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  1. This morning I was stopped in a parking lot in Lake Havasu City, AZ, while sitting in my truck with my trailer in tow, planning my route and drinking coffee when a woman sporting a big smile approached. We have all had this happen before so I rolled down the window and prepared to start answering questions about Oliver Travel Trailers. Not this time. The woman introduced herself and I was caught a bit off guard as I knew there would not be yet another request for me to show the inside of my messy trailer. Her name was Evon Oliver. She asked my hull number then the discussion quickly turned to Family, growing up in Michigan and things to do while in Lake Havasu City. What a wonderful surprise this morning talking to a delightful Lady.
    8 points
  2. In 2018 or 2019 there was a group of us camping at Quartzsite. The Olivers drove down from Lake Havasu to join us with Jim’s personal Elite II. One evening we all decided to go out for dinner as a group. When “check” time came the waitress said it was all taken care of. There were at least 20 of us there, the Olivers are generous and kind. Mike
    6 points
  3. Last June we stopped for lunch at Petoskey Brewery in Petosley, MI. After lunch we were sitting in the truck with our Oliver in tow and a young lady knocked on the window. She introduced herself, as Ciera, Evon's granddaughter, and the granddaughter of the late Jim Oliver. She is working for I believe her uncle, Scott Oliver in his modular home construction headquartered in Linden, TN.
    4 points
  4. Whaaaat? Y’all about to get two weeks in the electric chair for blasphemy. 😇
    4 points
  5. This is our second year of striking out during the freezing season. After going through a similar discussion last year considering the risks of freezing and the associated subsequent potential grief verses the benefits of just staying winterized until reaching the non-freezing part of the country, we decided the stress wasn't worth the benefit of being de-winterized for the journey. That said... This year we de-winterized in southern Florida at which time we discovered a significant problem with our Truma Aqua go on-demand water heater, which, had we de-winterized before the trip, may have been discovered prior to leaving Colorado (although the problem may have occurred from the jostling during travel...so...who knows, in any event, the WH is now repaired and working as expected, we did however have to go over a week without using it) Bottom line, I don't think it's worth risking freezing one elbow or pipe etc. given the grief that would ensue after finding water dripping out from between the shells so we opt to use bottled water and only de-winterize once reaching warmer climates. The only exception for us is IF we plan to stay in a cold location long enough to justify de-winterizing for the stay (say a week or longer) and then re-winterize for the next leg of travel. That's a personal. The Ollie is fine to be de-winterized in the cold while being used and heated on site. It's questionable at best however to be going down the road in sub-freezing temps as to whether the furnace will be able to keep enough heat between the shells to prevent EVERY valve, elbow, connection, pipe etc from freezing. My Advice: Bottled water Scramble south ASAP If you need a shower before your arrival to warmth the added expense of a night in a motel will pale to the cost of fixing a frozen water line. Albertt
    4 points
  6. I'm assuming the attached email went to all on the Oliver mailing list. RV show season is coming up and it appears Oliver is utilizing partner dealers to show Ollies at various locations. This makes it pretty clear who the chosen dealers are in these cities with each one referenced by each RV Show city. I live near Denver and was not familiar with B & B RV before seeing the name in this Oliver email. In looking at their website it states they are a "boutique dealer specializing in unique, off-road, off-grid, lightweight travel trailers" and they do list Oliver among their manufacturers. I'm pleased to have a small, specialized RV shop as an authorized Oliver dealer here in Colorado in the event that I need service beyond my basic mechanical knowledge. Anyway, this makes it pretty clear which dealers were selected in Oregon and Colorado to join those already listed on the Oliver website in Georgia, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Virginia.are a boutique dealer specializing in unique, off-road, off-grid, lightweight travel trailers Gmail - Dan and Teresa, Come See Us at These RV Shows for 2024!.pdf
    4 points
  7. Awesome! You now have more insight than most into what a wonderful family the Oliver's have. Serendipity happens.
    3 points
  8. It ought to be beefy for $750. Then add the optional license plate relocation kit. https://1up-usa.com/product/license-plate-holder-2-0 We really like our 1 UP Super Duty rack, like anything you pay for quality. USA made. 🇺🇸 https://1up-usa.com/product/2-super-duty-double
    3 points
  9. Your TV is a F350 Diesel Lariat Tremor pulling a $100k trailer. They know.
    3 points
  10. We picked up on a Monday. That worked well for us. I agree to pick up early in the week. John
    3 points
  11. This is what I was planning to do with our new Ollie, same procedure I used with our Escape and Casita. Live in the South Texas, so we do get an occasional below freeze temp. 1. Drain all tanks (black, gray, fresh). 2. Turn the HW heater values to bypass, 3. Drain the HW heater. 4. Blow compressed air (40psi) through the lines to eliminate any water (taps, toilet, outside shower). 5. Run water pump for a few seconds to remove any water. 6. Pour small amount of anti-freeze in traps, including toilet (seal). Our Ollie will have compost toilet and Truma HW, so the process will change a bit. Still learning how to maintain lithium batt in cold temp. thanks
    3 points
  12. Yet another ‘out of this world of Oliver experience’! Thanks for sharing and clean up the mess, you may not be so lucky next time!
