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  1. Just ordered the RecPro (Houghton) 13.5k low profile heat pump ductless unit to replace the turbojet engine sounding Dometic Penguin. Unfortunately, the Atwood Air Command units are in very limited supply and most models are ducted. Fortunately, RecPro is now importing U.S. spec (120 volt) Houghton RV air conditioners into the U.S. Houghton is (was) Australian, as was Atwood before being bought by Dometic a few years ago. Specs show 56 dB on high and 47 dB on low. If this pans out, it's a huge improvement over the Dometic. Plus it is a heat pump, so we can avoid using the furnace unde
    8 points
  2. Oliver is now beginning to use three 130 AH batteries (390 AH total) as part of the lithium package. Listed below are the storage requirements from the Lithionics website (https://lithionicsbattery.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Lithionics-Battery-Storage-Procedure.pdf -- my additions are in red text). LifeBlue batteries likely have similar storage requirements. These are storage requirements; the lithionics batteries have a charging range of 32°F to 113°F, and a discharge temperature range of -4°F to 113°F. In other words, when the batteries are in use (e.g., when traveling) they can handl
    6 points
  3. Here’s the final installation. Added a battery cut off switch on a spacer block I made out of PVC board. Used some thin foam to cover the door and some thicker foam that fits inside the weatherstripping. Plugged the vent holes with fiberglass plugs from Scubarx. Thanks to Ken Cvacho for the technical expertise and Steve Landrum for the plugs and advice. It was an Oliver community effort. Before: After:
    5 points
  4. Thanks for all the comments. I did hear back from a Bryson Elliot, customer service rep at Equalizer Hitch, the manufacturer of the Zip BAW switch used on our Ollies. While he VERY expertly danced around the "Why" part of my message, he did say two important things: "There is not once in our company history since we have released the zip cable that we have had a problem with the zip shorting and burning the trailer at all." He did not mention internal (inside the hull) wire failure. "There isn't a need to use a fuse with the zip breakaway cable. However we haven't ever had any issues
    5 points
  5. I don't think it's much larger and we should have adequate clearance from the fan. Of course, the opening is the 14 x 14 RV standard. I know the Air Command did not use an internal drain, but if there is a way to connect it on the Houghton- I certainly will. It's great news that there will be some higher quality, quieter options available. I'm sure Oliver is looking at these, as well - at least I hope they are.
    2 points
  6. Since we're never out in super hot weather, I'd think that the 9500 btu would probably work for us, too, even in an Elite II. Oliver has started selling them with 11,000 btu units anyway, so that's really not that far off.
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  7. Sher, I sent you a pm.
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  8. Seriously, those 99 cent ikea mats do last. I have one that's five or six years old. Getting thin now, but you can't argue with the price. I've bought them for the Alaska deliveries. Doesn't bother me at all to leave five or six behind. At the price.
    2 points
  9. CELL BOOSTER As Andrew notes, Oliver is no longer using the WeBoost unit; they've gone to the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 (https://www.amazon.com/SureCall-Fusion2Go-Vehicle-Booster-Carriers/dp/B079TKG6Q5/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=Fusion2Go+3.0&qid=1611515323&sr=8-3). A 5-G knock-off, perhaps, although it seems like SureCall is one of the larger suppliers for this sort of device. Here are product specs: Uplink Frequency Range (MHz): 698-716 / 776-787 / 824-849 / 1850
    2 points
  10. We use both an outside and inside welcome mat. The inside one is good for taking off and storing hiking shoes. Both of them came from Ikea - I only see the inside one on their website now, which still looks fine after four years, despite its $0.99 price tag. https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/kristrup-door-mat-dark-blue-90392452/
    2 points
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  12. This would be an ideal use of a panel mounted fuse holder (probably under the rear dinette seat) visible from the trailer cabin. In particular a fuse holder that lights up when the fuse is blown. Periodic testing would be more important with a fuse installed in the emergency brake power wire.
    1 point
  13. I'll be watching for that...I'd not heard of that issue but I could see how that may happen if the USB charger is using a switcher supply inside. Some good ground shielding on the bottom of the tray and a choke on the ground line could mitigate that if it happens. If I have that issue I'll report back. CS
    1 point
  14. I've had absolutely no issues with either my Ford or my EZE TPMS systems either before the install of the 890 or after.. Bill
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  15. We can't help you with specific knowledge (we have not even been able to see an Ollie in person yet)...BUT...we are very excited for you and are sure all will be fantastic. Enjoy!!!!! We have been reading your posts - and they have helped us. Thank you and, once again, enjoy!
    1 point
  16. Katanapilot, how does the Recpro Houghton unit compare in size to the Dometic you have installed now? The 13500 recpro has a larger outdoor footprint than the older Duotherm we have on the roof of our 2008. The 9500 btu has a bit smaller footprint, and a much lower profile, which would work great on our roof. 9500 btu is surely more than our Elite I would likely ever require. And priced even better. I like the dehumidifier function, too. I'm wondering if the drain can be attached to Oliver's internal drain, or if yours will have to drain down the outside? I've already seen some
    1 point
  17. $0.99? I might buy 5 or 6 and be set for the next decade.
