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  1. I have a question for the higher mileage elite 11 owners. What has been the average mileage for replacement intervals of your trailer brakes? I current have about 24,000 miles on our 2017, and i’m trying to get a feeling on how long they’ll last. I know that usage will vary widely ie; mountains vs flat land, but just looking for input. One other question, do the linings or the magnets generally wear out first? Thanks, Steve
  2. John, it’s been a while since I had the springs made but I believe they were around $75 a piece. No I didn’t add or modify anything else, but the boat and trl combined were under 3,000 lbs. If i remember correctly Overland had Oliver do the spring over conversion, and for whatever reason it didn’t work out, so they changed it back to stock. Steve
  3. Maybe i’m Just over simplifying the issue, but if you just want additional lift, why can’t you just get new springs with an additional 2 in lift in the arc. A while back I had to replace both springs on a 49 year old boat trailer, I took the springs to a local shop and they asked if I wanted any additional lift, they reproduced the same spring with a 2 in lift with the same # of leafs, the only problem I could foresee would be the shocks, there weren’t any on my boat trl. On a side note, the above mentioned boat is a 1970 Ranger bass boat, and while the gelcoat is faded the fiberglass is still in excellent shape, a quality product lasts a long time. Steve
  4. You can add my name to the list too, two spots in approximately the same area. I don’t intend to do anything about it, unless the damaged spots start enlarging. The next time I’m at the mothership I’ll have them address it, if it gets worse before then it’s an easy fix and I’ll deal with it. If they were in a more visible location or close to a structurally important spot I would be more concerned. Steve
  5. Vector, really sorry to hear about your ordeal, just going by your description, it sounds like you may have lost one wheel prior to the other one failing. The studs on the hub, can and do fail from over or under torque, on a tandem wheel it’s usually under torque. If the wheel itself didn’t physically fail, my guess would be that one wheel ( the one with the sheared off studs) was overtightened and the studs sheared off, the other one was under tightened and the lug nuts came off. You can go a long way without realizing that one wheel came off, the axle side without the wheel drops down but doesn’t hit the ground and you can actually drive it like that if you chain it back up to it’s original position. I would for sure get Oliver involved, our suspension parts are pretty robust and don’t usually fail for no reason. Good luck, Steve
  6. John, I follow the same procedure as you do, the only thing I would add to that, would be to extend the front jack so as to not put excessive weight on my vehicles receiver hitch. Steve
  7. Bill, not trying to alarm you, but I had a similar experience last spring. I was in the process of repacking my bearings and when I removed one of the wheels the hub/ spindle cap just fell out, I don’t know how long it had been rattling around in there, but when I inspected the bearings and races, they were already scored. I ended up replacing the bearings and races, luckily the spindle just required some light sanding. You might want to check for contamination. steve
  8. Yukon, I would refer that damage back to Oliver, while it may well be a stone or other projectile strike, it looks more like a bonding issue to me. For whatever reason the fiber glass didn’t bond with the gel coat and formed a blister and it popped, it could have been an air pocket in between the glass and the gelcoat ( most likely) or the gelcoat got contaminated somehow. That should be a pretty straightforward fix, they just need to sand that out and re gelcoat that area, goodluck Steve
  9. Hi Nan, you need to do a cost benefit analysis between borrowing the money and withdrawing the money from your brokerage acct. If you borrow all, or part of the money you need to figure the amount you’ll pay yearly in finance charges and compare that to the additional taxes you have to pay by moving up to a different tax bracket. A good “fee”based financial advisor can help you with this, if you can’t figure it out on your own. Actually using credit can make sense if you use it wisely. Goodluck, Steve
  10. Nan, don’t be intimidated about hooking up or towing either Oliver, with an appropriate vehicle they both pull extremely well. As far as those people that say you can’t or shouldn’t do it by yourself, that’s their opinion. I’m a retired professional truck driver, when I first started in the 70’s women drivers were very rare, now they are pretty common, the point is, with practice and patience almost anyone can do it. On the topic of backing up by yourself, next time you pass a big class 8 truck, look up at their mirror, if you see the word “g.o.a.l.” On their mirror it means “get out and look”, sage advice. Steve
  11. On hull #219 the “dc enabling switches” are in the overhead compartment above the nightstand on the right hand side. Steve