    2 points
  13. Not sure if this photo helps or not. The rack that engages the tire does allow some adjustment for fenders. (Arrow points to the adjustment holes) We have a set of Trek 920 touring bikes with full fenders and also this set of Specialized “Rolls” which have full fenders. I trust the way 1Up secures the bikes, however I still use a back up Velcro strap on each wheel securing the wheel to the 1Up rack where the wheel and tire are secure in the rack. Just incase for some reason the rack ratchet mechanism should fail. In this pic I don’t have the Velcro straps on, but it shows where I install them. Hope this helps.
    2 points
  14. I ended up getting one fat tire kit to space the side pieces out far enough to clear the fender stays. My bike has an aluminum rear fender, so I use the optional foam roller to clamp down the rear. Deb’s has plastic fenders, so the foam roller deforms it when clamped down. I ended up adjusting the longer, thinner fat tire clamp so that it slides underneath the fender.
    2 points
  15. I was able to read battery data while driving all the way back from our trip. It was of greater interest, since the batteries had less charge and this was the first time I ever ran a DC fridge while driving (LP off). We only have lead-acid although a decent 450AH. We ran our inverter most of the time, played DVDs, the TV and soundbar, the furnace overnight, an electric tea kettle the first morning, a little microwave and batteries were down to 79%. The next day was cloudy, only got up to 85%. Next day boiled water with LP instead, down to 75% and back to 85% on a sunny day. The sun is really low during winter, isn't it? Seemed like it hardly came over the deep canyon walls where we camped. Ran the fridge on DC today, 3 hours back with a lunch stop, batteries got down to 67%. Plugged into shore power and back to 100% in a little more than an hour. At least that's what Victronconnect reported. It should really take longer, as the charger kept giving lesser amperage all night. BTW, now that we're back home, Oliver parked behind our shed, the dongle is performing better than ever! Before we left, I had to be near our LR window. Now anywhere in the living room it connects instantly. So as a test, I walked past the LR, behind our double-sided real granite stone fireplace and it connected. It took 3-4 seconds longer to connect but did so without timing out as it had before.
    2 points
  16. @SAR Welcome to the forum! To answer your original question about where to stay before delivery day? I highly recommend this place B&B -https://www.clarkthecrow.com/ You may want to book early or as soon as you know your actual delivery date. It’s a short drive 8-10 min drive to the Oliver Service Center. Mellisa the gal that owns the place is an awesome host and her accommodations are spotless and really nice. As others have said there are (7) water and electric only camp sites at the Oliver Service Center. There is also a dump station. One of these sites will be yours on delivery day. Your sales person will arrange that for you, just mention it. Note - As much as possible try not to take delivery on Friday. If you have any issues with your new Oliver they won’t be addressed until Monday morning. The service center is closed in the weekends. Congrats on your order, delivery day will be here before you know it! Patriot🇺🇸
    2 points
  17. Hi Ollietime, My 2022 Hull 996 has the Girard as well. It has a fwd end cap and an aft end cap. I took off only the fwd end cap, you'll see 2 ss screws on the end cap. I don't remember if there are any on top of the end cap. With the end cap removed I found the adjustment screw and rotated it half way in one direction, which made the problem worse. So I went back to the original position and rotated the screw half turn in the other direction and it was good to go. You may need more or less of an adjustment to get yours adjusted to your satisfaction. One word of caution...adjust in small increments as the motor must shut off automatically and you don't want the motor to continue running when the awning is fully retracted as you can burn up the motor. As I recall, I contacted Girard and they walked me through it. Best of luck :) John
    2 points
  18. We're very risk-averse, so I would wait until we reached Southern climes before dewinterizing and use bottled water and campground bathrooms/showers until then.
