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  1. Well, we’ve had many great week or weekend trips since getting our Ollie in Sep 2021 but we just returned home from our first two month traveling and fell in love with our Ollie all over again! What a wonderful way to go on adventures! Our first day was Wed April 10th and we arrived back this past Fri June 7th. Way too many photos to upload but will try to insert a few. Our stops included: 1) Keystone State Park, Sand Springs, OK - visiting family and grandkids. 2) Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas 3) Chupadero RV Park, San Antonio, NM. 4) Fool Hollow State Park, Show Low, AZ. 5) Lost Dutchman State Park, AZ. 6) White Tank Mountain Regional Park, AZ. 7) Dead Horse Ranch State Park, AZ. 8) Desert View Campground, South rim of Grand Canyon. 9) Mesa Verde RV Resort, CO. 10) Love’s RV Stop, Walsenburg, CO. 11) Historic Lake Scott State Park, KS. 12) Wilson State Park, KS. 13) Milford Lake State Park, KS. 14) Eisenhower State Park, KS. 15) Cracker Barrel, Independence, MO. 16) Dr Edmund A Babler Memorial State Park, Chesterfield, MO We set up camp, relaxed, looked at historical sites, biked, visited friends and relatives, and were wondering why we were ending it so soon. Our Ollie was a trooper through the mountains, we took Rte 60 through New Mexico and Arizona, and put some 3,800 miles on it during the two months. We stopped in Pie Town and of course bought an apple pie. We toured Sedona, Jerome, and rode the Verde Canyon Train. We camped on the edge of the Grand Canyon, toured through Mesa Verde, and even weathered tornado warnings in Kansas. Great trip! Wonderful memories made.
    9 points
  2. Soo.. I have had great success! Between the vinegar and low pressure air in the line (about 25#) I was able to dislodge whatever was causing my blockage! Just so everyone knows, I'm by no means a first timer with RVs. I've had various trailers over the last 15 years and I'm not new to tools, compressors, trailers and trucks! (owned an excavating company with my ex) I have even done brakes and bearings on the ILOVHER. I don't however know much about electrical and plumbing, but I know enough to come here for expert help whenever something is outside of my field of knowledge! I thank you JD1923 for being up at midnight helping me out. I am very grateful and now have a handy tool for winterization or if this happens again. I don't normally filter water from my house as I know my water source runs through a softener but anywhere else, I use one religiously. I do use a water specific hose that is stored and secured end to end so no real chance of bugs/debris. I'm of the idea that my hot water tank may be backward siphoning or creating a vacuum and dragging junk into the cold line when draining the fresh water tank. I've read this on a few other RV forums so from now on, I'll just bypass before draining since I'm already under the bed moving the valve! I annually change my anode because I know what it looks like when I remove it! To each his own but it is cheap insurance and not hard to do. I usually have some degree of anode degradation and the typical sludge that I flush and brush out. Water quality differs at every campground. I use magnesium over an aluminum HW anode. Again, I'm super thankful to my Ollie fam for supporting me and getting me back into the woods! Thanks again everyone!
    8 points
  3. In case anyone was wondering, I went with the Coopers
    8 points
  4. The bathroom sink, black tank and grey tank all share the same vent pipe, part of which is actually used as the drain pipe for the sink and shower drain. Your odor could be due to grey tank fumes coming up thru the shower or sink drains if the back flow preventer slide valve is open. Also check the tightness of the steel bands on the fernco connectors in that area.
    8 points
  5. If the shower/bathroom Valterra valve seal has been compromised or worn out, then there might be leak there too. The collar that ScubaRx is referring too is there to facilitate the replacement of the valve or seals in this 1 1/2 inch drain. If you do want to replace the Valterra seals, you will need to eventually slide the collar of the union on the 1 1/2 inch PVC drain pipe to allow the pipe connecting that side of the valve to be backed off enough to do the seal replacement on both sides of the valve. Be careful not to lose the screws and nuts on the valve as you disassemble. The cable can be temporarily removed by using an Allen wrench on the SS piston that moves the valve to open/close. If the valve requires much force to close it, you may have a seal that is being pushed by the blade itself which compromises its integrity.,
    7 points
  6. I love my wife Chris, and as each year goes by it becomes ever more so apparent! We purchased our Oliver just days short of a year ago and we love being together in our travels, no matter where we camp for the night, good or bad. I share this thought today with my virtual Oliver family. I do my things and she does hers and the best things are the times we spend together. She often asks, “How’s the blog going?” She’s referring to this forum and she is always interested. I tell her stories regarding y’alls antics, often over a drink or two before dinner. She listens and smiles, what a smile. Today is a very special day for us, as it is our 30th wedding anniversary! I have a difficult job every year from June 1st to June 7th. Her birthday being the latter date. Last year, as you can see, it was easy as can be, as to her surprise I brought home an Oliver! 😊 What in the world can I do this year! Good thing we do not need to top the great times we’ve had and will always have together. I write this for my partner in life. Love you, Chrissy.