  12. Spike, the zamp controller monitors your voltage and amps, but the voltage spikes when the solar is charging your batteries, a separate monitor uses a shunt to divert the current to a separate monitor and it can more accurately track the amps being used and replaced, without a separate monitor, that's why I have to wait until early morning to check the voltage level of my batteries when they are at rest. The trimetric monitor that GeO has is highly recommended, that's the one I was looking at, but I haven't pulled the trigger yet. The amp hour function is how I track the amps being replaced by the solar, if the blue light is displayed on your controller, your panels are charging your batteries, if the green lights are on but the blue light is out your batteries are fully charged and the controller is in "float mode", that's the maintenance stage you ideally want to reach every day. When the sun goes down,and your controller shuts off for the night, if you go to the amp hour function it tells you how many amps the solar has replaced. After a while you can get a pretty good guess on your power usage, a monitor eliminates the guessing. I believe with the agm batteries we have 400 amp hours available, as long as you stay under 200 amps usage that's 50%. When we boondock I try to be conservative with the water and power usage, we generally average between 50 & 75 amp hours a day, with that amount of use our batteries are usually fully recharged by early afternoon and the limiting factor on our stay is water. Batteries are really fickle, I've read that with proper care they should last anywhere between 4 to 7 years, but nothings written in stone, take your vehicles batteries for example, I've had them go as long as 10 years and as short as 1, who knows? Steve
  13. Mark, first off congratulations on your purchase of an oliver, one of the finest rv's made. I'll try to answer some of your questions. On the charging, yes to all of the above,your converter/charger takes over, and when your solar is insufficient you either need ac current from a plug in or generator. On the consumption side, all of your d.c. appliances draw from your batteries when in use, the solar just replenishes the power used and the converter/charger takes over power management when you're plugged in either with shore power or generator. Try not to go below 12.3 volts when your batteries are at rest, that's the 50% level with agm batteries. When the solar is charging the voltage can go as high as 14% but you have to wait until the batteries are at rest to get a true state of charge with the solar controller we have. geO is correct about the battery monitor, however I've done without so far by just monitoring my voltage early in the morning before the sun comes up and starts charging my batteries. It takes a while to figure your usage out without a separate monitor. This method is crude at best but so far so good, you shouldn't need to monitor your batteries when plugged in your converter takes over that task. I would strongly advise doing some research on battery management and inverter usage, there are multiple posts on this subject throughout this forum. Steve
  14. The air lift bags on my f150 are the second set I installed myself, the first set was on a 2003 Silverado that i bought new and sold when I bought the f150, they still work without issues. The installation on the f150 was really easy, simple bolt on and route air hoses, the Silverado required some drilling. steve
  15. Hobo, sorry about the slow response, I went with the air lift brand. It's a simple set up, no compressor, I just air up as needed. They only took about 1 hour to install on my F150. steve
  16. There is nothing quite like sight fishing, and watching a fish rise to your lure! Steve
  17. Just make sure you have plenty of propane, your oliver is a true 4 season camper, but it's not as efficient as your "stix and bricks". I'm not afraid to use the onboard water, and we have camped in weather down into single digits, but the area you need to be concerned with is the street side water fills and the outside shower. They have check valves on the inside, but no direct source of heat, if i camped in extreme cold more frequently I would cut in an access port under the street side bed that I could open when it got really cold. Steve
  18. I agree with Randy and Overland, I wouldn't buy anything unless you're sure it can be returned. I tow with an f150 with a ladder rack with 2 kayaks on top, they extend at least 2 feet past the rear of the truck and don't come close to the trl. As far as weight distribution, I would hold off on that too, as long as you don't exceed the rear axle weight rating the oliver will pull fine without it. If you go over the axle rating, too much weight is removed from the front and your steer axle will be too light, hence the need for weight distribution. Air bags will level out the truck but they don't redistribute weight, I use them on my truck. Steve
  19. Steve, please be careful and don't bite that ? planted firmly in your cheek! Lol Steve
  20. There are two cups that the ac condensate drain into, you can see them from the outside on the roof, they're connected together by a piece of hose that goes into a tee fitting and the other hose connected to that drains to the outside like bill describes. All of this is accessible from inside if your drain is plugged, you don't need to do anything to winterize it.
  21. Geo, my elite2 is about the same age as yours, I would advise just checking the caulking around your vent, maxair fan etc... mine is still in good shape even after being outside since I took delivery on 5/1/17. If there are no gaps there is no need to replace it. Steve
  22. Coming up on 1 1/2 years of ownership on hull#219 I have to concur with John, i haven't found any flaws in my gel coat after 4 waxes. A good comparison of quality in fiberglass gel coat is right on your trailer, compare the difference between your entry door ( supplied by lippert) and the surrounding body. Steve
  23. I'm not weighing in on the tow vehicle issue, but having towed trailers many miles in all sorts of conditions, the main thing to keep in mind is timing. Allow yourself plenty of time to wait out the weather, it's been my experience the road conditions improve considerably within hours after a storm passes through, depending on how efficient the road crews are. My 2 cents. Steve
  24. The trek that Pete has weighs 45 lbs, the battery weighs 8 lbs, if you remove it the bike only weighs 5 lbs more than my giant hybrid. I believe bill ( ride and fly) has one of the rad power foldable bikes, he stores it under his dinette table when traveling. steve
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