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  1. Hello Group! This is a special greeting. While talking about placing a deposit yesterday with Oliver Saleswoman Anita (and filling her in on the previous day's 2008/09 used Hull in Houston) she let me know that there was a surprising opening for a 2021 LE to be started in August for an October delivery. She told me that people on the move-up list ahead of me had been contacted Oliver the day before but no one had gotten back with a response--and it was now 2:30 pm there. She asked me if I wanted that date. I told her I would need to call a few people to see if these new arrangements would work and I'd call her back shortly. When I did, she said the other party was needing to switch places with me, which I agreed to in a heartbeat! My world changed in a minute. I went from scouring the universe for a used hull to making quick plans for a late September trip to Tennessee--six days on the road (maybe). Wooo-hooo! Needless to say, my deposit was sent followed by paperwork from Oliver and we're on! Louis Pasteur wrote that chance favors the prepared mind--and I've always thought this to be true. All of my research over the last few months has seemed to pay off. I've was in the right place (time, and product)... "At last...my love has come along..." Pennie
    5 points
  2. This is pretty cool. Google does not allow GAIA to access their data, so you have to use some less than ideal sources. This is for the premium membership only, and I use an iPad Mini 4 with all IOS updates…. https://www.rokslide.com/forums/threads/gaia-gps-adding-google-earth-imagery.158189/ I was able to get the Google Earth layer to load and function, then it mysteriously vanished a couple of minutes later. The same with Google Terrain. However there are a several sources that do work correctly, Google Roads, Google Terrain Hybrid (won’t zoom in very far) and Google Satellite Hybrid. So it is worth trying this with your device to see what happens. I had to restart the app to see the new layers. Here is the default Mapbox satellite image: And the Google Satellite Hybrid one, which adds lables. There is a pretty obvious difference in sharpness. Here is a shot of some remote logging roads. Satellite default: And Google Satellite Hybrid: Interesting. I know which image I would rather use if I were trying to see small details, like a camp site…. John Davies Spokane WA
    4 points
  3. Once again this type of service from Oliver proves to me that while these people are not perfect - they are one heck of a distance ahead of whatever is in second place. I simply find it very difficult to talk to non-Oliver owners about this kind of service since I and the people I have spoken to about it have nothing to compare it to for any product at any time. Bill
    4 points
  4. Hello Oliver Folks! We have been researching trailers and other RVs for a long while and this forum is a great resource. Finally went up to Hoehnwald to check out an LEII and saw the quality first hand. The Ollie really seems to fit the type of traveling we want to do. We are now in the queue for an LEII with delivery in March 2022 (ordered about two weeks ago). We are told we will be #1051 and are stoked about our future travels. Thanks for all the awesome info in this forum, your contributions really answer loads of questions. Looking forward to being a part of the Ollie community! Cheers, Pat and Danielle
    3 points
  5. View from the camper at Searsport Shores
    3 points
  6. Sometimes during Open House at Rallies, I place a low amp blade fuse, 5A between the running light pin and 12V power pin on the trailer's 7 pin connector. This will illuminate Ollie's running lights. Stole that idea from another trailer owner. See trailer plug alignment tang over the fuse placed in top two pins. Used this larger fuse only as an example, use 5A:
    3 points
  7. One of our favorite campsites at Hunting Island SP SC barrier island, was lost during a recent hurricane. When it was full moon and high tide, sometimes a little bit of the surf would make it to the trailer's tires. Always had thoughts of waking up "lost at sea". 😬
    2 points
  8. We also had the inverter remote panel "20" error. Xantrex determined it to be a bad communication board, after troubleshooting and attempting to install a firmware update did not resolve the issue. While the inverter was still functional, the batteries were still charging, but to use the inverter, we had to get under the street side twin bed to turn the inverter on and off, or to check function. Xantrex wanted us to return the defective inverter to them for repair, which meant at least a two week turnaround and down time, since we would be powerless, unless we recharged the batteries manually. Oliver deemed this solution unacceptable, since we should not have to lose the use of our Oliver for that length of time. After attempting to get a replacement sent to us from Xantrex, Oliver simply sent us a new inverter from their stock and assisted in the swap. Kudos to Jason, the service crew, and Oliver for stepping in and keeping us "on the road"
    2 points
  9. Congratulations! Something similar happened to us. We ordered the last week of August and our original delivery date was mid-May 2021. When we paid our deposit our sales rep sent a message saying that they had an early February delivery date come open if we would like to move up so we jumped on it. It was less torture waiting only 5 1/2 months for delivery instead of almost 9 months. Those months went by quickly with all the reading, watching videos and asking questions here. We weren't new to RVs but did downsize from a 42' 5th wheel with 5 slides to an Oliver LE2. It's funny but inside the trailer we have empty drawers and cabinets! The things that were in outside storage compartments on the 5th wheel are now under a Leer Topper on our truck with a bedslide. It all still works and we are really enjoying the ease of pulling and parking the smaller trailer. Again congrats! Cindy
    2 points
  10. A couple of more, this is Kettle River CG, a Corps of Engineers facility, sort of, maybe….. You sure can’t see anything. There is a boat dock, at the bottom right. In theory. Google Satellite Hybrid shows lots of detail, even through fairly heavy tree cover. You can see foot trails easily, and small vegetation. John Davies Spokane WA
    2 points
  11. We camped in our pop up pre Ollie last August in mid coast Maine and lived every minute of it. Searsport Shores campground is a wonderful campground - right on the ocean- their gardens, art / pottery facilities are fabulous. Wel worth the higher $ for the experience. Rented kayaks from them and sea kayaked 3 Mikes down the coast for a lobster lunch at a lobster shack - so good ! This site was a great base for Belfast Maine and we actually daytripows 2x to Acadia but would stay closer next time. We also moved further south as stayed out by Pemaquid. The lighthouse out there is one of my all time favorites. Pemaquid Point campground - very simple, very clean facilities and great price point. Sites are level , great shade and adequate size.
