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  1. It's the middle of the night & Fido needs to go out. You want to be able to grab a flashlight without the need to turn on a light. This Command Broom Holder is the answer. Plus, it stays put when rolling down the road. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01G1Y42H0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_-YJJFb4833X8E
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  2. Set your AC fan to auto and it should work properly.
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  3. The one thing about negative 40ish (same for farenheit and celcius) is that it's a dry cold. Ha.
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  4. Just do it, you know they will look very cool. My next set of truck tires will be these, I would not mind adding them to the Ollie, but not for a few more years. https://www.discounttire.com/buy-tires/cooper-discoverer-at3-xlt I doubt that you will be able to tell any towing difference on paved roads, or on gravel for that matter, but they will be more resistant to rock damage. And cool. John Davies Spokane WA
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  5. The best - one by far - is one rated for the load - and with in your cost budget- Other than that - the choices are many. All of your concerns are handled with a modern 3/4 ton truck - diesel are the preferred- but not necessary. Many modern 1/2 ton trucks, SUV's and such are also in the mix. The number one thing I will caution - don't go on the word of a sales person, an internet forum, or the neighbor - consult with the GVWR label on the vehicle you are considering - it is the legal rating of that vehicle. You also will need to consult the owner manual for other spec
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  6. Hello Everyone, I am looking for the best 1/2 or 3/4 ton short box truck to tow an elite 2. I would rather not invest in the Anderson Hitch, as I already own a really nice adjustable B & W hitch. What type of truck do you own and how does your truck handle pulling the elite 2 up and down steep grades, 6-8% grades? Do you have any issues with trailer sway at interstate speed, during cross winds, or when a semi truck passes you? What type of mileage do you get with your truck when towing and type of engine is in your truck?
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  7. Yesterdays rain, here at the coast, turned to snow just inland. The ski slopes got a 6" base. This morning that snow is still there. It is only 30 degrees here and the field has a thick coating of frost. Guess it is time for that dreadful task. WINTERIZE! Though the task is easy, the mental end of the season is the hardest part. When should we plan to hook up and pull out? January? February? 3 weeks? 4 weeks? Maybe 5? New places? Or old favorites? Decisions! Decisions!
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  8. I have the rear floor register fully closed, the center one half closed and the bath register completely removed (wide open hole). Airflow appears to be adequate in front but the temperature is very low. Both the bath and closet are always cold. I keep the bath door wide open, and the bath ceiling vent open but not running the fan unless somebody is showering. Do you have this problem? Should I keep the bath vent closed? Please elaborate. I am trying to figure out if this is simply a poor design, with the heat source so far back in the cabin, or if my particular hull has a build probl
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  9. A Spring Maine Rally keeps getting mentioned. So many unknowns at this time. The State is only allowing certain state residents to visit without quarantining, yet somethings may open? How many would be interested? Just Olivers? Just fiberglass units? All who might like to see an Oliver, like maybe day visitors?. How big an area would we need? Full hookups? Near a golf course? Midweek? With all the RV sales, some places are already booked. What else might folks like to do or see? Probably a given? Near Acadia National Park, if only for a day trip. A lobster feed. A "Show and Tell" ses
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  10. I'm about to buy an extra spare to take on an upcoming trip, and was giving some thought to going with an AT tire. It would be different than the others for now, but I'm pretty sure that I'm going to replace everything else next year. We travel on gravel a lot, and the current tires are showing it, so I'm thinking about ATs more for their toughness than traction. On the other hand, I'm not all that confident with their performance on the highway, especially in the wet. What do you guys think? Will highway performance / safety suffer that much or am I overthinking it? After all, the
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  11. For any new owners looking to purchase carpet runners for the LE2, here are some floor dimensions I couldn't find elsewhere. The floor curves up into the wall so these would be the max dimensions.
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  12. Awesome photo. That’s the kind of scenery we’re looking forward to. Any one have pics from the North West? Our son attends UW in Seattle. We’re already mapping out our trip from North West Florida to Seattle. Should be epic.
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  13. My plan is to replace my tires (BF Goodrich) next spring/summer when they go over 5 years. I was also thinking AT’s.
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  14. I'm not exactly sure why, but General Grabber AT's give a better ride than Michelin LT's all around (including highway speeds) on my truck. I also don't notice any traction problems in the rain. I think it's a great idea to put AT's on the Ollie. 👍 I'll do it once I wear out the LT's.
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  15. There are many factors to consider for the Escalade besides tow capacity: payload capacity (cargo you may plan to carry in it); transmission suitability for towing; overall construction (is the Escalade built on a pickup chassis or passenger car?) You might look at some GM forums and see what others have to say about towing with the Excalade.