    6 points
  7. The Wildpeaks don't just look tough, they are tough. If anyone has the rare opportunity to plug one I want to hear about their wrists and forearms afterwards. No comparison between my old beloved Michelins and the Falkens. I think I have said this before but I thought I was going to have to get the drill out after battling to get the professional sized T-handle reamer through the tire. Finally, after a good bit of sweat with all 200 lbs of me jumping up and down and around the tire I got it through. I could plug a Michelin LTX A/T without taking it off the truck. Just sayin'. I guess I should clarify that was the Falken Wildpeak A/Ts that I was working on, not the H/Ts. But the same HD badging is on both. Although the Wildpeak A/T 35s on the Tundra have the added Duraspec, which is 3-ply sidewall construction. There is a reason they have a huge following in the overland crowd. Next set on the Tundra will be the R/Ts and I will have tried the whole Wildpeak line. I paid $764 for (4) H/Ts shipped off of eBay.
    6 points
  8. So... just returned from engine oil change, rear diff oil change, brake inspection, and (drum roll, please...) engine recall exam. Toyota's position (at the local dealership, that is) is that the engine recall last week was a preliminary "notification" of an impending engine recall after they determine what the scope of the recall will be, this includes service tech training as needed, parts, logistics, recall procedures (for the fix), etc. I ordered an engine oil analysis from a third party vendor as part of my service ticket this morning. Should take a few weeks for the results. Wish I could report more. ...FYI
    6 points
  9. Our closet rod hangs from below the lower shelf with brackets having 4 x 3/8" stainless flat head screws, FYI: Hope this helps out...
    5 points
  10. My goodness, you guys are making me blush... I'm just someone who doesn't mind challenges that involve my interests, whether physical or mental. I research and learn. Doubt for me is always removed by action. btw, my Casita was named OCD for "Obsessive Casita Disorder" ..Ha Thanks again everyone! Regards, Claudia
    5 points
  11. Great work and you knocked it out! Now enjoy your trip! 👍🏻👍🏻
    5 points
  12. I believe @topgun2 recommended this mod to me early on. Just inside the door has proven to be a super handy place to hang our keys. The shelf on top is where our mini flashlight lives. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0154HAWHE?ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details&th=1
    5 points
  13. Not sure who to give credit for this but love it. Simple, convenient mod.
    5 points
  14. 5 points
  15. Some more recent pictures as things are progressing. Weather has delayed things a bit. They were starting to set trusses today.
    5 points
  16. I have been using this one for over a year. Used on bikes, motorcycles, lawn mower, Oliver, truck, and cars. It has been wonderful. 4 presets, put a quick chuck on it, hit start and done. Accuracy is better than most, especially on auto tires. Very portable and easy to use. Last a long time with extended time battery. https://a.co/d/fnRidVo https://locknlube.com/collections/air-tools/products/tire-inflator-adapter# https://locknlube.com/products/locknflate-locking-air-chuck If using with the Milwaukee you want OPEN option. $150 at Northerntool.com Quick chuck
    4 points
  17. @DunnYet Same closet rod connectors as @MAX Burner. I bet a quick call to Oliver Service would get you exactly what you need to install the closet bar. Oliver Service is great about shipping fairly quickly in my experience. 👍🏻
    4 points
  18. The Truma Soft Start device for the Aventa air conditioner is now available from the factory. I contacted Truma Headquarters and they scheduled their local factory mobile tech to do the install at my home in Scottsdale, AZ. The actual install took about 20 minutes. I ran it through several tests and I'm happy to say it performed perfectly. I'm now able to power my Aventa from a 15 amp outlet, a 20 amp outlet or my Honda eu3200i generator. Nice to have the option for Boondocking or Moochcamping. The generator is now able to run in ECO (auto load demand) mode, which enables it to run at a much lower rpm which reduces fuel consumption and noise level significantly. The unit cost $425 installed + travel time. It comes with a 2 year warranty. I don't think they have mobile technicians available everywhere so check with the factory.