    2 points
  12. Great overnight at David Crockett. Love our new “ get away “ ! will have lots of questions I am sure so thank you in advance !
    1 point
  13. Pennie, you don't have to post to thank people, though you are very sweet. There's a little grey button (see photo) where you can add a thanks. Sherry
    1 point
  14. Hello group! Oliver's Anita let me know today that the company is building a "campground"/parking area adjacent to their service area allowing new owners to park there following delivery. It has been held up by lots of wet weather recently but the plans are moving forward. Plans include full electric, H20 hook-ups along with a dump for BW and GW to replicate a campground, so that us newbies can test our systems on-site and they will fix anything that is not working right away. Great news! Onward, Pennie
    1 point
  15. Wow. My two year 2019 anniversary delivery date will be June 20th hull 484 seems like yesterday. 567 units since then. I guess there has been more of a boom than just baby’s since the pandemic started.🤩
    1 point
  16. I've never heard one of the new Dometic ac units running, so I can't comment on those. Our old 2008 Dometic was problem free, but, it was loud. I would not have changed ours out, even though 14 years old, but for the fact that we wanted the extra space for solar panels, and, indeed, it was 14 years old, and due for a change, anyway soon.
    1 point
  17. Pat and Danielle - Welcome to the Family! As Mike said - the 9 months will go by before you know it. Now would be a great time to start reading all that is available here on the Forum and in the Oliver University. Many of your questions will be answered and some questions that you probably would not think of will be generated by this activity. Then, on your delivery date, you will be well prepared to start enjoying your new Ollie right away. Bill
    1 point
  18. I think it's really easy to get carried away on initial purchase, so I'm glad you're approaching this thoughtfully. I too, think solar and agm batteries are a great start for people new to camping. No maintenance to the batteries. Solar keeps them charged up unless you hit a string of bad weather, or use an inverter a lot. If you cook and make coffee on the cooktop when you don't have hookups, you really won't use that much dc power . Smaller genset for backup. As far as signal, we carry two different services, Verizon and Tmobile. If there's service available, we have signal. Maybe look at a jetpack from a different provider than your phone, to cover the bases. (Neither service works in some of the remote spots we've camped, like the Yukon, but I don't need to be connected every minute! You can buy a Spot or similar for emergency signal based on satellite for very little, and a reasonable annual contract.)