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  16. Chill out, your Escalade will be 95% fine for an Elite, I would not even use the Andersen for this setup. Just make sure your truck is in good mechanical condition, all fluids fresh; brakes, tires and shock absorbers in good shape, and go for it. It won’t have the many safety and towing features of a new truck. Just try it out for a season, that will give you the basic towing education, and you can decide if you want to trade it in on a newer tow vehicle. You will need a brake control unit, plus a GM adapter wiring harness, I suggest the Tekonsha Prodigy P3. Other than that it should be f
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  17. This is our "retirement clock" . . . . . . just have to remember to change it!
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  18. Perfect, except I want one that shows every day as “Saturday “.
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  19. What gets us through the week. Get up in the morning, go to the head. Get coffee. Lunch time, nap time, supper time. Maybe tv time and then bedtime. Just never know what day it is. This clock helps. Everyone should get one as a retirement gift...
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  20. Oddly, I didn't know how to change this...thanks.
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  21. Wait a minute! I thought we all agreed that a Chevrolet 2500HD Duramax was the perfect tow vehicle? Are some of you all “crawfishin’ “ now? Read my post, top of page 2 in this thread:
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  22. Hmm. An interesting set of reply's to a concern some RVer's seem to rate as a higher issue. I have thought about the remote start, the fact the lights are activated on our truck with the remote, and simply turning on an interior light. One deterrent we have is our canine - not much gets within earshot of our RV that he is not in tune with. He is big enough to get peoples attention. If I make it clear to him - to raise attention - and open the door - most will vacate the area. However- he is not really after much more than a treat..... But - the wolf thing - yeah - would half to keep him on
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  23. I am... 36 more days..
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  24. Perhaps, but this would be far from a dependable scientific process. FWIW I feel far more comfortable knowing the lines are treated to -50 as oppose to somewhere between 32 degrees and hypothetically 10 degrees.
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  25. Nicole - Good to have you here and thanks for posting. I believe that you are looking for a 3/4 ton truck. All of the 1/2 ton trucks currently on the market require a weight distribution hitch when towing something like the Oliver Legacy Elite II. I have tried to make my Oliver sway without success and I've never heard of even one instance where any Oliver trailer swayed due to wind, passing semi's or any other circumstance. I happen to own a 2017 Ford 150 and, yes, I do have and use the Andersen. My truck has the 3.5 liter Ecoboost engine with the max trailer towing package
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  26. My wife and I look through here and on the FB page and at least twice a day turn our phone to the other and say “ooh, don’t you wish we were here?” before jumping on some dull conference call or other. Trying not to wish my life away but can’t wait to have the freedom to head for the hills whenever the urge strikes. Thanks for the vicarious thrills. 194 days until May, our Ollie birth month.
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  27. For those that (1) find battery storage in an Oliver trailer to be too constrained and (2) have sufficient resources to really splurge... https://www.livingvehicle.com/models
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  28. A second to the 7 Pin Protector....in our case installed on the Basket on the tongue.
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  29. The screens in the Oliver windows are made with standard fiberglass screening material. Unfortunately, in many places I camp there are very small bugs (no-see-ums) that are small enough to fit through the holes in that screening. As a winter project last year I replaced all screens with a finer mesh screening suitable for keeping virtually all of these bugs at bay. This small bug screening can be purchased at virtually any hardware store and is fairly inexpensive. In addition, I purchased two different bug zappers that will get anything that flies through the door as I come and go. Bo
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  30. For years now I have tried to tell those "working folk" I run into just how stressful retirement is. After they initially laugh I go on to explain that since they are working they have a fairly good idea of exactly what their day will bring. They know when they will get up, what they will wear, probably what they will have for breakfast, where they will go, what they will do, maybe even where they will eat, what time they will head for home and what they will do when they get there. We "retired folks" don't necessarily know many of these things and we have to make decision upon decision
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  31. Lol...I have the Shoe Goo too. Funny, but when you think about it. Here I am, carrying around stuff to fix an old pair of favorite $30 sneakers (sorry, hiking shoes), in a $60k + camper, when maybe I should have gotten a new pair? But they have packaged the stuff in such a new small tube, and you never know when you might need it. And toothpicks to spread it with...
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  32. That's what duct tape is for, right? And if you run out of shoe goo, duct tape will fix the sole, but it won't be water-tight.
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  33. Adding to Mike's response. This picture is from the 2017 owners manual. Mossey
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  34. This isn't a gadget, but it sure is handy to keep around. Shoe Goo. My favorite hiking boots, and my favorite waterproof shoes, have both had issues with the soles coming detached in places, in the last few years. The stuff is waterproof when cured (24 to 72 hours). It's messy and true to it's "goo" name. Goes on like sticky putty, but it really works. Best if you have a way to clamp it while it cures if you're fastening the sole to the boot.
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  35. I haven‘t watched the video, will try to later. Some comments: once you hook up your hose to the connection in the bumper there is no need to unhook it when done. Just cap the hose and stow it in the bumper. Next dump you just pull it out, attach whatever you use to go into the ground drain (I use a 90 degree clear attachment) stick it in the hole and dump. The black water gate is under the back dinette seat. The gray water gate is under the street side bed, a good distance downstream from the black water gate. Gray water joins the black pipe under the bed. The cable for the black
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  36. lol, it's...different. Wait 'til you see the rest of the plumbing mods. Pressure testing now, before I finish insulating and tie everything down.