    4 points
  19. For anyone interested in integrating Seelevel II sensors into the Victron system. The kit includes a tank sensor that you don’t need to use but I couldn’t find the custom made cable elsewhere. Link: https://www.vanlifeoutfitters.com/store/seelevel-709-n2k-pm-tank-monitor-kit-for-cerbo-gx/
    4 points
  20. Understatement of the thread. I've seen what Claudia has done on her Oliver, and among other cool ideas, I envy the molded window vents. And I hear she's known in the Casita world for around 100 modifications to her trailer over the ten years she had it. I've got some catching up to do! Will we see you at the fall Casitas of Ohio rally at Cowan Lake State Park, Claudia? Matt and Sue will be attending again, and I'm trying to get two other Olivers to join us. @Golfnut and @Shawna and Scott
    4 points
  21. Galley power strip, makes plugging in appliances much easier. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P889FHQ?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details
    4 points
  22. Very pleased with the final outcome and usefulness of our dual Lagun tables; throughly field tested for durability and functionality. My wife adapted well to her own table after a few years of me ‘hogging’ the single original table. The fabricated components of the dynamic system developed remain to be powder coated ‘white’ to better blend in with the Oliver’s interior; perhaps next seasonal camping lull. A cup of Joe and dose of @Geronimo John’s ‘words of wisdom’ to start this day. Life is good!
    4 points
  23. The Falken Wildpeak line is hard to beat for price and durability. https://www.falkentire.com/wildpeak/ht02 The WILDPEAK H/T02 redefines the Highway Terrain tire, delivering industry-leading performance and durability all year long. Featuring rigid tread blocks and a rugged upper sidewall, the H/T02 is built to meet and exceed the demands of today’s pickup truck drivers, from construction site activities to towing and hauling duties. Advanced 4D Nano Design and 3D Canyon Sipe Technology demonstrate Falken’s commitment to excellence, and provide the H/T02 with enhanced all-season drivability. After rigorous tests using the latest ¾-ton diesel pickups, all LT-size offerings of the WILDPEAK H/T02 earned an “HD” badge on the tire’s sidewall, highlighting the Heavy Duty construction with which these tires were built. For those demanding durability and longevity from their truck tires, the H/T02 is in a class of its own.
    4 points
  24. Installed these today game changer. Simple connection to Victron system. Now I can get rid of the gateway for SensorPush in the attic. Seamless integration with VRM for remote monitoring. Have to get a couple more for the MP2 inverter and battery bank bay.
    4 points
  25. When we purchased our LE2 Ollie used during 2016 the original owner was running 50 PSI, eventually we dropped to 45PSI and right now we're running 40PSI cold. When we tow on the highway we always tow with empty black, grey, and fresh water tanks. The combined LT225/75R/16E dual capacities on the above Michelin chart at 40PSI are well above our actual LE2 ready to camp weight.
    4 points
  26. We did an Oliver trip in March to meet up with Chris' sister. They are snowbirds from Minnesota and often stay at a RV Resort in Casa Grande. We played Pickleball one day at the public courts and met a great couple from Ruidoso NM. They introduced us to the Canadian game called "Crokinole!" (BTW, they invited us to camp on their ranch and hope to do so on the way to the Oct. Texas Rally.) Chris bought a cheap Amazon version for my birthday in April. It fell apart quickly so it went back. So now for her birthday, I had to get the original Tracey Board: Crokinole Boards & Crokinole Accessories Canada | Buy Online (traceyboards.com) Not nearly the Oliver I brought home a year ago! Even though, the whole family had a lot of fun playing this weekend (strong competitors)! Where can I find place to stow this for Oliver travel? It's a beast at 30" round and about 20 lbs. It may have to stay home. Any Crokinole players out there! 😂
    4 points
  27. In our small town here in western North Carolina we have a "small" WalMart. As with most WalMarts, there is a "Clearance" section and even some departments within the store have their own "clearance" areas. In the Automotive section of our WalMart they currently have Prestone RV anti-freeze on clearance for $2.00 per gallon. This stuff is rated to -100 degrees. While I always try to have at least a couple of gallons in my workshop, I just could not resist picking up an additional few gallons at this price. Bill
    4 points
  28. Congratulations. My wife and I are coming up on 10.
    4 points
  29. Our Anniversary night ended well. After a few hours watching a local P-ball tournament, and a little rest at home, we went to Papa's Italian in Prescott. It was a great weekend! Her birthday is still to come this Friday. Certainly cannot afford another Oliver, Lol!
