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  1. We ordered an Elite II in June.. pick up is in November.. so we can’t wait for fall to get here..Sold our faithful old Casita today, strange watching her head down the road without us, but it was fun helping the new owners get acquainted with their new camper, having driven over 1500 miles just about straight through to get here. They have never had a camper, never been in a Casita.. they were super excited to say the least.. As I watched, I kept thinking about how exciting it will be when it’s our turn to load up all kinds of gear in the truck, head to Tennessee to pick up our new camper, then go hide at Davy Crockett St Park for a couple days trying to figure it all out...Four more months to go..
    4 points
  2. This is a relatively new type of extinguisher, it is common in Europe but since it is not approved, it cannot be the primary extinguisher here, in terms of Oliver supplying one at delivery. As a supplement for the dinky little dry chemical one, it is a great choice. Jay Leno did a story on it, the video is at the following link. https://elementfire.com There are two sizes, the smallest (Size 50, $80, at the top) is perfect for a vehicle or garage., The big one is more for a shop or business. Not my pic: It is a good fit for a glovebox - not my pic: The unit ships with a simple C shaped plastic mount with two holes in it. I wanted something more robust so I got their optional Quick Fist. I did not want to drill holes in the trailer for this device so I made a simple aluminum plate and attached it with 1/8" pop rivets and washers. I counterbored the holes in back so the rivet tails would be below the level of the back surface, and sanded them flush: I added the 3M VHB (Very High Bond) tape: And mounted it to the cabin wall next to my Garmin inReach charger. I chose this spot for several reasons. Since the primary extinguisher is near the entry, it is going to be blocked by a galley/ range top fire for anybody sitting or lying in back. This location puts it in easy reach. Plus it is VERY visible up high and is near the emergency exit, which might be useful in the event you had to bail out the back.... The rubber flap is quite easy to open, but the mount appears undersized. It is really hard to reattach the strap. I suspect that a larger size might not be available. Anyway, once, mounted it is not a worry. I have a second unit that I bought for my TV. It is riding in the glovebox and I am trying to figure out a good (visible) location that won't be in the way. They do offer seat rail mounts for various vehicles. EDIT: here is a technical discussion describing the chemistry involved. Basically it emits a potassium jet that grabs onto the oxygen around the fire, causing it to snuff out. .... https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/3001/3080/files/ElementOperationDescription.pdf?9543567154874779486 John Davies Spokane WA
    3 points
  3. Braoses Hanging Trash Can for Kitchen Cabinet Door, Small Collapsible Foldable Waste Bins, Hanging Trash Holder for Bathroom Bedroom Office Car, Portable Home & Outdoor Garbage Can - 2.4 Gallon Is on amazon with that title, comes in 2 sizes.
    3 points
  4. I making a list of those on this forum that carry replacement parts, I just need to know who you are and where you will be camping. 😀 trainman
    3 points
  5. Good little kitchen trash container
    2 points
  6. Has anyone experienced this? I just noticed that a couple of drawers were rough to open and it looks like the bearings on all my drawers are rusting - some pretty badly. Like, really badly. I'm not sure if there's a solution to this other than new slides. I guess I could take them out and soak them, but I'm sure they'd quickly rust up again. I have to guess it's just from humidity since there's no sign of water intrusion anywhere. Possible that I have a hidden leak between the hulls that's keeping it overly humid in there. I've got a dehumidifier, but I haven't been using it since it requires the trailer to be plugged in 24/7. I guess I've got a new project. I've sent a note to Oliver to ask about replacement. Blum has a lifetime warranty on everything they make, so hopefully they'll swap out the parts for me for free.
    2 points
  7. In the attic, there should be a small black pushbutton switch on the wall plate that has a 12V outlet and cable connection. Also a green led when it is on.
    2 points
  8. A while back, we settled on this set up for our water purification. It has worked well for us many years now. It's quick, easy to set up and make friends with all the surrounding campers.
    2 points
  9. We ordered this drying rack for the kitchen sink and thought I would post up in the event anyone is considering one. It rolls up & stows nicely in the sink on top of the micro dish which is wrapped in a towel during travel. The cutting board lays correctly in the sink with rack in storage. Note: The rack can serve as a hot pot trivet if needed ONLY deployed over the sink as pictured do not use as a trivet on the countertop, you risk melting your counter top. Happy Camping!