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  37. We keep the heat register below the curbside bed closed all the time, to try and force heat forward. When camping with electric hookups, we use the Vornado heater that @Mike and Carol recommended here. Overnight we plug it into the outlet at the side of the nightstand. In the morning, we plug it into the outlet next to the bathroom door, and point it into the bath area for half an hour or so. Works well to heat up the bath. When camping without electricity, we use the furnace overnight. Then in the morning, we use the Vornado to heat up the bath for half an hour. Here are my
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  38. We have traveled 130,000 miles in our two different Oliver's over the past 13 years. We have always had 3 dogs with us, although only one of our current three has made every trip. Unlike your Oliver you are not dealing with a car or van that will heat up dramatically. If the outside temperature is above 45° F and under 85° F, the inside of the Oliver will be very comfortable for them. If the temp is toward the upper end we will leave the Maxxfan running and the windows open a bit. We always leave plenty of water. Our personal rule is that if the temp is above 75° F we will not leave them in t
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  39. What is your hull number? I had a buzz that would change pitch when various things were switched on or off. I called Progressive Dynamics and described the noise and the fellow asked for a number off the board. I told him what it was and he said I needed a new board. He sent it to me, I installed It and that was the fix. I’m part caveman, so you might say it was so easy a caveman can do it. Read this thread https://olivertraveltrailers.com/forums/topic/2636-noise-from-progressive-dynamics-power-center/#post-136225
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  40. To my knowledge, they've always recommended using the antifreeze method. As they should, since it's probably the most idiot proof least risky way of doing it. I think you'd have to use pretty high pressure to damage any plumbing, but I suppose that it's possible. The main problem though is that it's very difficult to get 100% of the water out, and that water could settle at a joint, in a faucet or valve, etc., and potentially cause damage if it freezes. Having said that, I've used the compressed air method for the past two years and haven't seen any problems - tough I've also made a few mo
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  41. If that's the River Run I know then there is some good trout fishing nearby too. Bill
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  42. It is clear that some of you have a very strong electrical background, but I needed some refresher to better understand these lithium battery discussions. So I’m going to try and re-phrase what I’ve learned from this discussion and Oliver. And, cutting to the chase, I’m rethinking the value of the lithium pro package. Perhaps this summary will help others. Warning: long post. Electrical current can be described with this formula: Current = “I” (amps) = Power (watts) / Voltage (V) By example, the current 11,000-btu A/C draws about 1,100 watts. If plugged in to
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  43. I just noticed this, the duct in that pic has been stepped on and squashed, I wonder how often that happens. I hope the technician trimmed off that section. I also sure hope that upward loop at top right isn’t in the final installation. John Davies Spokane WA
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  44. If we’re without 30A and using the furnace we keep the temp at about 60 and the bathroom door open so it’s cool in the bathroom but not much cooler than the rest of the trailer. If we have 30A and are using our little Vornado heater the bathroom stays warm with the door open. Honestly, the vent in the bath is a good idea but doesn’t keep the bath that much warmer.
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  45. I've been looking at replacing all the switches with relays on a 16 channel board with a raspberry pi. That'd make easy app control, or with the an IO board, easy control with physical switches to include a big red button. Bonus in that you can now automate it all as well so you get "welcome home" lighting as desired. As for loud noises, we have a dog that will take care of that in abundance. Animals seem to similarly shy away when the dog goes ballistic. If someone wants to open the door when they hear the dog, then not much in blinking lights and sirens will work and they are probab
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  46. Just two things....... then I will shut up. <for a bit anyway> 1. The whole hidden compartment debate centers around Oliver “advertising” their existence over the objections of quite a few loyal owners. at least imho. 2. Some well meaning advice for those who choose to carry firearms (really.... I am writing this with the best of intentions). Don’t advertise that you have them in any way. It’s not only keeping the bad guys ignorant, it’s the good guys too. There are states (NEW JERSEY) that will send you to JAIL for being in possession of your legally owned pistol t
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  47. and I would suggest - risk vs reward. I understand the concern around theft, personal injury, and the like. I will keep doing what's worked for the last 61 years. Use common sense, take appropriate precautions, and go enjoy the day. When young, we had little of value to others, now, older, somewhat more prosperous, we try not to be ostentatious with our stuff. Inside the Ollie, we put valuables - where ever- but out of sight. The really valuable - wallets, "puters" and such go into the truck, hidden and locked. Casual campsite attendance - similar - unless in use. If we leave for a tim
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  48. Thanks, I had not seen the trailer tour. It continues to PISS me off that the hidden storage areas are shown to the world in videos and mainstream magazine articles... With enough exposure they are no longer secret, which was the whole point of putting them there. These should only be shown to future owners or on a private tour. Anyway.... that horse has left the barn, thanks again. John Davies Spokane WA
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