    4 points
  30. The Mini-Rally was held in Boothbay Maine from June 3 to June 9, 2024. 38 Oliver Trailers were registered to attend. The first 3 days were sunny warm weather. The other 4 days was mostly cloudy and a few occasional showers that quickly dried up each day. It was a fun event with many returning Oliver Owner's from last year sharing their experiences. Attached is some picture highlights of the event: Campground Street Sign & Office in Background:: Function Hall: Some of the Olivers in Campground: Pot Luck Supper: Raffle Prize Event: Presentation Speakers Luncheon at the Schooner Landing Restaurant: Cornhole Tournament - Runner's up CGI - Winners Billy Bonn, Hull #1442 & Reese Perkins, Hull #348 (holding the Beers of Fenway prize) Meeting the local new Oliver Sales and Service Center Team - Tim's RV: Catered Lobster Bake: CGI was on site making a presentation of proper washing of a Ceramic Coated Trailer:
    4 points
  31. Thanks for the shout out on that key/shelf, but, it was actually Overland that first posted it on the Forum a few years ago. It really is a great shelf. Patriot put me on to applying a sheet of clear film below this shelf/key holder such that the keys do not leave marks. Bill
    3 points
  32. I grabbed one of these when you posted it over the winter. Oddly, our Oliver installed receptacle is ass-backwards from yours, so it didn't reach the wall. I need to get in there and reverse it so I can use this handy accessory.
    3 points
  33. This is the jack cover we use and it has served us well. It may or may not fall into the bucket of inexpensive depending on your budget. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MHYCGJN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1
    3 points
  34. Greetings, In case anyone is wondering this is what we have found so far, we thoroughly cleaned both tanks with some Dawn dish liquid filling and letting each sit for a day then rinsing out good, we started at the top of the vent pipe outside and traced all the way down,nothing is loose or wet, there is good airflow all the way up the vent pipe, the drains don't smell all is good there there is nothing organic but what we think is the cause is lack of air circulation under the dinette benches and with the help of some Ozuim the smell is about 90% gone and rite now we have the bathroom for blowing out, bathroom door shut dinette benches open,windows open and the smell is all ending up in the bathroom so not knowing what is cause or effect for sure we are going to put in some vents and a fan or 2 in the dinette benches, it only smells on the driver's side even in the storage compartment in the back. It wont hurt to have more air circulating, the downside to not full timing I guess or maybe its not that and its wishful thinking. We do appreciate all of your comments we checked everything you all mentioned (no dead mouse) so thanks!!! NHBoomers
    3 points
  35. Easy peasy Bill, a little pressure washing keeps tires looking great. 👍🏻 My TV 35” Nitto Ridge Graplers clean up nicely.
    3 points
  36. I cant recommend the mopeka sensors enough, an absolute must have for winter camping and from the things ive heard there is no better product for the job. The issue with the level bouncing around is because they use sonar so when it gets low it has trouble determining where the level is but by then youre already down below 10-15% and its time to refill anyways unless you like waking up freezing in the middle of the night. Getting them setup properly helps but itll still start bouncing around when it gets low enough. calibrate the sensors on a perfectly level surface before attaching then stick onto the tank and use the same surface to adjust it to the right position. the magnets are strong enough that you shouldn't usually need to reposition them unless they really get knocked around hard
    3 points
  37. No sorry, not at all! We came home from 2 1/2 weeks to Utah and it was reading OK along the way and got down to 16%. Now it reads 51%! What-the! The 16% reading is likely closer, will only know when I fill, since a 30 lb tank fills at 6.8 gallons. During this first trip with Mopeka sensors, it often had a warning, re positioning of center. The Mopeka is a flat sensor disk mounted to the round bottom LP tank, go figure. When I fill the tank, I will carefully cut a 1/4” bead of VHB tape around the perimeter of the Mopeka sensor to mount it securely, while it has a magnet. Next time, I would save the $120, since it is so easy to use one tank at a time with the directional valve. However, if you want all the toys go for it. Taped into position (do this initially) it should perform. 😂
    3 points
  38. Also, check to make sure the drain pipe from the bathroom sink and shower is firmly seated into the top of the gray tank. Ours was not glued, just wedged in and it popped out once after a bumpy ride. Mike
    3 points
  39. If you're sure it's not sewer or propane, another suspect could be the gray tank vent. Gray tanks can smell as bad as black, believe it or not. Your vent stack could be disconnected somewhere. Maybe someone else can describe the routing of the vent pipe.
    3 points
  40. I'll drop it to 40-45 then for the next trip and see how it feels. I know the original ride home when when we picked up New was very bumpy as they had 65 psi in those original Michelin's.
    3 points
  41. Look at your table above, at 45 PSI the tire holds 1790 LBS x 4 = 7,160 LBS. Our Oliver ready to camp under 6600 LBS, so we could be at 40 PSI, but since that is the lowest number on the chart, I bump it up to 45 PSI. Ran my tires at 46 last time I checked since they were all just a hair above that number. @John E Davies ran his Mouse at 42 PSI for years which you can see in his posts. If you have upgraded to 5200 LB axles and higher rated leaf springs and carry over 8000 LBS total, then 55 PSI would be the right number. The right pressure for the load should not create excessive heat.