    2 points
  19. Spice up your galley with my Galley Spice Rack! I'm thrilled when customers seek something new from me. This spice rack, designed for late model Oliver Galleys, features a single row with nine spice jars. It easily fits into standard drawers, allowing up to three racks in a full drawer and one in the smaller drawer under the sink. Secured with Velcro, this rack is crafted from American Red Oak, priced at $39 plus USP shipping. Explore my complete Oliver product catalog here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17XFL_5ine1WusHVKYguUBRmkj2KnJUN_/view?usp=sharing
    1 point
  20. I have highlighted two words above for clarification. Both of the above statements could be misconstrued by a new owner. YES you can operate an electrical circuit "just" below the circuit breaker rating, and do so for some period of time. But a soon as we use the word continuous, we evoke the NEC requirement that the circuit be de-rated. There are several interpretations out there, but most would agree with the NEC that a 20 amp circuit shall not be continuously loaded to 15 or 16 amps MAX. Likewise for the 30 amp single phase 120V circuit you must not continuously load it to over about 24 or so amps. Yes there is some wiggle room in the interpretations, but all of them are well below the full circuit breaker rating for continuous use. Doing so over time can will to bad words or worse. Please keep this in mind when loading your circuits to their their breaker rating. GJ
    1 point
  21. Excellent work John! Would you happen to have a picture of your work before the mattress was added? Rails off, showing your platform and how the nightstand was either cropped or removed. That would be a great addition to your post. Thanks
    1 point
  22. About 70 ft to the LR couch, 90 ft when i was in the DR on the other side of the fireplace. This morning it would not work behind the stone fireplace, but when I walked beside it, still 90 ft it connected quickly. Is worth it. Don't challenge my math @mossemi, as an Industrial Engineer, with MSIE and PMP, I've spent a lifetime correcting the math of so many MBA financial types. What I wrote earlier is the purchasing the Dongle at $40 is 30% more than the $130 SmartShunt alone ($130 + $40)/$130 = 1.31 a 31% increase. The common feeling is the SmartShunt product, advertising Bluetooth from Victron should do the same job as their Bluetooth Dongle, not some half-@ss weak version. Why should the consumer have to pay 30% more for it to work effectively? Not truly inflation, was just a joke re what the gov has been doing to us lately! Both are shameful, the latter much worse. I'll take spending an extra $40 on this vs. the extra $600 we spend on groceries monthly, then the fuel costs, utilities, restaurant... I'll stop now!
    1 point
  23. @Jason Foster look at the Quikrstuff bike rack as well. Like I said in a previous post, Cal Phillips was the inventor of 1Up and now works with QuikrStuff which is really a redesigned 1Up with some improvements. Here are some questions and answers from the QuikrStuff website that also covers the fender issue....#7 down from the "Specs and Fitment Questions" From your above picture of your wife's bike this should work!
    1 point
  24. Thank Thanks for the picture. It does help. My has a Magnum Nomad. It has fat tires and full fenders like your. The velcro straps are a good idea. The front tire doesn’t look like it will be a problem but the rear tire is covered. I thought about removing the fender but the wife handed me divorce papers so i backed off. Lol
    1 point
  25. In a pinch, I would have done the same! I didn’t opt for the QC ports, as a cost savings measure at purchase, but was aware that copper gas lines were installed ‘fore’ and ‘aft’ with Oliver builds. Early in ownership, I tapped into the ‘fore’ with a ‘T’ fitting for a regulated extension hose accessible via the screw port, and simply removed a fitted plug on the ‘aft’ line to add a QC valve. However, prior to converting to these convenience gas ports I camped a few times either using the 1# or 20# propane tank. BS supplied regulator in use with 20# tank. Tap into existing regulated line for ‘fore’ QC port. I didn’t want the QC port to exit underneath, as Oliver installs, but rather higher to save my back and other intended use. Short hose extension and QC valve connected to a 10’ extension hose for the ‘fore’ QC port. An elbow’s reach into the port to operate the valve. 10’ extension hose staged atop the tank of proximity to the screw port. The hose is simply routed out of the screw port and attached the another hose extension(s) for use with the BS or fire pit, as well as intended use with a small generator, as needed, positioned either on the trailer tongue or TV tailgate. ‘Aft’ installed QC valve once fitted plug was removed. Adapter for BS QC attachment. BS to the Oliver’s ‘aft’ QC port via a 15’ extension.
    1 point
  26. This link shows the Amazon price history for the Victron Smart Shunt. I'm not a math major but I don’t see a 30% inflation rate for this product. Mossey https://3cmls.co/US/B01CGFF8Q2
    1 point
  27. FYI, Tim's RV in Massachusetts (Oliver's new local sales-sevice center) has the Oliver TT's in three shows in New England. Boston RV Show (January), Springfield MA RV show (February) and a smaller show in Auburn Maine in April. Hopefully they are all inside the show facility Also Charlotte & Atlanta shows will have Oliver's at it by the local Sales-service center so indicated in a email that Oliver sent out.
