans were coming together. I volunteered for early retirement in November 2017, leaving 5 months earlier than planned and immediately found a 2017 LEII for sale. I ignored it for a month as my dream was to order my own and I was waiting until the first of the year. In December I talked Krunch into going to Georgia just to look. Of course we bought it and went back in January to pick it up. Now that I have made a long story longer, let's talk about the Andersen. I knew I needed a weight distributing hitch prior to buying the Land Cruiser as a tow vehicle. I ordered an Andersen from Amazon, saw a couple of postings about the center frame connection and also saw it in Andersen's installation guide. Using information from JD's center frame how-to, I picked up the additional truckers chain and miscellaneous hardware needed. We put the hitch together in a parking lot after picking up the Ollie and headed home. We stopped about 50 miles down the road and tightened things up and it’s been all good ever since. Sure, it is sometimes difficult to connect or disconnect. Andersen's YouTube videos have helped with that aspect. Sometimes I have to throw a tarp down and loosen or tighten up the nuts, no big deal. And I am sure that sometime in the future, I will have change a tire on my TV or the Ollie while parked on the side of the road and it won’t be fun. But when we get to the next camping spot, it will be forgotten. Then the first cone made some noise and Andersen sent me a new and improved one, no questions asked and no charge. I have purchased other Andersen products and always felt like they have value. I gave the Andersen rep's that attended the 2019 OTT rally a locking drawbar pin that I could not unlock anymore and a month later a new one was at the house. One thing I have discovered in my limited RVing experience is that it is a participation sport. Sure we could all go to a lodge somewhere and have someone else light the campfire fire, but who, here on this forum does that? There may be better options than the Andersen weight distributing hitch, but I’m not looking for it. I have to have one and I am quite happy with mine. Sorry to take up so much of your time, but you asked. Mike
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    Hi John, This post will help you: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/maintenance-website-migration/ The migration took place very early in the morning 3-4 am. The above post explains the rest. Thank you for understanding!
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    I stumbled across this tutorial while reading about a Balmar battery monitor and thought it contained some excellent information. Although the article is really about re-bedding deck hardware on boats with through bolts and butyl tape, I thought the discussion about drilling holes and finishing with a countersink bit would be of interest to other OTTO's. And the Balmar battery monitor also looks like an interesting product. https://marinehowto.com/bed-it-tape/ Mike
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    The good news is I figured out how to get the shipping for a $10 part down to $3 instead of the $6+ that USPS charges in one of their "if it fits it ships" boxes. Charlie Y
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