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  1. Too funny! Baxter State Park was the inspiration for our boy's name. I must warn you, when you are screaming his name (because he & his sister are playing tug-of-war with a possum) it sounds like you are saying something quite inappropriate.
    5 points
  2. We all hear/read/learn of places to go through contacts, forums, podcasts, magazines, etc. Does anyone know of an existing app that would quickly and easily record a name or location? It would need to be shared data and work across multiple platforms. Ideally it would allow more in depth info such as site number, contact info or . . . .? I’m wondering about RV Trip Wizard or something else that I’ve not heard of. We have an app like this for groceries. Both of us can add items and the other can see it. However, it is meant for temporal data and not a lot of information depth.
    2 points
  3. Probably easier to stamp in a collar than "National Monument" too...
    2 points
  4. Since my dogs are short and visually stimulated, I use corrugated sign board and 3M Command picture hanging strips to block their view. I do lose air circulation through the lower screen. And after the elections, you can recycle the political signs which will be in plentiful supply. Mossey
    2 points
  5. The absorber should work really well for the shower, Susan. I've always just used a microfiber towel. Btw, I bought these over 4 years ago on Amazon. Probably similar to the Absorber, but much less in price. I wash them when necessary with microfibers, but not cottons or terry cleaning cloths. No fabric softener, and no dryer. Probably time to get some new ones.
    1 point
  6. I’m already "warm&fuzzy", just ask anyone except Krunch. And I was already using the Absorder's or chamois's while motorcycle camping when camp towels became available, so I never have tried them. I would suggest that you compare the camp towel to the Absorber the next time you "are working at the car wash".😉 Mossey
    1 point
  7. I ordered two of these - one for each of us. Also, the toothbrush holder, soap dish, and two of the little hooks, to hang wash cloths on. I can think of many uses in other locations in the trailer.
    1 point
  8. Yes they are still in use and yes I still love them. Think of a silicone hot pad or oven mitt, they are nearly indestructible. We have 4 of the one in the picture and I see a different one called the Frank that is a little larger than ours and have a 10 lb. rating. And they are returnable if you don’t like them. Mossey
    1 point
  9. I cut the Absorber in half to make 2 bath towels. I never worry about it drying. I just wet it, wring it out, dry off. Wet it again, wring it out and put it back in a quart size ziplock bag. Mossey
    1 point
  10. I use No-Rinse car wash and one of these super absorbent drying cloths on my car. I'm getting another to carry in the Oliver for wiping down the bathroom after showering. Great thing is, you just rinse and wring it out well, then store damp in the container. Should work well, you think? https://www.amazon.com/CleanTools-149-Natural-Single-Absorber/dp/B0000AY69V
    1 point
  11. On a separate note, I agree with some of the comments above about starting out relatively light and adding as you go and find out what else you might need. Most of what I've wished for while out on the road has been readily available at places like Wally World, Home Depot, or various sporting goods stores that are scattered throughout the nation.
    1 point
  12. Here are a few shots of the dog connection I described in that last reply. Here's an example of a similar carabiner to what I'm using (i.e. one tested and certified for climbing use, thus assured not to be cheesy soft metal etc.). Non locking would be fine also - it's unlikely the dog would somehow maneuver the carabiner into a position where the gate would accidentally open. But since I have some of both types in my climbing gear kit, I grabbed this type. And this is the harness we use - this also helps a LOT with control of the dog while walking, is super adjustable
    1 point
  13. We use one of those plastic coated wire lines attached to a Balance brand harness on our dog (attached to the front, not the top). BUT we anchor the line to something like a picnic table or whatever is handy using one of those ultra  beefy rubber  bungies that people use to  hold down  truck  bed covers and such. I've used channel lock pliers to bend the hooks on each end to be closed, and I wrap the bungie around the anchor point and use a climbing locking carabiner (i.e. one that's been tested for relatively high tension loads, unl
    1 point
  14. In reply to Fritz - I bought some heavy duty frosted vinyl, cut it to the size of the screen door area I wanted to protect, attached velcro dots to the vinyl and the door frame, then stuck the vinyl in place. Some day I'd like to do a plexiglass panel but the vinyl has worked for a year.