    1 point
  28. Be sure to pay "special attention" to those exterior ports when blowing out the lines. These have back flow prevention valves in them and it doesn't take much frozen water to destroy them. Bill
    1 point
  29. This works for me. I actually went out and drained it when the temperatures were about 15 degrees. This is so easy to do, I don't know why I left it running in the first place. It pretty much works instantly when I turn it back on.
    1 point
  30. PS: we have the composting toilet too, so black water is not an issue with us. a.
    1 point
  31. In Minnesota, back in the day, we'd just camp winterized. Some of my friends who routinely travel south in the winter just leave their trailers winterized, and work with water jugs. Dewinterize when way south of the Mason-Dixon. That would be my (risk averse) choice. Plus, easier to work on sanitizing/flushing in the warmth, in a comfy campsite with full hookups.
    1 point
  32. Ollietime, Read conner77's post as well. It was very helpful to me. BTW, as of today everything is still good with the awning. I have no idea what went wrong with it initially.
    1 point
  33. Our delivery was on time. We spent the first night boondocking up at Camp Oliver and tested all systems in that mode there. Then we moved to David Crockett State Park and spent the second night hooked up to water and electricity to test those systems. Found an issue with the A/C and service took us in first thing the next morning to address it.
    1 point
  34. I checked the outlets. This afternoon. Open ground older house electrician put new outlets in for mom. Probably wasn’t a ground wire in the old outlet…
    1 point
  35. I would use the 30 amp cord to the Ollie and use an adapter at your garage outlet. Do you have a EMS or a polarity tester that you can plug into your garage outlet to confirm that it is wired correct? What is the amperage of your 120 volt source in your garage? If it is only 10 amp that may be the problem. What do you mean the "Ollie made popping noises"? What was making the noise. Was it the EMS in the attic? Did you look at the readings on the EMS in the attic when it was making the popping noises?
    1 point
  36. Have you checked to see if the outlet is wired properly ? Open ground,open neutral will cause a surge protector fits (If so equiped)
    1 point
  37. I ended up taking the rails and nightstand off. I ordered a custom mattress from Tochta to fit the space. Made a wood platform to span the middle and use the area underneath for storage and the dog bed. John
    1 point
  38. Couldn't agree more, Mike. We've got long-time friends living in Sierra Vista. FH - just down the road from Bisbee!
    1 point
  39. We lived in Sierra Vista/Fort Huachuca for many years. Love that part of Arizona! Mike
    1 point
  40. Looks like a great spot! We enjoy Dead Horse Ranch State Park and the surrounding area. We’ll be leaving for AZ Monday. Mike
    1 point
  41. Sure does look like Charly knows when to let Dad do all the work, but, still keep an eye on him just to make sure that he does it correctly.😊 Bill
    1 point
  42. Burro Creek is a nice spot, we driven in but just to check it out. It’s on our list of places that are convenient and nice. Thanks for sharing! Is that a black and white springer spaniel looking out your door?
    1 point
  43. The Quikrstuff Mach 2 is an awesome rack - double rack version for $1100, not bad...
    1 point
  44. Also look at the Quikrstuff Mach 2. Apparently Quikrstuff was formed by the original inventor of 1Up rack, and the Quikrstuff is a redesigned 1Up with a bunch of improvements. Here's a nice video comparing the 1Up with the Quikrstuff
    1 point
  45. While having the Truma retrofit done which usually takes two days, we opted to book a two night stay at Meriwether’s Retreat Bed and Breakfast. This is without question one of the best B&B’s we have ever stayed at. Miss Melissa the owner is an amazing sweet gal catered to our every need and then some. The homemade breakfast Quiche, fruit, granola and all the personal touches that she provided were top shelf! Our stay was excellent. We wanted to pass on this awesome place to stay if your going to need accommodations while your Ollie is being taken care of! Patriot🇺🇸
    1 point
  46. Thank you all. Now I’ll have to learn to turn down the charge rate
    1 point
  47. Basically nothing- especially if you get an honest 20 amp outlet. I am able to run my AC and microwave on my 20 amp plug out of my garage. At the very least you will be able to run one or the other... meaning maybe you couldn't do too many heavy users at the same time. (example, electric toaster, microwave and AC)
    1 point
  48. Do we know, yet, who the Oregon dealer is? As an Oregonian, I'm curious.
    1 point
  49. Just a brief hello as I prepare to be without power for about a month. Won't be able to participate in the forum as much, unless I manage from my phone. Black Hills SD, Devils Tower WY, Wapiti campground (west of Cody), West Yellowstone MT, and someplace in the Grand Tetons WY before turning south and east. Many heartfelt thanks to all the great members here for your help, encouragement and advice as I begin this next segment of the journey. I'm thrilled!
    1 point
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