    1 point
  19. Thank you for all of your feedback and thoughts RB! Very, very helpful! Pennie
    1 point
  20. Yes. Thanks to the SeaDawg heads up - I too have a handy dandy Westinghouse 2500. It is a very good generator for the money. But honestly - I will probably never use it for its intended use - maybe very sporadically. As for AGM's - I have had very good experience with ours in the Ollie and in previous RV's. A top flight LI install has been reported to run in excess of $8k - that buys a lot of AGM's. - As has been stated - it just depends on your use and needs. I am one of the few that pragmatically believe the LI systems are overkill for all but the most strident off roader/boondocker. Our composting toilet has been very easy to use, no problems, and honestly much simpler to use than the old fill and dump, - but then - some are not comfortable with the process. We use the Tire Tracker TT-500 TPMS - works as advertised, fairly accurate in the air pressure monitoring and take the temp readings with a grain of salt. Does what it supposed to do. The Champion 4000 watt is a fine gen set - but more than you will want to tote around - at 80 + pounds- I would look in the 50 pound range - 2500 watts. Internet is highly location dependent. With a decent signal - a phone based hotspot has been more than enough for us, as has been the Oliver supplied powered antenna for the TV/Radio systems. Were it ME - planning a new purchase - I would not spend to much time worrying about this, that, or the other changes - get some time in your Oliver - you will find comfort spot. Interesting thought - your idea - order the Oliver without the AC - and then call KatanaPilot - for the install of the better unit!!! Oh wait Olive is not in this mindset....... Wishing you well in your outfitting. RB
    1 point
  21. Thank you John. I'll take your advice and cancel the Cradle Point and investigate alternatives. Rather than full-timing, I'll be spending a fair amount of time with friends and relatives all over the country, but when I'm not, I'll be boondocking. The smaller space is fine for me. I've been planning on it for quite some time--the LE 1 is far superior to a pod or teardrop.--lol! Honestly, I cannot afford to do this and get a larger TV than my 2018 Chevy Colorado Redline with the 3.6 V6 with auto 10 gears and tow package. People here have already let me know I can comfortably tow the LE 1 with my TV. I posted pertinent stats in a different thread previously and no one disagreed with my TV. I believe what I have will work for now.I would prefer a duramax but I'm retired, so need to watch funds carefully. I read about all of the problems associated with the composting toilet--and funds are limited. I know I'll probably need a generator and so much other stuff that Oliver doesn't supply.I will be dipping into retirement funds to pull this off...But, time is on my side, yes it is--lol. Thanks again for your reply and any other thoughts you have (or will). Pennie
    1 point
  22. Pennie, do plan to boondock much? The AGMs are perfectly fine, they just don’t have a lot of reserve for days spent unhooked in gloomy weather. Lithiums are better but they have their own issues, such as heat intolerance. You could try the AGMs for a couple of years, and when they inevitably fail 🙄you can decide if you want to go with a drop-in lithium solution. I can’t comment on the shower track, but the Cradle Point sounds like very expensive snake oil… I do recommend the Natures Head. All the other electronics and doodads are a personal choice. As a full timer your choices may not mesh with those owners who spend a few weeks each year inside that small space. Get a good large TV, one with plenty of secure room for your stuff. John Davies Spokane WA
    1 point
  23. If I find myself lost at sea in my Ollie, I’ll assume everything is well caulked.
    1 point
  24. We call it third tail light. Anybody have a better name? Other than "the place to look if you have a leak that looks like the rear window, but probably isn't?"
    1 point
  25. One of those annoying little failures of RV hardware. One of the battery spring contacts in the RVLock keyless lock battery compartment broke off after just over 2 years. Red arrow in first photo points to where the missing spring should be. Out of warranty, and I tried contacting RVLock but received no reply. Fortunately I found replacement AA battery contacts on Amazon. An easy fix. The upper contact plate just slides out. Second photo shows the old contact plate on the left (missing the spring), and the new one from Amazon on the right. Although the Amazon sourced contact plate is a slightly different shape, the contact spacing is standard for AA batteries and the plate fit into the compartment perfectly. Lock working perfectly again.
    1 point
  26. Our Xantrex 3000 inverter does the fan kicking on every 15 min or so, like the OP reports, running for a few minutes when hooked to shore power. I asked Jason if this is normal and he says it is. Whether the noise level is as high as yours, I can't say. It isn't bad, but annoying, especially after we settle in for the night. I've thought about unplugging shore power at night. That being said, we have a new Xantrex 3000 waiting to be installed. The original inverter that was part of the Lithium Pro Pkg would not communicate with the remote panel (consistently). An attempted firmware update did not fix the problem; thus, Xantrex decided the inverter had a bad communication board. Oliver sent us a replacement which Jason will walk us through installing so we can be fully functional, in regards to power. We'll see if the new inverter fan does the same.
    1 point
  27. To the original poster, it is normal for 50-70 RV's to check in or out of my CG on any given day. In the situation you describe the only guilty party is the guy that was mean mugging you while you were backing in... Period. We have all been in that situation and he obviously forgot that fact. As for the onlookers that really enjoy watching others struggle? well I have little respect for this, its rude, simple as that. When it comes to helping folks out? I tend to chill out for a few moments while I determine if they are struggling or simply need a bit of time to get the lay of that particular site. If I am sure they are struggling I ask if I can assist in any way and typically just walk next to the drivers window quietly offering "turn driver/turn passenger" directions to the driver until their rig is safely in their site, if this fails I do offer to drive and have backed in more rigs than I can count. 100% of the time this has been appreciated and never any liability issues or damage to anything at all. None of us are perfect we all need a hand now and then, when the chance to be the one who helps arises? Put your beer down for a few minutes and do your part. IMHO. Dan
    1 point
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