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  1. Having received the Dexter recall I rushed out to buy my first ever torque wrench. I thought I got a pretty good deal for $15 from Harbor freight but then received a flyer that it was on sale for one day only for $10. After I sheared off a 3/8 drive extension I now have a new 1/2” universal joint and extension. After making sure everything was tight I decided I would still take it to Bubba's trailer repair and Jerky stand to get it checked out and have some official paperwork for the recall. They decided they wanted it in one of the repair bays so I unhooked and watched my baby hauled off by tractor and backed in missing the side of the concrete block wall by 4 inches. I decided to hang around for a look see. The first guy grabs his impact wrench and starts for the wheel. I pipe up saying that the job does not require taking off the wheels. A second guy shows up after having presumably read the recall instructions and says something in Spanish and there was no more impact wrench wielding. Now the search began for an extension. I offered one out of my tool box but at this point the service manager came over and told me they had a very nice waiting room. I observed from afar and they were done in 30 minutes. Now to drag it out of the bay and hook up. Well the trailer would not come off the ball of the tractor. This led to repeated slamming up and down on the jack. I couldn't believe it. The moral of the story...If you have a good shop for your Oliver, buy them lunch once in a while and leave a good Google review for the rest of us.
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  2. Thanks for all the replies, I thought something this simple would be a walk in the park for a local trailer shop. Life is nothing but a learning experience and I certainly learned something.
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  3. Since I was planning to go to Hohenwald for some repair work, I asked for the cost to relocate the television. Oliver quoted me a price of $850 + Tax. That seemed like a lot of money, so I did it myself, using Mike's excellent directions. I bought some slightly different parts for the job that what Mike described, and the total cost was under $60. Since I was still going to Hohenwald, I asked them how much to repair the two fiberglass holes. They quoted around $300. I decided to live with the holes, and to cover them with pictures. Here is what the two holes look like: Here is what it looks like with pictures mounted on the walls. Sorry, I have not answered your question about what it looks like after fiberglass repair by the Oliver service people.
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  4. Astonishing video! We keep handy a note with our max height listed in feet & meters. "Oh $#!+, how high is 4.8 meters?!" Outside Height to top of optional roof mounted satellite receiver 9' 10.5" or 3.0099 meters Outside Height to top of A/C Unit 9' 7" or 2.921 meters (Above is for 2017 LE2)
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  5. Steve, looks like the Jackery and your dometic cooler/freezer will make a great combo. Do you have a portable solar panel to charge the jackery at Quartzite? Sherry
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  6. Hmmm, Sorry to hear your story, the "Fun" headlines seemed inviting, I can see it was anything but. I realize I'm probably on the fringe, but unless I'm directed to take my Ollie to a "professional" shop it won't be going. If its a warranty issue, I make the trek to Oliver, I've had great service from them, otherwise, I'll do it. If I'm in the hinterlands, I'm going to consult the Oliver referrals. I must admit I'm pretty wary of the RV fixit industry. Glad it worked out. RB
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  7. I must agree with Overland, the initial outlay is not a drop in the bucket. For us the value comes form: Zero maintenance - Zero Almost zero loss in total amperage while in storage Much faster charging times Can be charge at up to 50% of the total battery bank capacity/hour. On AC, we can charge at approximately 55 amps/hour, all the way to full! Less generator use when solar is insufficient. With our Victron battery monitor, we know exactly what our state of charge is at any moment No more concern about having enough capacity to make it through the night This all amounts to no battery worries for us and for that it has been well worth it. Also, Battle Born makes batteries that are designed to be installed vertically that allow for easier installation without having to mount the horizontally designed battery vertically. Andrew
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  8. Like Andrew said, you can fit 4 BBs in the tray if you stand them on end. They're a pain to wire up that way, but that's the only problem. You can get the replacement converter section for the power center, and it will shorten your charge time plus probably (?) give you a more ideal charge curve, but before that module was available, BB used to say that it was no problem using the standard PD charger. Think hard before investing in them. For those who need them, they're awesome; but in most cases for most owners, I'd argue that your money is more wisely spent elsewhere.
    1 point
  9. I have installed two 100 amp hour Battle Born batteries in our Elite II. The battery tray will handle three of the standard batteries and four of the vertical batteries. The install of the batteries is simple and only requires a pair of cables to connect the batteries together. The Zamp solar controller can be changed to Lithium for the appropriate charge profile. You will need to change out your converter/charger to the Progressive Dynamics LiFePO4 model to provide the correct charging profile, when charging with AC. This is another simple direct replacement installation, with one screw and 5 wires. The only other thing you will need is a battery monitor that measures amps used, as volts is not a appropriate measure of the state of charge for LiFePO4 batteries. We could not be happier with the addition. If anyone is interested in any additional information or pictures, please Private Message me with you contact information. Andrew
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