    1 point
  15. I am limiting what we take to whatever will fit in the back seat of the pickup: four totes of camping "essentials", two small totes of supplies to use on the journey to Hohenwald, bedding, and warm weather clothing. Trailer related gear (chocks, leveling blocks, tools, tire chains, anti-freeze, tank treatment, etc.) will stow in the pickup bed toolbox. In addition we are taking a cooler of food for meals on the road. Hey, if you've got the room, why not use it? We have a long drive home in December, so could be faced with weather related delays. We plan take our time and to be on the r
    1 point
  16. Just received it yesterday. There was about a 2-week wait for availability, but once shipped it arrived in a couple of days. We purchased direct from Garmin as prices are currently the same from all vendors. For $100 less, the RV 780 would have given us similar functionality, but we opted for the newer 890 with the much larger screen. We haven't used it yet, other than powering it up, quickly browsing features, and downloading updates; software was current, though it did download a map update. You should be able to set the device to notify you when software updates are available; as
    1 point
  17. I already have almost all that you listed! Dog person and all! Great list, and thank you!
    1 point
  18. FYI you can avoid that “fun” by purchasing aluminum at a specialty metals supplier rather than plain low carbon steel. No rust, and much lighter. https://alcobrametals.com/product/1-2-x-081-3003-aluminum-expanded-flattened/ You could get stainless steel but that is overkill for dog claws and two square feet would cost $50. John Davies Spokane WA
    1 point
  19. We came from a Casita, so we learned to travel lite and still doing it today with the Elite II. We camped some 40 plus years ago with a 30" travel trailer and I can tell you we pretty much camp and carry the same things we did back them. Sure we have more update items today, but in general and fork is a fork and a grill is a grill. trainman
    1 point
  20. A piece of expanded metal from Home Depot ($15). Cut to size. A piece of plastic edging designed for plastic bathroom panels ($2). Four short self tapping screws into pre drilled holes in the door. We did put beveled trim washers under the screw heads to expand the gripping area. Done. The local RV dealer had screen door guards for high $80. In the Spring, with the guard approaching four years old, I probably will remove. It will then be primed and painted and reinstalled. It has developed a few small spots of surface rust. A little steel wool would remove, but how much fun would that b
    1 point
  21. Good advice by ShallowGal!!!! We had our 11 year old dog Marley with us last year in our Tundra. Unfortunately, Marley (part pug part Shar pei) passed away in June. We miss him so much. He was an awesome dog!! Our lives are not complete with out a dog so on November 14 our new puppy will arrive. He is a medium-sized Labradoodle. He will likely be named Baxter (after the Maine State Park) He will go on our journey with us this year. We have a lot of training ahead of us before we leave in Late January or early February. We like traveling with our dog!!
    1 point
  22. My advice: resist the temptation to buy too much stuff that you won't use.
    1 point
  23. Yes, camping gives lots of extra exercise opportunities and I'll bet I use these less in the Ollie. I do use them primarily for rotator cuff problems too. I haven't had surgery but probably will have to soon. Anyway, perhaps if needed they can be used for other things such as extra tie downs, or a super cool sling shot of some sort! Maybe lob water balloons at each other with them at the next owners rally. 😏
    1 point
  24. Picked up our Ollie Thursday and enjoyed a few days at Davy Crockett. Met another Ollie couple that was just driving through (I don't remember their hull number --- I think 256) It was cool and nice seeing and talking with them --- Considering there are only 673 Olivers out in the world.
    1 point
  25. 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
    1 point
  26. 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
    1 point
  27. I saw this yesterday. Very informative. We use our phone. Just something to thing about for the future.....
    1 point
  28. That should be a good unit but I bet you a nice steak dinner that you turn off the RV warning nanny after a week. Maybe if you had a 14 ft tall motorhome, but with the Ollie, it is just noise. The campground database isn’t so great either, and the icons clutter up the screen. Many of them are never need anyway with the composting toilet, since you will be “dump station independent”. Please post a report here. If you want to load individual 24k state topo maps as an additional map option, let me know, and we can start a discussion about that. Be sure to play with the Voice options, my
    1 point
  29. Free is good too! A fair number of USFS (US Forest Service) campgrounds use a water pump that requires the person doing the pumping to also hold up a valve that diverts the water from a "drinking fountain" into the spout where you can fill your water container. Unless you were a gymnast this can be rather difficult to do. Sticks, pebbles and other assorted forest debris can be used to prop this valve in the open position but if you happen to have the "tab" from a can of soda or beer it works perfectly for this purpose. In addition, it gives you yet another excuse to pop a cold one.
    1 point
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