    1 point
  10. When JD posted about the Element fire extinguisher I remembered someone else had talked about it before. So I went looking for it. Then you mentioned a post about it and I was already looking at your 2019 post, so I just responded with the link. Sorry it’s not the one your looking for as I don’t stomp around on the expedition forum. Mossey
    1 point
  11. That's what happens when you're on the forum too often like me. Every time someone mentions something they carry, I add it to the list.
    1 point
  12. You started this thread last year. Mossey
    1 point
  13. We are all in on the solar..that choice is easy. good advice about where to stock pile Oliver related gear.. too bad we don’t have a garage.. but we do have a barn😄
    1 point
  14. I use the Victron app exclusively except for setup, but if you are trying to route the data cable from the shunt to the pantry area, you should be able to run it up in the rear street side corner. Although I haven’t measured the data cable, you could lay it out and see it would be long enough. The BMS-712 data sheet indicates that the RJ 12 cable is 10 meters or 32.8 feet. My rough measurements indicate that 20' of data cable would reach from under the pantry to the SeeLevel ll tank gauge area on the dinette side of the pantry. A word of caution though, be sure you can get from the left to right side of the pantry before committing to this path. I worked it behind pantry with access through the port hole by the radio and the cable lays under the rubber mat in the storage bin above the bed along with a lot of other wiring. I relocated the surge suppressor remote from below the street side bed to the overhead bin above the dinette by this route and it is basically the same cable. Mossey
    1 point
  15. In a drawer. Fits with plenty of room for other items. The collapse part works surprisingly easy.
    1 point
  16. Nice, but where does it store away when not in use?
    1 point
  17. As others have commented on long term use - we have spent up to 2 months touring around in our EII, and I don't really have a complaint. Were we weather bound for some time, I would get a little weary, but that hasn't happened yet. The ability to go places other RV's can't or don't is a very large plus. Most of the time we are in places where hook-ups don't exist - and we run off solar with no problems. Given the composting toilet - we have few issues with dumping - as grey water is not an issue. Overall we are happy with the Oliver for up to 2 months - longer - probably not an issue either depending on location. Were we to go 100% - probably not going Oliver - for a bunch of reasons - most of which are just about space and amenities. However, not sure we would want to do 100% - for other reasons- non rv related. RB
    1 point
  18. We ordered the end of June, but deferred delivery until early February as we didn't want to be traveling from the PNW in the dead of Winter. February will be interesting enough, but also hoping to avoid spring tornadoes, thunder storms and flash floods. Not the weather we are accustomed to where we live😁 The wait will be hard, but it gives us time to plan and enjoy one more trip in our Leisure Travel Van before putting it up for sale. Can't wait to step into our new Oliver!
    1 point
  19. Actually, I usually wash dishes outside, if the weather is good. I wash with cold and soap, and rinse with boiled water from the kettle. One tea kettle of hot water is enough for most days. Inside, I use the sink to wash, counter for rinse, small dinette for drying rack, with a towel beneath. Remember, I have the smaller trailer, with the smaller countertop. Sherry
    1 point
  20. Susan, to conserve water, I carry two small dishpans. One to wash, one to rinse. Stack dishes to air dry on a rack. Sherry
    1 point
  21. Congratulations!!!! Welcome to the family! We pick ours up on the 27th. The time will fly by and you will be driving away soon with a big smile!
    1 point
  22. Mike did you ever figure this out? I ask because I am having the opposite problem. I can turn the inverter off using the remote wall switch. but to turn it on I need to lift the bed and turn it on at the unit level.
    1 point
  23. I installed a Sirius/XM receiver in our trailer and tied it into the Jensen. We get all our music, news and sports anywhere. Tree cover has not been an issue. I got a small discontinued receiver off Amazon for about $25. The antenna is in the attic between the outer hull and the metal backed insulation. Mike
    1 point
  24. In the spirit of keeping this thread going, here are a couple more random ideas I've found useful. We had remotes everywhere until I put this wasted horizontal surface to use! Velcro dots keep them in place when the tv is down. We're on the move quite a bit and at each new location I pick up as much info as I can to plan our time there. All that paper ended up stacked on the table. This simple little file holder mounted out of the way under the dinette table keeps the current info handy without clutter. It can also hold a charging laptop, again freeing up the table surface. When you're living in a small space little things like this can make a big difference?
    1 point
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