    3 points
  42. Actually, the number 225 in 225/75R16 is metric, meaning 225 mm. The 75 means the profile (height) is 75% of the width on a 16" rim. Standard sizes are all in inches and are today less common ever since Michelin came to the US in the 80s. With some research I found out that Michelin has created a new tire category. This C tire (Commercial) is more expensive than their LT, has a higher load rating (not needed for the EII 7000 GTWR) and is not snow rated (also not necessary for a trailer). Question, is it worth $54 plus tax more per tire? No, the LT model on our Oliver is fine for almost $240 less. Turns out Michelin has created a new tire category; I had not seen before. The following copied from Tyre markings explained: How to read a tyre? | MICHELIN P: Passenger Car LT: Light Truck C : Van commercial tyre XL, HL or Reinforced : Tyres with a higher load capacity... T: Temporary (spare wheels)
    3 points
  43. All things being equal, when it comes to controlling humidity, higher CFM is not your friend- especially in the small area of an LE2. The air does not stay in contact with the evaporator core as long and less moisture is removed from the air than it is at a lower CFM. To make matters worse, the higher CFM of the 13.5k coupled with the higher BTU's will knock the temp down faster resulting in shorter run times reducing the amount of humidity removed even more.
    3 points
  44. We installed the same tires as Ray, Cooper Discoverer HT3 LT225/75R16. https://www.discounttire.com/fitmentresult/tires/size/225-75-16?q=%3Aprice-asc%3Abrands%3Abrand-COP&sort=price-asc&page=0 Goodyear Endurance does not come in ST225/75R/16. https://www.goodyear.com/en_US/tires/endurance-trailer-tire/24464.html When visiting local Discount tire within the last 30 days they said they would mount LT tires on a trailer if you can show them the LE2 7000 pound GVW, it's on the VIN tag on the front street side of Ollie. They said the total weight capacity combining 4 LT tires has to meet or exceed the trailer's GVW. Some folks here had Discount Tire to refuse mounting LT tires on a trailer, that's why I asked our local store recently, they price match, too.
    3 points
  45. I installed Vredestein Pinza AT LT's on my Oliver last year, love 'em. Also put a set on my truck as well. Amazingly quiet ride for an aggressive all terrain tread. Can't recommend them enough so far. Hope this helps
    3 points
  46. After the rally , when we got home i used the pump a times.. nothing.. fuse was good . I started to check, no 12 v to the pump.. i didnt want to to tear into the vanity sw. or the other one on the monitor panel.. I let it go for a while .. i thought i hope i didnt want to trace wire.. I started with the purple from the fuse box ( that feeds the pump 12v). To my luck i guess there was a terminal block that was lying loose, there is a small relay .. connected .. Success.. It was mounted on the street side under bed.. 😅. Major job diverted..
    3 points
  47. Wow, that's really nice! The processor and display: Would be really handy for the full timers and especially the Tech Inclined owners. Certainly can provide a great visual of what's happening in our various systems. But for me and Crazy Horse, we get by with my slide rule and his solar powered adding machine. I just don't think I would trust it for 8 or 9 months alone though. Especially with all that AI running amuck now days. Lord only knows where it would take Ollie off to up there in the High Country of Oklahoma. Oh wow, I'm back. Ok, seriously now, I would not at all be surprised that in the near future OTT will be looking for advice on making this great Victron suite an option on new OTT's. It is bound to happen. Meanwhile, we'll just poke along. Anybody have some slide rule wax? After 60 years it's getting a bit sticky. Numbers seem to be smaller than before too! Oh slipped back to the other side. Sorry about that! Great system for sure.
    3 points
  48. My cows always peed in the pond while drinking their fill.
    3 points
  49. This video should make those of us who joined the Oliver family feel pretty good about our choice.
    3 points
  50. Our trailer is 8 years old. We had it ceramic coated by the CGI team last year and the fiberglass looks as good as or better than new. Unfortunately, the outlet covers on the 110 outlet and back jack switches had turned yellow. The plastic chrome bezels around the tail lights had lost their shine. So, while this isn’t an easy “mod” it is an easy and inexpensive maintenance project. I ordered new Furrion outlet covers and six new chrome light bezels and had them all replaced in about 15 minutes. All are available on Amazon. Furrion Outlet Cover Light Bezel Old and new. This looks much better than the yellow version. Old and new. New bezel on top, old bezels in the middle and bottom.
    3 points
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