    1 point
  18. Actually here's the outside one. Not quite the same bargain, but still very reasonable - https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/ydby-door-mat-indoor-outdoor-black-10230562/
    1 point
  19. Perhaps it is a RIVA spec - here is a link: https://www.rvia.org/standards-regulations/laws-and-regulations & State/Cite (rvia.org) Or NHTSA. Perhaps it is a Canadian regulation? Call Oliver - I would believe they know. I don't really care to spend time searching. My 16" tandem 3500 lb axle "farm" utility trailer does not have the break-away - however my former enclosed tandem axle did have the BAS. All my boat trailers did not have BAS. Who knows??? As the BAS is a normally open - closed when activated - you would NOT know of a open fuse until it is to late - in m
    1 point
  20. I followed Topgun2's advice and executed a similar install to enable a swivel arm in our new F350. (EDIT - I also pulled the 20A fuse for the Power Port before doing this work.) 1) I started by removing the dash tray (I used painters tape to protect your dash from scars from the plastic pry tools). 2) Snap off the "speaker cover" it is hard to pull off as it's secured by clips in 4 corners. 3) Remove 2 - 7mm bolts in the front (windshield side) of the tray. 4) Remove the 2 - 7mm bolts on the top of the radio stack front surround. 5) Pull out the radio stack surround, and lo
    1 point
  21. Lithium can be worth it but I hope people understand what they are getting and how to take care of them. Ruining your lithium batteries after a year or two is way harder to swallow than trashing your AGMs. At the rate Oliver is selling Pro packages I suspect there are going to be more than a few angry customers in a year or two.
    1 point
  22. We don't have to boondock to get up close and personal with the wildlife. A few days ago we caught this owl perched in the Maples above our water tank. This afternoon, our resident elk herd came by to show off this year's calves.
    1 point
  23. This is the Mattole Campground, run by the BLM, on the north edge of the Lost Coast in California. It's a primitive campground with one pit toiled and a well with a hand pump IIRC. The sites are sort of dug into the dune barrier that backs up against the beach, which runs for miles and miles - in fact going south is a multi-night backpack route across the road-free Lost Coast. I hiked south about 3.5 miles to the remote Punta Gorda lighthouse while my wife and our friends biked over the quite mountainous road I'd driven to get here. Either way is quite steep and windy and can be closed due to
    1 point
  24. Here another of those breakfast spots. On this trip I'd camped the night before in a very nice FFS campground way out near one of the points in the Island of the Sky unit of Canyonlands NP. This is a nice pullout with a killer view in Deadhorse Point State Park. The second shot is what I got up bloody early to go photograph - the clouds and morning colors cooperated nicely on this morning (it doesn't always work out like that - kind of like fishing). Both are lovely parks. On another trip there I camped for two nights in a reserved site in Deadhorse Point SP in a campground that had hookups
    1 point
  25. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for posting these. For those of us who have never boondocked it's hard to imagine what to expect. I thought it was all just dispersed camping but now I see there are real campsites available at some places just no services. This makes me feel better. Although I do look forward to camping out in nature with the great views like you have shown. Cindy & Charlie
    1 point
  26. We have quite a few reviews of Camping Apps in our blog.
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  27. The best solution that I've found is a set of comfortable noise cancelling headphones. Mine are comfortable enough to sleep with and they eliminate the AC noise almost entirely. The batteries will easily last the night.
    1 point
  28. I thought it may be useful to some viewing the Campground Forum to check out our web page for Hull 505 - Galway Girl. (Our domain name is 4-Ever-Hitched.com) Hull 505 - Galway Girl - 4-Ever-Hitched Website In our website we feature links to pages that include: 1) Trip to Factory - Describes the trip from WA to Hohenwald 2) Picking up our Trailer - Shows Delivery Day and Camping on the way home, includes maps and names of Campgrounds 3) Around the Northwest - Campground maps, pictures of sites, and links to various parks sites we've visited in the Pacific NW.
    1 point
  29. Thank you for starting this thread Trainman. The first and only time we used the AC was a couple of nights on our first outing with the Ollie last October. During that trip there was a popping noise which interrupted my sleep a lot. Initially thought it might be the refrigerator cycling, but did not try to track it down until now. After reading this thread I wondered if the source of the popping was the AC. So I started testing the AC first. After starting my AC it popped in less than ten minutes, then continued to pop about every ten minutes for a couple of hours. It also popped in a co
    1 point
  30. Oliver eliminated many of the elbows a few years ago, thanks to a recommendation from an owner here on the forum. Now they use bend supports on the tubes wherever they can. There are still a few tight locations on mine where they had to use elbows. I had one of those burst due to vibration on our first trip. It was a similar looking situation to the photo in David's post, where the tube turned down and then connected to another horizontal tube below. In my case, the vertical tube hadn't been cut long enough, so there was tension with the top tube holding the bottom tube off the floor. I
    1 point
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